S.F. Brownrigg’s regional horrors

Nurse Charlotte Beale (Rosie Holotik) begins to doubt her own sanity in S.F. Brownrigg's Don't Look in the Basement (1972)

Regional filmmakers working on limited budgets have to rely on ingenuity and imagination; Texan S.F. Brownrigg managed to turn out a number of effective horror movies in the 1970s, the two most notable – Don’t Look in the Basement (1972) and Don’t Open the Door (1974) – now available in a dual-format double-feature edition from VCI Entertainment.

Andrei Tarkovsky’s Andrei Rublev (1966):
Criterion Blu-ray review

Andrei (Anatoliy Solonitsyn) and Theophanes the Greek (Nikolay Sergeev) ponder the artist's place in the world in Andrei Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev (1966)

Criterion’s new Blu-ray release of Andrei Tarkovsky’s second feature, Andrei Rublev (1966), not only features a superb restoration of the director’s preferred 183-minute cut, but also a (much weaker) transfer of the original 205-minute version and a comprehensive selection of new and archival supplements which cover the production and meaning of this, the greatest of all historical epics.

I love a deal …

Richard O'Brien plays Dr. Cosmo McKinley on TV in Jim Sharman's Shock Treatment (1981)

I’m a sucker for sales and recently spent a lot on-line buying stacks of Blu-rays from Arrow Films and Severin at discount prices, adding a lot of titles to my backlog. In recent weeks, I’ve started making my way through the new Arrow titles, which include an assortment of genre offerings, some completely unknown, others old favourites.