Quatermass 2 (1957) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Quatermass 2 (1957) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Quatermass 2 (1957) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

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Quatermass 2 (1957) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Val Guest
Starring: Brian Donlevy, John Longden, Sidney James
Rated: UR/Region A/1:75/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory

Professor Quatermass, played by Hollywood veteran Brian Donlevy reprising his role from The Quatermass Xperiment, is Britain’s most clever scientist. Investigating a series of bizarre incidents that have been reported from a deserted area, he finds a group of soldiers and government officials that appear to be controlled by aliens from another world. When a close friend is brutally murdered by these beings, Quatermass leads a mob of local workers to a showdown with the extraterrestrials. The film was retitled Enemy From Space for its U.S. theatrical release.

If Sherlock Holmes was dealing with Science Fiction mysteries I suppose he’d be Professor Quatermass. Quartermass is back here in his second film, Quatermass 2, and he is dealing with weirder and out of this world stuff! When this one opens up Quatermass isn’t a happy man as the British government has turned down his attempt to have a moon-based project. But he doesn’t have much time to get to torn down about it as pretty soon things are getting weird and people are having some very strange stuff popping up on their faces. This is only the start of this one as Quatermass is the one who has to get to the bottom of it all and fix it before it is too late. Pretty soon, we are dealing with such things as aliens and all that good stuff. The movie is ahead of its time in some ways and even had an X-rating when it originally came out. I assume this was to some of the effects, which aren’t bad for 1957.

Maybe it is the alien stuff or maybe it is the black and white look of the film, but this one fits right at home for some late-night viewing. It isn’t up there with Invasion of the Bodysnatchers, but it does just fine on its own for what it is and I think it keeps a good pace and keeps people invested in how it will all play out. Among the other cool things this disc comes packed with is not one but three different audio commentary tracks! That makes for a lot of stuff for a release that isn’t even considered a Scream Factory “Collector’s Edition” release. I’ll take it regardless with no complaining, as this one is about as solid as sci-fi gets. Also, it’s a change of pace for Hammer films as well.

Extras

– NEW 2K Scan Of A Pristine Archival Film Print
– NEW Audio Commentary With Filmmaker/Film Historian Ted Newsom
– NEW Audio Commentary With Author/Film Historian Steve Haberman And Filmmaker/Film Historian Constantine Nasr
– NEW Interview With Academy Award-Winning Special Effects Artist Brian Johnson (Alien)
– NEW Interview With Assistant Director Hugh Harlow
– Vintage Interview With Director Val Guest
– Audio Commentary With Director Val Guest And Writer Nigel Kneale
– World Of Hammer – Sci-Fi
– U.S. Theatrical Trailer – ENEMY OF SPACE
– Still Gallery

Quality of Transfer: 88%

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