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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 I / Deep Discount Sale
« on: June 05, 2008, 10:22:33 PM »
The annual 20 percent sale at DeepDiscount.com is on.  This means you can get DS DVD sets there for around $35 each, I believe--maybe less!

The code that has been posted on the site I saw this on was DVDTALK.  Other codes are probably out there to use as well--maybe DVDUSA.  Check it out.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 I / Semi OT: "The Skull" (1965)
« on: June 05, 2008, 02:49:29 PM »
Fans of classic British horror films, and fans of the DS Judah Zachery storyline, will want to see the new DVD release of the 1965 Amicus studios production, "The Skull."  The movie boasts a stellar cast that includes Uncle Peter Cushing in the lead, Uncle Christopher Lee as a wealthy aristocratic occultist, the unjustly neglected Patrick Wymark as a seedy dealer in occult relics, and juicy roles for Michael Gough and Patrick Magee.  The score by Elizabeth "twelve-tone Lizzie" Lutyens is evocative of Bob Cobert's subsequent work on DS without really sounding like something that influenced Cobert (whose work tends to be more lyrical).  And, as if all that weren't enough, one of the demons mentioned in the film is Balberith, the name given in some sources for the dark Master of Nicholas and Angelique in the 1968 storyline's forays to the Underworld.

The DVD finally allows us to see this movie in something closer to the correct aspect ratio, though I'm not sure they managed to get it completely right.  I'm hoping to see a write-up by Tim Lucas with technical critique.  I also wonder who was really responsible for the screenplay. Milton Subotsky got the onscreen credit but the dialogue seems far too literate and complex to come from the hand of a hack producer.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 I / Re: a "drag" of a reference.
« on: June 04, 2008, 02:53:48 PM »
MSC, the gay bookstore in Boston (Calamus Books) had the Superstar in a Housedress book/DVD on sale about a week ago when I was last in there.  Did you try the Strand?  (You can look on their website, apparently, to find out if a particular title is actually in the store.)  I don't know whether the Oscar Wilde Bookstore on Christopher Street is still open--if so, I would think they would definitely carry it.

One of the funniest (unintentionally so) Holly Woodlawn moments, as far as I am concerned at least, is in the documentary about Quentin Crisp, Resident Alien, where Felicity Mason, a very dowageresque English lady who comes across as a female drag queen, burbles about Miss Woodlawn--"Holly is such a dear, sweet girl!  such talent!  and you know, she has the most marvelous skin!"  Juxtaposed with scenes from Woodlawn's ca. 1988 cabaret act, these comments come across as a total hoot!

I'm still convinced that Erica Fitz, who played "Leona Eltridge" in two episodes of the 1968 storyline, was one of the female impersonators glimpsed in the infamous 1967 documentary The Queen (another unforgettable relic of the Sixties).

G.

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I was thrilled that Julia99 and friends recovered these images.  The photo published in Theatre Arts magazine wasn't nearly as nice as the images the college kept in their archives.  Here's to archivists and librarians, a truly under-regarded profession in our dismally decadent nation!

Another DS connection with this production is that Frank Schofield, our own Bill Malloy, had a role in it as well and had at least one scene with Grayson (they obviously never worked together on DS).

My special thanks to Julia99 for her enthusiasm, energy, and hard work in saving Grayson's artistic legacy for us all!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 I / Re: a "drag" of a reference.
« on: June 03, 2008, 08:55:32 PM »
Julia darling, you know I *LIVE* for these tales!  Thanks so much for sharing!

I'm just thinking of Grayson at a party introducing Candy and saying "She's Candy Darling ... darling!" and grinning ear to ear. 

xo Steve

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Calendar Events / Announcements '08 I / Re: a "drag" of a reference.
« on: June 03, 2008, 07:24:30 PM »
Funny you mention this--at lunch a few weeks ago, one of my buddies shared that he had just viewed the Jackie Curtis documentary, Superstar in a House Dress (I think that's the title) and how *good* he found Curtis to be as a performer.  I asked if any clips from Women in revolt had been included, since I saw a scene from it at a Guggenheim show about Warhol and his circle--I was there (in another DS connection) because they were screening Grayson Hall's French film, Qui etes-vous, Polly Maggoo?  (now out on DVD, of course, in the William Klein box).

I had no idea that Candy referenced our beloved Mistress of Collinwood in that scene.  Priceless!

A late friend of mine loved the moment when somebody says to whoever was playing Candy Darling, "I'm kidding, Candy!" in the film, Who Shot Andy Warhol.  I think it was Stephen Dorff.  Whatever happened to him?

Candy came across in Who shot... as a rather earnest, innocent individual completely bedazzled by the world of media stardom.

cheers, G.

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Hey Sandor, Happy Birthday!  May the occasion have all the appropriate royal splendour!

cheers, G.

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Wow, it lasts 20 minutes, and yet somehow, I watched till the bitter end.  I did get a cackle out of him holding up the DVD set and the big red scare letters DON'T BUY THIS appearing on the screen.

I wonder which classic series/movie MGM will mangle and desecrate, uh, I mean, release on one of their lovely DVDS next?

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Re: Night of Dark Shadows
« on: June 02, 2008, 04:40:12 PM »
My first viewing of NoDS was on the CBS Late Movie in the early 1970s.  The network piled on additional cuts that left the movie even less  coherent than Sam and Dan's enforced 48-hour guerilla cut at the behest of the studio execs had done.  In the 1990s, I was able to see it again and this time, I fell in love with it.  Apart from Kate Jackson who just doesn't do much for me as Tracy (apologies to KJ fans), there are wonderful moments for each of the main players (Nancy Barrett should have been given a bit more to do, though).

My regard for the movie ascended to a completely new level after I was able to see the black and white screening of the seance sequence footage at a DS Festival.  (I forget the technical reasons why the footage was screened in monochrome--Darren Gross stated as part of his fascinating presentation that the full color print does exist and, if there's ever a restoration, will appear on the DVD.)  That sequence just may be Dan Curtis' finest moment as a director, in my not-so-humble-opinion.

Another regret connected with this project that came to me when I watched a Michael Stroka interview on one of the DVD sets recently:  Michael was slated to play a flamboyant antiques dealer in Collinsport in the movie, but his scenes were cut before shooting even began. 

G.

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Current Talk '22 I / Re: New Dark Shadows Movie
« on: June 02, 2008, 04:31:48 PM »
Hmmm... Tim Burton is directing, and John August is writing the script... I foresee the Blue Whale madeover as a goth chick bar, with Maggie Evans now known as Margaretha, fronting a Siouxie and the Banshees tribute band, and being really into Barn's "deathly" vibe.

Wonder what the gaming component of the marketing will look like? 

Sardonically,

G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Re: First Impressions of the Remix
« on: May 28, 2008, 08:15:32 PM »
I agree with Brandon about the rushing of the 1790 story.  One reason for it that I had also read about, which I know most fans here are well aware of, is that the NBC suits demanded that the 1790 episodes include segments that showed what was happening in 1990, I suppose on the theory that otherwise, viewers would forget that the main story was set in the present day!  This resulted in the 1790 storyline being even MORE compressed than might otherwise have been the case.

G.

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The staircase photos (there were several of them, of course--I think a couple are still unpublished) were probably done as part of the Viewmaster people photographing for the DS Viewmaster set (check Wikipedia's entry on Viewmaster if you don't know about this--it was a big fad in the Sixties and early Seventies).  I would guess that there was very little planning for the staircase photos and it may have happened just because so many cast members happened to be on hand that day.

If it was a day when Joan, Joel, Roger, Clarice et al just happened not to be on hand (I would guess that it was done after the day's taping when some more actors had arrived for the late afternoon read-through of the next day's shoot) then that would account for why they are not in the photos--not because they were deliberately excluded.

G.

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Thayer David was also in the last episode of the series.

I also recall that one of the episodes in 1968 (the Eve/Vampilique period) had a huge number of regulars.  That was the occasion of the famous series of publicity photos where the entire 1968 cast gathered on the main staircase of the Collinwood Foyer (sometimes called the "Great Hall").

G.

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Current Talk '08 I / Re: "lemon or cream?"
« on: May 22, 2008, 07:34:23 PM »
Pennock looked Beyond Super Groovy in those tight, TIGHT leather trousers... Go Not, Happy Day!

I seem to recall that when Jeb first showed up I (then age 11) thought "he's supposed to be a hippie, but they gave him totally the wrong clothes."

G.

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Current Talk '22 I / Re: New Dark Shadows Movie
« on: May 20, 2008, 09:05:16 PM »
Hi JWS,

As I am sure others will point out, regarding the House of DS movie:
[spoiler]In the original 1967 storyline, Barnabas did attack Carolyn.  They obviously liked how the Frid/Barrett fanging chem took onscreen because they also wrote it so that Barn attacked Barrett's characters again in 1795 and in Parallel Time.  As far as kiilling off the whole family, this happened as well in PT 1970.  I know it may seem ghoulish but I kind of felt as if, at this stage of the game, they wanted to liven things up by, erm, hacking up a bunch of the family.  (Forgive my bizarre sense of humor--or, as Miss Winters would have phrased it, "How ... macabre!" [/spoiler]

All that said, I thought the HoDS film was way too much blood, fangs and violence and not enough of the character or mood stuff that was where the real magic of DS lay.

I'm frankly not optimistic that the Depp project will focus more on character and mood, but I suppose it is possible.   I am mainly looking forward to the Depp project because Warners just might FINALLY authorize spending the funds to restore the original films!  Not that I am holding my breath!

G.

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