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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Even Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: January 02, 2014, 12:23:59 AM »
Heavens, what an undertaking!  Making a 45 minute piece of film last an entire year sounds really radical, especially when you have access to so little visual material.  Perhaps an angel out there will be inspired by your project to supply you with more material for this.  I hope so.  (I alas have nothing beyond the Youtube clip I posted a few weeks ago.)

Happy New Year M. B., Midnite, dom, and all who contribute to making this such a special DS home for all of us.

cheers, GothEEEEEEK

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Calendar Events / Announcements '13 II / Happy 4000 Day to DS Forums!!!
« on: December 29, 2013, 07:36:15 PM »
I am presuming from the DS 1970s movies montage that today is the 4000th day we've all enjoyed the experience of the DS Forums!

A big round of applause my most darling and mysteriossissimo MB, to Midnite, to dom and to all who contributed to making it such an incredible, FUN experience.

Thanks and heartiest congrats!

Gothick, a Forums fan since (fill in year--my memory's shot!)

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Current Talk '13 II / DS episode streaming on Netflix
« on: December 28, 2013, 01:14:57 AM »
According to this article, as of Jan. 1 Netflix will (possibly/probably) no longer have 400 episodes of DS available for streaming:

http://www.collinsporthistoricalsociety.com/2013/12/netflix-to-lose-dark-shadows-in-new-year.html

I seem to be one of the few who still rents actual DVDs from the service, and my perusal of the catalogue shows the entire series *of discs* still coming up available, though I'm sure that in some instance, there may be a wait because only certain warehouses probably hold certain discs.

Above article states that there are also a few hundred DS shows available on hulu, which probably means the "hulu plus" service.

Rights to streaming vs. rental rights seem to operate according to different rules and provisions.  I don't know anything about it.

G.

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Gerard, those are brilliant!

Happy Holidays,

G.

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Current Talk '13 II / Re: just MY opinion...
« on: December 21, 2013, 12:45:03 AM »
Curtis promoted the new series in several interviews in 1990 along the lines of "this time we've got money and we're going to do it right."

Some of us feel that the original series was as good as it was despite DC's input (which was often minimal-to-nonexistent).  I thought how the 1991 remake turned out demonstrated that pretty effectively--DC micromanaged every aspect, even tinkering with at least some of the scripts I believe.

In one of her recent video interviews, Barbara Steele complained that DS wasn't a happy memory for her because she clashed with DC over how the character of Julia should be played.  She wanted to make Julia more stylish and "eccentric" and DC insisted that every scene be played in deadly earnest.

Thankfully Steele was able to have a lot of fun with the character of Natalie--she dresses and speaks like the madam of a very high end French bordello.

Best, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '13 II / Re: Eva Green is in PENNY DREADFUL
« on: December 20, 2013, 12:12:07 AM »
this could be very cool.  Maybe it's just how horror is being done now but it looks as if they're trying hard to imitate the look and feel of AHS...

G.

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Current Talk '13 II / Re: just MY opinion...
« on: December 19, 2013, 05:47:37 PM »
The last time I checked all the episodes, or substantial numbers, were available for free viewing on hulu, Youtube, and possibly other outlets, and there's some channel that runs it a couple of times a year.

We've debated the series on several threads here in the past, but I guess you missed those discussions, Patti.

I think one thing that fans of this version like is the romanticism, particularly the fact that this time around, Vicki sincerely reciprocates Barnabas's attraction.  There are some Barnabas/Vicki scenes, really beautifully played by Ben Cross and Joanna Going (who IMO deserved to have more of a career) that have a very special quality if that's the kind of thing you wished you could have seen in the original.

I've already expounded several times about what I liked, and what I didn't like, and don't feel up to repeating it all now.

Holiday cheer, G.

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Current Talk '13 II / Re: A NoDS forerunner?
« on: December 18, 2013, 12:18:14 AM »
There's another ONE STEP BEYOND episode on Youtube that seems like a clear forerunner of "Certain Shadows on the Wall," the Rod Serling story that had Grayson, Louis Hayward, Rachel Roberts and Agnes Moorehead onscreen together in the NIGHT GALLERY series.  The episode, "Image of Death," has a persistent "stain" on the wall that begins to change in some odd ways...

G.

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I've never heard of the show.  At first I thought you meant the video rental chain which I think is defunct?

Roughly when did it air originally?

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: December 15, 2013, 08:56:41 AM »
I'm quite baffled about what's going on in this slide show at this point.  If I remember correctly, what we've seen over the last couple of days is the result of Angie being zapped by Laura's ghost (who I thought had at least some dialogue, but apparently not).  The backdrop looks as if they're standing in Collinwood's own answer to the Crystal Palace (a fancy of Grandmamama Edith's in this version perhaps?) but I assume it is just an area of the Collinwood-on-fire set.

Is that weird thing on Angie's shoulder a tattoo the actress bears in real life, or a sign of the "cracking," or a result of Barn having attacked her?  I can't recall.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '13 II / The Twelve Pains of Xmas
« on: December 14, 2013, 08:14:02 PM »
Sara Monster posted this older video of hers and I thought it was hysterical--and very appropriate to the season:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7zsteBQllY

Poor Willie endlessly stuck with those lights...

G.

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The Dracula series ratings have been going up and it is now tied for #1 across significant demographics:

http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2013/12/07/nbc-ties-for-1-with-week-to-week-gains-for-dateline-grimm-dracula/220758/

The next new episode airs Jan. 3.

Meanwhile, one of the producers is in the throes of pitching a Wolfman pilot (with Universal's copyrighted Lawrence Talbot character) to the network.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: And Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: December 10, 2013, 04:35:58 AM »
Does Depp's Barnyboo makeup include a fake nose?  We've already discussed the fake fingers, fingernails, ears and hair.  Looking at the screenshot that I think is about to switch, it suddenly occurred to me that his nose had been at the very least embellished.

I really wonder how long it took every day for Depp's transformation into Barn--I am guessing a minimum of two hours.  More likely closer to three.

G.

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More Dark Shadows plot elements surfaced in episode 6.  The series seems to make reference not just to the original series, but to hoDS, 1991 DS, AND the Burton/Depp production, at times.

I have heard through the grapevine that the show is now on hiatus until sometime in Jan.

G.


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Hard to believe this was 31 years ago... December 1982:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCEzY9ZE02o

The irony, probably lost on most, was that Joan's 1983 "Hollywood movie" was a telefilm with Parker Stevenson in which she played a bag lady. I'm still shocked every time I think about Joan's appearance in that production.  So far as I am aware it was her last time acting before the cameras.

G.

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