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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 II / Re: Thurs is ROBIN V's Birthday!!
« on: December 15, 2006, 07:03:57 PM »
Belated birthday wishes, Robin!  I'm so glad you had such a happy time in Vegas.

And let's hear it for Bugsy!  It warms my heart that you believe in your puppy's goodness.

hugs, Steve

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Current Talk '06 II / Re: New Leather Store
« on: December 12, 2006, 05:24:38 PM »
Mysterioso darling,

what a lovely little poem!  NOW you're putting me in a holiday mood!

*wink*

G.

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Current Talk '06 II / Re: mrs.johnson dodges a bullet.
« on: December 11, 2006, 01:22:44 AM »
Mrs. J is  seen in, I think, one of the early Quentin episodes (from early 1969) scrubbing tiles in front of a hearth in one of the bedrooms.  It was shortly after this that Dr. Julia Hoffman informed another resident of the Great House that Mrs J was "a neurotic hysteric" (I think that was the deathless phrase).

Mrs J also [spoiler]inadvertently caused Eric Lang's death by bursting in on Cassandra who was busy with a voodoo doll and a needle.  Cassandra had left a note for the redoubtable housekeeper asking if she and Roger could have breakfast later than the crack-of-dawn hours set for the rest of the household.  I also remember that Mrs J barked at Cassandra "I only have two arms and two hands!"  I always thought it would be fun if Cassandra smiled beguilingly and murmured, "We could change that, my dear--but not as you might have wished!"[/spoiler]

As we've discussed several times in the past, during the original broadcast I barely noticed Mrs J, but watching the show as an adult, Clarice Blackburn's performance in the role is one of the great delights of the series!

G.

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Wow, Penny, many thanks for that review.  I had my doubts as to whether this set would be something I would want to acquire (since I already have around seven CDs of Dark Shadows music at this point), and it definitely sounds like something I need to put on my shopping list.

Is this a limited edition that is going to go out of print soon?

Hope you and Garou are all set for a very joyous holiday!  Even if von Bulow keeps leaving those "Bah, Humbug, viile Witch!" messages on your answering machine!

cheers, Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 II / Re: New member
« on: December 07, 2006, 09:16:03 PM »
Welcome, Mrs McGuire!  That's fabulous that the local library is collecting Dark Shadows.

Another good site for finding the DVDs cheap is DeepDiscountDVD.  They sometimes run sales where you can purchase a set for around $33 which is pretty amazing.  Thanks to them I've actually been able to buy several sets of the show.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 II / Re: Happy Birthday, Jonathan Frid!
« on: December 05, 2006, 06:01:31 PM »
I hasten to respond that "keep the flag flying" means nothing at all salacious or indelicate.  It simply means to keep the ship in sail, keep the fort firm, keep on ... keeping on, as some radio pundit or other used to say.

Clear?

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 II / Re: Happy Birthday, Jonathan Frid!
« on: December 05, 2006, 05:14:50 PM »
LOVE the photo of "bedhead Barnabas" (oh, I know I'm bad) and in a pink bathrobe--swanky!

Glad to hear the old dear is doing well and keeping the flag flying at 82!!

cheers, Gothick

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Congrats Buzz!  Lord/ess of the High Rollers!

G.

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Current Talk '06 II / Re: Goodbye to DS on Broadcast TV in 2009?
« on: November 29, 2006, 09:03:18 PM »
My roommate still uses the rabbit ears.  I've officially given up on broadcast TV although a friend of mine has been taping the new Dr. Who which I watch (I'm still halfway through Christiopher Eccleston) so I guess I'm cheating.

Thanks, Buzz, for posting this.  I'd figured out that the shift was to Digital, not HD, but in running a Google search I discovered that a lot of the consumers who are aware of the 2009 cutoff date are confused on this point.  Since it's Digital, that means that old shows on video will still be available to broadcasters, so long as they are in digital format--like our DVDs from the Dark Shadows master reels.

G.

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The added clarity and richness of the DVDs is an allure, but I have to confess that the main reason why I am slowly switching my collection over to disc is SPACE.  I have nearly all of 1968 on DVD now and the little boxes take up a little over a linear foot of shelf space, as opposed to a couple of rows of shelves which was the case previously.

For various reasons I have to move around a lot so space is a definite consideration here.

I do advise the person whose discs were loose to "test drive" each of the discs.  I always do that when a new box arrives.  By test drive I mean put the disc in the player, make sure the menu comes up, and check a couple of scenes in a couple of shows.

G.

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Current Talk '06 II / Goodbye to DS on Broadcast TV in 2009?
« on: November 27, 2006, 03:47:56 PM »
Greetings, fans,

I've read that the US government has passed legislation requiring all broadcasts in the US to switch over to "HD" standard by 2009.  Given something Darren wrote a couple of weeks ago about the basic requirement for content broadcast in HD, I'm wondering whether this means that old shows that were done on tape will no longer be able to be transmitted because of the low grade of their video bands.  I can't recall the numbers but I have read that old video is WAY below the acceptable numbers for HD.

If this is true, I am presuming that as of 2009, there will no longer be any prospect of DS broadcasts on ANY channels in the US.  I am quite curious as to what the results of this shift will be.  I always said that if you took television away from the American people, revolution will result.  As of 2009, from what I can understand, non HD sets will no longer be able to receive any signal whatsoever, which will cut out a sizable chunk of the US population that either can't afford to purchase HD equipment or refuses to do so for whatever reason.

cheers, Gothick

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Current Talk '06 II / Re: Did You Notice?
« on: November 20, 2006, 10:42:45 PM »
I hadn't noticed that Vicki's transition to sleevelessness occurred with the onset of the color shows.

May Moltke quit because she just couldn't stand lurking around in the studio freezing her derriere off in sleeveless dresses in ... NOVEMBER... any longer!

I have heard that Thayer David had the opposite problem under the hot studio lights with Count Petofi's hairpieces and heavy wardrobe.

Let it never be said that our Dark Shadows stars didn't work HARD to make the magic happen!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 II / Re: Jack Palance - RIP
« on: November 15, 2006, 04:58:07 PM »
I don't think it's been posted here, but Jack Palance's characterization in Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde strongly influenced the whole Cyrus Longworth/John Yeagar scenario on DS in the Parallel Time 1970 storyline.  Of course, Chris Pennock brought very much his own energy to the role, but I seem to recall the Yeagar makeup being a pretty clear variation upon the makeup Palance was given for Mr. Hyde in the 1968 video.

I believe,too, that besides Quentin's theme, one of Pansy Faye's theme songs was first heard in the soundtrack of Jekyll/Hyde.

Jack Palance did a fun film in England in the early 1970s called Craze.  I think it was directed by Herman Cohen and was sort of a remake of Horrors in the Black Museum but with a voodoo twist--and there's a gay subtext, too.  It's very over-the-top and really does not make any sense but it's a lot of fun for a rainy night.  The immortal Diana Dors has a small role in it, too.

G.

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Current Talk '06 II / "Julia starts to go off the deep end"
« on: November 14, 2006, 05:52:51 PM »
Folks, I just have to share that that image (see title and today's slide show) is just PERFECT for my day, my week, my month and my lifetime.

kiss kiss,

G.

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Current Talk '06 II / Re: Has TV Land Snubbed Us?
« on: November 13, 2006, 11:24:00 PM »
For reasons unknown to me, I got an email a few days ago about Amazon (which I prefer to call amazombie--it's what Quentin Collins was heard chirping outside Rachel Drummond's window during a certain storyline:  "amazombie! amazombie! amazombie!" yeah, I know I have WAY too much time on my hands) starting up a "store" on their site where one could "buy" episodes of Star Trek for upload onto their laptops.  I have a friend who has been watching a current series called Heroes this way, buying episodes at the Apple Store and then watching it in his car in the bumper-to-bumper traffic of the LA mega-glopolis.

I can already foresee classic TV shows such as DS getting this treatment.  If I had access to the software to do it, it would depend upon the fidelity of the upload.  I am of the opinion that a lot of the stuff that's shared online winds up looking or sounding utterly wretched.  Maybe the quality of the hardware you play the thing on enters into all of this.

G.

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