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Current Talk '03 I / Re:DVD Set 5 flaw on disc 2?
« on: April 18, 2003, 06:47:55 PM »
Hi KS, if you contact MPI and send it back to them, they will send you a perfect replacement, if it is a glitch in your disc.  I'm sure I had to do this with at least one of my videotapes years ago.

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:"Tiffany's" it ain't.......
« on: April 17, 2003, 04:11:14 PM »
Well, I grew up in suburban Maryland, and all the head shops were in Baltimore, and my parents made sure I stayed well away from them back in the day.

I was kind of an odd teenager...

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:"Tiffany's" it ain't.......
« on: April 15, 2003, 09:03:30 PM »
Isn't it awful, Rainey?  I myself was giggling over the fact that it appears in the montage in the "horned" position, hahahaha.

I'm not sure where you would have gone shopping for a pentagram back in 1969.  It may have just been a piece of costume jewellry that someone in Props went to work on on his lunch hour.

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Does He or Doesn't He?
« on: April 14, 2003, 06:05:08 PM »
Whatever Stokes himself knows, it's clear that he keeps his own counsel (and with friends like Barn and Jules, how could one do otherwise?)

The writers make it clear that Julia STILL acts as if she believes Stokes knows nothing about Barnabas' history, not to speak of Chris, in an unfortunate scene late in the game in the 1840 storyline, a scene I had eagerly looked forward to seeing again as an adult viewer, but turned out to be something of a disappointment (though since it was one of the last good scenes Thayer and Grayson did together on the show, I do get the tape out and play it from time to time).

There is a FABULOUS scene coming up in a week or 2 where Stokes tells Julia she needs to start being more "realistic" (or something along those lines) about Barnabas.

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:LEVIATHAN AIRLINES
« on: April 14, 2003, 03:37:52 PM »
Mamma Mia, oggi DSboards parliamo italiano!  che ragazzo!

now that I've gotten THAT off my chest...

I am free to lick my lips over those HOT images of Johnny the K.  What a scrumptious bit of man-flesh he was back in that halcyon Summer of 1970.  You can just see him thinking "I'm getting paid to do sex scenes with hot chicks in Amsterdam?"  I can just imagine him dining out on the stories for weeks at the Brittany du Soir afterwards.

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Test your powers of observation
« on: April 13, 2003, 02:43:37 AM »
Midnite, thanks for sharing that gorgeous photo of Grayson!  Love it!

Those are the wrong bulbs on that electric candlabrum.  I bet that Garth crashed into the thing on a bender and smashed the ones that belonged there, and Sy couldn't locate replacements in time for the return to '69!

xo  Steve

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Grrrrr!
« on: April 13, 2003, 02:40:41 AM »
These commercials are why I'm really glad I own tapes of most of the episodes.  It is a treat sometimes, though, to turn on the set when I'm getting for work in the morning and watch Grayson chewing the scenery.

As for Scare Tactics, this morning I read that Shannon Doherty and some chick named Paris something or other (Hanson?) who has a rival series on Fox had a big drunken catfight in a bar over their respective shows.  Apparently it turned into an ugly, hairpulling mess.  Two bratty females who desperately want to be divas and sooo lack the pizzazz for the role.

That's about the funniest thing I have heard about these shows lately.

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:LEVIATHAN AIRLINES
« on: April 13, 2003, 01:33:55 AM »
Raineypark, I agree; Connie should be forced to post at least 2 luscious shots of Johnny in Daughters of Darkness to make up for that unflattering portrait!

And Jennifer, may I commend you upon your GORGEOUS new icon?  I sigh every time I look at him.

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Leviathan....the beginning of the end?
« on: April 13, 2003, 01:30:43 AM »
Someone mentioned that the word Leviathan is found in the Bible.  I was fascinated recently to catch a clip from a late Sixties documentary on a certain well-known Satanist circle in California (the leader reportedly portrayed the Devil in the film Rosemary's Baby, managing to get an awful lot of fright mileage out of a cheap lizard suit), and was surprised to hear the Evil One addressed in one of the incantations as "Leviathan."  I've often wondered whether one of the writers might have seen this documentary in an East Village art house showing and drawn upon that experience for naming the latest new Ghoul on the series.

One of the few clues that we get as to how the writers viewed the metaphysical existence of the Leviathans is a throw-away line by Angelique that they're "creatures of the Underworld." Sadly, like so much else that appears in this story, the idea is never really developed.

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Leviathan Concordance
« on: April 11, 2003, 08:16:57 PM »
I'm not sure why they chose to call these books Concordances.  A concordance, in scholarly apparatus jargon, refers to a book that allows you to see all the references to a given word or phrase in a canonical text at a glance.

For instance, using a Bible Concordance, you can find a detailed list of each place in the Bible in which the phrase "Son of Man" is used.

And, with a Shakespeare Concordance, the important information regarding how many times the Bard had a character speak of someone's "bent pike" is available at a glance.

I'm not sure what would be cross referenced in a DS concordance.  How many times the word "sedative" is used?  Just when and in what circumstances someone drew the Death card?  How many seances were held in what time periods/bands?  How many bottles of brandy were consumed by Quentin in a given day of 1897?

The mind boggles.

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:And so we return.......
« on: April 11, 2003, 07:20:00 PM »
Hi Gerard, I don't think Kathy Cody could have been possessed... in order to underline the dramatic horrifying gruesomeness of all the possessions, they'd have needed Hallie running around Collinwood screaming,

"WHUUUUUUUUUUUUU ARE YOUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!????"

Bet the glass in the control room was shattering that day...

Gothy

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Missing Episode?
« on: April 11, 2003, 07:15:23 PM »
I've just realized that my life is forever destined to be incomplete.

I have never heard of, or seen, the antics of the Creature known as Spongebob Squarepants.

However, my Dad's name is Bob, and although he is a good humored chap, I do not think he would appreciate this program as described.

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Leviathan....the beginning of the end?
« on: April 11, 2003, 07:12:22 PM »
I could be completely misremembering here, but it seems to me that I was listening to the Grayson interview tape from 1973, and she corrected a fan who said she had read that JF no longer wanted to play Barnabas.

According to Grayson, what he refused to do was play a vampire any longer.

I've wondered whether this would explain how little of an "active" vampire Barnabas was during his final months in 1840 (up to the final "miracle" cure of course).  I know that JF used to get annoyed when the fans would play clips of the show at the Festivals and they often included a montage of all the different bite scenes.

Best wishes,

Gothick

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Current Talk '03 I / Re:Leviathan....the beginning of the end?
« on: April 11, 2003, 03:23:25 PM »
Well, I personally LOVE the Leviathans storyline, especially the first 6 weeks or so.  I enjoy it because it is so different and yet also brings up some themes from previous storylines.  And, unashamedly, I love it because in these first weeks, JULIA is at the center of the storyline!  Some of my favorite Julia shows are the ones that are going to be broadcast in the next few weeks.

Though I hesitate to challenge the canonical statements of the Dark Shadows Companion, I strongly disagree with the statement that the Leviathans was the beginning of the end.  The reality is that the ratings were dipping already during the latter half of 1897 as the story became too complicated for many who had become fans in 1968.

In 1970 the ratings went down and I think a lot of it had to do with ABC affiliates dropping the show.  When the movie came out in the Summer of '70, it both stimulated interest and also horrified parents many of whom felt the series was inappropriate material for their children, based upon what they saw in the movie.

Finally, I may never be able to produce proof in print, but I do not believe that DS was canceled due to low ratings.  It IS documented fact that the ratings were climbing again during the widely-viewed-as-disastrous PT 1841 storyline in 1971.  I think the real reason the series ended was because Dan Curtis wanted to close it down so he could move on to other projects.  There were others as well who were ready to move on--I believe Jonathan Frid, Lela Swift and the Halls among them.  Also, DC was ready to film the second DS feature, and I think he preferred closing the series down to having to go through the strain of doing the movie AND running the series at the same time, as had been the case in the Spring of '70.

I'll make a separate post at some point as to why I think the Leviathan storyline should be rated as among DS' best moments...

Gothick

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I'm rooting for you, Darren, but I am hopeless with those chats.

I gave up on them years ago after a couple of times trying to log on and failing.  Seems as if they always have problems with gonzo hackers flooding the rooms, etc.

Some people just have to ruin everyone's fun.

But honestly you would think restoring the DS films would be a no-brainer even for a WB exec.  I mean, have they ever tried doing a Net search for "Dark Shadows" and then looked at a few of the 300 plus sites that pop up?

Best wishes with your project,

Gothick

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