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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 '22 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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Current Talk '04 I / Re:Boobie Montage
« on: May 17, 2004, 04:36:15 PM »
I love this, just LOVE it! Brought a big smile to my face today.  Many thanks, MB.

Julia, darling, you and I share a similar love for the arcane, especially as they relate to a certain titian haired Queen of Off-Broadway... lol...

xo  Steve

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Wow, Darren, what a great project!  From the bottom of my dark little heart, I thank you!

I haven't seen ANY of the DVDs yet, though I am contemplating purchasing at least one set (the one with the Julia/Tom Jennings storyline).  That storyline included a notorious technical defect which appeared to originate in the master tape.  I believe it happened in the episode where Julia comes stumbling in like a wino at the tail end of a bender babbling about "Tom."  As I recall it, there's this shrill beep that lasts about 2 or 3 seconds at one point as the action is moving from the foyer into the drawing room.  I wondered whether that scene got snipped in the interests of "tidying up" the DVDs.  (sorry, I don't know the technical lingo)

I discussed this at one point with Richard Holt--there's a post from him buried in the archives about this scene, and how it originated in the master tape.  I think he may have checked with somebody at MPI about it.

That happens to be one of my favorite episodes, and I'll be upset if I learn that it now circulates in a trimmed version.

G.

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:Dates
« on: May 13, 2004, 11:31:45 PM »
Oh, anything to oblige.  There was a reference to X-mas during the Leviathan story, as well, if you care about that specific holiday.  I think it was the only holiday as such ever mentioned on the series.

G.

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Current Talk '22 I / Re:WB ORDERS FILMING OF NEW DS PILOT
« on: May 13, 2004, 11:01:35 PM »
Thanks for that, darling.

[spoiler]I thought that at this point in the game, the journo was being exceptionally kind in describing Boreanaz' character as a "youthful-looking 250-year-old vampire."  Tuning in occasionally this past year, I've been shocked at how worn-out DB has looked.  I hope everything is OK with his life and health.  I well remember the first time he showed on on BtVS and how charming and beautiful he was.  sigh.
[/spoiler]

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Current Talk '22 I / Re:WB ORDERS FILMING OF NEW DS PILOT
« on: May 13, 2004, 10:22:54 PM »
Got a 404 URL on that, Jim.  I looked around on the Entertainment page but could find no sign of the article.

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