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Current Talk '06 I / Joan Bennett
« on: April 07, 2006, 07:47:07 PM »
I just wanted to share that often when Dark Shadows comes to mind, I think of Joan Bennett saying "Bahnabas" and there's something about that regal, rich, velvet-smooth, patrician voice of hers that just drips class and refinement... THAT, for me, defines the tone of the series more strongly than any other element.

I caught Joan recently in "The Eyes of Charles Sand," a failed pilot that aired in the "ABC Movie of the Week" series, around 1972.  She looked so glamorous--she had very little to do, but her look reminded me of Liz in the 1967 period.  What a fabulous woman she was.

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: sloppy time-band
« on: April 07, 2006, 07:30:01 PM »
She flew Angelique Rumson airlines out of Little Windward Island.  Extra wiglets and hairpieces supplied free of charge!

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: The April 6th Episodes
« on: April 07, 2006, 07:21:28 PM »
I love watching Roger's scenes with both Willie and Jason in the early part of the Jason/Liz storyline.  Truly classic stuff.  I have only seen this particular episode once; definitely time to get it out and have a look!  In a perverted way I quite enjoyed James Hall's performances in these shows.  There's something really unwholesome and nasty about him that I never got with Karlen.  Hall's Willie seems as if performing vile acts upon little girls and/or their dolls would be his idea of a barnstormin' time.  SQUICK!

As for PT Quentin and Maggie... I loved the PT 1970 story overall, but those two characters really tried my nerves.  PT Quentin is a ham-fisted boor; PT Maggie is a quivering nebbish who seems to have had "doormat" tattooed on her behind at birth.  Bleah!

G.

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Thanks, too, for the DVDtalk.com site link.  I've bookmarked it for future reference.

I just looked at the review of the Brokeback Mountain disc and it looks as if NO deleted scenes were included--really the only reason why I was interested in that release in the first place.  such is life.

cheers, Steve

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Thanks for the tip!  I did wonder, given Tim's fondness (some would say mania) for all things Bava...

There were a couple of reviews on amazombie which stated that it was pan and scan and the shorter cut.  The most vitriolic was a UK critic, I believe.  Now I wonder whether he got hold of a bootleg, although I believe he made reference to the commentary tracks...

Thanks again!  Next time I need to know the scoop on a cult release, I'll contact you!

Steve

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How nice. Let me second Tim's emotion that the work on the restoration of the films Darren has spearheaded will continue!

I'm feeling a little less perturbed with Mr. Lucas as a result of reading this.  I've been in something of a stew since reading the reviews of the DVD edition of Danger: Diabolik--the reviews imply it came out, inexplicably, in an incomplete print, in pan and scan, and that the sound mix was off!  Bad puppy!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 I / Re: Attention Kathy Cody Fans
« on: April 06, 2006, 02:22:26 PM »
How unutterably groovy, darling!  A hot chick like Kathy Cody and a cast of Disney's best scrubbed!  I can't wait!

I wonder whether they also have copies of the "Golden Age of Leather" set with Cody's potboiler Girls on the Road (1972), which also features Ralph Waite and Michael Ontkean.  I heard a trailer for "Girls" on luxuriamusic.com the other day and nearly died laughing.  Cody's signature line, "WHUUUUUU ARE YUUUUU?" was inexplicably NOT featured in the clip.

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Only On A Show Like DS!
« on: April 05, 2006, 03:17:34 PM »
FWIW: there's a great scene in the 1968 storyline (I think from some point in the Vampilique era) where Stokes and Julia are sitting at the chessboard in the drawing room and she asks for his help and he deftly, quietly, and definitively tells her off for all the times she's asked for his help, promised to explain, and NEVER followed through.  Great scene, and deeply satisfying on a certain level for the audience.

"Watering the monkshood"?? Rainey, I'm dying here!

G.

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Luciaphil's Idle Thoughts '06 / Re: A Son's Love - Episodes 129 & 130
« on: April 04, 2006, 09:43:18 PM »
Just a line to say how much I'm enjoying these--and how pleased I am that you decided to continue!

*doffs cap*

g.

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Caption This! - 1970 Parallel Time / Re: Episode #0982
« on: April 03, 2006, 03:05:04 PM »
I just love this scene!  Great capture from it.

G.

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Glorioski, was it really 35 years ago?  Damn, I'm OLD!

As I've shared many times before, I'd read the show was going off the air.  That didn't make the indignity of the final episode any easier to bear.  I so desperately wanted one final glimpse of Barnabas, Julia and "today's" Collinwood before they rang down the curtain.   Sadly, it was not to be.

It was really bizarre when I tuned in at 4 p.m. the following Monday and in place of my beloved series was PASSWORD. Ugh!

Typing this now, I'm realizing just how much I've changed even though my love for the series has remained a constant.  I've lost all interest in current television.  I missed the final season of a show I had been following, Queer as folk, and I'm wondering whether I'll even bother watching the season when it is released on DVD eventually.  I heard the last season of that show really stank.

Although the final year of Dark Shadows had its dodgy moments, there were also some wonderful things.  I particularly loved the storyline involving John Karlen, Nancy Barrett, and Grayson Hall in the PT 1841 story.

G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Old Soaps
« on: March 31, 2006, 04:34:14 PM »
Constance Ford's performance in The Summer Place holds up a mirror to America's neurotic demonization of sex.

It is a movie and a performance that still has relevance, if you read the headlines particularly on what some religious groups advocate in our schools, I am sorry to say.

And Sandor, the thought of Grayson and Constance Ford playing scenes together (especially if their characters were at odds) has me in a SWOON!

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '06 I / Re: Old Soaps
« on: March 30, 2006, 04:02:26 PM »
Ooh, Constance Ford!  I always regretted that she did not appear on Dark Shadows.

She's so deliciously baroque in the 1950s potboiler, The Summer Place--sort of a Donna Reed gone over to the Dark Side type of character.  Brilliant work.  I always wondered whether she knew Clarice, Grayson, Louis et al socially.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 I / Re: Post office nostalgia
« on: March 29, 2006, 10:14:20 PM »
Great!  I had a similar experience a few months ago wearing a Grayson's Legion T-shirt (with a screen shot of Barnabas and Julia on the cover) in the grocery store.  The clerk at the cash register, a lady around my age, recognized it and we talked about the show for a bit.  The bagger, a young man around 20, found the whole thing baffling, but I did mention that it used to be on Sci Fi so that gave him a bit of a frame of reference for it.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '06 I / Re: New York Times Obit for DC
« on: March 29, 2006, 09:27:13 PM »
Interesting paragraph about "Supertrain."  I completely missed it--apparently as did much of the rest of the nation.

I remember first hearing about it when I read a transcript of the 1982 fan interview with Grayson in which they asked her what she thought of the show.  She said something like "Well,I like the TRAIN."

Best, G.

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