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Current Talk '05 II / Re: The 2004 WB Pilot
« on: August 12, 2005, 03:40:57 PM »
Angelique Dupres??  Oh Dear.

Don't tell me that in this version, Angelique turns out to be Josette's bastard sister, sired by Andre on a sugar plantation slave with magical powers of her own...

That final scene does sound hilarious.  But still not as hilarious as the cover for the new DS 1991 DVD.

Perhaps it should be retitled Goodbite, Moon?? *shrieeek*!

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: 1991 Series To Be Released On DVD
« on: August 12, 2005, 03:03:30 PM »
That's funny about the amazombie listing for the 1991 discs.  I was wondering last night at one point whether some people would buy this set thinking that it was the real thing (i. e. the Sixties show), not the remake, especially with that cover... I swear that crazy image looks more like a cartoon version of Jonathan Frid than Ben Cross...

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: 1991 Series To Be Released On DVD
« on: August 11, 2005, 10:28:15 PM »
That's very cool.  He's been highly touted here as a candidate for the role, but I was not aware that he was a fan.  I have the impression that Tim Burton is a huge fan and wonder whether Depp sometimes watches the discs when he's hanging out at Tim B's house.

Maybe Depp caught DS in the late 70s or early 80s syndications?  I know they ran it in NYC on one of the major channels.

Steve

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: 1991 Series To Be Released On DVD
« on: August 11, 2005, 09:22:47 PM »
Darren, has Depp gone on record with an interest in the role of Barnabas Collins and Dark Shadows?

I live in a cave, so this could have very easily slipped past me if it happened.

Thanks, Steve

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: 1991 Series To Be Released On DVD
« on: August 11, 2005, 07:55:26 PM »
That cover is incredibly schlocky, but then, so were LARGE swathes of the show itself... That doesn't even look like Ben Cross--it looks more like Ferdy Mayne in Fearless Vampire Killers.

The bottom line seems to be that the suits at Sony/MGM/whatever decided to commit minimal amounts of time, money and resources to prepping the 1991 series DVD release.  I'm fascinated by the bits of information on the history of the release Darren has revealed.

Best wishes,

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: 1991 Series To Be Released On DVD
« on: August 11, 2005, 03:29:03 PM »
I'll definitely chime in to agree that Dan Curtis has no taste to speak of.  I still twitch every time I see those awful, ridiculous shots of poor Ben Cross doing his rabid-pooch thing, surrounded by dry ice, in the promos for the 91 series that litter my higher-number DS tapes.

I write that even though my beloved Grayson Hall went on record with the immortal remark that "Dan has a real genius when it comes to spook."  Gotta love that line...

So, the suits at MGM or Sony or whatever the hell it is really don't give two red cents about the quality of product on the DS 91 package.  That's what I take away from their evident decision not to go with the longer cuts of the earlier episodes, plus the perceived non-interest in the extras package from that MPI "DS Resurrected" tape (which I haven't seen). 

They must have the same low opinion of the 1991 series that I do!

surprised, Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Re: Happy Birthday To Midnite!
« on: August 10, 2005, 10:56:01 PM »
May I second our handsome Mysterious One's emotion?

Happy Birthday, sweetie!

xo, Steve

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Current Talk '05 II / Re: 1991 Series To Be Released On DVD
« on: August 10, 2005, 10:38:21 PM »
Thanks again, Darren, for explaining to us about all the work that needs to take place before something like a re-edited film (in the case the VHS release print of those Dark Shadows episodes) can be released on DVD.

At first, the announcement that the firm is releasing the original episodes minus the extra footage that would be expected from a DVD release seemed either stupid or just plain mean--or both!  But now it seems as if they're rushing the episodes out in an effort to make a quick buck and can't afford the many months of time that would be required for the process you describe here.

I hadn't heard about the Sony purchase of MGM.  Isn't everything in LA going to wind up being owned by Disney/Warners??

Steve

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Fans, a friend of mine who, unlike myself, has cable, reported that he saw most of Joan Bennett's 1972 TV movie, "Gidget gets married," on a broadcast on WE (Women's Entertainment) last Monday (in the afternoon, I think).

It sounded as if Joan did not have much to do, but I am sure she looked elegant as always.  The rest of the cast included Don Ameche and Paul Lynde.

It's possible that the network will repeat the film--those of you who have it might want to check your schedules.

G.

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Current Talk '05 II / The August 9th Episodes
« on: August 10, 2005, 07:08:30 PM »
I just need to say that I *love* the two Liz-and-Roger shots from the August 9, 1966 episode.  It doesn't get much more classic than the smirk on Roger's face in the first one, or the damn-the-torpedoes look on Liz's in the third one.

Lovely shot of Vampilique's unveiling at the end, too.  I'm tempted to write "Fangs for the memories." Oy.

G.

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Thanks for that link, Darren!  I hadn't heard aboiut that book.  It does indeed sound exactly like what I was looking for!

Plus, our own Denise Nickerson wrote a preface for it!  I see that David Hedison also wrote something that is included.  I just saw a horrible bootleg of Curtis Harrington's The Cat Creature (1973), which I got primarily for Gale Sondergaard's extremely "Shadowsesque" performance.  Hedison showed excellent craftsmanship in the climactic scene of the film, which was designed as a tribute to Val Lewton's Cat People and could easily have been even more absurd than it already was, minus Hedison's strong work. (He'd obviously learned a few tricks emoting opposite the bizarre costumes of the Irwin Allen series, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.)

Steve

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Fans, I was looking for a list of all the early 1970s "ABC Movie of the Week" films (as I've collected a few in recent months and want to start a checklist) and I found this site which includes the original ABC TV promo for Dan Curtis' film Night Stalker:

http://tvparty.com/vaultmov2.html

In the 1991 Dark Shadows series, the growling-fang thing they had Barnabas do seemed much more reminiscent of the vampire in Night Stalker than Barnabas in either the series or the movie (hoDS).

On the above site, you can also see promos for a great Olivia de Haviland vehicle, The Screaming Woman (play the file labelled "When Michael Calls") and other entertaining films of the period.

Last night I watched a stunning role for the great Barbara Stanwyck, Taste of Evil (1971).  Directed by John Llewelyn Moxey (director of Horror Hotel), the cast included Barbara Parkins and Roddy MacDowell.  Stanwyck really devoured the scenery whole in her tour de force finale for this movie.

Too bad so little of this stuff has been commercially released...

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Re: ShadowGram Update #138
« on: August 08, 2005, 10:51:39 PM »
I think the seance sequence just may be the best bit of film Dan Curtis ever directed.

I have such fabulous memories of your presentation last year, Darren.  I'd love to see yoiu present again next year for the big anniversary.

I'd guess sloppy journalism is to blame for the omission of your appearance on that e-newsletter.

Best,  Steve

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Current Talk '05 II / The August 7th Episodes
« on: August 08, 2005, 07:48:45 PM »
Greetings fans,

Since I was again offline for most of the last three days, I am very glad I got to see the images selected by MB to mark the August 7 anniversary.  As fans of the Divine Grayson Hall will recall, this year marks the 20th anniversary of the date when we lost our lovely lady to the ultimate Dark Shadow--the scythe wielded by the Reaping Crone of Death.  It's a very sad memorial for Grayson's fans, but these images are a fitting testimony to the artistic legacy she left, which includes many of her performances on Dark Shadows.

I particularly love the shots darling Mysterioso chose for the "front page" today--that's meant to be a grimace on "Miss" Hoffman's face but he caught it just at the moment when it looks more as if she is enjoying a romantic moment at the thought of "Mr Collins'" visit to her bedchamber--certainly a nice touch of foreshadowing here!

I also LOVE the shot of Julia and Barnabas from the Summer of 1970.  It just captures the later phase of the two characters' relationship so well.

Not related to Grayson, but I have to say that I enjoy that picture of Quentin from '70 wearing THAT tie, too!

Thanks again to our cuddly, charming, cyberific Mysterious Benefactor for these treats!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '05 II / Re: Fest 2005 Reports
« on: August 08, 2005, 05:21:07 PM »
Bob, these are hysterical!!

Thanks for sharing.  Lara's skirt makes me think she's planning on playing Magda sometime soon!

Best wishes,

Steve

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