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Nigel Kneale's Quatermass restored on DVD and Blu-ray in July

25 June 2015

A BRAND new HD restoration of cult Euston Films science fiction drama series Quatermass will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in July, courtesy of Network Distributing.

Bernard Quatermass, former head of the British Rocket Group, lives 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...

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 (The Blood on Satan's Claw, 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.

The Blu-ray edition will be available in four limited edition covers based on the colour of the title sequence of each episode. The sleeves will be selected randomly and cannot be specifically ordered, and once the Limited Edition sleeves have sold out, the cover design will revert to a standard cover which matches the accompanying DVD release.

Quatermass will be released on UK DVD and Blu-ray on 27 July 2015 by Network Distributing at the RRP of £19.99 for the DVD and £29.99 for the Blu-ray.

Featuring a brand-new 5.1 mix for episodic version, the set will have these extra features:

  • 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

  • Booklet by archive TV historian Andrew Pixley