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I hope to join the swelling throngs of Halloholics not-so-anonymous on at least the Saturday and Sunday.

G.

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Current Talk '04 I / Julia's Big O???
« on: June 02, 2004, 03:52:11 PM »
OK, is it just me, or does Julia look as if she's having a very private, personal moment in today's montage?

I saw this yesterday and thought nothing of it, but today when the top page first loaded it hit me that the Physician to the Vampire appeared to have found something VERY special in the woods.  Maybe Tom was down there out of frame???

Also, a technical note--I've tried to figure out how to collapse the new index of the 9,999 chat boards available on Current Talk, and have found defeat upon the Field of Flanders.  Do I feel like an old lady.

Inconsolable,

G.

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:Julia's Statement to Liz in Nov. 1967
« on: May 27, 2004, 11:42:01 PM »
In the original plot outline for the Barnabas storyline, Julia was supposed to be strangled to death by Barnabas when she got in his way one too many times.  It was actually mentioned a couple of times in the voiceovers that death was waiting for Dr. Hoffman during this period (or something like that).

My guess is that if they thought about what they would do after the 1795 flashback, it was in terms of Dr. Hoffman being out of the picture, one way or another.  I would guess that they were deluged with fanmail asking for her return during her absence.  Curtis and the show producers took the fanmail very seriously back then, in terms of what they did on the show.  This seems strange today when, from what I can tell, series producers relish flying in the face of fannish opinion.

G.

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:1966 Season
« on: May 27, 2004, 05:18:07 PM »
David Ford's marriage with Nancy Barrett was on the rocks in 1967-68.  I believe this has been discussed in public sources, but if this is an infringement on the Board regs of not discussing the actors personal lives, hope the Mods will delete this post.

I think Ford had another acting gig in 1968 which is why he suddenly disappeared as Andre.  A lot of the DS actors appear to have worked under verbal agreements rather than written contracts--a situation that is unimaginable in today's world.

Anyway, I always thought the personal dynamics of him and Nancy needing not to be working together on the same show were responsible for his appearances and disappearances, and eventually to his leaving altogether.

A fan who knew the people involved claimed that Nancy herself was going to leave at one point in '68, but Grayson talked her out of it one night over dinner.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '04 I / Re:DS/Barnabas Collins Game
« on: May 26, 2004, 03:51:34 PM »
Gerard, I'm cackling maniacally over your Mom's comment about Baby Jesus!  (hahaha guess you know where *I'm* going!)  My Mom also banned me from watching DS.  Watching it secretly was the first major flouting of her authority in my young life--one of the few times I actually needed to disobey because I was such a Class A nerd as a youngster.

It's funny and poignant to think of how much money five dollars was back then.  I was just listening to a tape recording of Cass Elliott contrasting the Monterey Pop Festival with the festivals of the early Seventies and saying how crass and commercial things had gotten to the point where "the tickets cost a huge amount of money--fifteen dollars!  That's sooo much money!"  and she was really being sincere.

Sheesh--I'm so old I can remember Saturday matinees at the local movie theatre that cost less than a dollar.  *sigh*

G.

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Just a reminder, folks--DVDs *are* subject to quality control issues, just like every other mass produced product.

Whenever I purchase a new DVD (or video, or CD, for that matter) I always play at least a little of it as promptly as possible, and I save the packaging and receipt(s) carefully until it's gotten the all-clear.  You really can't be too careful.

If you put something aside to "save" it for a rainy day or special viewing occasion, you may wind up holding onto past the date when a retailer will be willing to give you store credit or full refund for return.

just my 2 drachmae.

G.

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:OT: Please pardon this interruption
« on: May 24, 2004, 10:01:21 PM »
My favorite Quentin is early 1897.  He was such a raffish, tasty bit o' goods then.

Runners up include the lusciously eee-vil Quentofi, amnesiac Quentin chewing out Miss Olivia Priss Corey in 1970, and crazed Quentin of 1995 (just because Selby was so excruciatingly good in the part).

My least favorite Quentin is PT 1970 vintage.  But even when he got on my nerves in that ugly jacket, I still wouldn't have kicked him out of bed for eating crackers.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '04 I / Re:DS/Barnabas Collins Game
« on: May 24, 2004, 07:29:44 PM »
I don't believe I ever saw the Dark Shadows game.  I did enjoy the Barnabas Collins game, although the novelty wore off quickly.

It would be fun to have a semi role-playing Dark Shadows game along the lines of Clue.  Players could be cursed as vampires or werewolves or get to be gypsies or witches.  I know what I'd want to be. *g*

G.

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:OT: Please pardon this interruption
« on: May 24, 2004, 03:37:36 PM »
Not to mention breaking up with Chris Jennings--THE Hunkiest Man at Collinwood!!!  I really wondered where her brains had gone at that point (not to mention other bits...)

G.

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:1966 Season
« on: May 21, 2004, 05:15:59 PM »
I absolutely adore 1966.  I love the really early months when Burke will stop at nothing to get back at the Collins family and Vicki is shrewd enough to question even Liz's motives (they get some wonderful scenes together, some of which are still ahead of you).  I love the 1966 Roger--Edmonds brought some wonderfully subtle shadings to the unfolding of Roger's depravity, and as Prof Stokes wrote, David is simply extraordinary to watch.  Some of this stuff is up there with the best of Twilight Zone in terms of storytelling that 's focused on some of the more unpleasant quirks of human emotional neurosis.

My favorite scenes of all are the big showdowns between Liz and Burke.  I thought Bennett did an amazing job with those scenes.  Sheer regal authority.

The Liz/Roger scenes are sheer delicious fun.  It's a lot of fun watching these two being so icy and disdainful and sometimes struggling to out-manipulate one another.  Of course, Liz almost invariably wins, but the outcome always has this edge to it.

It's almost unbelievable that somebody held onto the complete set of master tapes for these months, given that they seem never to have been considered for WorldVision syndication until Sci Fi's initial airing ca. 1992.

G.

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I think you have to be careful purchasing DVD's from these places (I would think the videos would be OK so long as you are sure they are NTSC standard).  A lot of currently available DVD players do not seem to do well with DVD-R's and RW's.  I have a couple of friends who share their tapes of Queer as folk (the popular, trashy gay soap opera) and this year they tried to upgrade to DVD.  Well, the rewritable DVD's their burner turned out would not play on several different make of players (I have a friend who works in an office with a whole galaxy of media equipment), so we had to go back to using VHS.  We even tried putting the DVD burner setting on VR format and that did not work either.

So, buyer beware on these discs.

That said, I'd love to have good copies of some of those films you mentioned.  I think I read that the Louis Jourdain Dracula is finally being released by BBC on both VHS and DVD formats, this summer, if memory serves.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re:WB ORDERS FILMING OF NEW DS PILOT
« on: May 20, 2004, 03:33:59 PM »
Well, after all the hype ... erm, I mean INFORMATION released about this, it would be nice if some kind, connected soul would arrange for the pilot to be shown at the DS Festival this Summer.  just so we could see what all the fuss was about.

Not expecting it to happen... just saying it would be nice.

G.

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OOOHHH!  IT'S JOE HASKELL'S CLEAVAGE!!!

YUMMMY!!!!

*g* G.

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:Boobie Montage
« on: May 18, 2004, 09:36:15 PM »
Too bad there isn't a male version of the "Boobie Montage" featuring the beautiful look we get at Joe Haskell's exposed chest during these episodes.

At least shirtless Joe did feature (if not as prominently as one would have liked) in today's episode montage.

G.

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A few observations:

(1) You can't "save" a television program that's never even been on the air.  The network's decision was clearly part of a programmatic shift in the direction of material they perceive as being more where the market is moving now.  I doubt whether they did more than glance at the NWBDS pilot by the time it was finished since they had made these programmatic decisions separately from the process of generating the pilot.

(2)  Reality TV shows *are* scripted.  I imagine the writers who are getting jobs are the ones who (besides having the right personal connections--that's how H'wood has ALWAYS worked) are good at coming up with the situations/concepts that non-actors can parrot successfully.

(3)  Far from "dying" I think the Dark Shadows "franchise" is enjoying adequate success, given that we're talking about a television show that is nearly 40 years old (ugh, you don't know how old that makes me feel!).
Not only has the entire series been steadily in print on VHS format for the past decade. it is now enjoying a success on DVD to the point where MPI is accelerating the schedule for the release of the episodes.  The honoring of Dan Curtis at the TV Museum, the spate of articles around the pilot, and the fact that TV Guide is running a piece about the original series in a week or two, all shows a lot of health, as far as I can tell.  Of course I hardly have my finger on the pulse where today's entertainment scene is concerned.  I am afraid I do not have the stomach for that.

Let's hope we see the return of the original episodes to broadcast television in the near future.  I would think the events I have outlined above would be enough to show how "viable" (as we used to say in the 70s) the property still is.

G.

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