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Current Talk '11 II / Re: The Netflix $6 Increase
« on: July 17, 2011, 03:48:49 PM »
Thanks, Brandon Collins.  I am sure you are right and less and less will be available with the discs, and those of us who have issues with streaming will just be stuck.  It is the way of the world...

Just curious, did they mention whether with Star Trek, in the case of the original series, will it be the unedited episodes, or the ones where they replaced the lovely old paintings, models and maquettes with tacky new CGI effects?  (My apologies to those who think of the shift to CGI on vintage classic TV shows is an "upgrade."  The thought of it makes me want to vomit.)

In the best of all worlds, they would offer both--the original episodes and the "improved" ones--so fans could have a choice.

I hear that some of the 1970s Dr Who stories are getting "improved" with CGI as well.  If the Depp Shadows franchise really takes off, I wonder whether there will be a move to attempt this with at least some relays of the original Shadows shows.
G.

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Interesting.  Someone asked if by "dashing traditional Vampire with a quirk" (or however the wording was), the person meant that Depp was costumed in a copy of one of the original Barnabas costumes, and they responded that the look for this Barnabas is "completely different."  Which is what one would expect.  It will be interesting though to see if they keep the ring and the cane...

G.

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Current Talk '11 II / Re: The Netflix $6 Increase
« on: July 15, 2011, 07:57:44 PM »
There have been a number of reports over the years, both anecdotally and in various media, about Netflix overreaching themselves.

Once the Depp/Burton confection is out, the demand for the DS episodes is definitely going to increase.  It would seem that some diehard Depp/Burton fans are already starting to watch the old shows to try and get a flavor for the new project.

G.

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Current Talk '11 II / Re: The Netflix $6 Increase
« on: July 15, 2011, 03:38:09 PM »
To me, streaming isn't as good as watching a DVD on the player that is attached to my television set.  I have a friend now who just watches everything on his computer and he doesn't care.  When I stream, I often notice hesitation, or it stops and starts due to traffic or bandwidth or whatever the hell it is. 

I notice in our culture a tendency to think that our tech and our resources are at a place that we imagine they could be, but they really aren't.  Like the idea that we're getting rid of all our books and newspapers and mags and going whole hog digital.  Well, some of us don't want to be staring at glowing screens 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

I feel more fortunate than ever that I am privileged to own all the DS episodes on DVD.  Netflix track record around DS is not one of their finest hours as a company.  I think the consumer demand, and the volume of episodes, is simply beyond their capacity.

It's amazing and wonderful to me to see how popular DS continues to be after all these years.  I watch a lot of "vintage" television (am just catching up with a wonderful Bill Bixby series from 1973, The Magician, thanks to a generous and kind friend) and it's very rare for a series this old to be this widely followed.

G.


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Current Talk '11 II / Re: The Netflix $6 Increase
« on: July 15, 2011, 02:07:40 AM »
A glitch on Netflix is that in some cases, something shows up as available, but when you add it to your queue you get "short wait."  However the short wait appears to be never ending, rather like Miss Amanda Harris in Mr Best's hotel lobby between the worlds.

Overall Netflix is pretty decent, but their DS discs get heavy use--you can find threads here from years ago about broken discs that were never replaced, etc.

G.

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That was really fascinating to hear, Ed.  I'd read the print version of this long ago in one of your early publications.  Loved hearing the actual tape.

If you ever find the tape of your interview with Grayson Hall in one of those boxes, there are a lot of us here who would LOVE to hear that!

Best,

Gothick

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B. Collins, I agree about Suspiria.  Love Joan's scenes but the movie itself is candy-colored rubbish.

G.

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Current Talk '11 II / Re: The Robservations Slideshow
« on: July 12, 2011, 03:08:46 AM »
Great Liz moments today in episode eleven and episode two hundred-something.  I particularly love the shot of a fearful Liz feeling Collinwood shaken to its foundations by what is transpiring in the cellar.  Just grand stuff.

G.

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Ooh, it's the hyper-intense, crazy Julia bedhead look from hoDS!!

G.

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The Box for Count Petofi's Hand sits on a bureau in the hallway on the upper storey of the main fabric of Collinwood in 1966, the hallway along which the bedrooms of Vicki, David, and Carolyn are situated.  I like to think that the box was perhaps brought by Beth Chavez from Petofi's lair and left in her bedroom.  Perhaps one of the maids found it there and showed it to Miss Judith, thinking it might have been a valuable family heirloom.  Judith took a liking to the box and kept some of her jewellry in it.  After her death, Elizabeth decided to put it on the bureau in the hallway as a memento of a remarkable woman.


G.

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Current Talk '11 II / Re: DS Fashion Envy
« on: July 11, 2011, 03:10:41 AM »
Lara Parker has told stories of Alex refusing to wear makeup on the show.  It certainly gave Vicki a very special look, very virginal.

I think the person talking about Liz's groovy green 70s dress must surely mean the roll-neck chartreuse "horror" that so many have fainted over.  That dress actually dated to 1966 or 67, of course.  And it's the one that Joan wore on her legendary Gov. and JJ appearance.

Michael, I swoon over your tales of glamorous luncheons for pampered hothouse socialites.  If only the conversations could be worthy of such decor, and if only at least one model walked through the room wearing Cassandra's legendary purple butterfly peignoir.  Ah, we can dream.

But the days of Jackie Susann and ladies who discussed nembutal suppositories and Mary Quant over liquid lunches have gone, never to return.

btw Michael have you been to the Alexander MacQueen installation at the Met yet?  A friend was just regaling me with breathlessly detailed descriptions of the tableaux. He said it is a glam haunted house for gay men and chic aware women.

G.

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Dear folks, by the standard definitions of "canon," the ONLY canon for the Original DS universe are the actual aired episodes of the original series.  Stuff that was in the "Marilyn" Ross novels, the Gold Key comics, the feature films, or even Sam Hall's (in)famous TV guide article isn't canon.  It either refers to its own iteration of the DS universe (yet another layer of "parallel time, " perhaps?) or represents commentary from "interested parties."  Sadly, even the wonderful video of a fabulously coiffed and gowned Joan Bennett filmed by a fan in the 1980s telling us that Elizabeth was indeed Vicki's mother does not count as canon.  (From the clues dropped in the 1966 scripts,  a very different solution to Vicki's parentage is implied, though had Art Wallace continued to write for the show, who knows what final twist he might have introduced had the matter been resolved in an aired episode.)

The Depp movie, and its potential sequels, will establish the characters and story in their own unique universe.  The storyline and revelations of that world already present a very different history for the Collins family from the narrative, fraught as it was, established for the Collinses we knew in the Sixties. 

G.

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That seems like a very odd color for a Sheriff's car.  But perhaps that's the way police vehicles looked in Maine in 1972...

G.

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Current Talk '11 II / Re: Discuss - Ep #0008
« on: July 07, 2011, 10:26:37 PM »
I guess Miss Hopewell's storyline is the first of many in DS history to simply drop out of sight.  I thought the scene (which I really hope is on MY DVD!) implied that we would be seeing more of Miss Hopewell, but alas, it was not to be.

G.

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Current Talk '11 II / Re: Discuss - Ep #0007
« on: July 06, 2011, 10:45:51 PM »
Wow, I totally missed that put-down from Burke to Maggie, Midnite.  Thanks for pointing it out!

I just may have to revisit a couple of these over my evening meal tonight...

G.

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