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Calendar Events / Announcements '15 II / Re: Penny Dreadful
« on: September 11, 2015, 03:16:56 PM »
For anyone who's been waiting, I checked Amazon last night and the PD season 2 DVD set is up for pre-order now.  Release date scheduled for Oct. 6.  I have put dibs on one for myself because I am really looking forward to seeing these.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '15 II / Re: John Connell 1924 - 2015
« on: September 11, 2015, 03:13:32 PM »
Thanks for this news.  I wouldn't have remembered him without the photos.  Was he the one in that scene set in the Phoenix morgue?  The set they built for that one scene was incredible.

G.

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These excerpts are fascinating, MB--and thank you for alerting us to the inclusion of unshot Julia scenes here, as I am afraid I have not been following this thread.

The most fascinating detail to me is that the descriptive phrases about Julia--classy English accent, exotic sensuous beauty--suggest that the role was WRITTEN with Barbara Steele in mind.

I know nothing of the production history or just when Steele was cast, so that's an intriguing concept for me to ponder (but have no way of pursuing further).

G.

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Current Talk '15 II / Re: Grant Douglas/Quentin Collins
« on: September 08, 2015, 03:30:04 PM »
In all fairness, whenever DC was in town, he DICTATED the storylines to the writers.  That's right, Dan Curtis was not only the producer, he was also the uncrowned head writer on the show.  There were longish periods when Dan was in England or elsewhere pursuing other projects and in those periods, the stories actually managed to make sense.  I think the first Laura Collins story (1966-67) was so well written because DC wasn't around to interfere--I believe he was in England throughout that period.

According to Sam Hall, if one of the writers tried to protest that what Dan ordered did not make sense, he would bark, "Are you writing the show or not?  I can get a lotta people to write this show."  So they would have to give in and do what he said, regardless of how loopy or incoherent.

In the final two to three years, the rhythm of the stories with all the cliffhangers and increasing avalanche of occulture meant that the writers themselves simply could not follow what was going on.  Add in the fact that many if not most of the shows were taped way out of sequence.

The reintroduction of Quentin in 1970 was purely driven by the character's huge popularity.  What I remember from what was revealed is that Frederick Thorne had been a previous alias adopted by Quentin before he assumed the Grant Douglas identity.  Immortals have to keep doing this because otherwise, people become curious why somebody that old still looks so young.  (It was before the invention of botox, guerilla plastic surgery, etc.)

cheers,  G.

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Current Talk '15 II / Re: Violet Welles interview in 1991 TWODS
« on: August 25, 2015, 03:36:31 PM »
There is but one god, and his name is Petofi.

G.

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Current Talk '15 II / Re: Best of Angelique
« on: August 25, 2015, 03:34:13 PM »
Veteran DS fan Nicky confirmed to me that the intro of Angelique episode on the new compilation is NOT restored.  Same old muddied kinescope we've all seen before.

I did find it highly unlikely that MPI would spend the money required for this.  I doubt whether they have direct access to the software and equipment required, so it would have involved setting up a contract with a special DVD restoration service.

Best,  Steve

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Current Talk '15 II / Best of Angelique
« on: August 21, 2015, 10:29:45 PM »
Hi Fans,

The new MPI BEST OF QUENTIN and BEST OF ANGELIQUE sets have hit various online and retail outlets.  The Amazon pricing has the Quentin disc at half price, while the Ange disc is priced at 11.99.

There's a note from a fan dated the middle of last month stating that the episode of Ange's debut (involving the arrival of herself and the Countess at the Old House in 1795) has been restored for the disc.

Has anybody seen it, and can they comment on the restoration?  In the UK, the BBC has been restoring color and image quality on episodes of DR WHO that exist only in old videorecordings where the master reels had been destroyed.  Wondering if a comparable degree of quality was achieved for this.

Thanks, G.

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Current Talk '15 II / Re: Violet Welles interview in 1991 TWODS
« on: August 21, 2015, 03:03:37 PM »
I'm so glad this finally got posted.

Many thanks Midnite for a truly heroic effort!

G.

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Awesome.  Thanks!

G.

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What a hoot!  I find the photos of Radcliff and McAvoy together to be very slashy...

G.

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Testing. 1, 2, 3... / Re: Wave of the Future (Even Past 1995)
« on: August 14, 2015, 03:01:31 PM »
I think it's similar to how a friend shared some BATMAN episodes with me over the New Year's holiday some months back. You can store the material on a "cloud" service or a website and then if you're standing in line somewhere or on an airplane or whatever, you can watch it.

It shouldn't take up RAM on your computer.  You might want to google one of the phrases you quoted and there is probably information someone has provided on how this works.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '15 II / Re: Happy Birthday, Midnite!!!
« on: August 10, 2015, 08:53:08 PM »
Happy Birthday Midnite darling!

cheers, Steve

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Calendar Events / Announcements '15 II / Re: Elementary
« on: August 06, 2015, 03:01:56 PM »
He's so luscious.  Thanks for the fun photos, MB!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '15 II / Re: dark shadows dance party
« on: July 27, 2015, 07:01:56 PM »
Sorry to hear about the emergency room trip, Michael.  I hope you are feeling better now.

Best,

Steve

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Current Talk '15 II / An Anniversary
« on: July 19, 2015, 07:59:32 PM »
Ah, July 19--a date that will live in history! On this date 49 years ago, July 19, 1966, the Introduction of Bleedervalve Collins occurred.  Television would never be the same again.  Episode 17 of DARK SHADOWS had seen the light of day.

Here's to automotive safety--and to DS, forever pushing the frontiers--other series relied on the tried and true mechanics of the "missing spark plug" scenario, but Dan Curtis and Art Wallace went out on a limb and created Bleedervalve... a truly legendary icon in the annals of American series.

cheers,

G.

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