"The Gold Machine" arrived today (11-1-00)
- John: "The Gold Machine" arrived today in great shape!
I had a chance to run it and overall it looks okay. It's a 16mm copy
someone transferred to video, similar to the one we have of "Let Us
Prey," not quite as good, but it's still watchable. The quality
reminds me a little of some dupes of the Star Trek blooper film.
I only saw "ghosts" of the "Place Commercials Here," which look like
someone went through some trouble to pause them out. There was also
only one of the mid-point "stingers," the shorter one. I'm guessing
you duped the tape just as you received it.
"Gold Machine" seems meant to have been a sequel or continuation of
the Probe pilot. It's not a "tough" episode like "Flight to
Nowhere," it's more light-hearted like the pilot. The helicopter
scenes reminded me a LOT of "Adonis File."
Since this was episode #2, it seems that the famous "cheesy cool
music" had it's debut here, yet it was the only Lockwood episode with
that music in it.
Thanks also for the bonus of "Moment of Madness." The picture for
this one seems to be a bit more stable compared to what I have.
You will have to let us know how you did it. You transferred it to a
hard drive? Fill us in.
- Yes, I simply copied it directly...I changed nothing...that frozen shot of
the logo just before the opening of Gold Machine is someone else's work.
Someone needs to compare some of the quick blured shots showing street
scenes to establish Lockwood and Gloria starting their night on the town
with the shots used in In Search Of Midas. I think some of them are the same.
Many times shows will be completed using bits and pieces from shows shot
later on. This is especially true with the music. There may have been a
few episodes in the can before Dominic Frontiere wrote the series music
(adding to the music from the pilot.)
I have an example of this from Space:1999. The second episode of the
second season has a two second sequence that was actually shot for
something like the sixth episode (containing content specific to the sixth
episode.) And I am talking production order here. They were able to use
the first part of the shot as background filler for the earlier second episode.
I suspect that this was done in Gold Machine.
I ended up doing a straight vcr to vcr dub. The hard disk recorder, for
some reason, could not read parts of the signal off the video tape.
As a side note, the machine refuses to read macrovision dvds...it displays
a message saying the content is copywrite protected.
I will be doing more dubs this weekend, so those of you who haven't gotten
them yet...just hang on. My schedule limits my dubbing time to the weekends.
At 03:26 AM 11/2/00 +0000, you wrote:
>John: "The Gold Machine" arrived today in great shape!
>Since this was episode #2, it seems that the famous "cheesy cool
>music" had it's debut here, yet it was the only Lockwood episode with
>that music in it.
>You will have to let us know how you did it. You transferred it to a
>hard drive? Fill us in.