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I just saw an announcement about this on the DVD Talk site!  I had somehow missed the original announcement last week.

Happy shopping to all!

G.

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To paraphrase Miss Jean Brodie--for those who find this sort of thing important, this is the sort of thing that would be important to them.  *wry grin* I think these polls (they run them on sites all over the nets, don't they?)  are hotly followed by folks who spend a large part of their day socializing online.  Not at all to say that that's a bad thing--in these days of iPhones, people can be online while driving, working, paying bills AND having dinner with their friends.   [hall2_shocked]

I personally don't think DS will ever be acclaimed as one of the top ten TV shows--nor do I mourn that fact in any way.  I think if DS had the potential for that kind of acclaim, it would be far too generic for me to stay intrigued by it all these years.  I do think that it's interesting that as the years have gone by and the series hasn't been picked up by any other network, DS' visibility in pop culture has seemed to spike in the past year or two.  The fact that they included a scene from one of the shows in that high profile Augusten Burroughs thing last year, plus all the hoopla around the Depp project, certainly means it's very much out in public view.  Not bad for a show that hasn't been on the air for several years now.

G.

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What fun!  Even if Alec doesn't get to do much beyond yell, cry, run around and take his clothes off (yum!), this should be good exposure for him.

Sounds as if they're not using Madonna's song Into the Groove which was in the original movie; too bad.  That song really defined Desperately seeking Susan for this viewer.

G.

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Current Talk '07 II / Today's Glorious Slideshow
« on: November 14, 2007, 04:28:01 PM »
Ah, once again we delight in the slides from THAT show!  It hit me that the snapshot of Julia hysterically clutching the phone could be captioned:  "PLEASE!  Ple-e-e-hee-heeeeease don't tell me you're all out of kalamata olives!  NO!  NO-HO-HO-HO-HOOOOO!"

I'm sure I did post some years back that some people with whom I am vaguely acquainted ran this episode as a run-up to the Oscar telecast and the people at their party were so riveted, they demanded to play it again ... and again ... and AGAIN. Grayson stole Oscar's thunder!

When "Julia goes off the deep end," theatre mavens applaud!

On a side note, I'd totally forgotten about "Gloria" Winters.  Cousin of Little Gloria Vanderbilt no doubt.  I'm now imagining some of Vicki's 1795 dialogue delivered with a Locust Valley lockjaw intonation...

Thanks once again to MB for making me smile today!

G.


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I actually prefer shows to be "slow," particularly "slow" by today's standards.  I've already seen pretty much every plot twist the mind of wo/man could invent, and then some--what makes a drama worth viewing for me is CHARACTER, and a more layered approach that suggests possibilities of interpretation.

I found the character of the lead vampire's mentor jarring in a flat, rather banal way.  The writing was horrendous and the actor obviously did not have a clue what he was supposed to be doing.  He did actually seem as if he was fairly competent craft-wise.  Perhaps if the writing has improved and they have changed directors, they might have been able to make something of the character.

Glad to hear YOU enjoy it!  I'm all about people enjoying themselves.

I must say I am fascinated to learn that there are people out there who regard Angel as the be-all and end-all of vampire stories.  Truly fascinating *raises eyebrow in Spock-like fashion*.

cheers, G.

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Thanks, Lori, for posting that link.  I did watch the first episode of Moonlight and although it was amusing, I found the casting sketchy, particularly the fellow they cast in the Lacroix role--I have no idea who or what he was supposed to be, but whatever it was, it really wasn't working!

I did think that Sophia Myles (do I have her name right) is fabulous in the thankless role of the ingenue.  And the fellow who had Mick had some potential.  too bad the silly script had him sleeping in a deep freeze.  One wonders what on Earth the vampires did before the invention of refrigeration units?

G.

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Current Talk '07 II / Re: DVD Long-Term Availability
« on: November 13, 2007, 04:41:40 PM »
DS has, as far as I can tell, broken records yet again in staying IN PRINT consistently for far longer than is usual for ANYTHING on home video/disc.  Presumably that trend will continue with the new excitement in the run-up to Depp's film and the fact that the series, as a pop culture artifact, seems to be more widely visible than at any time since 1968.

Willie, we're probably going to see a DVD release of the two movies within the coming year.  If you have to have new copies of the VHS releases, try Amazon markets and other outlets on the Net.  I recommend getting the laser disc if you have a player for them although they still were not released with the correct screen ratio (can't speak to the audio mix).

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '07 II / Re: Julianna McCarthy on Cold Case
« on: November 13, 2007, 12:11:16 AM »
Julianna McCarthy, for me, provided the ONLY noteworthy performance in the 1991 revival series--apart from Barbara Steele's Julia.  I thought McCarthy's understated malevolence helped give some bite to the threat to Vicki from the witch hunters--I frankly found Roy Thinnes so over-the-top as to be laughable in his work as Trask (and were those eyebrows REALLY the preserved flattened millipedes they appeared to be???).  I'm sure the directors are to blame (and most like DC is to blame most of all) since several people I have seen do excellent work in other venues were either way off-the-hook or just plain bad here.

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '07 II / Re: The Annual November Juliathon
« on: November 10, 2007, 09:06:43 PM »
Mysterioso darling, so exquisitely do our days mngle the threads of Art and Life that at this very moment I am *wearing* my Legion t-shirt with the image of Barnabas rescuing Julia above.

Thanks for the lovely assemblage of scenes!  You're a peach with a gorgeous bloom on your cheeks!

cheers, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '07 II / Re: New Photo of Jonathan Frid!
« on: November 09, 2007, 03:55:37 AM »
How very sweet.  Bobbi could almost be Julia as she is today had she lived, and Arthur could almost be Willie Loomis' grandson!

Jonathan gets extra credit for wearing such a sprightly shirt, too!

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '07 II / The Annual November Juliathon
« on: November 09, 2007, 03:29:35 AM »
Fans,

Several years ago I wrote a lengthy (I believe it totalled 17 pages) essay analysing Grayson Hall's first few months on Dark Shadows.  (This was meant as a contribution to a book on the 1967 storyline which never did see the light of day.)  I was intrigued to learn that Grayson appeared in a very high number of episodes in the October/November period of that year; I believe that she was in all but five of the shows taped in October of '67.  The slideshow today and those of the recent past are reminding me what a fabulous period this time of the year is for Grayson Hall addicts.  Today's slides include images of the legendary face-off between Julia and Carolyn in the foyer.  I really do think it is "better than heroin" when Julia slams the phone down on Miss Minx's flirtatious chat with Tony Peterson, only to have the young heiress icily inform her houseguest that the Collins family expects a certain standard in the behavior of those who dwell beneath their roof.  Why, it's nearly dinnertime and Julia hasn't even changed!  I find this all the more a hoot in that not only do we never even see the family having dinner (after the one episode of them dining with Laura Collins in, what, January of '67?) but we certainly never see signs that anyone has changed for dinner in later shows (though there are plenty of cases of young ingenues going to bed in high heels and street makeup).

Yesterday's slideshow featured the first of Julia's showdowns with Nicholas Blair, and I did love how it looked in the capture as if the redoubtable "Physician to the Vampire" was going to clock the suave, smug warlock right in the putz.  We have more showdowns between Julia and Nicholas to enjoy in the weeks to come, and in late November we can look forward to the debut of "Julia Hoffman, Detective at Large" with the onset of the Leviathans story.

The falling leaves drift past my window--and there's more fabulous performances from Grayson Hall and the DS repertory company to savor!  Here's to autumnal bliss!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '07 II / Re: Julianna McCarthy on Cold Case
« on: November 07, 2007, 08:17:54 PM »
The fourth photograph really reminds me of Clarice, for some reason.  (I didn't find that Julianna's performance as Mrs J--which I enjoyed because of her own pizzazz as an actress--particularly reminded me in any way of Clarice.)

I don't know anything about "Cold Case" or HDTV but am delighted at the opportunity to see Julianna again!

G.

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Current Talk '07 II / Re: i'm doing 1840...finally
« on: November 05, 2007, 04:27:38 PM »
MSC, one of my all-time favorite Grayson moments is, I think, in the introduction of Sabrina storyline (and those painful weeks when we had to deal with RD's Ned Stuart characterization).    Julia is trying to see someone and the other person is claiming that the individual she seeks is not around.  Then somebody else comes out and says "Oh, they're in the next room."  Julia turns to whoever it is she was speaking to before and asks, in this gently wounded innocent voice, "Why was it necessary to LIE?"  Watching that scene as an adult years ago, I had to guffaw, being all too acutely aware of the NUMEROUS times our dear Dr. Hoffman had lied her way with a sweet and smiling face out of one situation after another.

If someone could remind me just when the scene I attempt to describe above actually occurred, I'd be very grateful; since reading Michael's comments above I've been jonesing to see it again.

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '07 II / Re: i'm doing 1840...finally
« on: November 02, 2007, 03:58:21 PM »
MSC, I think you are right about the old-timers on the show being generally tired or at least in a state of discontent.  From things that have been shared here, I know Jonathan Frid was basically fed up with playing a vampire and doing "the fanging thing."  Grayson was feeling end-of-the-run blues, I think--they scheduled one of her shows in August on the same day she had just flown back from LA from doing Night Gallery and I don't think she was terribly thrilled with that, just for an example.   I have no idea what the story was with the writers but as 1840 goes on the shows become very repetitive--there are seemingly endless scenes of "Gerard" putting a spell on Daphne or somebody else and then the results of the spell.

Good things in the later part:  any scenes with Virginia Vestoff or Chris Pennock (unlike the others, Gabriel was very fresh material for him); Johnny Karlen's romantic bits with Nancy (aren't they just adorable together!), Julia's occasional scene with Angelique; ditto for Barn and Trask (I love a certain scene where Barn confronts Trask at a moment when the latter was in a state of abject terror).  But there's this period where Lee Beery and James Storm seem to be vying for the Fickle Finger of Fate award as to who can botch the most dialogue, and Humbert is pretty much wasted in the cookie-cutter role of Charles Dawson, Lawyer and Satanist.

My favorite Grayson moment from this period is when Julia is watching her counterpart in the Parallel Time room:  not only is it Grayson in Stereo, but Grayson gets more to do in five minutes as Aunt Julia Collins than she gets in weeks of regular time 1840.

G.

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Glorioski!  We've had skulls, bats, witches, ghosts, and ghouls, but surely the ULTIMATE horror is what is staring us IN OUR FACE on this site today--the hideous, eldritch, nefandous, insidious terror that IS ROGER DAVIS!!!  And he's CLLUTCHING his HAIR!!!  *swooooooooon*

I remember well that one of the creepiest moments on DS as a child was when Vampire Dirk (probably RD's best performance on the show) was summoning his patsy Judith to come receive her "reward"--I remember the look in RD's eyes made it feel as though ice cubes were cascading down my nether regions!

The Horror!   The Horror!

*hiding behind the sofa, praying he'll go away...*

G.

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