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Calendar Events / Announcements '07 II / Re: My Fest Report
« on: August 22, 2007, 10:35:10 PM »
Peter's stance as Sophia and his suit makes me think of Grayson (I suppose that's inevitable for me...) Jaw-droppingly fabulous!

Thanks, Midnite.  You're a doll!

Any comments about Lara's shoes?  Does she shop at PRADA???

I can just hear the banter now:  "Very well, since you refuse to give me a discount, you shall have your little retail price... but NOT as you would have wanted it ... I puh-ROMISE you that!"

winking, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '07 II / Re: My Fest Report
« on: August 22, 2007, 08:21:22 PM »
Good grief, the banquet line was routed OUTSIDE the hotel!  What would have happened if it had been blustery weather?  (*pictures wigs, bustles and veils windmilling across the highway pursued by shrieking damsels in very great sartorial distress*)

Great series of shots, Brandon!  I'm glad you had such a good time.  When opportunity arises, do go to Newport RI and see the original Collinwood.  It's an experience every true fan needs to have.  It is visible from the famous Cliff Walk (but beware the wails of the Widows!).

I wish there were more pictures of the Golden Girls.  Their skit last year was an absolute hoot!  I wish Mr. Frid had been able to see it, even though he is probably unaware of who the Golden Girls are.

G.

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Wow, Bette, this is very exciting news!  Particularly since a decent quality copy of the movie with English subtitles has been unavailable (there is a very lowgrade VHS bootleg with English subtitles that has circulated for the past five years or so, and more recently, a boot of a decent quality Japanese DVD that has optional Japanese subtitles but no English).

There were plans to create a dubbed version with an English soundtrack for the US release, and Grayson is on record as having looped dialogue for that, but legal problems stalled the release and it never happened.

I look forward to a review!  Maybe one of my buddies with cable will make me a copy, too!

For those who haven't seen it, try to imagine Grayson Hall in stratospheric chic French fashions with her hair pulled severely back and these little top-knot braids attached to the top of her head bugging out her eyes and imitating the Road Runner:  "beep-beep!"  I swear to God Herself you've never seen anything like it.

cheers, Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '07 II / Re: 2007 Fest
« on: August 21, 2007, 10:56:11 PM »
Let me add to everyone's kudos to Joeytron for the grand selection of photos.  I finally had the chance to look at them today and they're a marvelous evocation of the event.  Was Terrayne Crawford there?  I saw a woman in one snap that looked a lot like her.

Midnite, thanks for the nice note.  I'm afraid I had completely forgotten the DS 66/67 book!  My interest in the new publication mainly revolves around the photos, early ABC publicity material, and any anecdotes they were able to cull from this generally neglected period in the series history.

G.

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Thanks for such an intimate account.  It's amazing that he enjoys such stamina at such an age!  I guess it is the product of all that healthy living.

You and the others who worked on this event deserve a big round of applause of your own!

Best, Steve

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Calendar Events / Announcements '07 II / Re: 2007 Fest
« on: August 20, 2007, 10:24:39 PM »
Thanks again Michael for the info.  With DS I am trying to concentrate on getting rid of my videotapes (replacing them with the DVDs) and I am actually giving some of my books and zines away to deserving fans... but the new book sounds as if it has some lovely material and might be a nice memento to have.

cheers, Steve

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Calendar Events / Announcements '07 II / Re: 2007 Fest
« on: August 20, 2007, 08:18:12 PM »
Michael, I hadn't heard about the new book, Dark Shadows: The First Year, and it sounds stunning!  Thanks so much for quoting that description of the Great House and the grounds.  I just love stuff like this.

Technically speaking, "the first year" includes the intro of Barnabas and the arrival of a certain meddlesome doctor on the scene... but I would guess that this book ends with the disappearance of Laura Collins and the arrival of Jason Maguire.

I had heard that fan vendors were excluded from this event which no doubt accounts for the lack of anything new to buy.  In theory, I would have loved to have come out for Saturday, but I had a very full weekend here trying to get my new house organized and being taken out to lunch by various kind friends who were concerned that I might be getting a little loopy surrounded by my "orgy of hatboxes."

cheers, Steve

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I wouldn't ask Jonathan Frid ANY personal questions at the Q & A.  I would just stick to his career, Shakespeare, etc.  I do remember at one of his spoken-word shows somebody asked him if he had ever been married or why he wasn't married (I honestly can't recall exactly which) and he made a very witty reply... which, of course, I now no longer remember!

If I were there and the Q & A wasn't a mob scene (fat chance of THAT), I'd ask him about his stint ten years or so directing The Lion in Winter with Marie Wallace.  I would be fascinated to hear his thoughts on that play...

cheers, Gothick

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Dear Housefly,

this story was told in the late Craig Hamrick's biography of Mr. Edmonds, BIG LOU.  There really weren't many more details beyond what was reported on the IMDB page, however.  I think there are other anecdotes regarding Louis' dedication to Nature in ALL its marvelous forms and manifestations... including nudity!

I have the original printing of BIG LOU, but I believe that before he passed away, Craig saw an enlarged edition through the press with more photographs and new material.  Maybe another fan here will post the details.  The book is well worth reading!

cheers, Gothick

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Current Talk '07 II / Re: Question -- DVD Set Opinions
« on: August 16, 2007, 04:31:21 PM »
Well, I own a few of those DVD sets, but I have to admit that all I've done is watch a few favorite scenes on them... I've just been too busy to sit down and treat myself to watching entire episodes.

I don't know about the tech stuff but I thought that the episodes on the last set I purchased (I think it was vol. 11) were mastered in a way that looked more crisp and more accurately reflecting the fidelity of videotape than the ones in the previous sets (I also own 7 through 10) which had a more clunky digital look to my eyes (this may also reflect my playback equipment however).

We live in an odd age--people obsessing over plasma televisions and portable telephones that will email your social itinerary to Inner Mongolia for the next decade--yet settling for dumped-off versions of music and video files on iPods and YouTube that eliminate vast areas of content.  To quote Miss Victoria Winters, "I just don't understand!"

So, you're keeping all your old VHS tapes, right?

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '07 II / Re: Question -- DVD Set Opinions
« on: August 15, 2007, 11:22:44 PM »
There was a thread on here recently where the topic of sound was discussed.  Apparently the age of the master tapes has resulted in some rather strange phenomena ... such as bleedthrough on the soundtrack, or, in some cases, a pre-echo of the dialogue.  I haven't noticed the echo at the end but I would imagine it has the same explanation--age of the master materials.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '07 II / Re: Kuanyin Sends Her Greetings
« on: August 15, 2007, 02:42:11 PM »
Welcome back, Kuanyin!

G.

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Hi Miranda,

I believe Delilah was supposed to be Euphemia's daughter.  Grayson mentions on the Grayson Gathering tape that a line where she was supposed to say "to hell with her!" in reference to Delilah was cut because it was considered bad form for a mother to say such a thing about her own daughter.

Just think of any Jerry Springer episode of the last ten years in this regard and it will tell you what a different world that was, even as "recently" as 1982...

G.

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I'll have to miss the fun.  Boringly, this is my ONLY free weekend this month to stay home and work on turning my new abode from a hell of boxes and garbage bags to something resembling human habitation.  Plus, I am so exhausted from running around doing various things that the thought of the trip alone is enough to make me SCREAM as hideously as Dr. Hoffman discovering embryo-Adam in Dr. Lang's lab!  NOOOOO-HO-HO-HOOOOOO, NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

cackling, G.

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Some years ago I had the privilege of speaking to one of the women who helped run Grayson's last fan club (that I am aware of--I'm thinking of the group that published the zine Shades of Grayson).  She thought that Grayson held back from attending the Festivals because she had been in at least one mob-scene level crowd at a Frid appearance in the late Sixties and was afraid of her personal safety in the context of crazy crowd behavior.  Grayson had a number of falls and accidents in later life and may have suffered from lowered bone density (we've speculated about this but I don't believe it has ever been confirmed).  At the premiere of Happy End, she went on with her arm in a sling--pretty amazing!  She was a firm believer in "the show must go on."

In an interview with a fan done while she was appearing in the play The Suicide (opposite Derek Jacobi) in '80, he asks her if she'd like to come to a DS Festival and she playfully responds:  "Why not?  We'll go together."

There was a special dinner organized by a few fans that around fifteen people attended in 1982.  It was known as the Grayson Gathering.  Thankfully the event was tape recorded so posterity does not have to imagine Grayson telling all the witty stories and bantering away with her fans.  On that occasion, she spoke very lovingly of Jonathan Frid and called him "a dear man."  I think in '73 when the other tape to which reference has been made here, Grayson and Sam were still smarting from Frid's refusal at nearly the last minute to do the second DS feature film, necessitating a complete re-tooling of the concept for the film.  In the event, I think that NoDS was a more interesting concept--as a film--than a second Barnabas story would have been.  Heresy?  Perhaps.  But it's my opinion.  It helps of course that I think of Carlotta as one of Grayson's most fabulous roles.

cheers, G.

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