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When I write about the next (final?) DVD release, I'm trying to keep up the front that I actually care if the content features anything OTHER THAN Grayson's Playtex commercial.

I mean, really.

G.

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I had the same thought, Uncle Roger--the "premiere" will be an opportunity for fans to gather and a couple of the surviving cast members to sell their latest books and do autographs.  I haven't kept track of what they've said about the Festivals. I think they said the 2016 one was the last they would do, but who knows.

The documentary and the 2004 pilot would make a nice DVD release, along with whatever other little bits they can put on it.  I'd buy it just for auld lang syne.

G.

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On a DS fan site on Facebook, I just took note of this segment of a Shadowgram update (I think it was listed as "update #403") dated Dec. 29:

Among the most anticipated events is the debut of the brand-new, full-length documentary.

SHADOWGRAM Official DS News Online Update # 402 recently premiere-announced that the documentary details the complete history of DS, along with the story of series creator/executive producer Dan Curtis. Numerous DS personnel and others also share their DS memories and connections.

A premiere screening of the theatrical documentary will be held sometime in 2018 for fans and DS personnel to attend. Dates, locations, and confirmed details will continue to be premiere-announced through these SHADOWGRAM Official Updates. (end quote)

Again, there are NO SPECIFICS AT ALL mentioned here. So, I don't know how worthwhile it is to post this "update," but if nothing else, this is the latest twitch from the near-moribund DS publicity machine. What's left of it.

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '19 I / Re: Boardindex Page Montage/aka 'Book 1'?
« on: January 04, 2018, 04:35:36 AM »
Hey Patti, I'm pretty sure these images are from a comic book produced as a tie-in to the 1991 DS series (with Ben Cross and Barbara Steele) by Innovation. Here's an article about the comic:

http://www.collinsporthistoricalsociety.com/2014/03/the-inevitable-dark-shadowsdark-shadows.html

Best, G.

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It seems that one does have to set up an account to get the free download--just letting folks know. I presume that's why it added it to my "basket" (that would be the "cart" in US parlance) but then there was no button to go to the basket. Because I had not logged in.

Interesting to see that Matthew Waterhouse wrote the script. I remember him from Dr Who as Adric in the late 70s and early 80s. I know he's acted a lot in Big Finish productions.

cheers, H.

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Lovely capture today.  And I remember, MB, that you said today's is your favorite line in the film. Because Barnabas was finally about to be united with his Josette after all his horrors.

By some strange coincidence, on Wednesday night I watched episode 281 (script by Joe Caldwell, who I really think was one of the best writers for the show), which starts out with the seance at the costume party, at the point where Vicki has been possessed by Josette. Later in this episode there's a scene where Barnabas goes to Josette's room (where little Sarah has been carefully laying out her own party frock).  Barnabas broods over the past (via voiceover). And in a passage I'd completely forgotten which resumes the theme of Barn's first visit to the ruined Old House at the start of his storyline, Barnabas decides that he needs a woman of this time, not the ghost of Josette. "So never come back... any of you!" he admonishes the silent room with its unseen spirits.

Of course, in the longer scheme of the series arc, Barnabas was far from being done with Josette. But Frid played the scene wonderfully well and it was a strong moment for that particular episode and story sequence.

G.

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From today's capture, I'd say that again, this scene was graded TOO DARK in the "Blu Ray" iteration. I remember being able to see Jeff's face on previous viewings.  Though I think the last time I watched this movie was nearly a decade ago, and memory does cheat.

It's really odd to be complaining that I can't see Roger Davis's face. *tired laugh* It brings back memories of a screening I attended at the Brattle theatre a couple of years ago of the HORROR OF DRACULA Blu-Ray.  That had been graded so dark--with the trademark BD slightly bluish tinge to many scenes--that half the movie was nearly invisible, since a lot of it was shot day for night. In the sequences where the image was clear, the lighting had been graded very cold with a very muted, slightly blue color palette. Given how so many film critics made Hammer's "garish" use of Technicolor/Eastmancolor such a talking point over many decades of discussion and review, it's been curious to see fans arguing that the recent "restoration" was "exactly the way Jack Asher wanted the movie to look."

For anyone still following along at home, apparently one can correct this problem if one owns equipment that has a "sports" setting for the display. It pops it up in some fashion so that it actually looks the way it is supposed to.  This seems to have created a lot of tension in fandom in recent years, since people with this type of equipment and display insist that the BD "looks great" while the rest of the population complain that it's too dark in all the nocturnal scenes.

To quote Hermione Gingold on her infamous LP, "isn't technology ghastly?" A fact of which the Xmas smilies remind me, poignantly, whenever I attempt to post here now...

G.

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Thanks, Uncle Roger.  I have a really old TWODS issue that has a drawing of Nancy as vampire Carolyn on the cover but not sure just where it is...

Excitement builds as my personal favorite moment of the final reel of hoDS nears the slide show.  I thought yesterday's first capture where Jeff looked like he'd had one too many Vodka Collins at the annual staff holiday party and Willie was looking at him all like "Is this bitch for real?" was a hoot. Excellent work MB!

Happy Holidays all!

G.

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Uncle Roger, I'd never heard that theory about Carolyn coming back and disposing of Stokes and Rogers. What you describe sounds far more fascinating than anything shown in the last 15 minutes of the movie as completed.

I missed the additional notes about the encounter between Jeff and Roger in his "new un-life." 

Best, G.

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Uncle Roger, that's amazing! With the addition of HH, it truly sounds like an episode from Gore Vidal's surreal novel DULUTH.

Happy Holidays!

G.

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Those of you with an interest in old Witchcraft traditions, and specifically poppets--which were, of course, a favorite plaything of a certain lady's maid in late 18th century Collinsport--might enjoy listening to this recording of a talk by Martin Duffy, a present day British occultist who has written a book on the subject of the little dolls:

https://paranormalukradio.podbean.com/e/radio-hermetica-premier-episode

After Martin speaks, writer Gemma Gary talks about her interest in Cornish Witchcraft, which is another fascinating topic, but one perhaps less readily connected in any way with our show.

G.

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That's amazing, Uncle Roger.  Each was probably in their own space but just imagine if Bozo the Clown had appeared and led a hula hoop line dancing scene with all of them, while Tim strummed along "Tip Toe through the Vampires" on his ukulele.

With memories like this, who needs drugs??

G.

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It's interesting that you posted about this (great shots, btw, though I definitely think the DVD/BD grading of this scene is too dark for my taste). Because I was just reflecting looking at today's slideshow how the whole plot point of Stokes becoming a vampire was completely wasted by DC in his rush to hustle towards the bloody finale of the story.

One thing I'll never understand is why DC didn't make sure the edit of Stokes' demise wasn't corrected so that we couldn't see him twitch when he was lying "dead" in that very cold water.  Detail oriented much, Dan?  That shot goes on for far too long in any event.

I'd have traded the sequence of Roger's vampire death, which is really just adding an irrelevant shock to a part of the movie that's already loaded down with gore moments, for a scene where Stokes was musing about the beauty and terror of having found a new existence as one of the Living Dead. But, again, alas...

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '17 II / Re: MGM To Redo The Addams Family
« on: December 19, 2017, 11:57:33 PM »
He seems so sexy and great for the role.  Too bad it's going to be yet another pixar thing.

G.

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A truly precious moment. I could make further rude comment but I'll restrain myself. 

G.

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