Quatermass and the Pit (1967) (Blu-ray Review)

Quatermass and the Pit (1967) (Blu-ray Review)

Quatermass and the Pit (1967) (Blu-ray Review)

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Quatermass and the Pit (1967) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Roy Ward Baker
Starring: James Donald, Andrew Keir, Barbara Shelley
Rated: UR/Region A/1:66/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory

Hobbs End, Knightsbridge, London. While working on a new subway tunnel for the London Underground, a group of construction workers uncover a strangely shaped skull. Nearby, another discovery: a large, mysterious and impenetrable metal object. Initially mistaken for an unexploded bomb, the object and its strange power turn out to be far more horrific than anybody could have possibly imagined. Is it of this earth? Could it be the ancestral link to mankind’s evolution? Or could it be an ancient link to the unleashing of the ultimate evil? There’s only one man capable of unraveling the clues, and his name is Professor Bernard Quatermass (Andrew Keir), a man of science who thrives on the dark mysteries of the world…

Ten years following our last movie in this series, we have some strange stuff that has been uncovered and it is having some strange effects on people around it! Who are you going to call? Well, if it’s a Hammer film the answer to that question is a guy named Quatermass! This time, however, he’s being played by Andrew Keir. So we seem to already have that James Bond thing going on with different actors but it has been soo long since the last movie that is really isn’t noticeable to me that much. The movie is noticeable, as I feel it really pops here in HD and dives more into the Sci-fi elements with color and it makes for a much better mood and tone to the movie than perhaps some of the old black and white ones had. Yes, they have their own vibe as well usually, but it is a different kind of vibe.

If nothing else, I feel a movie like Quatermass and the Pit really bridges that gap and encourages the jump from the science fiction movies of the last decade into the current one. The color and the feel of the movie all seem to encourage that direction and it is a good direction. I think this is a movie that is carried a lot by having a good cast and it builds a heck of a mystery and one that the Quatermass really seems to shine in. Not only does the movie look amazing here, but you again have a great list of extras to back it all up. Once again like the last Quatermass film, we have three audio commentary tracks on this disc.

Extras

– NEW Audio Commentary With Film Historian Bruce G. Hallenbeck
– NEW Audio Commentary With Filmmaker Constantine Nasr And Author/Film Historian Steve Haberman
– NEW Interview With Actor Hugh Futcher
– NEW Interview With Academy Award-Winning Special Effects Artist Brian Johnson (Alien)
– NEW Interview With Clapper Loader Trevor Coop
– NEW Interview With Focus Puller Bob Jordan
– Interview With Author Judith Kerr
– Interview With Actor Julian Glover
– Interview With Actor/Writer Mark Gatiss
– Interview With Filmmaker Joe Dante
– Interview With Author/Film Historian Kim Newman
– Interview With author/Hammer Film Historian Marcus Hearn
– Audio Commentary With Director Roy Ward Baker And Writer Nigel Kneale
– World of Hammer – Sci-Fi
– Theatrical Trailers
– TV Spots
– Alternate U.S. Credits
– Still Gallery

Quality of Transfer: 100%

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