Those Fabulous Miniseries

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  1. Willie Oleson

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    For those who are interested in bitchy sisters in gorgeous outfits:

    This was a two (or maybe 3) part mini-series. It's very entertaining and the actors are very good (imo).
     
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    I watched all of Deceptions last night. I was up until 4am! I loved it. I think I may have to go buy a few more miniseries very soon. I just love that big '80s escapist fantasy shit. I've had the Pointer Sisters' "I'm So Excited" stuck in my head all day. I officially love Stephanie Powers now too. How good is Hart To Hart? Will I like it? Should I buy it?
     
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  3. Willie Oleson

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    I'm afraid it hasn't aged very well. The action is not exciting and the humour is not funny.

    Captains And The Kings is a great rags-to-riches story. Obsession, power, lust, hate...and Patty Duke as the embittered drunken wife.
    [​IMG] Great stuff!:)
     
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    Ah, those delicious Mini-Series that were all the rage, '80s and early '90s.... :);) Thanks for all these posts, Guys.... I'd forgotten about most of them.

    Have you ever visited a website called DailyMotion ? www.dailymotion.com Pop it into your favourites browser, (if you'll pardon the expression)... you can usually find whole episodes or snippets of old TV shows that you can watch / download (in MP4 format) to help you decide if you could ever be arsed with watching or buying the whole season... ;)
     
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    Some lovely person has uploaded all of Hart to Hart on YouTube in good quality, looks like DVD rips. I hope it says up a while, I'd like to check it out sometime but I have so much I'm watching already. I love watching old Spelling produced stuff. I watched a little of the Love Boat last year but I gave up after about 10 episodes. Ya seen one, ya seen 'em all. Hart to Hart might be a little better than that. I'm guessing it's like a Murder She Wrote set up but with a married couple, produced by Spelling and wardrobe by Nolan Miller. Might be enjoyable crap.
     
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  6. Willie Oleson

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    I forgot to mention that the mysteries are not really mysterious. It's bad. I felt the same way about Hotel, it was fun at the time because of the glamour and soap guest stars, but watching it on DVD 25 years was no fun at all.

    If you wanna see something really epic then I'd suggest the maxi-mini-series "Centennial". But it's too beautiful to watch it on YouTube.
     
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    It's been a long time since I've seen the Napoleon & Josephine mini series, and to be honest I'm not all that interested in watching it again, but I was surprised that I had forgotten how great the opening theme was:

    These lush intros certainly got you in the mood to watch the series.
     
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    While others would last longer than some series. Centennial, for example.
     
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    Ha! Yeah I guess in those days there were only two kind of series: the series that returned year after year (soaps, comedies, cop shows) and the mini-series.
    A mini-series could be a 3 hours movie shown in two or three parts, or mega productions like Centennial and North & South, with more than 20 episodes.

    In these days everything is a "season" and funnily enough there was a misprint on the first copies of the Centennial DVD because it has "season 1" printed on it while in fact it is the complete series.
    North & South was Book (or Chapter or Part) I, II and III, instead of season 1, 2 and 3.
     
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    Not surprised to see Bill Conti behind this score.
     
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    It's basically The Colbys theme played at 33 RPM instead of 45.
     
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    I also found "The Dream Merchants" on YouTube. I've read this Harold Robbins novel but I didn't know there was a movie.
    Starring Mark Harmon. I think I will like it, but first I'm going to finish "Once Is Not Enough".

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    I'd like to see it, but not so much that I would pay £20.00 to do so. :p
     
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    Yes, it's too much. According to amazon.uk it's a paperback DVD, whatever the F that means.
     
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    Return to Eden imo was the greatest television I have ever seen. Loved it!!!
     
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    Tonight I've watched the mini-series CHIEFS.

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    It's not just a cop show, it's a police saga.

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    The story takes place in a small Southern town, and it begins in the 1920s and ends in the 1960s.
    It was so beautiful and tragic I watched it non-stop.

    Starring Charlton Heston, Stephen Collins, Billy Dee Williams and Tess Harper.
    There are several videos on YouTube, the best picture quality is by uploader BASH953.
     
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    The winds of war and War and Remberance.
     
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    Just finished TESTIMONY OF TWO MEN (1977), also based on a Taylor Caldwell novel.
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    It's a lavish post-Civil War costume drama that also touches upon the history of health care, but it's mostly to serve the melodramatic, soapy plotlines.
    The cast is (typically) a who's who of Old Hollywood and TV Land, including Steve Forrest, Barbara Parkins, David Birney and co-starring, well...everyone else.
    Including a guest appearance by Joan Van Ark.

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    It was nice to see Linda Purl as the egocentric vixen, because she usually plays the damsel in distress.

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    The language is often very formal and old-fashioned, which gives the idea of reading a novel.

    I wouldn't say it's the best thing I've ever seen, but overall it was a very pleasant way to spend 4,7 hours.
     
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    Just finished the mini-series WASHINGTON BEHIND CLOSED DOORS (1977)
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    It's 9 hours, so it kind of feels like reading the book (I haven't) but it's a page-turner and all the actors are in top form, especially Jason Robards, Nicholas Pryor and David Selby.
    Don't expect soap-y or overtly romantic plotlines, it's mostly about the wheeling and dealing in the White House, and everything connected with it.
     
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    I think Sidney Sheldon wrote his books with the intent of them becoming mini-series, and it pays off brilliantly.
    While this is as soapy as they come


    This is my favorite
     
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