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A classic of British sci-fi makes its Blu-ray debut today. Here’s exactly why you should settle down to watch Quatermass And The Pit…
There are some stories that, despite the ravages of time, continue to resonate down the decades. Quatermass And The Pit is one such example, and perhaps the finest British sci-fi movie ever made.
Already a hit television series in the 1950s, a time when the adventures of Professor Bernard Quatermass were enormously popular, Quatermass And The Pit’s script spent several years in limbo. Other stories featuring the professor had been adapted for the big screen before (these were 1955’s The Quatermass Xperiment, released in the Us as The Creeping Unknown, and Quatermass 2, retitled Enemy From Space), but a lack of interest from American financiers meant that Nigel Kneale’s Pit script sat around unfilmed for six years.
It’s no exaggeration to say that the wait was worth it. »
Beginning with a live TV broadcast in 1953, the Quatermass specials and movies were a high point in British sci-fi. Mark takes a look back…
The British television landscape was a very different place in 1953. ITV had yet to start broadcasting, and a second channel by the BBC was still more than ten years away. Also, although television was already a very popular medium for the citizens of the Unites States, the UK populace in its more austere post-war period was slower to embrace the expense of a television set, when a perfectly serviceable wireless set would meet their entertainment needs.
All that, of course, changed with the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in June of 1953. Although still very much an extravagance, more and more people justified the cost of a television as it was their personal invite to the historical event, and the total viewing public almost doubled within a twelve month period. »
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