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If I lived in LA, I would be SO there.  DoD is a gorgeous film.  Karlen never looked better, and Delphine Seyrig turns in a glamorous, iconic performance as the Bloody Countess, dripping with sequins.

I hope they were able to get hold of the print from which the DVD release was prepared.  It's really quite stunning.  Forget Dario Argento--THIS is how to use color in a terror film!

G.

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Thanks, Jean-Claude, for the note about the remasterings that were done for the Mystery Channel (I'm not sure that I've even heard of the Mystery Channel, so it's all news to me).

The DVD version has to look better than the tape I have, which came from a fan who taped it off a local syndicated airing about 15 or 20 years ago.

Hope I can find it at a good price!

G.

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Merci, Jean-Claude, for the original announcement, and my usual grovelling thanks to the Mysterious God for that fascinating link (I had no idea this website existed).

It's so funny that this came up, because I have been doing my own little Grayson Hall film festival, and was wondering whether a quality release of Night Gallery would ever be issued.

Unfortunately, it would seem from this site that this is not to be the case.

G.

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: John Wells no longer interested in DS
« on: August 23, 2004, 06:44:26 PM »
I do have to add a PS that in my not-so-humble opinion, Depp would be great casting for Quentin.  He has a lot of qualities that would shine in that role.

G.

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: John Wells no longer interested in DS
« on: August 23, 2004, 06:31:07 PM »
I'm sure it's just me, but I have to throw in my "two drachmae" on the endless speculations about Johnny Depp as Barnabas... I personally do not think Depp would be at all good casting for the role.  Depp is a wonderful performer but I have yet to see work from him that would have a certain edge that I think this role (as originally written, at least) calls for.

I would like to see Alec Newman's performance in the role.  From the bit of work I saw in Dune, I do think he might have the gravitas (plus a soupcon of sexuality) to make it work.

For me, the leisurely story-telling of a serial is part of the magic of Dark Shadows.  The characterizations and the way in which the emotions of the people are revealed in the most improbable situations are often central to what I regarded as the best moments of the series.  So, to me, a feature film is a less than ideal way to experience DS.

but then I'm really not all that thrilled about a remake.  At this point, I have an interest in it purely because new product is probably the only thing that will make Warners shell out the money (pocket change to them, folks--let's get real, if they toss away 5 million on a pilot?) for the restoration of Night of Dark Shadows.

G.

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: John Wells no longer interested in DS
« on: August 21, 2004, 09:57:46 PM »
Thanks for the clarifications.

It sounds as if Pierson's comments were from the realm of make-believe.  Either that, or he simply did not want to create a scene by announcing at the Festival that the New DS was once again dead in the water.

Best,  Steve

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: John Wells no longer interested in DS
« on: August 20, 2004, 10:10:14 PM »
How interesting; thanks for sharing this.

I wonder whether what the guy meant is the only project they have the energy to pursue right now is the current pilot.  Perhaps the feeling in the office is that if no network wants that, they don't want to invest another 5 million (or whatever) in putting together something from scratch.

I would certainly understand if that proved to be the case.  On top of that, it may be that John Wells himself has put DS behind him and is working on new projects now.

G.

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: Today's Photo Collage - I'm Seeing Things!
« on: August 20, 2004, 03:59:22 PM »
Hi Jean-Claude,

yeah, I thought Karlen either had Alex confused with somebody else, or else that at some point, Alex had been down and out.

I thought he looked very healthy and "wore his years lightly," as the saying goes...

I think Darren did tell me, when we spoke after his presentation, that Alex was in an accident during the filming of NoDS and suffered some breaks.  Back in those days, film crews tended to be a lot less careful and far fewer safety precautions were in place.  I'll never forget a harrowing story Grayson told about the filming of Gargoyles.

Steve

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: Screen Caps From Episodes #654 & #673
« on: August 19, 2004, 08:26:41 PM »
That's so sweet of you, darling!  Always thinking of others.

You must have heard my muttered-under-the-breath complaint:  "Where the hell are the shirtless Chris photos for this montage???"

xo, G.

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Thanks for posting this, Midnite.  I didn't really get to talk to Jamison during the event.  He seemed a bit overwhelmed (understandably) by all the frou-frou.

My comment on the radio drama--I really wish a video were being offered of the performance.  I would find that more interesting than the audio CD.

Does the book contain the original draft, in which Laura Collins appeared?  I heard there was a last minute rewrite when Diana pulled out.

xo, Gothick (you guys crack me up with your sig files!)

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: A Stitch In Time...
« on: August 19, 2004, 03:23:35 PM »
Heather! you're ba-ack!  Trust me, sweetheart, we ALL bow before the Serene Throne of the infinitely darling Mysterious One...

And what a GORGEOUS drawing of Grayson as Pepe!  Congratulations!  You certainly do have talent!

sighing over the beauty of the Divine One,

Steve

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No, I'm not a vendor (***THANK THE GODS!!!!***--I really do not know how those folks survive those events!).  When Connie snapped the picture, I was spending some time hanging out with Jay Nass, who had an *awesome* album on display of autographed studio snapshots (he was one of the "studio kids" back in the day).  Many of the photos in his album were shots I had never seen, anywhere.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '04 II / Ben Cross Movie News
« on: August 18, 2004, 05:07:03 PM »
For those who are fans of Ben Cross, the English actor who portrayed Barnabas Collins in the 1991 Dark Shadows series, I just learned that he has a role in the new movie The Exorcist: The Beginning (which is due to be released this weekend in the US, I believe).

I have no further info, but wanted to let Ben's fans know.

G.

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: '04 Series
« on: August 18, 2004, 04:55:47 PM »
It sounds as if no scenes featuring the character of Julia were shown.

I'm curious as to what approach the actress (can't recall her name offhand) took to the role.  I have not scene any photos of her in character, either.

G.

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Current Talk '04 II / Re: Today's Photo Collage - I'm Seeing Things!
« on: August 18, 2004, 03:34:56 PM »
Hi Jean-Claude!  lovely meeting you and spending time with you at the Festival last weekend.  Sorry to hear about the cold, but hardly surprising given the *glacial* temps in that hotel!  I (thank the Gods) don't have a cold but have felt worn out and run down since coming home.

Oh, I well remember the atmospheric effect achieved for that episode.  One of my favorite moments was when the werewolf (played, incidentally, by brilliant stuntman Alex Stevens--I heard him give a talk about his work on the show at, I believe, the '95 Festival) spends a moment hovering over Tom Jennings' tombstone.  I thought that was a neat salute to one of the most popular storylines of the preceding summer.

Best,  Steve

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