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Notes on my reviews: I do not offer plot summaries in most cases, as these can be found on a million other sites, but rather focus instead on what people want to know: the image and sound presentation, default playback settings, subtitles, audio choices, etc. My equipment: Panasonic TC-P55UT50 Plasma monitor (3-D capable); Panasonic DMP-BDT220 3-D Blu-ray player; LG BD-360 all-region Blu-ray player; Denon AVE-E200 5.1 Surround receiver. All aspect ratios are physically measured on the Panasonic screen, which has been set to eliminate overscan.
THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT (1955) COMBO (BLU-RAY/DVD)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Australia
REGION: B, Locked
ASPECT RATIO: 1.37:1
C/BW: BLACK AND WHITE
SOUND: 2.0 Mono.
BONUS MATERIAL: Full-length SD films, X-THE UNKNOWN and QUATERMASS II.
This was the beginning of the British Quatermass film series, followed by a very popular t.v. series. It is arguably the best of the three films (QUATERMASS AND THE PIT a.k.a. FIVE MILLION MILES TO EARTH is also available on a U.K. Blu-ray; QUATERMASS II is a bonus on this release; THE QUATERMASS CONCLUSION starring John Mills was intended as a fourth theatrical release, but never made it to our screens. It is available from Amazon UK). THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT, titled THE CREEPING UNKNOWN for U.S. theatrical release, has that really solid, creepy Hammer Films atmosphere we know and love, right down to the James Bernard score.
Why this hasn’t received a domestic release is beyond me. And why Shock has opted to include the second film, QUATERMASS II (to say nothing of the similar feature X-THE UNKNOWN), only in upconverted 720-to-1080i, is a mystery. The main feature is 1080i, but looks good to my eyes. The DVD contains only XPERIMENT, and no other features.
The two SD films are really a bonus. QUATERMASS II has slightly better PQ than X-THE UNKNOWN, but both are plagued with aliasing and edge enhancement. Neither of these films has any chapter stops – they run as one long chapter. You have to scan your way through them.
The main movie looks terrific on Blu. The contrast and shadow detail are just right, and the grain structure is visible and pleasing. Sound is occasionally shrill but usually sounds pretty much like most other older 2.0 tracks. I would not hesitate to recommend this it.
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