Dark Shadows: Best of Barnabas
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!
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.Read more ›
Definately worth the money
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved Barnabas Collins and I will enjoy the DVD Dark Shadows was a terrific show vampires werewolves ghosts just a classic showPublished 2 months ago by john j.watkins
this was a nice addition to my dvd collection . this was a show that I used to watch when I was younger . this item came in a timely manner and as described .Published 3 months ago by Eugene Opal Jr.
This dvd is a good one, however if your looking for a GRAND specialized dvd about Barnabus, get the The Vampire Curse, while this dvd had several of Jonathan Frid grand... Read morePublished 7 months ago by V. Joy
I got this as part of a Valentine's Day surprise for my boyfriend who is a huge fan of the show and still talks about it. Lovely price, lovely product.Published 12 months ago by Shelia A.