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Calendar Events / Announcements '03 II / Re:DVD Collection Price
« on: December 31, 2003, 09:54:28 PM »
Here's a few more places to check out...  8)
The Best Buy stores here in the mid-Atlantic tend to put the newest release of the boxes on sale for about $42-$43 when they first arrive. The "catalog" or older boxes go for about $52. This is still less than Tower or Borders, the latter of which has taken to locking some of their boxes behind the counter. DVDplanet.com is also very competitive to Amazon's and their stock is often better.

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Current Talk '03 II / Re:Episode Numbering & DVD questions
« on: December 31, 2003, 08:47:13 PM »
Pomegranate Press published a book called the DARK SHADOWS EPISODE GUIDE, which listed every episode, its original number, airdate, and on which MPI VHS volume it appeared.  I believe this guide was reprinted in DARK SHADOWS MEMORIES (the book with the David Henesy interview).

The Shadows Memories book does not show the listing of the episodes by tape, but the DS Episode Guide does. The DVDs have unedited episodes unlike Vol.s 1-8 of the VHS; those episodes were complete on the "Blue Tapes" aka the Collector's Series as well. The main difference is that the DVDs does not include the little "bonus" seconds on the "Blue Tapes" that is bascially Vicky, David, Bob Costello whoever setting up that's episodes taping. As far as the numbering, the DS Episode Guide uses the same correct numbering to show what episodes that are on a given tape, as they are numbered on the DVDs. If you go to MPI's webiste, they tell you what numbers of episodes from this system are on a given box. The tapes had 5 episodes each, the DVDs have 40 each. (Shelf saving, eh?  ;)) I would highly suspect the DS Episode guide will be reissued with both numbering for VHS and DVD eventually. However, it will take a few years before all the DVDs are issued. The reason the numbering system may seem "screwy" is that some numbers were skipped or combined, like say 861/862 for days when now show aired. I have never been able to figure out the numbering SciFi used, but it didn't correspond to MPI's. I believe they used a numbering for sydication purposes. Anyway, to summarize, the book is essential to collecting the tapes and episodes.
    The guide has a few errors, but none in the numbering. The only mistakes in the book are where its off a few times on who does the opening narration or a character appearing. I hope this helps.  :D
   Cyrus aka Michael

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Calendar Events / Announcements '03 II / Ryan's Hope Actor Dies
« on: December 30, 2003, 10:17:01 PM »
The IMDB as well as CNN is reporting the death of Earl Hindman. Hindman was an original cast member of Ryan's Hope, as Lt. Bob Reid. He was on the show about 9 years, during which some of the DS actors appeared.
  In "War and Remembrance" for Dan Curtis, he played Lt. Commander Wade McCluskey. Despite many other film appearences, notably "The Taking of the Pelham 1 2 3," and "Three Men and a Baby," he was probably best known in a role in which his face was not seen, as Wilson the neighbor on "Home Improvement."

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Current Talk '03 II / Re:My Favorite Thing about 1841PT
« on: December 25, 2003, 10:35:37 PM »
 One of the ironic things for me is that 1841 is the only storyline I did not see in its original run. During 1840, the 2 local ABC affiliates in central and eastern Virginia took it off the afternoon slot and ran all 5 episodes together weekly at either Friday night at 11:30 pm or Sunday afternoon, respectively. At age 10, I rarely made past all 5 episodes on Friday night and I was at the whim of my family's plans on Sunday afternoons. With that said, I finally saw all of 1840 and 1841 on SciFi in :D 1997.
   On the down side, I agree with many of you that Morgan is not one of DS's stronger characters. [spoiler]The only real good thing is that the character does not start out as a villain, but grows into one.[/spoiler]Nonetheless, I find Keith Prentice's style to be playing Morgan one step away from throwing a 3 year old's tantrum; he constantly looks like he has a full bladder with no relief in sight. (Insert your favorite "there are no bathrooms in Collinwood" joke here.) ;)
     Likewise, there is the obvious point of having none of our real favorite characters actually carried over, only a "what if" story to epilogue the series with.
     On the positive side, I think that not only Frid get to show his skill playing a very different character, but this is one of Lara Parker's shining moments on the series. She is my favorite performance here. She looks radiant throughout the story. She shows a genuine range that makes you wonder why she never achieved stardom in prime time.
    Now, I don't find that Daphne and Bramwell to really have the chemistry that Lara and Jonathan always have, but I think Kate Jackson shows a good actress in the making by selling the character of Daphne with sincerity. I do believe Daphne loves Bramwell.
    Now, neither David Selby or Chris Pennock have as much to work with in the story like in 1840. Perhaps since this was designed as a last hurrah for Jonathan and David's sudden exit due to appendicitis.
     I have begun to wonder if the story could have been better with Jerry Lacey as Morgan, which would have been a nice triangle after the Barnabas/Angelique/Trask history. Obviously, the Trask corpse event would have had to have been written quite differently. Imagine though, how curious it would have been for Julia and Flora to have found Morgan's double dead. Or would Trask have been passed over into 1841 at all? The hiring of Keith Prentice sometimes makes me wonder if the definite cancelation of Dark Shadows was determined at the start of that story. It makes me wonder if they, if only briefly considered going on without Jonathan.  ::)
     The last thing I really like about 1841 is that the writing is still very strong. I think the plots and scripting are still very good. The post complaring this to a Price/Corman/Poe film are apt. Now if ONLY they had gotten Vincent Price to play Justin!!!!!! Hey Dan, couldn't you have afforded him for just 3 days??? :-
     I think John Karlen and Nancy Barrett made a great couple in this story as well. That's why I certain they also were cast as a couple in NODS.
       Gotta go, Christmas dinner is ready. Merry Christmas!! :D

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Current Talk '03 II / Re:Carrie Stokes
« on: December 23, 2003, 08:05:12 PM »
I have begun to wonder if Carrie was brought in not only because she was under contract, but because James Storm became unavailable. Their characters serve the same purpose, as a psychic who used supernatural means to reveal hints and thereby foreshadow later plot points. Its more odd that James Storm made 2 quick appearences, ending with him heavily implyinh he would continue to be around. Anybody else notice this, almost a "bait and switch."
     I do agree Kathy Cody is much better used here than as DS's "Jan Brady."

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Current Talk '03 II / Re:WB DS Cast Wish List
« on: December 20, 2003, 05:39:11 PM »
 8)  You know, depending on who they cast as Barnabas, I have often thought Faye Dunaway would make a great Dr. Hoffman.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '03 II / Re:MPI Mailing
« on: December 12, 2003, 10:21:22 PM »
Since we moved, we haven't had cable and have been buying the tapes on a pace with Sci Fi. NOW that I was down to the last 5 I needed, they drop the price. Anyway, I'm still celebrating I will have the entire run between the red and blue tapes. By the way, the blue or "Classic Series" might still be of interest as a lot of the episodes have those charming clapboard moments, a few seconds at the opening that don't appear on the DVDs.  ;)

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Calendar Events / Announcements '03 II / Re:Weekend in Tarrytown
« on: December 03, 2003, 09:11:04 PM »
:D By the way, my wife and I have had pretty good experience at the "Horseman" Diner in Sleepy Hollow. Its right on the main road not far before you get to the church and cemetary. The have cool shirts and aprons too. They specialize in sandwiches and pizza. Nice place to stop
    We went looking for the gravesites used in HODS but didn't find them. The Sleepy Hallow cemetary is really, really huge. Very nice. The old section still has Dutch tombstones. If I had to make a guess, I'd say most of the stones on the series look like the stones in Essex, where the Evans cottage is. (Winged skulls, etc.)
       There's also a huge a** mall just over the Tappan Zee bridge from Tarrytown that should keep everyone busy. It had an indoor amusement park and ice skating rink when we went there a couple of years ago.
            Cyrus aka  Michael

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Calendar Events / Announcements '03 II / Re:Weekend in Tarrytown
« on: December 03, 2003, 08:41:12 PM »
  I'd be very surprised if Roger Davis is not added to the Tarrytown show later on. They usually add a few people like he and Chris Pennock later. James Storm too most years.
    While we're on that subject, does anyone know why Lela Swift and Bob Costello don't attend the fests? I would think they would have some of the very best behind the scenes stories. Likewise, how many of the writers are still around? I know Art Wallace, Gordon Russell and my personal favorite Violet Welles have passed away, aren't Joe Caldwell and Malcom Marmorstein still around? I suspect Sam Hall doesn't attend as he's in advanced years and probably doesn't travel. Or was he never asked? What a wealth of information the writers would be. A great horror film show called FANEX I go to in Maryland often has writers and directors and they are great on Q & As about their work. I'd also like to see Jerry Lacey, Kathy Cody, Elizabeth Eis and a few others who have either never been to show or not in the 6 or so years I've been going.
   Being Mr Curious (but not being John Malkovic   ;)  )
              Michael

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Thanks "Craig". I had fun looking that one up. It's a shame "Riot in Juvenile Prison"'s not currently on DVD. Sounds like a hoot.
    Likewise I notice there is a mystery as to where Craig is laid to rest. I haven't been able to fimd out where Grayson Hall or Thayer David or buried either.
   Not that he has much of a DS connection besides doing a film with Jonathan Frid (The Devil's Daughter), but that grand old actor Joseph Cotten is buried in his hometown of Petersburg VA. south of here (Hanover) on 301.

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Current Talk '03 II / Re:Voice of Judah vs. Judah Zachary
« on: November 11, 2003, 10:26:20 PM »
In an earlier post, I said
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He's also thinner tha Maitland.
Oops. I got Michael McGuire and Michael Maitland 's surname mixed up. I went back to correct it and missed.

Likewise,
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Likewise, I would have to also concurr that for whatever reason, McGuire's voice did "sound right" for the character.  .
Let me correct myself,"...did not "sound right'"...
 :-[

Okay, is there a spell check feature for these posts, ? lol!!    :P

   I have a quick comparison. In one of my favorite Hammer films, "Dracula Has Risen from the Grave," the priest played by Ewan Hooper, who somewhat resembles Michael McGuire, was dubbed. The director, Freddie Francis could not remember why, but that he was somewhat upset at the premiere. I have also heard several of the actors in the early James Bond films, such as Gert Frobe and Adolpho Celi, were dubbed as their English wasn't too good.

CyrusL aka Michael



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Okay, with all respect, I suppose there may now be two of these costumes known to exist. If our Craig_Slocum has a complete one, I don't think its the same as the one on this costume page, as the website implies this is a private collection with all costumes on sale. Nonetheless, whether there are 1 or 2 known to exist, I suspect this is the rarest Dark Shadows officially licensed item. (Not that there are that many "Horror Heads" around either.) I don't think many were ever produced, and these old rayon/polyester/paper thin whatevers tore so easily.  :'(  If we didn't have these pistures, we might wonder whether they even existed. Kind of like the "Green Hornet" outfit for "Captain Action." Anyway, its very cool despite how ugly the design is. Its beautiful for the fact it IS.   

Mark my words, one day I WILL Have Gerard's suit on Halloween.

CyrusL aka Michael

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Current Talk '03 II / Re:Welcome Back, Elizabeth Eis!
« on: November 10, 2003, 07:33:11 PM »
   :D  I think Elizabeth was one of DS's underrated "day players." My exroommate was very taken with her and wrote to her and got a very nice reply, thanking her for remembering her. I asked Chris Pennock about her once and he said something like, "Dear Liz is a great actress who just never had a lot of luck."
  I heard she attended one DS show but was asked few questions. I would love to see her at a show.

CyrusL (okay I'm biased) aka Mike

PS I would really love to meet Julianka (mmrrowww!!!) if my wife would let me.   :-* 

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Current Talk '03 II / Re:Voice of Judah vs. Judah Zachary
« on: November 10, 2003, 07:09:07 PM »
On Oct 29, Vlad asked
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Could the hooded actor have been Keene Curtis, and then when there was a cutaway, was he then substituted with McGuire in the cut where Judah Zachary removes the hood?  THAT actor didn't look like McGuire to me, though -- was it Keene Curtis?
I have viewed that episode several times and have always been under the belief that the masked figure is indeed played by Keene Curtis while the unmasked Judah, aka the Judah in the box, is Michael McGuire. Aside from the fact that their is dual billing for the character in that episode, the other main clue is the shape of the actor's head. The late Keene Curtis was perhaps best known as Broadway's Daddy Warbucks in "Annie" as well as also appearing quite a few times on "Cheers" as John Allen Hill. His head has a more oval shape from the round, rather (all puns intended  ;) ) Phil Collins shape of Michael McGuire. The mask is pretty tight on Judah in the courtroom scene, and if you look at pictures of Curtis, his head shape really matches up to the speaking Judah. He's also thinner tha Maitland.
   As to why they set it up that way, it's lost to history.  ::) I doubt Dan Curtis ( no known relation) would probably remember. Most likely, it allowed them to record Keene's voice when he was available, and not to have to pay Michael McGuire for the days the wax head was used. Likewise, I would have to also concurr that for whatever reason, McGuire's voice did "sound right" for the character.  :o. It all probably fall in line with the fact DS's budget allowed them to pay non-speaking actors less, hence all the silent ghosts, and that an actor who's voice only was being used also got a voice pay which was less than a full performance. Also, you will note by the time the 1840 story was being filmed, they apparently could edit videotape much more easily. There are many more cuts, even though there are still bloopers.
   But I'd bet a mint copy of Gold Key # 3 that that is Keene Curtis under the mask in the courtroom when speaking.

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Current Talk '03 II / Re:Angie's logic?
« on: October 29, 2003, 07:09:09 PM »
BTW, just to clarify, what I meant by "As I stated.." is that you hear me say this on the video. Likewise, considering how much fun all us DSers had in Vegas, I was the luckiest winner on that trip, as I won not cash but a heart.

CyrusL aka Michael

A Cousin from Virginia