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Current Talk '04 I / Re:OT: Please pardon this interruption
« on: May 24, 2004, 03:37:36 PM »
Not to mention breaking up with Chris Jennings--THE Hunkiest Man at Collinwood!!!  I really wondered where her brains had gone at that point (not to mention other bits...)

G.

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:1966 Season
« on: May 21, 2004, 05:15:59 PM »
I absolutely adore 1966.  I love the really early months when Burke will stop at nothing to get back at the Collins family and Vicki is shrewd enough to question even Liz's motives (they get some wonderful scenes together, some of which are still ahead of you).  I love the 1966 Roger--Edmonds brought some wonderfully subtle shadings to the unfolding of Roger's depravity, and as Prof Stokes wrote, David is simply extraordinary to watch.  Some of this stuff is up there with the best of Twilight Zone in terms of storytelling that 's focused on some of the more unpleasant quirks of human emotional neurosis.

My favorite scenes of all are the big showdowns between Liz and Burke.  I thought Bennett did an amazing job with those scenes.  Sheer regal authority.

The Liz/Roger scenes are sheer delicious fun.  It's a lot of fun watching these two being so icy and disdainful and sometimes struggling to out-manipulate one another.  Of course, Liz almost invariably wins, but the outcome always has this edge to it.

It's almost unbelievable that somebody held onto the complete set of master tapes for these months, given that they seem never to have been considered for WorldVision syndication until Sci Fi's initial airing ca. 1992.

G.

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I think you have to be careful purchasing DVD's from these places (I would think the videos would be OK so long as you are sure they are NTSC standard).  A lot of currently available DVD players do not seem to do well with DVD-R's and RW's.  I have a couple of friends who share their tapes of Queer as folk (the popular, trashy gay soap opera) and this year they tried to upgrade to DVD.  Well, the rewritable DVD's their burner turned out would not play on several different make of players (I have a friend who works in an office with a whole galaxy of media equipment), so we had to go back to using VHS.  We even tried putting the DVD burner setting on VR format and that did not work either.

So, buyer beware on these discs.

That said, I'd love to have good copies of some of those films you mentioned.  I think I read that the Louis Jourdain Dracula is finally being released by BBC on both VHS and DVD formats, this summer, if memory serves.

G.

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Current Talk '19 I / Re:WB ORDERS FILMING OF NEW DS PILOT
« on: May 20, 2004, 03:33:59 PM »
Well, after all the hype ... erm, I mean INFORMATION released about this, it would be nice if some kind, connected soul would arrange for the pilot to be shown at the DS Festival this Summer.  just so we could see what all the fuss was about.

Not expecting it to happen... just saying it would be nice.

G.

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OOOHHH!  IT'S JOE HASKELL'S CLEAVAGE!!!

YUMMMY!!!!

*g* G.

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:Boobie Montage
« on: May 18, 2004, 09:36:15 PM »
Too bad there isn't a male version of the "Boobie Montage" featuring the beautiful look we get at Joe Haskell's exposed chest during these episodes.

At least shirtless Joe did feature (if not as prominently as one would have liked) in today's episode montage.

G.

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A few observations:

(1) You can't "save" a television program that's never even been on the air.  The network's decision was clearly part of a programmatic shift in the direction of material they perceive as being more where the market is moving now.  I doubt whether they did more than glance at the NWBDS pilot by the time it was finished since they had made these programmatic decisions separately from the process of generating the pilot.

(2)  Reality TV shows *are* scripted.  I imagine the writers who are getting jobs are the ones who (besides having the right personal connections--that's how H'wood has ALWAYS worked) are good at coming up with the situations/concepts that non-actors can parrot successfully.

(3)  Far from "dying" I think the Dark Shadows "franchise" is enjoying adequate success, given that we're talking about a television show that is nearly 40 years old (ugh, you don't know how old that makes me feel!).
Not only has the entire series been steadily in print on VHS format for the past decade. it is now enjoying a success on DVD to the point where MPI is accelerating the schedule for the release of the episodes.  The honoring of Dan Curtis at the TV Museum, the spate of articles around the pilot, and the fact that TV Guide is running a piece about the original series in a week or two, all shows a lot of health, as far as I can tell.  Of course I hardly have my finger on the pulse where today's entertainment scene is concerned.  I am afraid I do not have the stomach for that.

Let's hope we see the return of the original episodes to broadcast television in the near future.  I would think the events I have outlined above would be enough to show how "viable" (as we used to say in the 70s) the property still is.

G.

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:Boobie Montage
« on: May 17, 2004, 04:36:15 PM »
I love this, just LOVE it! Brought a big smile to my face today.  Many thanks, MB.

Julia, darling, you and I share a similar love for the arcane, especially as they relate to a certain titian haired Queen of Off-Broadway... lol...

xo  Steve

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Wow, Darren, what a great project!  From the bottom of my dark little heart, I thank you!

I haven't seen ANY of the DVDs yet, though I am contemplating purchasing at least one set (the one with the Julia/Tom Jennings storyline).  That storyline included a notorious technical defect which appeared to originate in the master tape.  I believe it happened in the episode where Julia comes stumbling in like a wino at the tail end of a bender babbling about "Tom."  As I recall it, there's this shrill beep that lasts about 2 or 3 seconds at one point as the action is moving from the foyer into the drawing room.  I wondered whether that scene got snipped in the interests of "tidying up" the DVDs.  (sorry, I don't know the technical lingo)

I discussed this at one point with Richard Holt--there's a post from him buried in the archives about this scene, and how it originated in the master tape.  I think he may have checked with somebody at MPI about it.

That happens to be one of my favorite episodes, and I'll be upset if I learn that it now circulates in a trimmed version.

G.

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:Dates
« on: May 13, 2004, 11:31:45 PM »
Oh, anything to oblige.  There was a reference to X-mas during the Leviathan story, as well, if you care about that specific holiday.  I think it was the only holiday as such ever mentioned on the series.

G.

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Current Talk '19 I / Re:WB ORDERS FILMING OF NEW DS PILOT
« on: May 13, 2004, 11:01:35 PM »
Thanks for that, darling.

[spoiler]I thought that at this point in the game, the journo was being exceptionally kind in describing Boreanaz' character as a "youthful-looking 250-year-old vampire."  Tuning in occasionally this past year, I've been shocked at how worn-out DB has looked.  I hope everything is OK with his life and health.  I well remember the first time he showed on on BtVS and how charming and beautiful he was.  sigh.
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Current Talk '19 I / Re:WB ORDERS FILMING OF NEW DS PILOT
« on: May 13, 2004, 10:22:54 PM »
Got a 404 URL on that, Jim.  I looked around on the Entertainment page but could find no sign of the article.

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Midnite darling, I am soooo THERE.

G.

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:Dates
« on: May 13, 2004, 05:55:00 PM »
Looking now at the rest of this thread... there were several specific dates given over the course of the years, from 1966 through 1971.

For example, I remember Vicki finding a dated document about the dismissal of servants from Collinwood in the late 1940s on which she found the name of Hanscombe, the butler (to whom she may or may not have been related).

When Laura Collins arrived in December of '66, Maggie Evans asked if she was coming in to town "for the holidays," a clear reference to X-mas.

There were specific dates for the fiery immolation of the woman in Phoenix, Arizona, and Laura's arrival in C'port.

Jumping ahead, I remember that Grandma-mamma Edith Collins' will was dated March 3, 1897 (yes, when you watch certain episodes several times over the years, you do remember these things).

When Vicki arrived in 1795, the announcement of the date of Barnabas and Josette's wedding (read from the newly-engraved invitations) sent her into a faint.

Paul Stoddard was told to expect "payment due" on a certain date in December, 1969.

I could go on, but I am afraid I am trying folks' patience as it is.

G.

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:Dates
« on: May 13, 2004, 05:47:16 PM »
Well, the birthday scenes were doing the Quentofi mind/body switch period (one of my favorite eras in DS--soooo deliciously loopy, and Selby had such fun playing the ruthless, hedonistic Quentofi), which makes it October rather than Sept. I believe.

The episode guide Ann Wilson compiled for the DS Memories book would have the definitive answer.

G.

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