Quatermass Rewatch (starting 11/05/20)

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Best Quatermass Instalment?

The Quatermass Experiment (1953)
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Quatermass II (1955)
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Quatermass and the Pit (1959)
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The Quatermass Conclusion (1979)
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The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)
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The Creeping Unknown (1956)
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Quatermass 2 (1957)
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Quatermass and the Pit (1967)
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The Quatermass Memoirs (1996)
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The Quatermass Experiment (2005)
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Total votes : 6

Re: Quatermass Rewatch (starting 11/05/20)

Postby shuzbot » Mon May 18, 2020 10:32 pm

Ha ha, cheeky f*cker. I had to rewind to catch that. Gareth Thomas is the guy who digs out the body. Doesn't he look youthful.

The drill operator? Not a scooby. Go on, who is it? :D
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Re: Quatermass Rewatch (starting 11/05/20)

Postby shuzbot » Mon May 18, 2020 10:38 pm

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*Mention of Blake brings me to this - when are we starting the Blake's 7 rewatch? Is it the lot or selected episodes as we feel like?


Really depends on who is on and what their preferences are.

Servo started in Feb but has only got about 12 EPs in IIRC.

I am happy to go with what others want.

My preference, start next Monday-ish (or whenever others are ready) and do the lot.

We still have the DW rewatch so don't blame people if they are selective.

Perhaps do a thread for each season?

I am open to suggestions.
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Re: Quatermass Rewatch (starting 11/05/20)

Postby shuzbot » Mon May 18, 2020 10:41 pm

I really am open to suggestions, but I will watch the lot. If others want a more ad hoc approach, can go with that and just fill the in the gaps as and when. It's all meant to be fun, so I really don't mind, personally
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Re: Quatermass Rewatch (starting 11/05/20)

Postby shuzbot » Mon May 18, 2020 11:20 pm

How would it work if it was select ones?
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Re: Quatermass Rewatch (starting 11/05/20)

Postby The Wooksta! » Tue May 19, 2020 12:00 am

shuzbot wrote:Ha ha, cheeky f*cker. I had to rewind to catch that. Gareth Thomas is the guy who digs out the body. Doesn't he look youthful.

The drill operator? Not a scooby. Go on, who is it? :D


Duncan Lamont, Victor Caroon in the original BBC Experiment.
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Re: Quatermass Rewatch (starting 11/05/20)

Postby Servorobot » Tue May 19, 2020 8:48 am

shuzbot wrote:How would it work if it was select ones?


A randomiser, or select episodes in order.

I’ve been watching select episodes. I haven’t watched one for a while. Gan’s just snuffed it. I have to get back to them now.
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Re: Quatermass Rewatch (starting 11/05/20)

Postby The Wooksta! » Tue May 19, 2020 10:18 am

|I'll probably watch in order and miss out the episodes that bore me to tears or are frankly sh*te.
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Re: Quatermass Rewatch (starting 11/05/20)

Postby shuzbot » Tue May 19, 2020 10:41 am

That's most of seasons 3 and 4 down the swanny then :lol:
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Re: Quatermass Rewatch (starting 11/05/20)

Postby The Wooksta! » Tue May 19, 2020 1:44 pm

I think about half of season 3 is watchable - I can tolerate Volcano and Dawn of the Gods, even Ultraworld has a pulp SF charm to it - but I won't be watching Moloch or The Harvest of Kairos. As for Season 4... The only one I know I won't be watching is Animals, as it has no redeeming features at all.

There's a lot of potential in season 4, it's just wasted.
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Re: Quatermass Rewatch (starting 11/05/20)

Postby Servorobot » Tue May 19, 2020 1:54 pm

I was thinking of a rewatch for the first two series of Callan, more for those who haven’t seen it before.

Most of us doing these rewatches have probably watched it to death though.

I was trying to think of something away from the Sci-Fi side of things, but still firmly in the cult area.
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Re: Quatermass Rewatch (starting 11/05/20)

Postby shuzbot » Tue May 19, 2020 2:45 pm

You haven't finished sapphire and steel yet, Servo.

I just want to get onto the B7 one, but also feeling like I need a bit of a break.

We should start a suggestions thread but how about Adam Adamant, A for Andromeda, Allo Allo, Blackadder. Till death do us part.

Doomwatch, Out of the Unknown,. Callan. Tripods
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Re: Quatermass Rewatch (starting 11/05/20)

Postby The Wooksta! » Tue May 19, 2020 4:48 pm

I'd be up for Callan again - watched it 6 months ago and loved it.
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Re: Quatermass Rewatch (starting 11/05/20)

Postby The Ginger Cat » Tue May 19, 2020 6:02 pm

Well that's Quatermass and the Pit episode 1 done. This is by far my favourite Quatermass. A much more polished production. Morell makes for a more convincing Quatermass in my books, certainly looks more at ease in the role than his predecessor. Kind of slipped my mind Michael Ripper and John Stratton were in this.
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Re: Quatermass Rewatch (starting 11/05/20)

Postby The Wooksta! » Tue May 19, 2020 9:21 pm

Soon as me tea/supper is out of the oven, I'll be watching episode 2.

I know at least one episode was repeated during BBC50 in 1986, as I remember watching it. Apparently the rest was screened too.

Can I also put in a plea for the BBC 1954 Kneale/Cartier version of 1984? It's on youtube.
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Re: Quatermass Rewatch (starting 11/05/20)

Postby shuzbot » Tue May 19, 2020 9:40 pm

I am on ep4, it's my favourite. The bit in the ministry office when Been claims the aliens are fakes like mermaids made from bone and bits of fish, the oldest trick in the book. :lol:

The way the line is delivered and the absurdity of passing bits of fish and bone off as mermaids being the oldest trick in the book :lol:

And the way the ministry board room is surrounded by huge pictures of planets just so people know that's where they discuss space stuff :monkey:
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Re: Quatermass Rewatch (starting 11/05/20)

Postby shuzbot » Tue May 19, 2020 9:59 pm

There's one particular scene in episode 4 that I like. The one where Roney and Quatermass are discussing phrenology/craniology, the idea that bigger brains are more intelligent.

The UN only denied craniology in 1950 and Eugene C's was still popular, but Kneale makes a point of rejecting this race realism. So the boys are sat around discussing Martians and space stuff, and Barbara Jud comes in and cuts up the scene.

She holds the camera's attention the whole time she is on set. She just cuts right through, points out the crowd outside which foreshadows the riots later, answers the phone that is right next to Quatermass cos he is too busy thinking about Martians and space stuff. :lol:

If you watch the scenes with Judd in, she does a lot. There's one where Quatermass asks where she is and Roney says something like, "oh she is having her hair done", and then she comes in delivers some important information and her hair is the same as it always is. :lol:

The men constantly fail to notice her impact and I think Kneale's demonstration of her importance is subtle. A commentary on women being undervalued without being in your face and overly pc. It's great.
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Re: Quatermass Rewatch (starting 11/05/20)

Postby shuzbot » Tue May 19, 2020 10:01 pm

In a 1959 edition of Sight and Sound, Kneale said that the Pit was a race hate fable, and that certain viewers were clever enough to pick up on it. I reckon the wild Hunt scene is a nod to the Notting hill race riots.
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Re: Quatermass Rewatch (starting 11/05/20)

Postby The Wooksta! » Tue May 19, 2020 10:36 pm

Just finished episode 3 and that's where I'm leaving it for the day. Good as it is, it was never meant to be watched in one sitting.

I'm continually struck by how impressive and ambitious the whole thing is, especially with all the pre-filmed sequences at Ealing(?). We're fortunate that Cartier had the foresight to have the 35mm filmed material spliced into the telerecording.

It's good. Much, much better than I'd remembered from the BBC video of the late 80s.
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Re: Quatermass Rewatch (starting 11/05/20)

Postby The Ginger Cat » Tue May 19, 2020 10:41 pm

The Wooksta! wrote:I know at least one episode was repeated during BBC50 in 1986, as I remember watching it. Apparently the rest was screened too.


Yes I remember that. It was the first time I'd seen any of the TV version. My cousin, not normally a fan of Sci-Fi, wanted to watch it. Imps and Demons I think it was, one Friday evening late Autumn on BBC 2. Can't recall them repeating the rest. They did repeat an episode of Quatermass II on a bank holiday in 1991. Can't remember which episode now though.
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Re: Quatermass Rewatch (starting 11/05/20)

Postby Servorobot » Tue May 19, 2020 11:01 pm

The Ginger Cat wrote:Well that's Quatermass and the Pit episode 1 done. This is by far my favourite Quatermass. A much more polished production. Morell makes for a more convincing Quatermass in my books, certainly looks more at ease in the role than his predecessor. Kind of slipped my mind Michael Ripper and John Stratton were in this.


So have I.

In an effort to catch up I’m watching this and the last Sapphire and Steel in parallel.

It’s easily my favourite too.

I’m watching the blu-ray. They’ve done a pretty good job, but there’s parts that no matter how much work they put in irs never going to look brilliant.
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