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Current Talk '19 I / Re: Depp/Burton DARK SHADOWS Is In Release!!
« on: May 30, 2012, 05:57:46 PM »
My two drachmae for what it's worth--don't expect rationality from studio decision-makers.  They may or may not decide to do a Shadows sequel upon any variety of pretexts--and the project could spend years in development and wind up being squelched by some other studio suit's whim.  A lot of what they say is just dust blowin' in the wind (as the saying used to go).

BTW I am loving the OS theme this month.  It looks as if 1897 Laura's wig is eating her brain at the moment.  lol!

G.

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Yet another Strange Paradise announcement, and this one is also relevant to DS.  Like many other genre periodicals and mags in recent months, the magazine Rue Morgue released a special DS issue (with Barnabas on the cover) earlier in May.  The magazines are finally showing up at some local outlets, and I just saw the issue this evening in Cambridge's Newbury Comics.  The final page of the issue is a recurring feature entitled Classic Cuts and in this issue the Classic profiled is none other than Strange Paradise. It's illustrated with a never before published photo of Raxl (as portrayed deliciously by Cosette Lee) and scans of two of the Dorothy Daniels paperback covers.

Very cool that Strange Paradise was remembered in conjunction with material on DS.  The profile is actually a reasonably affectionate tribute, too.  Most press received by Strange Paradise since 1969-70 has been, to be euphemistic, less than positive.

G.

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Current Talk '12 I / Re: 1969 DS-themed 45 rpm "The Curse Goes On"
« on: May 29, 2012, 08:46:06 PM »
Utterly groovy!  Christopher gets bonus-points for namechecking Cassandra.

G.

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Hi Tragic Bat,

if you're interested in seeing stills, anecdotes, info and more about Strange Paradise, check out these two excellent websites:

http://www.strangeparadise.net   (scroll down and look for the ENTER button to click on the lower right hand sign of the front page)

http://www.maljardin.com

And to MB (sorry for the delay in response), the 3rd story arc involved the departure of Holly and Quito and the arrival of some new characters, including one played by Trudy Young who went on to appear with SP veterans Jack Creley and Colin Fox in the occult thriller feature film, "The Reincarnate," in 1971.  The third story arc involved changing the pivotal role of Raxl from a force for good to the outright villain of the series.  The original backstory established in the first 13 week arc was dropped in favor of a new backstory to "explain" the "Desmond curse."  I found the writing often clumsy and repetitive, although there were still great moments, thanks almost entirely to very strong and imaginative actors such as Colin Fox, Cosette Lee, Jack Creley, and Pat Moffatt.

Best, G.

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Current Talk '12 I / Re: Looking For a Photo of Quentin
« on: May 27, 2012, 02:26:13 AM »
I always thought the flip do on that cut-out was a hoot.  It also seems a bit odd that just one's face would be there but not the rest... are you supposed to be a candidate for the Q-man's collection of human heads???

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '12 I / Re: Bob O'Connell!
« on: May 26, 2012, 02:36:30 PM »
Fascinating. It makes me wonder about Bob O'Connell's career in general, a topic I admit I have never thought to research.

Thanks for the intriguing note, Uncle Roger.

Best,  G.

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It looks as if the artist (I use the term loosely) used photos of the octogenarian Jonathan Frid as the basis for his drawings of Barnabas in this one.

Hope they get a better artist for the Vampi book but I'm not holding my breath.

G.

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Current Talk '19 I / Re: hoDS/NoDS DVD Release?
« on: May 25, 2012, 01:31:14 AM »
Hey MB,  I remember that mag, or should I say rag?  lol.

Darren, once again I bow to how incredibly far-reaching your research on these films has been.  Can't wait to read the new essay in the new PomPress book.  That is very cool that the hoDS trailer was up for an award.  I wonder which one.  I hope it was the one where the ghoulish horror-host-esque narrator says, after Grayson Hall's line "you're not really serious!" ... "Oh, but he IS, Julia," over footage of the unfortunate Dr.'s demise.  Just great stuff.

It's wild about that NoDS voiceover.  I was listening through headphones and it suddenly struck me (after the MANY times I've played that trailer) that there was something about the timbre of the voice that just didn't quite fit with Davis.

G.

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Current Talk '19 I / Re: hoDS/NoDS DVD Release?
« on: May 24, 2012, 11:48:05 PM »
I thought of starting a separate topic about this, but it doesn't seem significant enough to warrant its own niche.  I was listening today to a Youtube post that combines 2 or 3 versions each of the surviving hoDS and NoDS trailers. In the NoDS trailer, it always sounds like Roger Davis doing the v/o to me, but then today I started to wonder.  Has anyone else thought that it was Davis on that trailer? Is there any confirmation one way or the other that we know of?

I thought this "cameo" in the NoDS trailer would be a pretty amusing touch if true, given that Davis was an outright star of the first film.

G.

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And another announcement related to Strange Paradise.  An ambitious fan has written and produced a full scale radio drama continuation of the series with full cast and new music, and the results are surprisingly impressive.  Check it out for free here:

http://thedramapod.com/drupal/node/448

I don't know whether the story would make sense if you haven't seen all 39 weeks of SP.  The dialogue does include a number of backstory references, some of them expository.

Best, G.

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Blech.  I see what Cousin B means about the prunes. ugh.

I lost all interest in this title after the debacle that was issue 4. For those who continue, I wish you all the best.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '12 I / Re: Mad Men
« on: May 23, 2012, 04:35:03 PM »
The scene where the two women are working on the DS audition together can be seen here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdsHTlqU4po

I believe the time is meant to be November of 1966 (hence the reference to Thanksgiving).  There's something of an air of Jackie Susann/Valley of the Dolls about the sequence...

G.

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Happy Birthday Darling!

xo G.

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Thayer got up to some pretty wild stuff (in the company of Christopher Pennock and an incredible ensemble cast) in the early Merchant/Ivory indie movie, Savages.

Cousin B I am sorry your song was deleted.  I thought it was a hoot!

I think there should be a hybrid of Suki Forbes and Count Petofi.  I leave the possibilities to your imagination.

G.

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All surviving 194 episodes of Strange Paradise are availabe on Youtube, I believe.  You may have to check a couple of different channels to see them all.

It is outrageous that dealers on the grey market are charging such prices for the fan produced set from the Canadian Drive-In channel screenings  (The series has never been shown on Chiller.)  I know the fan who produced the original set and he's been upgrading the original recordings (which were recorded on DVD, not VHS).  He is very devoted to the conservation of the original series.  The current rights owner is based in India and has no interest in an official release.

Some of the best episodes start, ironically, after episode 40 with the arrival of an important new character on the island.  I also really like the story arc that ran from around week 14 through week 24.  After week 24 it really kind of went downhill, unfortunately.  Still fun to watch but the continuity, which had been carefully followed in the first couple of storyline, goes right out the window for the 3rd and final arc.

G.

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