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Very stylish and cool.  It looks as if inspired by THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN but with a much darker, more explicitly Gothic edge.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '14 I / Re: OT: Thayer David in Nero Wolfe
« on: February 20, 2014, 03:02:38 AM »
I saw the accelerated speed on some material a buddy DVD-R'ed for me from Me-TV.  I think it was episodes of PETER GUNN.  I remember a chase scene in particular that was very obviously speeded up.  Unfortunately the acceleration gave the whole thing a Keystone Kops look.


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Calendar Events / Announcements '14 I / OT: Only Lovers Left Alive
« on: February 20, 2014, 02:59:53 AM »
Fans,

Over the President's Day weekend, I had the opportunity to catch a preview of the "new" Jim Jarmusch film ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, about a pair of star-crossed vampire lovers, Adam and Eve, played by Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycOKvWrwYFo

I've been hearing about this project ever since Jarmusch started talking about it back in 2011.  The film was actually completed in 2012.  Filming happened mainly in Detroit and Tangier.  The film only really shares in common with DS the theme of "supernatural" beings whose story involves some very human emotional complications.  I am totally in awe of the art direction, the writing, the use of music and imagery... the pace is very slow (I prefer to think of it as leisurely) and the focus is on character dynamics, mood, atmosphere, and carefully built emotional tension.  Mia Wasikowska plays the sister of the Tilda character, John Hurt plays an aged Christopher Marlowe (yes, the Elizabethan playwright) living as a vampire in Tangier, and Anton Yelchin is a cute, clueless lad who is the Hiddles character's Willie.

I think DS fans might find this one very interesting.  The US release is supposed to be sometime in April but it is unclear whether it will be a full, nationwide release or only selected cities as an initial test.

G.

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Thanks, KMR.  Last year I bought limited issue releases of the "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" music (with the late Peter O'Toole and the fabulous Miss Petula Clark) and the 1967 "Casino Royale" (one of my favorite Sixties extravaganzas) and both were such lavishly mounted releases... Dracula may soon join them on the shelf.

G.

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I looked on Amazon just now for the Dracula score CD and couldn't find it.  Is it only going to be available at the event?  Marketed through MPI?  any further info?

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: February 18, 2014, 03:56:20 PM »
Gerard, I like your sense of humor! lol!

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: February 18, 2014, 02:23:45 AM »
Is Sophia meant to be a cook in addition to somebody who takes care of household chores?  Is she doing the Mrs. Johnson role?  I guess we wouldn't have heard this Roger complaining about "yet another of Sophia's boiled dinners..."

I know these are random but these are the things that go through my mind...call it the Shadows Syndrome...lol

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: February 14, 2014, 01:49:15 PM »
I just LOVE Roger's dialogue.  Thanks, MB, for taking the time to share MORE with us.

I do find the writing for Liz as recorded somehow... off.  I seem to recall the breakfast scene being a bit better, but maybe what I'm recalling is a sense of excitement since if I'm not mistaken, Laura was mentioned.

I seem to recall a luridly filmed scene (the color palette in this, which you haven't discussed, was at times off the charts, but I don't remember enough to go into specifics) in Willie's gatehouse bachelor pad with one of his lady friends. This, obviously, happens after what we're now discussing in the film. And I can't recall her name, either.

Best, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '14 I / Re: OT: KLS on Hawaii Five-0
« on: February 14, 2014, 02:54:18 AM »
I'd enjoy seeing a photo of her from the appearance, should anyone feel moved to post one.  I don't get the channel and I don't really need to see the episode itself.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: February 14, 2014, 02:48:29 AM »
Just curious, is today's 1991 shot of Barnabas and Vicki (maybe at the Old House, but I'm not sure?) from additional footage not in the original broadcast?

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: February 13, 2014, 03:49:24 PM »
All of this is very subjective, of course... for me, as I have complained a number of times, the Barnabas and Angie stuff in Depp Shade was just way too arch and over-the-top... the Liz dialogue was good but I think that's a tribute to Pfeiffer's prowess--and her scenes with Helena as Julia had a spark and an edge to them that I found sorely lacking otherwise.  Why I like Grayson's scenes so much in the OS is that sense of "edge" and the unexpected she can bring to a scene, particularly when she's matched with an actor such as Karlen or HAA.

That said, my least favorite things in this WB version were the handling of Angelique and, to some extent, Liz--I wish we had heard behind the scenes stuff about just what was going on with the direction of Blair Brown, a very accomplished actress from what I have heard.  I have to wonder if the scene of Vicki's arrival at Collinwood might have been re-staged had the network ordered the series and the pilot actually been aired as episode one.  In the case of BtVS as I recall, a pilot was produced and then a completely new episode one was shot... I wonder if that might have happened had the network moved forward with DS.  From reading the thread from 2004, the dumping of it seemed more about network politics and a fairly strong switch in where they were moving with their programming, than about the failure of the pilot as delivered to come together...

Just some idle thoughts.


G.

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Current Talk '14 I / Re: Revival series on VHS
« on: February 13, 2014, 01:58:48 AM »
Hi Retzev, I think it's 12 cassettes total if you buy the MPI issued tapes (which have the extra footage).  Do an Amazon search and make sure you specify VHS.

Best, G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: February 12, 2014, 04:24:55 PM »
This is too delicious.  I think this Roger is now my favorite AFTER the original (who was truly one of a kind).

Thanks for such delightful treats! 

G.

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Current Talk '14 I / Re: What If...
« on: February 12, 2014, 03:54:51 AM »
If you mean would the audiences of 2014 have accepted an evil Alex Moltke character, MB, I'm sure the answer would have been yes. I'm not so sure about the audiences of 1969 which presumably was when AM was thinking of returning to the series.  That was the year when the Leviathan plot gave Frid the chance to play an evil, devious, scheming Barnabas again, and the fans revolted.  The outcry was enough that the entire storyline was drastically curtailed, resulting in quite a hash, and the good heroic Barnabas quickly returned to the scene.

I wonder if there would have been a similar outcry if fans' beloved "Vicki" had shown up has some evil minx, vampiric or otherwise.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: February 11, 2014, 05:20:04 AM »
Wow, I'm already thinking how much better the WB pilot seems, thus far, compared with the Burton/Depp opus.  I'm not going to pursue the comparison because I really think we're dealing with apples vs. oranges even if "it's all Dark Shadows."

G.

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