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Current Talk '06 II / Re: Does Roger Deserve a Wedgie?
« on: December 30, 2006, 07:49:07 PM »
I'm afraid I have no idea what a wedgie is, but the original 1966 Roger Collins was a wonderfully devious character.  I laugh everytime I watch the scene where [spoiler]he attempts to terrorize Vicki when David's locked her in the room in the "closed-off" West Wing (that wound up seeing more foot traffic than Boston's South Station on a typical afternoon, it seems).  Edmonds played that scene with such wonderful poise, despite the absurdity of it.[/spoiler]

My second favorite Edmonds characterization is PT 1970 Roger.  He's so catty he cracks me up.  I love when he tells Alexis that mentioning Angelique and Maggie in the same line is "like comparing a sable to a mouse"--and Parker's bitchy smirk in response.  Edmonds had the same flair as the late, great Clifton Webb with this sort of vicious yet elegant dialogue.

G.

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Current Talk '06 II / Re: Who was upset that DS ended in 1840 PT?
« on: December 20, 2006, 05:14:55 PM »
Well, Grayson said in the '73 fan interview tape that the script had to be changed on the day of taping because Frid refused to say the final dialogue line about the possibility of Melanie having been attacked by a vampire.  He felt that the line "made fun of Barnabas" if he delivered it.

As I believe Buzz indicated, Mr. Frid did very few of the opening voiceovers, and the ones he did were fairly late in the game--I seem to recall first hearing him do one in a 1970 episode.  Thayer David, on the other hand, had a massive side career in voiceovers.  He discusses this in Ron Barry's interview with him (great tape).  As a viewer at the time, it seemed natural to me that Thayer did the closing voiceover, I think because I primarily identified him with Professor Stokes and I could imagine Stokes summing everything up because that just seemed to be a natural role for him to take.

I guess it would have been nice to have had Alexandra return to do the final voiceover, but it would also have reminded everybody how Vicki's original storyline got pretty abruptly canned once they started up with Barnabas.  It would have been really neat to have had Vicki return in a final 1971 storyline to finally learn the answer to the question of her parentage.  Ah well, we can dream!

G.

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Amen to THAT, my dear Julia99!!!!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 II / Re: Thurs is ROBIN V's Birthday!!
« on: December 15, 2006, 07:03:57 PM »
Belated birthday wishes, Robin!  I'm so glad you had such a happy time in Vegas.

And let's hear it for Bugsy!  It warms my heart that you believe in your puppy's goodness.

hugs, Steve

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Current Talk '06 II / Re: New Leather Store
« on: December 12, 2006, 05:24:38 PM »
Mysterioso darling,

what a lovely little poem!  NOW you're putting me in a holiday mood!

*wink*

G.

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Current Talk '06 II / Re: mrs.johnson dodges a bullet.
« on: December 11, 2006, 01:22:44 AM »
Mrs. J is  seen in, I think, one of the early Quentin episodes (from early 1969) scrubbing tiles in front of a hearth in one of the bedrooms.  It was shortly after this that Dr. Julia Hoffman informed another resident of the Great House that Mrs J was "a neurotic hysteric" (I think that was the deathless phrase).

Mrs J also [spoiler]inadvertently caused Eric Lang's death by bursting in on Cassandra who was busy with a voodoo doll and a needle.  Cassandra had left a note for the redoubtable housekeeper asking if she and Roger could have breakfast later than the crack-of-dawn hours set for the rest of the household.  I also remember that Mrs J barked at Cassandra "I only have two arms and two hands!"  I always thought it would be fun if Cassandra smiled beguilingly and murmured, "We could change that, my dear--but not as you might have wished!"[/spoiler]

As we've discussed several times in the past, during the original broadcast I barely noticed Mrs J, but watching the show as an adult, Clarice Blackburn's performance in the role is one of the great delights of the series!

G.

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Wow, Penny, many thanks for that review.  I had my doubts as to whether this set would be something I would want to acquire (since I already have around seven CDs of Dark Shadows music at this point), and it definitely sounds like something I need to put on my shopping list.

Is this a limited edition that is going to go out of print soon?

Hope you and Garou are all set for a very joyous holiday!  Even if von Bulow keeps leaving those "Bah, Humbug, viile Witch!" messages on your answering machine!

cheers, Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 II / Re: New member
« on: December 07, 2006, 09:16:03 PM »
Welcome, Mrs McGuire!  That's fabulous that the local library is collecting Dark Shadows.

Another good site for finding the DVDs cheap is DeepDiscountDVD.  They sometimes run sales where you can purchase a set for around $33 which is pretty amazing.  Thanks to them I've actually been able to buy several sets of the show.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 II / Re: Happy Birthday, Jonathan Frid!
« on: December 05, 2006, 06:01:31 PM »
I hasten to respond that "keep the flag flying" means nothing at all salacious or indelicate.  It simply means to keep the ship in sail, keep the fort firm, keep on ... keeping on, as some radio pundit or other used to say.

Clear?

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 II / Re: Happy Birthday, Jonathan Frid!
« on: December 05, 2006, 05:14:50 PM »
LOVE the photo of "bedhead Barnabas" (oh, I know I'm bad) and in a pink bathrobe--swanky!

Glad to hear the old dear is doing well and keeping the flag flying at 82!!

cheers, Gothick

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Congrats Buzz!  Lord/ess of the High Rollers!

G.

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Current Talk '06 II / Re: Goodbye to DS on Broadcast TV in 2009?
« on: November 29, 2006, 09:03:18 PM »
My roommate still uses the rabbit ears.  I've officially given up on broadcast TV although a friend of mine has been taping the new Dr. Who which I watch (I'm still halfway through Christiopher Eccleston) so I guess I'm cheating.

Thanks, Buzz, for posting this.  I'd figured out that the shift was to Digital, not HD, but in running a Google search I discovered that a lot of the consumers who are aware of the 2009 cutoff date are confused on this point.  Since it's Digital, that means that old shows on video will still be available to broadcasters, so long as they are in digital format--like our DVDs from the Dark Shadows master reels.

G.

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The added clarity and richness of the DVDs is an allure, but I have to confess that the main reason why I am slowly switching my collection over to disc is SPACE.  I have nearly all of 1968 on DVD now and the little boxes take up a little over a linear foot of shelf space, as opposed to a couple of rows of shelves which was the case previously.

For various reasons I have to move around a lot so space is a definite consideration here.

I do advise the person whose discs were loose to "test drive" each of the discs.  I always do that when a new box arrives.  By test drive I mean put the disc in the player, make sure the menu comes up, and check a couple of scenes in a couple of shows.

G.

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Current Talk '06 II / Goodbye to DS on Broadcast TV in 2009?
« on: November 27, 2006, 03:47:56 PM »
Greetings, fans,

I've read that the US government has passed legislation requiring all broadcasts in the US to switch over to "HD" standard by 2009.  Given something Darren wrote a couple of weeks ago about the basic requirement for content broadcast in HD, I'm wondering whether this means that old shows that were done on tape will no longer be able to be transmitted because of the low grade of their video bands.  I can't recall the numbers but I have read that old video is WAY below the acceptable numbers for HD.

If this is true, I am presuming that as of 2009, there will no longer be any prospect of DS broadcasts on ANY channels in the US.  I am quite curious as to what the results of this shift will be.  I always said that if you took television away from the American people, revolution will result.  As of 2009, from what I can understand, non HD sets will no longer be able to receive any signal whatsoever, which will cut out a sizable chunk of the US population that either can't afford to purchase HD equipment or refuses to do so for whatever reason.

cheers, Gothick

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Current Talk '06 II / Re: Did You Notice?
« on: November 20, 2006, 10:42:45 PM »
I hadn't noticed that Vicki's transition to sleevelessness occurred with the onset of the color shows.

May Moltke quit because she just couldn't stand lurking around in the studio freezing her derriere off in sleeveless dresses in ... NOVEMBER... any longer!

I have heard that Thayer David had the opposite problem under the hot studio lights with Count Petofi's hairpieces and heavy wardrobe.

Let it never be said that our Dark Shadows stars didn't work HARD to make the magic happen!

G.

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