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Dark Shadows: Best of Barnabas (2012)

Jonathan Frid , Grayson Hall , Dan Curtis (Creator)  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall
  • Directors: Dan Curtis (Creator)
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006Z7Z3PO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,132 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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From 1966 to 1971, the spooky ABC-TV suspense series DARK SHADOWS thrilled an audience of 20 million viewers with a unique blend of Gothic romance and supernatural horror.

The original DARK SHADOWS became a pop culture phenomenon with the introduction of vulnerable vampire Barnabas Collins, a legendary role made famous by Jonathan Frid and, more recently, Johnny Depp in the motion picture remake.

This unique collection offers 9 complete TV episodes that are among the most popular in the history of
DARK SHADOWS, serving as an ideal introduction to new vewers as well as an enticing overview for veteran DARK SHADOWS devotees. As a bonus, new, informative introductions for each episode are included.

Barnabas Collins meets waitress Maggie Evans, who later senses that she is being watched. Dr. Julia Hoffman's experiments to cure Barnabas cause him to age to his true years. In 1795, Barnabas has risen as a vampire and his fiance Josette is drawn to him at the mausoleum. Angelique the witch causes Barnabas to become a victim of her devastating Dream Curse. In 1897, Barnabas presents himself as a lost relative to the Collins family and discovers that Angelique has travelled through the centuries. In 1969, reveals to Julia how the Leviathans have taken control of him. In Parallel Time, novelist Will Loomis captures Barnabas and demands an interview with the vampire. Angelique causes Barnabas new love Roxanne to suffer effects of the vampire.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I stumbled upon Dark Shadows: The Best of Barnabas part of The Greatest Episodes Collection at my local Wal-Mart for under ten dollars. Dark Shadows aired from 1966 to 1971 normally in the late afternoons. At the time of it's peek Dark Shadows had around twenty million viewers, which is an incredible number compared to the low ratings of today's soap operas (Sadly, there are only four on the air.). And it was known for having errors, such as actors forgetting their lines; stagehands walking in the background; microphones where in the frame shot; etc, because of the tight filming schedule demanded by ABC.

There have been dozens of Dark Shadows sets released over the years. The complete series is coming out this summer but at a whopping $599.98 retail price tag. The show has become more popular due to Tim Burton's remake starring Johnny Depp being released on Friday, resulting in MPI Home Video releasing The Best of Barnabas to DVD.

The episodes are:

Episode 221 - May 2, 1967
Episode 349 - October 26, 1967
Episode 418 - January 31, 1968
Episode 535 - July 12, 1968
Episode 703 - March 5, 1969
Episode 718 - March 26, 1969
Episode 915 - December 29, 1969
Episode 982 - March 31, 1970
Episode 1133 - October 29, 1970

Each episode has an optional introduction by Lara Parker, who played Angelique, but the intros for episodes 703 and 718 are missing, instead the intro for 535 is repeated. The resolution on the episodes is not the best, which may have been caused by the cameras they used during production.

Obviously the remake is going to bring some new fans into the Dark Shadow world, which makes this DVD an affordable introduction to the soap opera.
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34 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Hello Barnabas" January 22, 2012
To coincide with the theatrical release of "Dark Shadows" in May, 2012 starring Johnny Depp as Barnabas MPI Video is releasing three titles the month before on April 12th. This "Best Of" collection has a running time of about 180 minutes and since the original series ran for thirty minutes each day on ABC I would wager there will be at least six episodes to this set featuring the wonderful Jonathan Frid as the most beloved vampire in pop culture history.

This single-disc DVD will feature 9 episodes along with brand new introductions.

No extras have been anounced as of this writing.

The second collection will be called "Fan Favorites" and that too clocks in at about 180 minutes. Obviously these two sets are aimed for people that have a small interest in the "Dark Shadows" daytime television franchise as the price is affordable. However, the big news is on April 12th MPI is releasing the entire "Dark Shadows" collection called simply "Dark Shadows-The Complete Collection" featuring all 1225 episodes and a slew on bonuses so look for that. If your like me, an ardent soap opera fan and a huge lover of this beloved 1960's serial, we will be in Heaven!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun "Dark Shadows" compilation March 12, 2013
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This DARK SHADOWS compilation salutes "The Best of Barnabas", the character that helped the show climb to the top of the ratings - and cement the show's legendary status. Until Barnabas arrived in episode #211, DARK SHADOWS was a soap opera mostly concerned with the mysteries surrounding Collinwood governess Victoria Winters (Alexandra Moltke). Creator Dan Curtis began injecting supernatural elements like ghosts, and the reveal of a prominent character as an immortal Phoenix. Audiences responded favourably - leading to the decision to introduce Barnabas Collins (played by the masterful Jonathan Frid) - a 175-year-old vampire in search of his lost love.

At once malevolent yet incredibly sympathetic, Barnabas was unlike any other character seen on TV. What was originally intended as a short stint to boost ratings turned into a 4-year journey for the reluctant vampire, cursed into infinity by the scorned witch Angelique (Lara Parker).

The nine episodes included in this DARK SHADOWS package illustrate the shifting changes in Barnabas' personality (he was cured of his vampirism several times only to be always thwarted by Angelique in one of her many incarnations). Newer fans will be helped by the introductions of star Lara Parker who gives brief outlines of the plots for each episode.


#221 - Barnabas meets waitress Maggie Evans (Kathryn Leigh Scott) at the Collinsport Inn for the very first time - setting in motion his plan to abduct her and transform her into his long-lost Josette.

#349 - The medical experiments undertaken by Dr Julia Hoffman (Grayson Hall) have gone awry, causing Barnabas to age to his true appearance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Barnabas! May 22, 2012
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Like the title says, the BEST of Barnabas. 9 episodes, featuring our favorite vampire - along with great cast members. A must have for Dark Shadows fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barnabas, I love your work September 9, 2013
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I love Barnabas, this collection is of some of his best work but not all by a long shot. I love everything he has ever done.
Definately worth the money
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Shadows: Best of Barnabas August 20, 2013
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I enjoyed the series, a lot. By watching these different shows, is like watching Favorites that Barnabas picked out himself.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 day ago by Carol A. Shell
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the series
Amusing and entertaing. Loved the series.
Published 3 days ago by Martha M Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not all about "chomp!"
See also "Fan Favorites" to see both sets of programs. A bit of switching back an forth may be useful to see the episodes in sequence.
Published 1 month ago by Cherryl Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Jonathan Frid!
Published 2 months ago by bigdcowgal
3.0 out of 5 stars ... are a fan of the 60s show this is perfect for your
If you are a fan of the 60s show this is perfect for your collection
Published 2 months ago by Michael C. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Shadows
this is excellent assortment of Barnabas Collins , brought me back in time to when I ran home from school to watch this program . Read more
Published 7 months ago by darla
5.0 out of 5 stars YES
Memories, fond ones of running home from school to watch the next show . Takes me back in time days gone by and how I loved this soap opera....Barnabas was bad then and now. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Martha
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Cousin Barnabas Dark Shadow Sampler that will leave you...
This represents a sampler of stories featuring Cousin Barnabas: The original TV tortured Vampire, Jonathan Frid played the part for years in the 60's & 70's... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kevin J. Loria
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!!! <3
My husband and I love this DVD!!! A must see for Dark Shadows fans! It's well worth the money and the fans will really enjoy this.
Published 12 months ago by Melissa M. Leibowitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun times with Barnabas.
I like this collection of shows. It is fun and gives the highlights of the show. It relates the basics well if you see the newer movie and then watch this DVD. Read more
Published 14 months ago by J Harkins
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