Released in the USA as "Five Million Years To Earth" this great film is something to behold.
Andrew Keir stars as Prof. Bernard Quatermass. During the digging of a new subway station at Hobb's Lane some mysterious skulls are dug up and Dr. Roney (James Donald) is called in to examine these rare finds.
As the digging for bones continues a strange mysterious metal object is also discovered and the Army is called in. Prof. Quatermass accompanies a bomb expert and Colonel named Breen (Julian Glover) to the excavation. After much digging it turns out that the object, which was thought to be an unexploded bomb is actually a weird looking craft that Quatermass believes came from space.
Breen refuses to accept this even after several strange incidents occur as well as the shocking discovery of insect demons long dead inside a sealed part of the capsule. Quatermass, Roney and Roney's beautiful assistant Barbara Judd (Barbara Shelley) put the pieces of the puzzle together and come to the conclusion that these insect creatures experimented on early man and are directly responsible for the human condition today.
The military and Government do everything possible to dis-credit that theory and Quatermass discovers that the ship is actually alive and getting stronger every minute. This sets the stage for a very hectic climax as all of London is taken over by the alien mental power.
Nigel Kneale wrote this excellent and very intelligent script that still packs a wallop to this day. Roy Ward Baker directed this with perfection and the cast is simply flawless. There are not many films that are 52 years old that are still super powerful, but this is. It questions everything from religion to racism and morals.
The Blu-ray is a spectacular presentation with tons of extras and a picture perfect film presentation. This is another top release of the year. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
The rest of the cast includes Duncan Lamont, Bryan Marshall and Hugh Futcher.