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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Dark Shadows: Remembering The Show?
« on: March 17, 2020, 01:46:54 AM »
Interesting. I'd pretty much presumed that the sequel or reboot or whatever it was supposed to be was dead in the water... then again, Grayson used to say "nobody ever really dies on Dark Shadows."

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Re: The Crucible on DVD
« on: March 13, 2020, 10:17:37 PM »
That is very cool. It was great seeing Thayer and Clarice in this, and I think that actress who played Hallie/Carrie Stokes was one of the children in it.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Innovation's '91 DS Comic, Book 3
« on: March 13, 2020, 02:38:01 PM »
This scene is like a trial run for the Burton/Depp movie. Except that Barnabas isn't wearing clown makeup.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Innovation's '91 DS Comic, Book 3
« on: March 05, 2020, 05:38:40 PM »
"Sarah" (if it really is Sarah) has dialogue today that makes her sound like a New Age guru.

Again, I'm glad this "book" is coming to an end soon.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Another New Slideshow
« on: March 01, 2020, 07:55:40 PM »
That's bizarre that they used that print! But, go figure...

It mostly looked great apart from those weird, rough edits ... I don't know just when I'll feel moved to watch the movie again. And yeah, I'm sure Darren was really torn up about this. I know I might have had to go to a parking lot and smash a lot of cheap china, if I'd been in his shoes.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Another New Slideshow
« on: March 01, 2020, 05:10:45 PM »
This old thread used to involve NoDS. So I'll just write a little note to say that last night, I finally watched the DVD issue of NoDS. It is actually the first time I have sat through the entire film in around three decades, I think. I used to fast forward through a lot of it when I'd get out the videotape (please don't take away my fan card).

I really felt as if I were watching it for the first time because the picture was so crisp and the color, outstandingly, was far superior to my old tape which was derived from a 1990s laserdisc. I thought the DVD aspect ratio was superior as well to the laserdisc version.  The movie was just stunningly beautiful to watch, even though the story about two thirds of the way through dissolved into an incomprehensible mess.

I found myself more baffled than ever by the state in which this was released to the public. The MGM suits bear full responsibility for their ridiculous demand that the Dan and Sam re-edit the movie over a weekend. If they'd been given more time to re-edit, it's possible that the result would have been more coherent. I think the movie starts to fall apart at the point when it gets to the titular "Night of Dark Shadows," when Claire and Alex have come back from NYC with the old portrait of Charles (I'd forgotten that was ever seen in the movie at all). There are some startlingly sloppy edits in the movie from that point on--looks as if the tech was re-cutting it with the end of a very blunt razor blade.

As the movie further unwound and the numerous narrative drop-outs accumulated, I became acutely aware that the average viewer must have had no idea at all what was going on. I don't have the energy to enumerate all the missing material that results in the whole point of the story simply being removed. Darren's done incredible work documenting all of it.

The most puzzling gaffe for me were a couple of really abrupt edits/shot switches in the sequence of the ghost Angelique's attack on Alex. I think those must have been the result of some technical difficulties in filming the sequence that Curtis ran out of time to resolve. But who knows? Maybe they removed something significant that happened in the sequence. And the result was those weirdly off-base edits. Hackwork.

Another odd note--I don't really have time or opportunity to check, but I'm sure a brief music cue was missing from the DVD print. I remember it occurring when Quentin and Tracy have arrived at Collinwood at the beginning, and the p.o.v. switches to somebody (presumably Angelique's ghost) looking down from an upper window. On that shot, there used to be a brief cue that was heard. The shot played in silence on my disc.

Thanks to the fact that I watched it from beginning to end for once, I saw many beautiful shots of Grayson I didn't recall from those long-ago sessions with it. That was maybe the best gift of all. I'm so sorry that the climactic moment of her performance in the movie is gone now.

But there's always the trailers...

cheers, G.

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Hahaha! You missed this:

Our anti-hero of the story is Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid), who was cursed by a jealous witch Angelique (Lara Parker). She killed Barnabasí true love, Josette (Mary Cooper), and curses Barnabas to be a creature of the night. The dreaded Vampire. Barnabas is a 175-years-old and is an ancestor to the current family members, but tells them he is a distant cousin. Dr. Julia Hoffman (Grayson Hall) discovers Barnabas when invited to move into Collinwood.


I think Mary Cooper's estate needs to sue for residuals.  I hope TLATKLS doesn't see this idiocy.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: DS 1991
« on: February 26, 2020, 05:37:03 PM »
For fans of the 1991 series-- this message was sent to me from a friend who has been digitizing his MPI videotapes (I think he is mainly focusing on the "extended" material, but he may be doing all of it--not sure). He writes:

While I was tinkering with the MPI Home Video extended cut of the DS í91 pilot, I noticed a small blooper I had never spotted before.  Was particularly amused, because it actually occurs while the opening credits are rolling.  The credits are displayed across several shots, including Juliana McCarthyís first appearance on the show.  She walks down a hallway in Collinwood, then enters a room and speaks to Elizabeth.  Seconds before Juliana utters her first line in the entire series, a boom mike very clearly passes through the shot at the top of the screen.  Seems almost appropriate that a reboot of DS would include this sort of gaffe within its first 90 seconds!

Out of curiosity, I viewed the same sequence in the DVD release of the episode, and the gaffe is not there.  Even though I have the DVD set which presents the series in the correct aspect ratio, they cropped the image in that shot just slightly to excise the errant microphone.  And, honestly, I donít blame them.  While Iím a big proponent of presenting programs exactly as they aired, one of the goals in preparing prints for DVD release is to give them the best presentation possible.  When possible, this would include removing any editing errors (provided doing so doesnít substantially impact the presentation of the episode).  So, the folks behind this DVD release actually did a very good job.  Still, I wish they had left the gaffe in, as itís almost an homage to the original DS (unintentional as it may have been).

G.

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I guess that's some kind of poll?

Frankly, I think a person would have to be not in their right mind to think Alec was ever average-looking, ugly or disgusting.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Re: Barnabas Collins sighting
« on: February 25, 2020, 06:33:42 PM »
I think you don't really have time to read about the fascinating byways of old genre fandom, MB, but this is a short article about editor/publisher Calvin T. Beck and his Castle of Frankenstein:

http://21ca.com/flickhead/2_14_Beck_CoF.html

There's a long thread on the Monster Kids board from a few years ago when Little Shoppe of Horrors ran a two part survey/expose of Beck and CoF. Interesting discussion.

Apart from the legendary cult status of the magazine, Beck is best remembered now because his mother seems fairly conclusively to have been a major model for "Norman's" Mom in Robert Bloch's original novel Psycho. Reportedly, Helen Beck went everywhere with her son but perhaps not to the extent that "Norman's" Mom did.

Castle of Frankenstein was ahead of its time in treating horror films as objects of serious, adult film criticism. The mag ran stills and articles about European avant-garde films and the kind of pictures associated with serious art houses in New York, San Francisco, and one or two other cities back in the Sixties.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Re: Barnabas Collins sighting
« on: February 25, 2020, 12:49:12 AM »
Really, MB? As far as I was concerned, Monster Times was a huge improvement over FM. Even better was Castle of Frankenstein, but that was published very intermittently and was hard to find.

Here's a 1970 issue of CoF featuring a 1969 photo of Quentin on the cover:

https://www.zomboscloset.com/zombos_closet_of_horror_b/2015/03/castle-of-frankenstein-issue-15.html

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Barnabas Collins sighting
« on: February 24, 2020, 11:38:54 PM »
Fans who were around for the 1970s may recall a tabloid-style monster mag called The Monster Times. Issue 27 was a vampire themed number and there are a couple of Barnabas pictures included if you scroll through.

https://www.zomboscloset.com/zombos_closet_of_horror_b/2017/04/the-monster-times-no-27-.html

cheers, G.

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It says that after the initial load onto the on-demand network, it will eventually run on something called the Paramount Network. I have no idea what any of it is. Stuff you watch on your phone or computer but if you have the right parameters, you can screen it on the device that sits on that plinth in your living room.

I just put a bookcase where my TV used to be. Happiness!

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Innovation's '91 DS Comic, Book 3
« on: February 20, 2020, 05:38:58 PM »
So, I'm guessing that at this point in the comic book, Roger has had a psychotic break and is ranting at an invisible Laura.

Thankfully, I presume there are only a few more pages to go in this trainwreck.

G.

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