- View SourceGood news! There is a gentleman who has the entire series in pristine condition and available on tape (six episodes on T-160 tape for $23 plus shipping). I haven't been in touch for a while so I don't know if he does DVD-R's now as well. The entire series is about 80 or so videocassettes.
His information is as follows-
493 Hogsback Road
Greene, New York 13778
Please let me know if he is still in business. I started getting the tapes from him but got sidetracked by other projects. I would love to hear he is still in business. I too would love to have the entire Peyton Place on video.
Best regards to all,
----- Original Message -----
From: Oldtime Radio
Sent: Saturday, January 29, 2005 10:45 AM
Subject: [Strange Paradise] Re: Question (Fav Soaps) DS, PP & F. CREST
>Other than "Strange Paradise", what is/are your
>favorite soaps, past
> and/or present?
Well, other than SP and DS (of course!), my favorite
was PEYTON PLACE, which I saw in daytime re-runs as a
kid during the mid-70's.
The neat thing about PEYTON PLACE ---besides a stellar
cast and wonderful crisis structure that always left
you hanging--- was that it was filmed (not taped) on
the 20th Century Fox lot, and therefore was able to
have lots of real exterior scenes which gave the
series a real sense of "place". There were complete
scenes outdoors in the town square (everybody
remembers the town gazebo), the boat docks/wharf,
storefront streets, etc .... all of which combined to
"open up" the series and lift it out of the
soundstage-bound feeling of most soaps. These were
not brief exterior establishing shots, but whole
dialog scenes played outdoors for a real small town
feeling (actually the 20th-Fox backlot, but it worked
beautifully. In the 60s when PP was made, Fox still
had the designers and artisans from the golden age of
film still working on the lot, and THEY really knew
how to get high production values quickly).
It has always baffled me why PP doesn't turn up more
in syndication. Other than a run on the Romance
Channel (now WE) in that channel's early days (I
didn't receive it...RATS!!), I haven't known PP to
show up in syndication. I wish MPI or some other
company would release it on DVD. Like DS, I think it
could be very successful released that way. PP was
huge in it's day, and it still retains a powerful
dramatic whallop. Being a film collector, I have a
few episodes on 16mm, but only a few. I suppose the
fact that the first few seasons were in b&w hurts it,
although personally I find the b&w very atmospheric.
I also liked the first year or two of FALCON CREST,
when it was really centered around the wine making and
featured lots of location work at the house and winery
(I'm big on having a sense of "place") and had a
certain sense of mystery revolving around the initial
death in the family. However, sadly, it soon fell
into routine "sleeping around" soap elements (and
silly imitation of the J.R. Ewing elements of DALLAS)
and, IMO, lost most of it's charm after that.
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