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Date Posted: 18:45:54 08/02/07 Thu
Author: J.P. Wing
Author Host/IP: cpe-74-79-145-193.twcny.res.rr.com / 74.79.145.193
Subject: Re: My two cents
In reply to: David Hofstede 's message, "Re: My two cents" on 03:01:51 08/02/07 Thu

>I'm very happy to have found this thread to provide
>some background and context to the glaring omission of
>Joanna from any of the DVD's special features.
>
>While I sympathize with Joanna to some extent -
>everyone would prefer to be compensated for lending
>their time and talent to a project like this - here's
>the problem. Isis DVD sets are not like buses - there
>won't be another one coming along next month or next
>year. Outside of the slight possibility of a Blu-Ray
>or HD-DVD set at some point in the future (and given
>the quality of the masters, what would be the point?)
>the BCI set is all we're ever going to get. If her
>absence from the set was a result of some sort of
>booking/logistics confusion, that is inexcusable.
>However, I doubt this is the case since everyone else
>was able to participate. So, it most likely came down
>to money, or the lack of it. And once the situation
>was made plain that the funds just weren't there, Ms.
>Cameron was faced with a decision - to give the fans
>who have supported her for three decades the gift of
>her involvement, and to take this one opportunity
>(cause one's all we're going to get) to share her
>memories of her most famous role, or to say "No, thank
>you."
>I don't mean to chastise her - several years ago I had
>the pleasure of speaking to Joanna and to Lou Scheimer
>regarding a project that never came to fruition, and
>enjoyed the experience very much. But to get to this
>point that so many of us never thought we'd see, of a
>complete Isis series set available on DVD, and for it
>to happen without the inclusion of the one person more
>responsible than anyone else for the series' success
>and enduring popularity...I just find that profoundly
>sad.

I have to say that I agree completely with David here. When it was apparent that there was a scheduling conflict and/or disagreement regarding money then Joanna had a choice to make and unfortunately she decided to turn her back on those of us that made BCI want to release a DVD of the series in the first place.

Now I'm not discounting Joanna's contribution to the series and I'm certainly not implying that she's a 'bad' person in any way. I'm sure that the beauty of her soul shines through her portrayal of Andrea and Isis, but I'm sure that everyone involved with the compiling of material for the set did everything they could to get Joanna involved with the production. I doubt someone said at the last minute "Oh my God, we forgot to include Joanna Cameron on the set! We forgot to include her on the interviews!"

The DVD set has exceeded my expectations of anything I thought would be put together for a release of the series and everyone involved should be commended for their efforts. And as the previous poster mentioned, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. It's just very unfortunate that Joanna chose not to pursue missed scheduling opportunities or chose not to participate due to monetary concerns. It doesn't change how I see her portrayal of Isis in any way, it's just a disappointment to this diehard fan.

J.P.

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