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Calendar Events / Announcements '12 I / Re: Any 2012 Fest Rumors?
« on: February 09, 2012, 03:32:25 AM »
Maybe the Festival committee is waiting for Tim Burton to release his trailer so they can decide whether or not to invite Johnny Depp to the event?

And maybe it's time for fans who feel sufficiently motivated to do so to start organizing their own event.  I know there is already one in Connecticut somewhere or other...

G.

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Current Talk '12 I / Re: Complete Original Series April 10 on DVD
« on: February 07, 2012, 11:10:50 PM »
Bat, I totally agree about that silly Zombie Quentin storyline, although I do love the scene where Barn is reading Jeremiah's diary to Magda and Sandor in the basement of the Old House.  And Thayer's work with Sandor's lines in that scene actually brings an edge of pathos to an otherwise rather absurd staging.

Maybe they looked at episodes that had been immortalized in the bubble-gum cards and Viewmaster reels to choose the "fan favorites"?

How cool would it have been if there had been an actual poll where fans could have first established a shortlist of favorites, then voted on the 9 episodes to be chosen.  A missed opportunity for MPI.

G.

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Current Talk '12 I / Re: Complete Original Series April 10 on DVD
« on: February 07, 2012, 10:26:27 PM »
Interesting. I wish at least one of the episodes could have been pre-Barnabas.  I would have chosen episode 1, and a Laura Collins episode, perhaps Laura at the diner recounting the "Phoenix soliloquy" or Laura having a showdown with Liz (which would have been good since the selections don't seem to bother to show off Joan Bennett very much).

As one of my friends is fond of saying, C'est la poo-poo.

G.

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Current Talk '12 I / Re: Complete Original Series April 10 on DVD
« on: February 07, 2012, 03:01:03 PM »
Oh, I wasn't panicking. Just expressing regret.

Nicky is a boy, btw.  (I know him in what is laughingly referred to as "real life.")

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '12 I / Re: Complete Original Series April 10 on DVD
« on: February 07, 2012, 05:38:49 AM »
Very weird.  I just looked and the listings for the regular box sets are still there, too.  Some are for sale "new" or "used" for $15.00.

Wonder what's going on? New packaging with references to the Depp project?

G.

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Current Talk '12 I / Re: Complete Original Series April 10 on DVD
« on: February 07, 2012, 05:18:57 AM »
Wow.  I wonder if MPI is about to lose (or give up) the rights to distribute DS on home video?  Since the box set is being touted as a limited edition, it will presumably only be available for a set time.

Has Warners/Universal/Megaleviathan assumed the rights to distribute the series or planning to do so if the Depp movie franchise takes off?  Or will the series simply go OP?

I always thought it was phenomenal that Dark Shadows remained in print on home video, and made the transition from VHS to DVD so successfully to the point where ALL episodes have been available now for close to 20 years.

It'll be sad to think that there may be a period when it won't be available.  Feels like the ending of an era.

G.

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Thanks for that review, Arashi.  I love the imagery you describe and would love to see your drawing. 

I totally agree re Angelique.  Of course it doesn't help that in her final storyline, in 1840, she makes a turn-on-a-dime 180 degree character switch from being her usual psychotic rampaging self to being some kind of altruistic Florence Nightingale of Witchdom. Without any real explanation or justification.

I can see fans who are really hung up on what they did with her in that storyline being able to justify all kinds of stuff with her.

G.

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Current Talk '10 I / Re: is cassandra chic???
« on: February 06, 2012, 02:21:23 AM »
Thanks, Nicky, for that reminder. (wink)

I remember when this friend's Mom got a new car, circa June 1969. The color was described as "sub-lime."  (Yes, for reals.)  It was a lurid neon chartreuse.  I wonder how long that little car lasted.  It was a sporty little thing.

Gerard, I realize I'm 2 years late to thank you for your description of that wall treatment.  Sounds like the result of somebody's acid trip.

G.

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Happy Birthday, Bette!! "are we down hearted???" No way!

Best wishes,

Steve

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For anyone who reads French, the author's name is Jean Marigny (which sounds like a possible pseudonym; either that, or he comes from a very old family).

I looked at the book at work--I work for a large University library, and we collect extensively not only from Europe, but all around the world.

G.

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I was surprised this evening when browsing through a new French coffee-table book on images of Vampires across the centuries and countries to find a two page spread on Dark Shadows (there was no French translation of the title; it was given in English).  Apart from stating that the series only ran from 1968 to 1971 and that the Ross books stopped in '72 (my memory is that they ran a bit later than that), it was a fairly accurate and well written entry.  It included two Marilyn Ross book covers plus a full page image of Barnabas baring his fangs in 1967. 

I don't know whether the series was ever shown in France.  It was fascinating that so much space in the book was given to it.  This was mainly a picture book so two pages (which included perhaps a half page of text) was quite a bit.  Forever Knight and some other US shows of earlier periods did not seem to be mentioned, although True Blood and the Twitlight series got plenty of coverage.

G.

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Current Talk '12 I / Re: Complete Original Series April 10 on DVD
« on: February 04, 2012, 01:48:23 AM »
It's been reported to be available for pre-order at $319.00 at this site.  I only report what I have been told--I haven't used the site, nor have I checked up on the current status of the pricing:

http://www.importcds.com/Movies/2372026/Dark-Shadows-Dark-Shadows-Complete-Original-Series-DVD

I do wonder how they can get away with this since MPI's retail price is $600--that's almost 50 percent off.

G.


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Didn't somebody report a rumor that Burton's not releasing a trailer until March?

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '12 I / Re: Night of the Iguana
« on: February 03, 2012, 05:28:37 PM »
You BEAST!  You be-HEE-HEE-HEE-EAST!

Seducer!  SEDUCER!!!

xo G.

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Is Tim Burton so much of a control freak that he'd want to sign off even a simple front page for the movie website?  I mean, honestly, black backdrop, standard title "Dark Shadows" in the DS font with a dark red halo around it, choose one of the four photos you've released (the cast photo would make most sense) and "The Journey Begins May 12, 2012" (or whatever the date is).  And you're done, until Emperor Burton decides he's ready to release some real publicity materials.

I don't follow current industry crap at all so for all I know, this kind of endless dithering and delay is typical, but honestly... it leaves me baffled. 

I also do not know why TBTP cannot simply announce a release date for the hoDS/NoDS DVDs.  Again, how hard is this stuff?

cheers, Gothick

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