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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: February 18, 2014, 04:56:20 PM »
Gerard, I like your sense of humor! lol!

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: February 18, 2014, 03:23:45 AM »
Is Sophia meant to be a cook in addition to somebody who takes care of household chores?  Is she doing the Mrs. Johnson role?  I guess we wouldn't have heard this Roger complaining about "yet another of Sophia's boiled dinners..."

I know these are random but these are the things that go through my mind...call it the Shadows Syndrome...lol

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: February 14, 2014, 02:49:15 PM »
I just LOVE Roger's dialogue.  Thanks, MB, for taking the time to share MORE with us.

I do find the writing for Liz as recorded somehow... off.  I seem to recall the breakfast scene being a bit better, but maybe what I'm recalling is a sense of excitement since if I'm not mistaken, Laura was mentioned.

I seem to recall a luridly filmed scene (the color palette in this, which you haven't discussed, was at times off the charts, but I don't remember enough to go into specifics) in Willie's gatehouse bachelor pad with one of his lady friends. This, obviously, happens after what we're now discussing in the film. And I can't recall her name, either.

Best, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '14 I / Re: OT: KLS on Hawaii Five-0
« on: February 14, 2014, 03:54:18 AM »
I'd enjoy seeing a photo of her from the appearance, should anyone feel moved to post one.  I don't get the channel and I don't really need to see the episode itself.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: February 14, 2014, 03:48:29 AM »
Just curious, is today's 1991 shot of Barnabas and Vicki (maybe at the Old House, but I'm not sure?) from additional footage not in the original broadcast?

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: February 13, 2014, 04:49:24 PM »
All of this is very subjective, of course... for me, as I have complained a number of times, the Barnabas and Angie stuff in Depp Shade was just way too arch and over-the-top... the Liz dialogue was good but I think that's a tribute to Pfeiffer's prowess--and her scenes with Helena as Julia had a spark and an edge to them that I found sorely lacking otherwise.  Why I like Grayson's scenes so much in the OS is that sense of "edge" and the unexpected she can bring to a scene, particularly when she's matched with an actor such as Karlen or HAA.

That said, my least favorite things in this WB version were the handling of Angelique and, to some extent, Liz--I wish we had heard behind the scenes stuff about just what was going on with the direction of Blair Brown, a very accomplished actress from what I have heard.  I have to wonder if the scene of Vicki's arrival at Collinwood might have been re-staged had the network ordered the series and the pilot actually been aired as episode one.  In the case of BtVS as I recall, a pilot was produced and then a completely new episode one was shot... I wonder if that might have happened had the network moved forward with DS.  From reading the thread from 2004, the dumping of it seemed more about network politics and a fairly strong switch in where they were moving with their programming, than about the failure of the pilot as delivered to come together...

Just some idle thoughts.


G.

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Current Talk '14 I / Re: Revival series on VHS
« on: February 13, 2014, 02:58:48 AM »
Hi Retzev, I think it's 12 cassettes total if you buy the MPI issued tapes (which have the extra footage).  Do an Amazon search and make sure you specify VHS.

Best, G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: February 12, 2014, 05:24:55 PM »
This is too delicious.  I think this Roger is now my favorite AFTER the original (who was truly one of a kind).

Thanks for such delightful treats! 

G.

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Current Talk '14 I / Re: What If...
« on: February 12, 2014, 04:54:51 AM »
If you mean would the audiences of 2014 have accepted an evil Alex Moltke character, MB, I'm sure the answer would have been yes. I'm not so sure about the audiences of 1969 which presumably was when AM was thinking of returning to the series.  That was the year when the Leviathan plot gave Frid the chance to play an evil, devious, scheming Barnabas again, and the fans revolted.  The outcry was enough that the entire storyline was drastically curtailed, resulting in quite a hash, and the good heroic Barnabas quickly returned to the scene.

I wonder if there would have been a similar outcry if fans' beloved "Vicki" had shown up has some evil minx, vampiric or otherwise.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: February 11, 2014, 06:20:04 AM »
Wow, I'm already thinking how much better the WB pilot seems, thus far, compared with the Burton/Depp opus.  I'm not going to pursue the comparison because I really think we're dealing with apples vs. oranges even if "it's all Dark Shadows."

G.

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In the one interview with Violet Welles that I have been able to find (published by Dale Clark in his fabulous zine INSIDE THE OLD HOUSE back in the 1990s), she speaks of originally being involved with DS as a ghost writer for episodes credited to Gordon Russell.  Gordon has a reputation as one of the better DS writers and I now wonder how often what we thought was Gordon was really Violet--who, to my mind, was perhaps the most sophisticated writer for the show, period.

So, no mention of Grayson or her character, Euphemia Ralston, in that book?  Maybe someday more of Grayson's episodes from that series will be made available.  The show overall frankly has very little appeal to me, but I love watching Grayson do her thing, and Euphemia really was a juicy role for her.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: February 10, 2014, 06:34:08 AM »
I looked up Matt Czuchry and he's had steady employment in two series... the first one was The Gilmore Girls, which I never watched but mention was made here of an episode with a Dark Shadows reference.

I'm fascinated by how two different versions of Vicki's arrival at Collinwood are playing out simultaneously here in different slide shows...

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '14 I / Re: DS Caribbean Cruise 2015
« on: February 08, 2014, 08:28:16 PM »
Kathy Cody???

*speechless*

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: February 08, 2014, 08:26:11 PM »
Damn, Matt Czuchry is a handsome devil.

Thanks so much for continuing this fabulous show, to everyone involved!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '14 I / Re: OT: Sam Hall Lawsuit
« on: February 05, 2014, 12:44:57 AM »
Sam's legal name is Alison Samuel Hall.  I think the journalist was just trying to be cute as I have never seen Sam referred to in this manner except in biographical materials.

G.

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