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Oh man.  Kazinsky is absolutely smouldering in that photograph.  I'm afraid I have never seen his assets but I can imagine they're... formidable.

The premise for Lucifer sounds really ludicrous...

G.

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Fans,

In my continuing exploration of Old Time Radio (OTR) horror series, I stumbled upon THE STRANGE DR WEIRD (great title), which ran in 1944-45 and was sponsored by Adam Hats on the Mutual network.

This story, "The Summoning of Chandor," features a plot very similar to a certain moment in the 1795 storyline.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7neBtOraPhQ

The show runs for 15 minutes.

Best,  G.

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Current Talk '15 I / Re: Cast Member...?
« on: May 05, 2015, 02:57:02 AM »
I thought Tom was low-key compared to Dirk Wilkins.

G.

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There were more credits when I checked IMDB earlier today but mostly random 1970s television roles.  There was one other credit from around 1984 and then nothing.  Presumably he changed careers.

G.

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Current Talk '15 I / Re: Cast Member...?
« on: May 05, 2015, 12:51:23 AM »
There's an interview with Frid (I think in Baltimore's City Paper from the 1980s, possibly during the ARSENIC & OLD LACE tour) where he refers to Briscoe's Tom Jennings performance--without naming Briscoe--as "nearly pornographic," or words to that effect.  I wonder if he was thinking of the scene where Jennings closes in on a flailing Betsy Durkin with pop-eyed, tongue-twirling relish.

I personally blame whoever was directing at that time--Henry Kaplan always wanted "more" from the actors. Nobody ever thought these would be seen again after the single broadcast so sometimes the actors just "went with it."

G.

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I just watched the 1972 TV movie CRAWLSPACE.  I've heard about it for many years but had never seen it.  I was unaware that Tom Happer (Jeremy Grimes in 1840) was one of the leads in this offbeat psychological drama.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0mTZDmSenk

Very believable work from all involved.

G.

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Current Talk '15 I / Re: Cast Member...?
« on: May 03, 2015, 07:17:03 PM »
Tom had the biggest, thickest fangs of any vampire in Collinsport.

And as Edith Ann used to say, That's the truth.

G.

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Current Talk '15 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0908
« on: April 27, 2015, 02:20:36 AM »
There were a few other good moments in this aborted Paul/Elizabeth plotline.  It's a thrill (for me at least) to see the two facing off in Paul's hotel room.  The last good non-supernatural storyline was Jason/Liz and this revived that brilliant writing and acting briefly.  I think these were the last such moments on DS.  I guess the Melanie parentage storyline in 1841 PT could be seen as an attempt to have such a storyline and Nancy and Grayson were brilliant in that but the storyline ultimately fell flat for me due to a couple of specific reasons.

G.

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Current Talk '15 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0908
« on: April 26, 2015, 02:04:21 AM »
It's really too bad that the Paul/Elizabeth storyline was so dreadfully shortchanged at this point in the proceedings.  Today's scene between Paul, Roger and Elizabeth hints at how great it could all have been.  Sounds like the work of Violet Welles, but I haven't checked to see who the credited writer was.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '15 I / Re: Friends of '91 DS Reunion
« on: April 21, 2015, 09:04:17 PM »
LOL, Cousin Barnabas.

Now I need to watch the Donna episode again.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: April 21, 2015, 04:12:41 AM »
Here's an interesting review of the DVD issue of DS 91, written by retired film editor David Ice and posted on Amazon.

G.

After reading all the comments about this DVD set, I was very curious to see for myself. I am a retired sound editor (I worked for years on M*A*S*H and over 65 feature films) and was intimately involved in post production for television for many years. I would like to add my own comments.

First of all, the letterbox anamorphic 16x9 transfer is a construct for this DVD release. The series was shot, in 1990-91, in the 4x3 aspect ratio. However, all framing was composed for "TV Safe" which is the safe title area. If you crop a TV Safe picture vertically, you get 16x9 almost exactly. What you get on this transfer is what was considered essential during prime photography. Uncropped vertical picture area is just icing on the cake. What you see is what Dan Curtis and MGM deemed absolutely essential. Credits are presented in the 4x3 aspect ration, but if you watch closely there are title and credit elements that push the far boundries of TV Safe, which is why they are presented that way rather can cut off any copyright notices, studio ownership warnings, etc.

In terms of the day for night photography, I double checked the DVD off of my off-the-air SVHS recordings, which I recorded during the original broadcast. They are very, very close.

One must bear in mind that the broadcast technology of the time requred the studios to turn over a 35mm low contrast positive composite print of the show, which was transferred to NTSC video standard. The dynamic range of the telecine and broadcast bandwidth was much more limited than they are now. Simply compare, say, current episodes of CSI and Dark Shadows....and Dark Shadows almost looks like high-key sitcom lighting! For example, the scene where Daphne Collins walks through Collinsport just before Barnabas' first attack is so brightly lit it's comical--but this was the norm for TELEVISION filming at the time, not theatrical. The excellent day-for-night filming on House of Dark Shadows would not transfer over to a broadcast without significant print re-timing for broadcast standards. Nowdays, with HDTV and digital broadcasting, the dynamic range is much larger and almost feature film latitude. But in the 90's the broadcast spectrum was limited and both sound and color dynamics had to be intensely limited. (If you want another comparison, look at an original episode of Bonanza...the colors are almost exclusively pastel (no bright reds, greens, blues) because color broadcast simply could not handle intense primary colors.)

Another thing to remember about the film grain, etc., is that the series was shot and designed for the average 25 to 30" television of the time period. Higher speed film (and dubious Metrocolor processing!) was used to speed production and cut costs. Day for night filming was used because 1) it was cheaper and 2) far less time consuming than filming endless "magic hour" shots at dusk. With a vampire series, it would be utterly impractical to do endless night shoots plus daytime soundstage work (when do the actors and crew sleep?) so shooting day-for-night and timing the print slightly dark blue was a necessary cheat.

Yes, MGM could have timed the print darker for the DVD...but that would have necessitated reprinting/retiming nearly 50,000 feet of 35mm film, probably off a faded, scratched negative that had not been archivally preserved. (Few TV shows ever are!)

And we must realize that Dark Shadows is a niche market...we're not talking Desperate Housewives here...in terms of thousands of DVD units sold.

So all things considered, I'm glad we've got a reasonably timed/fairly accurate color/fairly scratch-free answer print to watch--in all probability, the same physical film that was originally broadcast on NBC. I'm encouraged that any elements were preserved at all--especially the stereo soundtrack. You would be appalled at how many "classic" television shows exist now only in 16mm versions, their original 35mm elements long gone.

I will agree that some DVD extras would have been worthwhile, and perhaps that will come in time. But considering that this transfer is clear enough to see the dirt on the opticals I'm convinced that this is the best transfer we could hope for, barring a full-blown digital restoration.

David Ice

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Calendar Events / Announcements '15 I / Re: Friends of '91 DS Reunion
« on: April 18, 2015, 02:40:11 PM »
I thought Donna was a fun character.  Until the end, of course.  I kind of related to her because she wanted a taste of that dark wolvish Chris.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '15 I / Re: Peter Lombard 1935 - 2015
« on: April 15, 2015, 02:57:33 AM »
Thanks for posting this.  Peter Lombard etched a definitive portrait as Oberon in a few scenes in two episodes.  I was sorry he was not able to return for the later episode in which one of "themselves" appears.

G.

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Current Talk '15 I / Re: Murky Memory - Question
« on: April 14, 2015, 12:11:16 AM »
The storyline occurred, if I recall correctly, because Dennis Patrick had to go shoot a film.  A lot of actors on DS worked without a contract, and if DCP had no contract with Dennis Patrick, there would have been no legal obligation to keep him from walking out before the Paul Stoddard storyline in Leviathans had reached its conclusion.

This led eventually to one of the most ridiculous moments in all DS production history... but that is another topic for another time...

cheers, G.

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I just tried to check a detail in the interview, and the page appears now to be offline.  The webmaster may be working on the site again.

G.

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