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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: May 08, 2014, 04:37:19 AM »
MB, you've got me in suspense!  another scene I don't recall at all from my viewing.

I recall hearing talk of certain scenes that were scripted but apparently cut involving Our Favorite Witch... I wonder whether there will be time to fit discussion of this in.  At the rate you're going, I'm not sure you're going to get to the end of the episode by New Year's Eve!

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: May 07, 2014, 05:36:20 PM »
Wonderful photos!  The one of Vicki with the director and the creature actor (which is scarier to stand next to for a young actress??) reminds me of a candid photo that surfaced during the MPI distro period of Julia and Barnabas with Alex in full werewolf makeup.  And, a little, of my friend Nicky's favorite photo of Vicki being menaced by all the ghouls and horrors of Collinwood... Barnabas, Nicholas, Adam, Cassandra.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: May 07, 2014, 04:54:16 PM »
Love today's shot of HBC.  Maybe some day I'll get to see this one deleted scene between Liz and Julia.  I think it is the only one that has been made available.  Who knows if more was shot.

The two are for me the only redeeming element in this thing... well, I also liked Magtoria on the train as Nights in White Satin played...

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Depp/Burton DARK SHADOWS Is In Release!!
« on: May 06, 2014, 11:30:19 PM »
I don't know if this particular review was posted here with others back in 2012.  Nancy Kersey just posted the link on FB.  I thought it was an interesting take on Depp Shadows. The author also talks about the original series and the other incarnations:

http://www.counter-currents.com/2012/05/why-dark-shadows-sucks/

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: May 06, 2014, 08:57:22 PM »
That's hot stuff, MB.

Are you at liberty to reveal who wrote that? 

I wonder if the people behind the Jonathan Rhys Meyers DRACULA series had seen the script or the pilot...  I will leave it at that for now.  As I posted while watching the episodes, there were several story references that were a clear nod to events and personalities in the DS 'verse.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: May 06, 2014, 05:14:34 AM »
Very cool photos, MB! And excellent descriptive work and dialogue transcription, as always.

G.

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I think Leonard Frey, whose brilliant performance as the bete-noire of the evening in Boys has to rank as one of the most truly Gothic moments in American cinema, did have a decent career.  Not well known to the public, perhaps, but fame can be a highly overrated experience, or so I have been told.

I love that VP quote--"Hollywood is the most evil place on earth."  Grayson could barely stand going out there yet she did so every year.  That's enough for me.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: May 05, 2014, 03:08:22 AM »
I'm glad your memories are so strong MB.  I can't recall this scene at all.  I might have been distracted by whoever I was sitting with, though.

Very cool touch having the garlic flowers interwoven with the chains...

G

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: May 03, 2014, 09:52:06 PM »
Fascinating.  I wonder whether the dried blossoms were supposed to have been garlic flowers?

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: May 03, 2014, 02:30:20 PM »
I can't recall the lion/dove poem being a part of the original 1967 episodes depicting Barnabas' release.  What I remember is [spoiler]Willie was trying to get one of the three sealed sarcophagi in the Mausoleum open and had tied one end of a cable to the ring in the lion's mouth, thinking I guess to pull open the sealed lid with pressure from a crowbar and the other end of the rope which was somehow secured to the coffin in question.  Instead, what happened was the ring in the lion's mouth slowly came loose, activating the machinery that opened the secret panel.  Which, in and of itself, is an occult occurrence, given that thing had not budged since the 1830s (in the original storyline---later, of course, revised to the 1790s). [/spoiler]

I think the lion/dove poem was Sam Hall's contribution to the re-staging of these events in hoDS.  Correct?

G.

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This looks awesome.  Thanks, Joey.

G.

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Current Talk '14 I / Re: Why Doesn't Dark Shadows Get More Respect?
« on: May 03, 2014, 01:47:54 AM »
For a vintage television series roughly two years away from its fiftieth anniversary, I would say DS carries quite a bit of cachet, or "cred" or whatever you want to call it.  When you think about the other series that were big at the time, such as PEYTON PLACE and THE BIG VALLEY, and especially when you compare it with any other daytime TV artifact from 1967-71, DS occupies a unique position in what we'll call current cultural discourse.

Fact:  DS was, and to my knowledge remains, the ONLY soap opera ever to be issued IN ITS ENTIRETY to home video format.

Fact:  Not only did that happen in a period running from the late 1980s through the early 1990s, DS became the only daytime series ever to be rerun IN ITS ENTIRETY on a popular network--not just once, but TWICE... on the Sci Fi network.

Fact:  Not only has DS never, ever gone out of print on home video (and that's a truly incredible fact if you follow the vagaries of cult film releasing on various formats), it was even re-released on DVD in order to keep up with the times.  I had presumed that only a small group of really dedicated fans would buy it, again, on DVD, but in FACT, it became even more popular in that format, and subsequently, via streaming where this has been enabled.

Even more amazing fact:  thanks to the posts by Midnite and MB on this board, we're aware of just how often DS is referenced in the mass media.  REALLY often for a series that might be perceived by some as the misfit kids' answer to STAR TREK.  Most of the references are along the lines of this:  "in a scenario reminiscent of classic vampire soap opera and its brooding hero Barnabas Collins..."

Further fact: whatever one may think of Depp Shadows, it was made, distributed internationally, had a huge profile and made money for the studio... perhaps not enough to be declared a hit by the suits, but certainly a more-than-just-respectable performance.

With all those facts impressively lined up--and I could quote more, but why bother--if some brainless media twit who can't remember anything that happened more than two weeks ago passes a disparaging comment about this revolutionary series and cultural phenomenon, one that has stood the test of time and become acknowledged as a justly-acclaimed media classic... well, frankly Miss Scarlett, do I care?

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: May 02, 2014, 01:49:18 AM »
Those are such cool details.  Thanks, MB.

G.

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I guess I'm pretty jaded... the first one did nothing for me and the second one made me giggle... briefly.

G.

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Current Talk '14 I / Re: PT 1970
« on: April 30, 2014, 05:32:06 PM »
Another great John Harkins portrayal, DarkLady!

cheers, G.

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