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'The Quatermass Xperiment (aka Creeping Unknown)'
(Brian Donlevy, Margia Dean, Jack Warner, Richard Wordsworth, et al / DVD / NR / 2011 / MGM)

Overview:A spacecraft returns to earth with only one terrified passenger left aboard...and a creeping monster.

DVD Verdict: Genre fans have been waiting for Hammer's sci-fi classic, 'The Quatermass Xperiment,' to have a legitimate release for a long time. Up until now, we have had to make do with fair-to-middling bootleg editions, or DVD's pulled from the rare Turner Classic Movies showings.

The wait was worth it. I can't comment on how the PAL editions look, but this MGM made-on-demand release is excellent, given the age of the source material. Both picture and sound are vast improvements over any disc issue that I have seen. Very good black-levels, grayscales - and astonishingly clear sound. In fact, listening to James Bernard's wonderful score on this disc, the music is much clearer and more present than on the Quatermass movies soundtrack CD, which was presumably obtained from an official Hammer source.

Anyone with even a pretty good bootleg of this wonderful film should seriously consider upgrading; fans of 50's sci-fi who don't own it should not hesitate. [FYI: This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media] [DF] This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.