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Somewhere, maybe on a Facebook DS group, I saw Frenchy's very first DS drawing from 1967.  It was really well done and included Roger and Elizabeth, I think.  I don't believe she ever featured them much in the work she did from the later period, which is the material more often seen on Shadows fan sites.

It would have been really fascinating to have Gloria Stavers guest at a Shadows event.

G.

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Current Talk '16 II / Re: 1991 Shadows news
« on: August 25, 2016, 01:11:35 PM »
Holy Hell.  But that is fascinating on one level.

Thanks for sharing that, MB!

G.

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Current Talk '16 II / Re: 1991 Shadows news
« on: August 25, 2016, 04:53:36 AM »
Another extra that should have definitely been included in the TGG set was that "making of" documentary that I guess was included in the VHS set.  (It might have been a separate tape; I honestly can't recall.)  A fan did share that with me several years ago.  I finally checked Amazon just now and the TGG set is currently going for $60 to $65.

Certain fans might snitch to DCP or whoever because they want to have a market for their sale of bootleg merchandise at fan events.  Including material that was originally to be intended to be shared among fans FOR FREE. 

As the Countess du Pres might have put it--c'est la guere, cheri!

G.

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Current Talk '16 II / Re: 1991 Shadows news
« on: August 24, 2016, 08:41:37 PM »
Cool.  I completely missed the posts about the TGG release.  I remember posts about other releases and it was always the same crap prints as before.  I think I just stopped reading the topic because I presumed that the correct aspect ratio prints were NEVER going to be issued.

By "commercials," I think he must mean commercials for each week's upcoming episode. He must be even more of a diehard DS fan than I had guessed to have captured all of those.

I was living in China during the original broadcast, though my Dad thoughtfully taped the first two evenings of it for me to watch when I got home. 

G.

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Current Talk '16 II / 1991 Shadows news
« on: August 24, 2016, 03:42:16 PM »
Dear Fans,

Those who enjoy the 1991 DS nighttime series might find this note which I received from a friend of mine who has been revisiting that show.  My friend writes:

Speaking of aspect ratio issues, I have good news regarding DARK SHADOWS (1991).  It was released on DVD at least 3 times here in the U.S. with the aspect ratio butchered.  However, last year a company called TGG Direct quietly issued a box set of the series in its original fullscreen format.  Print transfer quality is excellent, and itís great to finally see high quality prints of this show in the ratio it was intended to be viewed.  The only drawbacks are that they still failed to include the extended cuts of the first and last episodes which Dan Curtis prepared for MPIís VHS releases.  And the color timing on the day-for-night sequences is still faulty, causing those scenes to appear far too bright (almost full daylight).  So the only releases that display those accurately are still MPIís VHS iterations.  TGG Directís set appears to have gotten a very limited release, and even though it is only a year old, I believe it is already out of print.  Sealed copies are still available on Amazon, but the manufacturer is no longer offering copies, and the few copies still for sale on Amazon are going for double MSRP.  I broke down and bought one as a birthday gift to myself this year (as prices are sure to go even higher once the remaining copies sell out).  On the other hand, the same prints have recently been issued in the U.K. and Germany, and imported copies of those can be had for under $20.00.

One more tidbit before I run.  I recently dug out my personal VHS captures of the original 1991 NBC airings of the series, and isolated all of the network-specific material (promos, previews, bumpers, etc.) that were left out of the VHS and DVD releases.  I turned them into one continues DS bonus feature, and posted it to YouTube last week.  Hereís a link, if youíd care to see it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr5iiLihmxQ

Since Iím an incurable completist, Iím eventually going to post not just the promos for each episode, but all of the commercials that ran during each broadcast.  (end of his letter)

I don't know if this upgraded release of the series was reported here.  It may well have been, since I don't always pay attention to topics relating to that redaction of DARK SHADOWS.

Best,

G.

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Those are very cool, MB!  I have never seen this article before.

Many thanks!

G.

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That theory only works if you ignore about 90 percent of what actually happens in the movie.  Such as--if that were the case, why would Carlotta kill herself?  Did the writer think her death had been faked?

The theory sounds a lot like a couple of Boris Karloff THRILLER episodes I vaguely recall.  I always enjoy revisiting those.

G.

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Well, MB, I'm sure you can guess how I feel about Thayer's presence in the movie.  Given what a huge fan I am of every moment he was ever onscreen...

That's a wonderful two-shot of Laura and Mrs. Castle in today's presentation.  One I don't recall at all.  I'm so glad they did include Clarice in this film.

G.

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Current Talk '16 II / Re: Voice Over Questions
« on: August 17, 2016, 08:30:39 PM »
Just a note about the original series voiceover opening "My name is Victoria Winters."  I had it in the back of my mind when this came up again that there were probably a couple of precedents for this.  And I think most if not all of them were from the glorious years of "old time radio." 

One example was a 1950s radio soap, "This is Nora Drake," which started each show with the titular protagonist declaiming just that line:

https://archive.org/details/ThisIsNoraDrake

Several of the regular actors on the show did radio.  Thayer had quite a career doing commercial radio voiceovers.

G.

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Great shot of Strack today.  Thayer was so perfect in that role.  Of course, I know Jerry would have nailed it, too, but the nuances would have been quite different.

G.

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Current Talk '16 II / Re: The Chained Coffin
« on: August 16, 2016, 03:14:19 PM »
This one, from 2001, seems to be the standard print available now.  I just bought some of the Corman Poe films on DVD and they looked great.  THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM was done in a letterbox format that made it kind of small on my computer screen, but I think you can improve that by changing settings.  I still found it quite watchable and enjoyed seeing it again so much.  There was a note on Amazon about the redaction of this film included in a five movie Vincent Price set that I recently bought.  Of course, now everything is moving to "streaming" but I find that physical media play much better for me, because of my ISP or the fact that I don't have up to date tech--don't really know and don't much care, at this point...

http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/2143/fall-of-the-house-of-usher-1960-the/

G.

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Current Talk '16 II / Re: YEE HAW!!!
« on: August 16, 2016, 12:30:43 PM »
Those early shows are so fab.  So nuanced and rich in character writing.

I particularly love any scene involving Liz and Miss Winters.

G.

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Current Talk '16 II / The Chained Coffin
« on: August 16, 2016, 04:12:49 AM »
Fans,

a month or two ago, I revisited Roger Corman's exquisitely mounted film of THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM starring the Immortal Vincent Price, and I noticed a number of plot devices and images that seemed to have been re-staged in DS.

Just a little while ago, a friend of mine posted this trailer for HOUSE OF USHER (1960) on a film page we're both on:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QslKMIOeME8

I'd forgotten about that gruesome image of a bloodied hand groping its way out of a chained coffin.  Interesting to speculate that that might have inspired Malcolm Marmorstein, if he was the one who came up with the idea of the vampire being released from such a coffin.

G.

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True about Laura's fate.  However, some element of a frame-up would help explain her derisive, hysterical laughter at Angelique's funeral--a wonderful moment...

G.

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Beautiful shot of Diana there.  It's intriguing to imagine a version of the story where Laura framed Angelique for witchcraft to get her revenge on both her rival and Charles.  But if you accept that, it doesn't really explain certain things that happen in the 1971 narrative that imply that sorcery is at work.

Unless LAURA was the Witch...

G.

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