Blu-ray Review: QUATERMASS 2

QUATERMASS 2 (aka Enemy of Space) is the second and most talked about of the three science fiction stories written by Nigel Kneale and based on his critically acclaimed 1955 BBC series. The movie was directed by Val Guest and stars Brian Donlevy, John Longden, Sid James, Bryan Forbes, Vera Day and William Franklyn.

Professor Quatermass, played by Hollywood veteran Brian Donlevy reprising his role from The Quatermass Xperiment, is Britain’s most clever scientist. Investigating a series of bizarre incidents that have been reported from a deserted area, he finds a group of soldiers and government officials that appear to be controlled by aliens from another world. When a close friend is brutally murdered by these beings, Quatermass leads a mob of local workers to a showdown with the extraterrestrials.

This 1957 sci-fi sequel follows Professor Bernard Quatermass who discovers that this top-secret facility that resembles his own plans for a moon base is actually serving as the home for some alien organisms that crashed on the planet with some meteorites. How he knows this is that there are locals all around who’ve already some in contact with some of the contaminated meteorites and once they’re infected they have this dark wound that’s left on their skin plus they act like emotionless zombies. Way before zombie were even a thing!

What happens is, Quatermass does his own investigation when the local authorities won’t do anything about it and he has a few friends to help him out. The thing is, this top-secret facility is heavily guarded by infected soldiers who do the bidding of the hiding aliens. These alien organisms are able to come together to make a giant invader and then it reveals itelf out in the open. These invaders are nearly unstoppable but one of Quatermass’ allies comes up with an explosive plan to stop them in their tracks before they destroy the world.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some alternate artwork and movie credits so you have your choice of which side you’d like to use as the front cover. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. Scream Factory has given Quatermass 2 a new 2K scan of a pristine archival film print. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any major issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Quatermass 2 was another first time watch for me and my introduction to the Quatermass franchise. The story for this sci-fi thriller was about this alien invasion that gets stopped by the main character and his allies in just the nick of time. The main character here was a touch on the annoying side because he was arrogant and intrusive with his way of handling his business.Even though he came across a little on the unlikable side, he was still interesting enough to follow and cheer for against this mysterious alien invasion even though it was all kind of cheesy. As far as the special effects go, well, this was a low budget feature from Hammer Films so there’s not much to the aliens. They pretty much look like a big pile of goo (or BLOB!) but the miniatures all looked pretty cool. All in all, I’d have to say that Quatermass 2 was a good watch but it didn’t blow me away or anything like that. Quatermass 2 will be available on Blu-ray on July 30th.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 85 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.75:1) B&W

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras incldue three audio commentary tracks, two new interviews, a classic World of Hammer episode. trailer and still gallery.

  • NEW audio commentary with filmmaker/film historian Ted Newsom
  • NEW audio commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman and filmmaker/film historian Constantine Nasr
  • NEW interview with Academy Award-winning special effects artist Brian Johnson (Alien) (03:10)
  • NEW interview with third assistant director Hugh Harlow (01:41)
  • Vintage interview with director Val Guest (20:56)
  • Audio Commentary with director Val Guest and writer Nigel Kneale
  • World of Hammer – Sci-Fi (25:39)
  • U.S. Theatrical Trailer – ENEMY OF SPACE (01:54)
  • Still Gallery (03:12)

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