Just recently 2 classic Amicus movies from the 70's have been released on Bluray in the US and both with appearances from our friend Geoffrey. First up is The House that Dripped Blood in which he appears alongside Jon Pertwee. By coincidence Geoffrey was between seasons of Catweazle and Jon had just completed his first season as the Doctor. Geoffrey's appearance is all too brief but he makes his mark. Multi region playback required for that disc.
Region free release Asylum gives Geoffrey a more substantial role as the orderly who is not quite what he seems. He's part of the wraparound story so has a good amount of screen time in what is undoubtedly the best wraparound of any of the Amicus anthologies.
Memorable appearances from Geoffrey and good movies to boot. THTDB has been lovingly restored and the picture quality is excellent. The source used for Asylum is somewhat disappointing although it still beats the dvd hands down.
Geoffrey also appears in some brief interview clips in the bonus features
Roy Ward Baker called Geoffrey One take Bayldon, because in his shall we say manic scene, he did it in one take, which was quite remarkable.
Geoffrey's acting credits are huge. A lady called Karen and myself put together a very large catalogue of everything that he has done. It was a labour of love on both our parts. We presented it to him and he just couldn't get over it. There were things in there that he either didn't remember doing or just couldn't believe he'd done it!! I retrieved it after he passed away. He was an amazing actor and I think that we have the majority of it listed. Indeed the lists have been used by many people (with or without permission!!!)
Very interested in the Region A The House That Dripped Blood, so thanks for the positive review.
Out of interest, the interview clips with Geoffrey that you mention, are these part of a documentary about the film? When do you think the interviews were recorded?
The interview footage with Geoffrey is in the old 2003 documentary that originally appeared on the Anchor Bay dvd of THTDB.
I think I was mistaken about interview footage on Asylum. There's a 20 minute on set report from 1972 courtesy of the BBC where I expected to see him but he's not there although many from the cast are including James Villiers and Charlotte Rampling.
Thanks! The House That Dripped Blood does seem an enticing release for Catweazle (and Doctor Who) fans to pick up - though it's worth noting that unless UK/Europe buyers have Blu-ray players capable of playing Region locked US discs, they will not play over here.