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Dark Shadows: The Beginning, Collection 3 - Episodes 71-105

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With its alluring tales of Gothic mystery and supernatural intrigue, DARK SHADOWS (1966-71, ABC-TV) became one of the most popular daytime series of all time. The character of Barnabas Collins, a guilt-ridden, 175-year-old vampire, brought the show tremendous success. Now, for the first time on DVD, MPI presents the spooky series rare, early episodes before Barnabas.

Victoria Winters assures Carolyn Stoddard that her loyalties lie with the Collins family, not with Burke Devlin. Victoria makes a startling discovery near the ocean. David Collins visits Burke at the Collinsport Inn and insists his father is a murderer. Burke makes an offer to Elizabeth Collins Stoddard to buy Collinwood. Roger Collins frantically searches to recover evidence that may incriminate him.

Annoyed with Carolyn, Joe Haskell begins to turn his affections toward Maggie Evans. David leads Victoria to the closed-off section of Collinwood, where she is stunned by the appearance of a ghost. Caretaker Matthew Morgan tries to dissuade Mrs. Johnson from coming to work at Collinwood. In Bangor, Victoria meets lawyers Richard and Frank Garner, who she hopes will help to unlock the mysteries of her past.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Dark Shadows, Joan Bennett
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 690 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YKI4B8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,939 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dark Shadows: The Beginning, Collection 3 - Episodes 71-105" on IMDb

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After months of sagging ratings, the fledgling soap opera Dark Shadows did, what in the words of its creator, Dan Curtis, no daytime drama had ever done: it went supernatural.

Following it's landmark premier in 1966, the first-ever gothic soap opera, Dark Shadows, settled into its afternoon time slot to haunt viewers with is unique blend of romance and psychological terror a la Jane Eyre. Unfortunately, viewer ship dwindled steadily, despite excellent stories and equally fine acting, which are clearly demonstrated in each boxed set of remastered DVD episodes from MPI Home Video.

The Beginning Set 1, reflecting the first 35 episodes of the series, introduced the characters and eerie atmosphere created by innovative sets and unforgettable original music that was the hallmark of the show for its five-year run; and The Beginning Set 2, which collected the next 35 episodes, built on that foundation by further developing the main characters and adding some new ones.

But, with The Beginning Set 3 the story gets more intense and leads up to the show's first and second ghosts, both harbingers of bigger and better things to come. Even before those crucial events, the supernatural begins to assert itself when a "real" crystal ball is given to young David Collins. Immediately, he begins to "see" things.

In this boxed set, the drowning death of Collins Plant Manager Bill Malloy is highlighted and becomes darker. In fact, it is his ghost that debut's as the first-ever depicted on the show, when his seaweed drenched corpse warns a terrified Victoria Winters to leave Collinwood or die.
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Dark Shadows The Beginning is the pre-Barnabas shows, there are 6 sets in The Beginning (Before Barnabas). The first year of Dark Shadows is about Victoria Winters searching for who she is and who her family is, it continues with ghosts and the supernatural. After the first year of Dark Shadows (The Beginning dvd sets 1-6) then the org. Dark Shadows dvd sets 1-26 with the vampire Barnabas Collins, the werewolf, the living dead, the doctor jeckel mr hyde serinoal and many many others like Adam and Eve Frankensteins,lets not forget all of the Time travels!!!
The best collection from tv series, and the ONLY daytime soap opra to ever have been released!
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I was introduced to Dark Shadows at the very episode where Barnabas arrives. It's true what they say-that he's very intruiguing and he makes the story and all of the characters soar. I've also heard that Dark Shadows struggled before Barnabas arrived and was almost cancelled. I gave the "Beginnings" episodes a chance, just because I wanted to know the backstory to a lot of the main characters. I can say wholeheartedly that I'm glad I did. Although seasons 1 & 2 instantly throw you into the chaotic & dysfunctional family life of the Collins', it's season 3 where things really heat up. I don't want to ruin the plot lines for anyone, so let it suffice that there are more murders, lies, and blackmail. There's no Barnabas but there's still that exceptional, theatre-trained cast who are absolutely superb. With the exception of the Simpsons and I Love Lucy, the Dark Shadows series is now among my favorite TV shows.
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I got my first taste of Dark Shadows with the Laura Murdock Stockbridge story arc, and so I decided to start my collection just prior to catch the series on its supernatural upswing. Watching this set leaves me with the inescapable taste of frustrated anticipation.

The supernatural elements have started to creep into the show (no pun intended), but the focus remains upon the standard suspense elements. The Bill Malloy murder does bring a darker hue to the show, but it's really only with the harassment of Victoria Winters in the last few episodes that the series approaches its zenith.

At this point in time, the characters are not wholly developed, either. Roger Collins empathizes with Victoria and at times even acts like a gentleman; he has not yet settled down into the surly, old-moneyed sot of the later episodes. Victoria had not developed the fine art of remaining above the fray and tells lies to extricate herself from tense situations. Even Carolyn's emotions turn on a dime and as a result, she comes across as quite unsympathetic.

With all that said, the discs feature a handful of very good episodes, which depend upon the writing of Francis Swann and some especially sharp acting by David Hannisey. (Yes, he can be quite chilling instead of annoying.) Alexandra Moltke, of course, is the perfect gothic heroine.

The actual DVD case and the DVDs' physical appearance don't disappoint. The inside liner notes briefly describe each episode and feature a press kit-style photo of Frank Garner's character. On each DVD, you can view all the episodes at once, or one-by-one. There are no extras, but there is an ad for a DS-related book at the end of each disc.

The hardcore Dark Shadows fan will find this collection worth every penny. I would rather it was a little cheaper myself, but I'm saving up for The Beginning No. 4, where the real fun begins.
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