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Current Talk '11 I / Re: Dark Shadows First Collection Updated to DVD
« on: February 02, 2011, 05:05:00 AM »
Odd.  I have to presume that this blog, like another one to which someone posted a link recently, is written by someone whose first language is not English.  Are there a lot of these floating around out there?

Interesting to see that DS would even be considered as a topic for such a blog.  Perhaps there's even more of a buzz at work with press reports on the Depp project than I had surmised.

G.

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: List: Top 10 Horror Movies that need a DVD release
« on: February 01, 2011, 06:25:22 AM »
Somebody should let the guy know that you can watch the Rosemary's Baby sequel for free on Youtube now--at least, I watched there a couple of months ago.  Even though it had been described in a number of online reviews as unwatchably bad, I found it to be good campy Seventies fun.  And you get Tina Louise as the Madam of an upscale Bordello, earnestly chewing the scenery for all it's worth.  The funniest part involves this actress named Donna Mills (I hope I am remembering that correctly) who I think became an icon on Seventies and Eighties trash television.  Ray Milland and Ruth Gordon wound up doing parodies of the roles played by Gordon and Stanley Blackmer in the original film.

There are some truly classic horror films that desperately DO need to be released in restored versions on DVD--front and center in my book, apart from the two DS features, is Blood and Roses, the Roger Vadim film from 1960.

Schlock like the Bates Motel thing--does anyone really care??

G.

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: Laura The Phoenix --Your Thoughts?
« on: January 30, 2011, 04:37:39 AM »
I just loved Laura's showdowns with Liz.  The two were so well matched.  There was a regal, icy attention to etiquette between the two, and yet you could feel the rage and resentment boiling underneath.  Fantastic work from both actresses.

G.

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: Laura The Phoenix --Your Thoughts?
« on: January 28, 2011, 03:56:58 AM »
Right on with this thread, Cousin!  In some ways the 1966-67 Laura Collins storyline was THE BEST story DS ever produced, bar none; none of the later difficulties with sloppy writing, non sequiturs, poorly rehearsed actors, continuity blunders, etc.  As you watch it you can also see ways in which the Laura story was a try-out for the recipe they followed when introducing "the Vampire" a few months later.

G.

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Well, it was fun while it lasted.  Yet another sign that the suits who work for DCP have ZERO sense of humor--did they actually see these little treats as a serious attempt at a remake?

It's kind of tragic that we'll never get to see the main guy play Barnabas since it all seems to have been his idea...

G.

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Fascinating.  I have actually been to Cotehele... wonderful memories.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '11 I / Re: David Henesy's Website
« on: January 25, 2011, 10:36:55 PM »
I like him better with the beard.  But I'll spare all of you my cries and whispers over the subject of FUR.

growling,

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '11 I / Re: David Henesy's Website
« on: January 25, 2011, 12:58:46 AM »
That's a beautiful, vibrant photo of David.  Much nicer than the one run in Scarlet Street a couple of years ago.

G.

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Current Talk '19 I / Re: A New Slideshow Is Coming
« on: January 24, 2011, 06:32:30 AM »
You know I am just dying here with the quote that goes with the gorgeous new Julia image on the main Robservations page--a propos of Miss Olivia Corey--"all trace of her lice has disappeared."  

Thank God the Collinsport Inn summoned the fumigation experts in time...

G.

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And now I watched episode 3.  Mrs. Johnson in this version appears to be British.   Perhaps she'll get the movie Stokes line about the Bromwells in Cadogan Square?

G.

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Just for a lark I have just watched episodes 1 and 2.  Carla Daws as Liz and the actor who plays Roger seem pretty good.  The production really needs some help with pacing though.  It all seems under-rehearsed and sometimes dodgy.

The Willie makes me think of Craig Slocum.  And the Jason sways and pirouettes so extraordinarily that I am reminded of a line in The Man who came to dinner about ZaSu Pitts--my apologies for going all esoteric again.

G.

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: How to explain 1840 Angelique...?
« on: January 23, 2011, 08:36:13 PM »
All I can ever say on this topic is that when watching it back in the Sixties, it somehow made perfect sense.  I now see how outrageously it flouts the continuity that had been established for Angelique.  I think that at that point, Lela Swift was the de facto head writer orchestrating the storylines, the position that DC himself had formerly occupied, and some fan reported from an old newsletter from 1970 that it was Lela's idea to introduce a storyline involving a romance between Barnabas and Angelique.

On some level, I simply accepted that this Angelique was the same person we had seen before, but this time, instead of her knowing of all that had happened since 1796, she was the immortal Witch who had roamed the earth since that time.  I don't think I actually remembered the lines that established that Angelique had been confined to Hell, first between 1796 and 1968, and then subsequently after her disappearance in 1968 and invocation by Quentin in 1897.

It actually makes even less sense that the Angelique brought back in 1897 would know and recall events from 1968.  I suppose one could argue that Barnabas's use of the dangerous magic of the I Ching had not only propelled himself backwards in time; it had also created some kind of space-time warp that allowed for Angelique's reappearance from her time in '68, AND Julia's subsequent visit as an astral body (one of the most idiotic of all their ideas, given the rules said to govern astral travel, but don't get me started).

G.

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Current Talk '11 I / Re: The Robservations Slideshow
« on: January 23, 2011, 05:58:24 AM »
MB, that's so cool to know that you're also a fan of PT1841 Julia Collins.  I just love the nuances Grayson brings to that role.  I have been able to appreciate it more upon watching it again in recent years than I did back during the original b'cast in 1971.

And talking of nuances, today's featured image at the head of the front Robservations page is simply stunning.  Even in that nubby coat, Grayson is elegant, elegiac, mournful half-despair incarnate.  Brilliant capture.  Thank you so much!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '10 II / Re: Anywhere but NEWARK!!!!!
« on: January 22, 2011, 04:54:50 AM »
Great captures from those '97 ads MB!  It is strange how ... old they look now!  But yes, beloved, it was 14 years ago...

G.

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Current Talk '19 I / Re: Another New Slideshow
« on: January 22, 2011, 04:51:16 AM »
Just have to say how much I love, love, love that image of Grayson with Dennis Patrick.  It's really funny to think of what they were shooting in Leviathan just a few weeks before they did this scene.

Julia Hoffman, Queen of the Big Hair Red Hot Mamas!  Go grrrl!

G.

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