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I've been giving my old VHS tapes away to a friend as I've been acquiring the DVDs, but I will probably keep the 3 or 4 tapes that have Grayson Hall on the cover photo (even though the images they chose do quite a disservice to the Divine One's beauty, in my not-so-humble-opinion).

G.

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Hi Dom,

I can understand why you're confused.  What she means is that the old VHS release of the series (the tapes that started coming out way back in '89) were edited so that most of the Jason Maguire story was left out, and even non-Barnabas scenes of episodes featuring Barn were sometimes eliminated.  I guess that initially, MPI execs thought the only reason why anyone would buy the tapes would be to see Barnabas.  They had not yet figured out that there are fans here who want to see every second of DS--bloopers and all!

I don't own the new volume one DVD set from 1966, but from what I have been able to determine, a technical glitch led to ONE disc of that set getting a few seconds edited out of the closing moments of each episode.  (I actually think I have an idea of how it happened--the people producing the discs may have inadvertently forgotten to re-set the defaults on a day when they had just been processing something that involved a "mix" feature on one of their editing machines.  This happened to a friend of mine recently when he burned a CD for me.)

Just to add a further wrinkle of complexity, we've also been discussing how the DVD issue of the 1991 remake failed to include deleted scenes that were incorporated into the VHS release for that series.  In the case of 1991, the VHS release IS more complete, both in terms of deleted scenes and in terms of image presentation (the DVD of this show was cropped to turn it into a "faux widescreen" look).

Hope this helps!

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0229
« on: February 08, 2007, 06:03:14 PM »
Again, the split personality syndrome in the vampire's victim--tired and near-lifeless by day, alert and evil-triumphant by night.  KLS played this part brilliantly, I thought.

Vicki looked extra cute in the Blue Whale in this show.  Otherwise, I don't really have much to say about it.

G.

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That's a gorgeous portrait of Frid.  Welcome to the boards!

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0228
« on: February 08, 2007, 04:21:10 PM »
Lydia, I LOVE your scenario for Jason's first day at the Cannery.  Thanks for making me smile.

cheers, Gothick

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Props moving around the set from room to room
« on: February 07, 2007, 10:55:11 PM »
I've been noticing lately that the chairs in the OH drawing room move around  A LOT.  I know it's because they would put the furniture out different ways depending upon the day's blocking but it's been freaking me out.  I just wonder how I managed to watch this long without noticing!

Some years ago, somebody mentioned about the wall by the front door with Barn's portrait on it moving around--back, forwards, side-to-side--again, depending on blocking and the day's shooting routine.  I started paying attention to that and was again very surprised at how much it shifted around.

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0228
« on: February 07, 2007, 05:15:18 PM »
Another great episode.  It's very disturbing to see Liz begging Vicki to help her do damage control with Roger and Carolyn.  There's a frantic note that starts here with Liz that's much different from her enlisting Vicki's aid in dealing with Laura in the previous storyline.  We really start to learn more about what makes Liz tick at this point in the storyline.  I think back to that amazing scene when Jason arrives and he and Liz are alone in the drawing room and the camera has Liz's hands, clasping and unclasping with exquisitely understated nervousness, in the foreground.  Great foreshadowing then to the drama that's unfolding here.

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0227
« on: February 06, 2007, 05:32:46 PM »
I always love it when the voiceover promises "a night of horror at Collinwood."  It's soooo deliciously over-the-top!

Maggie being exhausted and then getting her mojo back when summoned is classic vampire material.  I believe this is in Stoker, as well--I know in the Lucy story they had the business with the victim being exhausted during the day and then coming "back to life" at night.

Great chem between KLS and Frid in this show.  A harbinger of things to come!

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0225_0226
« on: February 05, 2007, 05:51:02 PM »
The locution "my man" survived at least into mid-to-late 20th century upper-crust British parlance.  It was used by squire-types to refer to their trusted manservant(s).

"Don't worry about a taxi from the station--I will send my man over in the car to collect you" is a typical example of this kind of usage.

For all I know, nobs in the UK (and maybe some wannabes in the US, but I soooo *don't* have a home in the Hamptons) still use this expression.

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0225_0226
« on: February 05, 2007, 05:21:46 PM »
What wonderful dialogue in this episode:  "Serenity is my favorite emotion."  "A savage beast made familiar."  All deliciously Gothic and it must have sounded eccentric and Victorian in a bar in a small town in "Way Down East" Maine.

When Barnabas first enters Maggie's room, the show itself enters a new era, one very different from how it had been.  That's a mixed blessing but it was the transformed series that so deeply attracted me to the show as a child.

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Will We Ever See A New DS? Or would you want to?
« on: February 05, 2007, 04:54:10 PM »
I was totally opposed originally to the idea of a remake, but Alec Newman's performance as Barnabas in the 2004 pilot made me think that it could be fun IF it were done as a start-from-scratch exercise rather than a remake tout court.

Just my personal opinion, but I think we are in the final years of series television on the regular networks.  I'll be surprised if ten years from now there are ANY drama series in production for the Big 3 (or is it now the Big 4--or 5??).  I would guess that HBO and Showtime and a couple of those other networks would be able to keep things going because of how they are structured.  A series of DS movies similar to the Donald Strachey movies on the "here" network might be fun.  Again, that would underline the difference between this version and the classic show which was a daily serial and had some of the leisurely rhythms of old Victorian storytelling in its pace.

None of my opinions matter but you did ask.  I do feel incredibly fortunate that we have the entire series (minus the one lost episode), and that it has not only survived but even been released on VHS and DVD!  That seems truly miraculous.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '07 I / Re: You Tube
« on: February 02, 2007, 10:54:40 PM »
I love Dark Shadows Addict's videos.  The man is a GENIUS!

G.

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Polls Archive / Re: Long-suffering character?
« on: February 02, 2007, 09:55:09 PM »
Who else but Julia???

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Sorry, the twin question again ...
« on: February 02, 2007, 06:58:02 PM »
Gerard honey, I am *dying* here!

Thank you for MAKING my Friday!

cheers, Gothick

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0224
« on: February 02, 2007, 05:26:28 PM »
What a fabulous episode!  This is the one I alluded to in a previous post, where ABC's S & P office sent in notes stating that it must not seem that Jason is implying that Willie and Barnabas are a gay couple, in the dialogue about Willie and "light housekeeping."

Jason is such a treat to watch.  He says that line about the Swiss bank account with such sleazy zest.

Maggie's dream is so brilliantly staged.  When I first saw these shows I thought this was the first of the surreal dream sequences on DS, but now of course we know that they had had plenty of practice in the preceding Laura Collins storyline.

G.

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