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Carpenters...Space Encounters 1978

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by Carpenters-in-the-crib, Oct 31, 2018.

  1. Mike Blakesley

    Mike Blakesley Well-Known Member Moderator

    If Richard 'gleaned' the music out of the specials and made a music-only DVD, then people would be griping no, no, no, we want the COMPLETE specials.

    I have a pretty good feeling that if these ever do see the light of day (and I think it's kind of doubtful they will), it would have to be after Richard has joined Karen in eternal rest. Even then, I'm sure he's made his wishes known regarding what should or shouldn't be released, and his heirs, not exactly hurting for money, would probably honor them....all depending on who owns the rights to the various specials of course.

    The demand for them is pretty low, and only getting lower with each passing year.

    Maybe they'll show up on some streaming platform one day -- all those outlets are dying for as much "content" as they can find.
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  2. You have to consider the timeframe. VCR's were still far off for most people. Recording/re-watching TV shows, especially "specials" , was hardly imagined yet. Therefore, specials like these were only meant to be an enjoyable "waste" of an hour (including the commercials).


    I know one thing that really became apparent to me watching that clip and it`s not like it hadn't before, but the clip sort of `cemented` it for me, I honestly think it`s a shame we didn't get to see Karen as a serious actress, because I think she would have been something else!
    I know she was offered the part alongside John Wayne in `True Grit` and turned it down, but I think then, was a little early for her, but certainly later, she would have been great.
    I know one character when I see her and when I do I think of Karen for some reason, because although it`s only voice over, the look of the character and her sense of humour seem to match Karen so much, I`m sure everyone`s seen Wreck it Ralph .......... remember the girl in it who was called `Venellope` (glitch`?
    Yeah, I thought you`d think I`ve lost the plot :laugh::laugh:
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  4. Close Encounters of the Third Kind was all the rage in 1978.
  5. newvillefan

    newvillefan I Know My First Name Is Stephen

    If they ever do see the light of day, say as a box set, I'd buy it but the only specials I’d ever pull out and watch with any interest are the first and the last. I don’t think the Carpenter estate will ever release them given the tangled and expensive mess royalties would create.
  6. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    "I honestly think it`s a shame we didn't get to see Karen as a serious actress, because I think she would have been something else!"

    She could've done it. She had the talent. John Wayne wanted to give that part to Karen. Kim Darby got the role. I have no doubt Karen would've pulled it off...And may I add Karen would have been perfect for a solo TV variety show. I wouldn't have counted her out doing mostly anything! She was just that talented.
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  7. ullalume

    ullalume Well-Known Member

    She'd have been great as a guest star "murderer" in Columbo. Playing against type as a singer who offed her manager/partner. It worked for Johnny cash in '73 and it could've worked great for her in '78.
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  8. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    ^^I think you are on to something there! I can picture the final scene: Karen's character shows Columbo the door, thinking she has blown him off for good. She has a sly smile on her face as she closes the door...She walks seductively (this would not be acting for Karen, I loved the way she walked!) to the bar in the interior of her mansion and pours herself a drink, laughing silently to herself (she thinks she has gotten away with it)...Just then, Columbo pops his head inside the door and says "Excuse me ma'am, just one more thing"...

    No, seriously, it would've been brilliant. Karen would've loved it, she would've been great in it, it would have knocked the socks off of her goody-two-shoes image, and would've probably been one of the most popular Columbo episodes ever! :)

    PS - I was watching some old Columbo episodes on one of the Baby Boomer channels that are springing up more and more, and I saw that Johnny Cash episode. I remember remarking to my wife how good he was in it.
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  9. Kacfan

    Kacfan Member

    Love Columbo ! All those “could have beens” for Karen...so much talent.
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