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I saw on FaceBeast today that "Decades" is going to run their relay of DS episodes again to celebrate the DS 50th anniversary.  I presume it will be the same chunk that starts with the release of Barn from his coffin and ends up somewhere later on in the 1967 storyline.

I don't know the dates but presumably someone who is into it will do a thread for this.

G.

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Current Talk '16 II / Re: Why Do We Hate Certain Characters?
« on: June 08, 2016, 08:24:28 PM »
I love all the ones in the poll.  It's hard not to fast forward through any and every Roger Davis scene but there are the actor actors in the scene to look at and enjoy.

Sometimes Lisa Richards gets on my nerves because apart from traumatized Sabrina in 1969, her other two characters (recovered Sabrina and PT Sabrina) were written as such drips.  I do think Lisa is an excellent actress and it was just poor writing that is responsible for the annoyance.

I don't "hate" Craig Slocum but I do wonder why on Earth he's there.  What is he supposed to be doing?  No real answer.

Jerry Lacy is one whose characters I LOVE to hate.  LOL.

G.

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Interesting comparison, Doctor & K9.  Both were certainly larger than life--onscreen and off!

I love the Tom Baker interviews where he talks about what it's like being a living god.  He has a great sense of humor about things.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '16 I / Re: <OT In the Year, 2020...
« on: June 07, 2016, 03:14:47 PM »
Well, Me-TV isn't an Amazon product or service... for all I know, their customer service representatives may be instructed not to answer questions about matters that do not relate to Amazon's products.

This might help:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MeTV

G.

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That's so sweet about Matthew being a Grayson fan.  What excellent taste! 

A lot of Who fans have been very critical of Matthew's acting in the Tom Baker Who series, but I enjoyed his work at the time and it's always a treat to see one of his episodes again.  A year or so ago I had the chance to watch Earthshock, his finale on Who, and it was great!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '16 I / Re: <OT In the Year, 2020...
« on: June 05, 2016, 06:20:58 PM »
Yeah I have seen the speed-up bit in action, and I've been aware of the cuts for many years now.  It's one reason why I keep so many old shows on DVD. 

Another facet that bugs me is cases where the shows have been tampered with to make them "look better."  The only example that comes to mind is Star Trek where the old model shots and some other FX have been "upgraded" with CGI that will look even more dorky and worse, inartistic, than the original work in ten years time.  I've heard that when these shows run on TV now, the CGI versions are shown.  Because of this, last year I collected the pre-CGI prints on old DVD sets, most of which I found used at very reasonable prices.  I did see that in the latest "Blu Ray" issue of these shows, you could choose to watch either the "upgrade" or the work actually created in the 1960s.  This has been how the BBC has handled episodes of Doctor Who where FX were "upgraded."

I also read last year that Lost in Space was being retooled to fit the popular 16 x 9 look.  I haven't seen it yet but presumably this means that only a segment of the original image is selected to get the required aspect ratio, as was done with the disc release of the 1991 DS series.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '16 I / Re: <OT In the Year, 2020...
« on: June 05, 2016, 03:46:52 AM »
Nope, not sarcasm.  It's something people started doing a few years ago when they didn't want to switch to cable (here it can cost over $100 a month--Comcast seems to have a de facto monopoly) when analogue TV broadcasting supposedly went dark.  I read that the govt made a large amount of money selling the airspace or bandwidth or whatever the hell it is that was freed up.

I'm a Luddite in recovery and I really have no idea how it all works.  I think you may need a converter box for the new type of plug-in electric antennas to work.  I really have no clue. 

I have a huge backlog of stuff to watch both in physical format and stuff I find online and most of the new shows have no interest for me.  I was watching Penny Dreadful but I've resigned myself to just catching up with it via DVDs from the Library.   I have access to a huge media library where I work so when I need a fix, I check that out.

The thing with Me-TV and the other channels of this type--there are several of them, one called Retro and another Decades which is the one that has run the DS 1967 marathons (it always seems to be the same block of shows)--is that they seem to have massive amounts of commercials and in some cases, the shows play stretched-out in fake "letterbox" format.  I sometimes do watch the channels when I'm staying with my parents in their retirement home in Fla.  My sister tends to binge on these home renovation and real estate shows on the "HG" network so there usually is no time to watch anything else.  I can't watch the shows that have been distorted to accommodate the current trend in screens but sometimes, they are shown in proper aspect ratio.

Me-TV does run the "Svengoolie" show, I think.  Me-TV may randomly get blocked out by something local, I have been told, and the schedule seems to vary from region to region.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '16 I / Re: <OT In the Year, 2020...
« on: June 03, 2016, 04:59:42 PM »
I don't know what kind of TV you have, Patti, but if you have the right kind, you can get one of these antennas that has to be hooked up to the set.  I think you plug it in and it captures certain available signals.  Me-TV and some of the other "retro" channels might be available through it. You could go to Best buy or similar and inquire if nobody you know uses one of these.

A co-worker watches Columbo every Sunday night using this, I think.  He does it kind of in remembrance of his Mom.  She loved the show and he enjoys it as well.  It is all 1970s episodes.  Comfort food.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '16 I / Re: New Dark Shadows Book
« on: June 03, 2016, 04:55:21 PM »
Interesting.  It reads like somebody's blog posts about the show.  Might be at least somewhat diverting as an e-book if you're on a long trip and desperate for entertainment.  I'm not sure just who the intended audience is.

You can use Amazon's "look inside" feature to read the early entries.  I wasn't impressed.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '16 I / Re: <OT In the Year, 2020...
« on: June 02, 2016, 06:12:55 PM »
I stopped watching "traditional TV" years ago. A number of my co-workers do watch things such as "Me TV" with the aid of an antenna they plug into some kind of signal box winched onto the back of the TV set (I think the way I am describing this is archaic but I don't have one so don't know just how it works).

According to the numbers I have seen, the Netflix and Amazon series are steadily encroaching upon the ratings enjoyed by the "traditional" networks.

I haven't read the post about Outcast but usually, only the first episode is offered as a freebie--you have to subscribe, on some kind of platform, to see the whole thing.  This has been a pretty common practice now for at least the past five years or so.

G.

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Seeing and hearing Thayer David is always a special event.  I think I did see this episode but I don't recall who he played or what he did in it.  A few months back, I did finally get to see his wonderful guest appearance in the David McCallum series THE INVISIBLE MAN which only lasted half a season.

G.


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Current Talk '16 I / Re: Mr. Popularity
« on: June 01, 2016, 09:37:41 PM »
They only overlapped in a couple of episodes.  From what I remember, Chris Jennings was the most popular of Don Briscoe's characters.

G.

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Current Talk '16 I / Re: "Knock Knock"
« on: June 01, 2016, 09:34:48 PM »
I think Stoker made use of the lore in the novel DRACULA.  It would be interesting to read the works of the late "Rev." Montague Summers and see if he reports finding traces of this in the old lore.

G.

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Karlen does full frontal nudity in DoD, but it's in medium shot and rather shadowy so you don't see much.  Nevertheless, a friend to whom I loaned the video asked me eagerly if Karlen had done porn at some point in the early 70s.

It's a very strange movie by a Belgian director who was an unpleasant individual, but accomplished a beautiful meditation on the image of the female vampire.  Delphine Seyrig has a lot to do with what makes the movie so memorable.  A lot of the scenes were shot in one take.  It's quite kinky... don't know that it would be your cup of Maxwell House, but you could give it a shot. 

The movie in some ways in an homage to another of my favorite films, BLOOD AND ROSES, directed by Roger Vadim in 1960.

G.

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I agree Uncle Roger.  It's too bad the writing for the two characters had not continued with work of this calibre.  Their scenes together after this one tended to be pretty perfunctory, but they did have a great chem, which added a distinct quality and really made you think they were brother & sister.

G.

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