Scream Factory Press Release: Quatermass II and Quatermass and the Pit (Blu-ray)

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Our love for Hammer Films this year continues as we announce today that we are prepping QUATERMASS II and QUATERMASS AND THE PIT for Blu-ray releases on May 14th!

QUATERMASS II (1957): The sequel to The Quatermass Xperiment! Professor Quatermass (Brian Donlevy) 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.

QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (1967): 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 unravelling the clues, and his name is Professor Bernard Quatermass (Andrew Keir), a man of science who thrives on the dark mysteries of the world. Written by legendary screenwriter Nigel Kneale, Quatermass And The Pit is a seminal British sci-fi classic. For its U.S. release by 20th Century Fox, the film was retitled Five Million Years to Earth.

Extras and specs are in progress and will be announced on a later date.

Pre-order QUATERMASS II now @ https://www.shoutfactory.com/product/quatermass-2…

Pre-order QUATERMASS AND THE PIT now @ https://www.shoutfactory.com/product/quatermass-and-the-pit…

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27 Comments

  1. Brent Reid

    Nope: there are no "wrong" versions of Nigel Kneale's original screenplay, just two brilliant TV and film adaptations! 😉

    Yes but the original TV version is the superior one and I'm not rich enough to go region free.

  2. Lord Dalek

    Yes but the original TV version is the superior one and I'm not rich enough to go region free.

    If you're saying you don't want to open the Pandora's Box of availing yourself to the wealth of non-Region-1/A discs you'd be tempted to buy, that's a legit concern I guess.

    But if you're saying you can't afford a region-free blu ray player, you've gotta be kidding. Think at most maybe $50-$100 more than what you'd pay for a basic player in order to get a pre-set region-free player or to buy/download a codebreaker guide.

    It absolutely baffles me that people still actually fret about regions on this board… as though that's the least bit of an issue these days.

  3. Well said, Tom. For anyone still unaware, the era of physical media has peaked and we are witnessing its decline – albeit one that I hope will be drawn-out indefinitely. We should be grateful for every decent physical release of niche product. Yet again, as far as I'm concerned, once there's a BD in existence anywhere, that's the one I eventually aim to get, and any further releases are a bonus. I've never felt entitled to expect everything I desire to be released in my own back yard, and even less so nowadays.

    As soon as it became feasible, I've been serious about collecting films and TV I love, and had multi-region set-ups since the days of VHS onwards. Wherever you live, it's never been expensive to be similarly equipped, and cheaper now than ever. If you can afford to build a physical media collection, you can afford to go region free. Even now, I never fail to be amazed that this is is an issue for anyone, especially on a home cinema forum, of all places. Still, it comes up so frequently that one could be forgiven for thinking some folk resist going region-free purely to have something to moan about. 🙄

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  5. Camps

    If you're saying you don't want to open the Pandora's Box of availing yourself to the wealth of non-Region-1/A discs you'd be tempted to buy, that's a legit concern I guess.

    But if you're saying you can't afford a region-free blu ray player, you've gotta be kidding. Think at most maybe $50-$100 more than what you'd pay for a basic player in order to get a pre-set region-free player or to buy/download a codebreaker guide.

    It absolutely baffles me that people still actually fret about regions on this board… as though that's the least bit of an issue these days.

    I have only had absolutely minimal trouble getting everything I want without going “region free”. I have one DVD that I can’t play, ant it came free in a boxed set and plays on my computer.

    I am not region free, because I like the convenience of having 5 TVs and DVD/Blu ray players all over the house that are all able to play the same consistent format.

    I am certainly not against people having a region free set up, although I do find it really stupid that there are regions at all if it is so easy to get around them.

    I don’t think i’ve ever pined away for something so far that I can’t get in my region. If I did, I’d just wait 6 months and it usually appears here. The closest I came was with the 3D “Valerian”. I ended up buying it from Amazon.com which imported it from Hong Kong, mind you at $10 more. With the vast amount of material available here, and the thousands of discs I have collected over the years, perhaps it is a good thing to impose limits.

    Perhaps in the future I will need a RF player. So far not so much.

  6. TJPC

    I have only had absolutely minimal trouble getting everything I want without going “region free”. I have one DVD that I can’t play, ant it came free in a boxed set and plays on my computer.

    Yup, I'm in the UK & haven't gone multi-region yet, there's a few locked titles I'd like (come on Warner, release that very European film, Blow-Up, in Europe!), but with Germany, France, Italy & Spain releasing lots of catalogue titles, I'm usually okay.

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  8. SCREAM FACTORY™ PRESENTS
    Two Highly Anticipated Hammer Film Cult Classics Arrive on Blu-rays™!
    QUATERMASS 2
    Starring Brian Donlevy
    With Sidney James, John Longden, Bryan Forbes,
    Vera Day, and William Franklyn
    AND
    QUATERMASS AND THE PIT
    Starring Andrew Keir, James Donald, Barbara Shelley, and Julian Glover
    AVAILABLE JULY 30, 2019 FROM SCREAM FACTORY™

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    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 unravelling the clues, and his name is Professor Bernard Quatermass, a man of science who thrives on the dark mysteries of the world. On July 30, 2019, SCREAM FACTORY™ is excited to present two seminal British sci-fi cult classics QUATERMASS 2 and QUATERMASS AND THE PIT on Blu-rays. A must-have for movie collectors and sci-fi enthusiasts, these definitive Blu-ray editions contain extensive bonus content, including new interviews, audio commentaries and much more! Pre-orders are available now at ShoutFactory.com

    QUATERMASS 2 (1957) is the second and most talked about of the three science fiction stories written by Nigel Kneale and based on his critically acclaimed 1955 BBC series. Professor Quatermass, played by Hollywood veteran Brian Donlevy (Beau Geste, The Glass Key) 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. Directed by Val Guest (The Day the Earth Caught Fire) and produced by Anthony Hinds (The Curse of Frankenstein), QUATERMASS 2 was retitled Enemy From Space for its U.S. theatrical release.

    Written by legendary screenwriter Nigel Kneale, QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (1967) stars Andrew Keir (Cleopatra), James Donald (The Great Escape), Barbara Shelley (Village of the Damned), and Julian Glover (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade). The film is directed by Roy Ward Baker (A Night to Remember) and produced by Anthony Nelson Keys (The Plague of the Zombies). For its U.S. theatrical release, QUATERMASS AND THE PIT was re-titled Five Million Years to Earth.

    QUATERMASS 2 Blu-ray
    Special Features:

    • 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

    QUATERMASS AND THE PIT Blu-ray
    Special Features:

    • 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

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