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Quatermass 2 Blu-ray Review

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“Quatermass 2” is a quality Hammer sci-fi film.

“Quatermass 2” is not a sequel to the other Scream Factory title being released (“Quatermass and the Pit”), but rather a sequel to “The Quatermass Xperiment” which hasn’t been released in the U.S. (confusing I know). Despite that, it’s quite easy to pick up on the events of this Hammer film involving the titular Professor Quatermass getting caught up in a deadly plot involving meteorites, humans with strange markings, and a suspicious top secret domed plant with armed guards. What’s really going on? That would be telling.

Hammer is traditionally known for making straight up horror films, but they also dipped their toes into the sci-fi genre as well. To be fair, 1957’s “Quatermass 2” does have horror elements with its “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” esque story, but director Val Guest’s film plays more like a sci-fi mystery as Professor Quatermass investigates the strange occurrences.

What really struck me about “Quatermass 2” is that the script by Nigel Kneale and Val Guest gets right down to business. There’s no fluff and there’s no time wasting. It’s an intense sci-fi story that grabs you from the start and never lets go. Sure, some of the dopey creature stuff diminishes the thrills that have been built up by Kneale and Guest, but you have to be lenient in that regard due to the film’s age and budget.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.37:1 1080p. How does it look? The B&W film’s transfer is largely solid although there are dirt specs, scratches, and some tough to see nighttime shots.

Audio Track: DTS-HD Mono. How does it sound? It’s a little soft so you might have to crank it up at times.

Extras:
* U.S. theatrical trailer
* Still gallery
* Individual interviews with director Val Guest, SFX assistant Brian Johnson and third assistant director Hugh Harlow.
* “The World of Hammer- Sci-Fi”- Same extra featured with “Quatermass and the Pit.”
* 3 commentary tracks- one by director Val Guest and writer Nigel Kneale, one by film historian Ted Newsom and the other by film historians Steve Haberman and Constantine Nasr. The film historian tracks are all well and good, but it’s always nice to hear the people who worked on the project.

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July 3, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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