Five Million Years to Earth

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Overview

An ominous prehistoric secret uncovered in a London subway haunts an anthropologist, his assistant, and a space expert in this suspenseful sci-fi fantasy from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Presented in the original 1.66:1 widescreen theatrical aspect ratio and featuring an English Dolby Digital Stereo 5.1 soundtrack, this release offers no subtitles but some exciting extra features for fans of the series. An audio commentary by director Roy Ward Baker and writer Nigel Kneale begins the extras, which are rounded out ...
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Overview

An ominous prehistoric secret uncovered in a London subway haunts an anthropologist, his assistant, and a space expert in this suspenseful sci-fi fantasy from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Presented in the original 1.66:1 widescreen theatrical aspect ratio and featuring an English Dolby Digital Stereo 5.1 soundtrack, this release offers no subtitles but some exciting extra features for fans of the series. An audio commentary by director Roy Ward Baker and writer Nigel Kneale begins the extras, which are rounded out by U.K. and U.S. trailers, TV spots, and an exclusive "sci-fi" episode of The World of Hammer.
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Special Features

Widescreen presentation [1.66:1]; Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; Audio commentary with director Roy Ward Baker and writer Nigel Kneale; UK and US theatrical trailers; 60 & 20 second TV spots; Exclusive "World of Hammer" episode entitled Sci-Fi
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
One of the most startling and ambitious science fiction films of the 1960s, Quatermass and the Pit starts like any number of other sci-fi cheapies, as an alien space craft is found during the excavation of a new subway line. The movie ends up somewhere else altogether, after calling into question the historical, philosophical, and theological basis of the history of mankind and suggesting a troubling alternate history of human intelligence. If Quatermass and the Pit isn't 100% successful in what it sets out to do (which outstrips the ambitions of most sci-fi movies), it comes close enough to have left a strong impression on those who saw it in its short theatrical release and long but fitful life on television. While director Roy Ward Baker's filmography is hardly distinguished, a look at his better films (A Night To Remember, The Anniversary, Don't Bother To Knock) suggests that he knew what to do when he got a good script, and that's certainly what Nigel Kneale brought to the table with his literate and intelligent screenplay. While the occasionally lackluster special effects betray the film's low budget, Arthur Grant's camerawork and Kenneth Ryan's art direction give Quatermass and the Pit a remarkably strong look and lend it a clean, well-structured visual style that's the right match for the performances and script.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/1998
  • UPC: 013131050592
  • Original Release: 1967
  • Rating:

  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Donald Dr. Matthew Roney
Andrew Keir Prof. Bernard Quatermass
Barbara Shelley Barbara Judd
Julian Glover Col. Breen
Maurice Good Sgt. Cleghorn
James Culliford Cpl. Gibson
Bryan Marshall Capt. Potter
Duncan Lamont Sladden
Roger Avon Electrician
Anthony Bushell
Peter Copley Howell
Bee Duffell Miss Dobson
June C. Ellis Blonde
Hugh Futcher Sapper West
Johnny Graham Inspector
Thomas Heathcote Vicar
Noel Howlett Abbey Librarian
Charles Lamb Newsvendor
Cec Linder
Hugh Manning Pub Customer
Keith Marsh Johnson
Andre Morell
Robert Morris Watson
Hugh Morton Elderly Journalist
Brian Peck Technical Officer
Edwin Richfield Minister
Michael Ripper
Sheila Steafel Journalist
Grant Taylor Police Sergeant Ellis
Technical Credits
Roy Ward Baker Director
Rudolph Cartier Director
Bert Batt Asst. Director
Tristram Cary Score Composer
Arthur Grant Cinematographer
Anthony Nelson Keys Producer
Nigel Kneale Screenwriter
Anthony Melson-Keys Producer
James Needs Editor
Anthony Nelson-Keys Producer
Spencer Reeve Editor
Bernard Robinson Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Quatermass And The Pit
0. Chapter Stops
1. Colonel Breen [17:01]
2. Hob's Lane [7:10]
3. Empty Shell? [10:03]
4. The Drill [3:31]
5. The Demons [16:43]
6. ."..Contact With A Spiritual Evil" [11:48]
7. "I Can See" [5:10]
8. "The Memory" [3:37]
9. "It's Coming Alive" [14:19]
10. The Horned Devil [6:22]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Quatermass And The Pit
   Play Movie
   Audio Set Up
      English 2.1
      English 5.1
      Commentary
Side #2 -- Quatermass And The Pit Extras
   World Of Hammer
   UK Trailer
   US Trailer
   US Television Commercials
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