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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0231
« on: February 12, 2007, 10:07:38 PM »
A historic episode indeed:  Robert Gerringer's debut on DS.

I am LOL over Lori's speculation that Sam bought those shirts in bulk!  You have to wonder whether this same was true of some of those ugly dresses they made Julia wear, week after week!

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: did she lead him on?
« on: February 12, 2007, 01:10:03 AM »
I love the scene where Julia tries to "tactfully" set Vicki straight about Barn's interest in her.  Vicki's display of naivete in this scene is practically beyond belief.

Either Vicki was being disingenuous in a way that practically defies description, or this is a little beyond the thin end of the wedge of Vicki Winters being turned into Little Miss I-Don't-Understand.

You're right, this is great storytelling, but the thought of witnessing some of this stuff in a real-life contacts is enough to make one writhe in embarrassment for the parties involved.

G.

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I'm sure everyone is waiting for me to mention, once again, the bra commercial Grayson did in '70 which had her walking around with a clipboard testing various brassieres with that scientific touch for today's woman.

Since it aired a number of times during DS and the master tapes do have the commercials on them, I still don't understand why MPI hasn't give us this as an extra.  It would mean a lot to Grayson's fans.

According to RJ Jamison's fabulous book about her, the notoriously flat-chested Grayson had a merry time ringing up all her buddies crowing to them about getting "A BRA COMMERCIAL!"  I can just imagine her doing this, too...

G.

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Dracula looks interesting enough to make me want to tune in.  Thanks for posting this, Vlad!

G.

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But who could resist Hoffman, the housekeeper who gave Dame Judith Anderson a run for her money in the "cold, calculated sneer" department?

And Aunt Hannah, with her Psychedelic Witch-a-rama wardrobe?

And Angelexis, in HER Peter Max on acid wardrobe?

And Bruno, who gave new meaning to the concept of Big Hair?

And that orange sports-coat of Quentin's that seemed to have a life of its own?

And PT Roger, who suggested the obscene lovechild of Addison de Wit and Clfiton Webb?

I could go on, but I'll spare those of you who AREN'T fans of this fabulous storyline...

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0230
« on: February 09, 2007, 05:07:14 PM »
I'm always astonished at how beautifully they staged those Eagle Hill sequences in today's show.  The atmosphere was just as thick as the penetrating fog in the ancient cemetery.

I agree with Lydia; Jonathan Frid fiercely rules in today's show.  And Vinnie did a brilliant job with his makeup today, too!

G.

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I've been giving my old VHS tapes away to a friend as I've been acquiring the DVDs, but I will probably keep the 3 or 4 tapes that have Grayson Hall on the cover photo (even though the images they chose do quite a disservice to the Divine One's beauty, in my not-so-humble-opinion).

G.

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Hi Dom,

I can understand why you're confused.  What she means is that the old VHS release of the series (the tapes that started coming out way back in '89) were edited so that most of the Jason Maguire story was left out, and even non-Barnabas scenes of episodes featuring Barn were sometimes eliminated.  I guess that initially, MPI execs thought the only reason why anyone would buy the tapes would be to see Barnabas.  They had not yet figured out that there are fans here who want to see every second of DS--bloopers and all!

I don't own the new volume one DVD set from 1966, but from what I have been able to determine, a technical glitch led to ONE disc of that set getting a few seconds edited out of the closing moments of each episode.  (I actually think I have an idea of how it happened--the people producing the discs may have inadvertently forgotten to re-set the defaults on a day when they had just been processing something that involved a "mix" feature on one of their editing machines.  This happened to a friend of mine recently when he burned a CD for me.)

Just to add a further wrinkle of complexity, we've also been discussing how the DVD issue of the 1991 remake failed to include deleted scenes that were incorporated into the VHS release for that series.  In the case of 1991, the VHS release IS more complete, both in terms of deleted scenes and in terms of image presentation (the DVD of this show was cropped to turn it into a "faux widescreen" look).

Hope this helps!

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0229
« on: February 08, 2007, 06:03:14 PM »
Again, the split personality syndrome in the vampire's victim--tired and near-lifeless by day, alert and evil-triumphant by night.  KLS played this part brilliantly, I thought.

Vicki looked extra cute in the Blue Whale in this show.  Otherwise, I don't really have much to say about it.

G.

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That's a gorgeous portrait of Frid.  Welcome to the boards!

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0228
« on: February 08, 2007, 04:21:10 PM »
Lydia, I LOVE your scenario for Jason's first day at the Cannery.  Thanks for making me smile.

cheers, Gothick

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Props moving around the set from room to room
« on: February 07, 2007, 10:55:11 PM »
I've been noticing lately that the chairs in the OH drawing room move around  A LOT.  I know it's because they would put the furniture out different ways depending upon the day's blocking but it's been freaking me out.  I just wonder how I managed to watch this long without noticing!

Some years ago, somebody mentioned about the wall by the front door with Barn's portrait on it moving around--back, forwards, side-to-side--again, depending on blocking and the day's shooting routine.  I started paying attention to that and was again very surprised at how much it shifted around.

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0228
« on: February 07, 2007, 05:15:18 PM »
Another great episode.  It's very disturbing to see Liz begging Vicki to help her do damage control with Roger and Carolyn.  There's a frantic note that starts here with Liz that's much different from her enlisting Vicki's aid in dealing with Laura in the previous storyline.  We really start to learn more about what makes Liz tick at this point in the storyline.  I think back to that amazing scene when Jason arrives and he and Liz are alone in the drawing room and the camera has Liz's hands, clasping and unclasping with exquisitely understated nervousness, in the foreground.  Great foreshadowing then to the drama that's unfolding here.

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0227
« on: February 06, 2007, 05:32:46 PM »
I always love it when the voiceover promises "a night of horror at Collinwood."  It's soooo deliciously over-the-top!

Maggie being exhausted and then getting her mojo back when summoned is classic vampire material.  I believe this is in Stoker, as well--I know in the Lucy story they had the business with the victim being exhausted during the day and then coming "back to life" at night.

Great chem between KLS and Frid in this show.  A harbinger of things to come!

G.

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Current Talk '07 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0225_0226
« on: February 05, 2007, 05:51:02 PM »
The locution "my man" survived at least into mid-to-late 20th century upper-crust British parlance.  It was used by squire-types to refer to their trusted manservant(s).

"Don't worry about a taxi from the station--I will send my man over in the car to collect you" is a typical example of this kind of usage.

For all I know, nobs in the UK (and maybe some wannabes in the US, but I soooo *don't* have a home in the Hamptons) still use this expression.

G.

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