Network Distributing have announced that the infamous four-part 1979 Quatermass mini-series, starring the late John Mills as Bernard Quatermass, one of the first great heroes of television science-fiction, will be arriving on Blu-ray on July 27th. This brand new HD restoration will be available in four limited edition covers based on the colour of the title sequence of each episode.
The series sees Bernard Quatermass, former head of the British Rocket Group, living in seclusion in western Scotland, watching in appalled silence as Britain slowly turns into a vision of violence, gang rule and governmental collapse. A desperate search for his missing granddaughter plunges him into a terrifying situation when he comes to realise that the mass disappearance of thousands of youths is nothing less than the culling of the human species by an unknown alien intelligence...
Says Network, “Oscar-winner John Mills (Ryan’s Daughter, Gandhi) brings a stoic intensity to the role of Professor Bernard Quatermass in this key piece of British dystopian fiction from visionary writer Nigel Kneale (The Quatermass Experiment, Beasts, The Stone Tape). Unsettling in its vision of a crumbling society coming under alien attack, Quatermass is directed with characteristic style by BAFTA-winner Piers Haggard (Pennies From Heaven) and features the high production values associated with Euston Films. Originally shot on 35mm, the original negatives have been used for this stunning, brand-new High Definition restoration. A new 5.1 mix from original triple-track audio elements is also presented here alongside the original mono soundtrack.”
Special features on the new Blu-ray will include a brand new 5.1 mix for the episodic version, a brand new restoration of The Quatermass Conclusion in its original theatrical aspect ratio, music-only tracks for all four episodes, episode recaps, textless titles, image gallery and a production booklet by TV historian Andrew Pixley.
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