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Posted by David Lambert
The BBC began the advenures of Professor Bernard Quatermass in the Quatermass television show, starting with 1953's 6-part adventure The Quatermass Experiment. Two more 6-part adventures were produced in 1955 and 1958/59. All three series (seasons) were remade into major motion pictures, the first two just in time to promote the new series of the television show: 1955 saw The Quatermass Xperiment (note the re-spelling), 1958 saw "Quatermass II" remade as a film shown in the USA as Enemy From Space, and in 1967 the third series, "Quatermass and the Pit," was made into a film shown in the USA as the classic Hammer film Five Million Years to Earth. The film versions of the second and third Prof. Quatermass adventures have been released on Region 1 DVD by Anchor Bay as part of their "Hammer Collection," but all editions of those discs are now out of print.

But the adventures of Bernard Quatermass didn't end there. In 1978, Doctor Who producer Verity Lambert (no relationship to this writer) Executive Produced the final adventure of the Professor, starring Oscar-winning actor Sir John Mills as Quatermass. The 4-part story in this U.K. production was simply called "Quatermass IV," but - like its predecessors - was also produced into a film. That was called The Quatermass Conclusion. This last storyline is where A&E Home Video enters the picture.

April 26th sees the release of A&E's 2-DVD set Quatermass, featuring all four episodes from the Thames/ITV television series. As an added bonus, you also get the film version, The Quatermass Conclusion, along with an episode of the History Channel series History's Mysteries: "Enduring Mystery of Stonehenge." Fullframe video is accompanied by English Dolby Stereo. List price is $39.95 in the USA and $54.95 in Canada, for 312 minutes of sci-fi action. Here's a look at the box, followed by A&E's description of the story, package and contents:

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    As the millennium draws to a close, civilization is on the verge of collapse. Gangs rule the streets. Books are burned for fuel. And a monstrous force from outer space is destroying the world's youth. Planet Earth is in dire need of a hero.

    Enter the world's greatest rocket scientist--Professor Bernard Quatermass. Fresh out of retirement, the aging Quatermass is as brilliant and plucky as ever. While London crumbles under anarchy, the professor uses his powerful intellect to marshal assistance from American and Russian quarters and combat what could be the planet's final enemy. Along the way, he hopes to be reunited with his missing 16-year-old granddaughter.

    One of sci-fi's most original creations, inspiring favorites like The X-Files, this classic 1970s production of QUATERMASS stars Academy Award-winner Sir John Mills (Ryan's Daughter, Gandhi) and features all four episodes, plus the rarely-seen theatrical version, on DVD for the first time ever.

    DVD Features: THE QUATERMASS CONCLUSION - The rare, feature-length theatrical version; "Enduring Mystery of Stonehenge" episode from THE HISTORY CHANNEL's award-winning series History's Mysteries; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection

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