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Dark Shadows Collection 18


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  • Actors: Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Alexandra Isles, Nancy Barrett, Joan Bennett
  • Writers: Dan Curtis
  • Format: Box set, 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: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Mpi Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2005
  • Run Time: 225 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007VF23M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,113 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dark Shadows Collection 18" on IMDb

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While driving in the Collinsport village, Barnabas Collins accidentally hits a stranger in the road. He recognizes that the man is identical to Quentin Collins from 1897. Paul Stoddard becomes frantic when he realizes that the Leviathans want to claim the soul of his daughter Carolyn due to an agreement he made when she was a child. He discovers that the young boy living at the antique shop is a member of the other-worldly race. Dr. Julia Hoffman's investigations to find a cure for Chris Jennings' werewolf curse lead her to the elderly artist Charles Delware Tate. After revealing that she is really Amanda Harris from 1897, Olivia Corey tries to help Quentin regain his memory. While searching for Quentin's mystical portrait, Julia meets art collector Sky Rumson and learns he is married to Angelique, the witch. Barnabas begs Angelique for her supernatural help to overthrow the Leviathans. Bonuses: Exclusive interviews with actors Kathryn Leigh Scott, Christopher Pennock, Geoffrey Scott and soap opera journalist/historian Michael Logan. Starring: Jonathan Frid, Joan Bennett, David Selby, Grayson Hall, Louis Edmonds, Kathryn Leigh Scott, David Henesy, Nancy Barrett, Thayer David, Marie Wallace, Dennis Patrick, Lara Parker, Don Briscoe, Donna McKechnie, Christopher Pennock, Roger Davis, Lisa Richards, Geoffrey Scott, Ed Riley, John Harkins, David Jay, Michael Maitland, Emory Bass, Kenneth McMillan, Camilla Ashland, Sho Onodera, Lisa Ross, Ronald Dawson, Brian Sturdivant and Marsha Mason.

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The reproductions of this series is amazing.
J. Dean Burkett
I got to meet Lara Parker, David Selby, Jerry Lacy, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Roger Davis, and many others because of these DVD's.
Sabrina F. Brown
I'm watching these in order and each episode is gripping!
Pamela J. Fox

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Doctor Mabuse on June 22, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
DARK SHADOWS' maligned LEVIATHAN sequence is subtle, suspenseful and genuinely creepy. The sober tone is a relief coming after the campiness of the otherwise excellent "1897 Flashback". LEVIATHAN is DARK SHADOWS for the thinking person.

The segment is rich in film and literary influences. The general storyline, loosely based on the science-horror fiction of H. P. Lovecraft ("The Dunwich Horror", "The Shadow Out of Time", "The Thing on the Doorstep", "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward", THE HAUNTED PALACE), involves alien creatures from earth's prehistory which absorb the minds and wills of humans in their quest to regain supremacy through the generation of a Leviathan messiah.

The segment also draws on the 1940's films of Alfred Hitchcock (SUSPICION, SPELLBOUND); film noir (Val Lewton's THE SEVENTH VICTIM); science fiction (INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED); and shivery paranoid thrillers like THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE and ROSEMARY'S BABY. The subplot based on Oscar Wilde's THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GREY is carried over from the "1897 Flashback".

The underworld journey of Quentin and Amanda is a variant on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, while their survival into the twentieth century is borrowed from THE MAN IN HALF MOON STREET and its Hammer remake THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH. Elements of PORTRAIT OF JENNIE and ALL THAT MONEY CAN BUY/THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER are included for good measure.

LEVIATHAN represents a return to the mysterious early months of DARK SHADOWS and provides good dramatic material for the actors, notably series star Joan Bennett whose role had been greatly diminished since the advent of Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) and Quentin (David Selby).
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By R. M Simms on July 1, 2005
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There are those who say that the Levithan storyline is what, in the end, did Dark Shadows in. Many have labeled it "the beginning of the end."

I would beg to differ.

While the Leviathan storyline did seem to take it's own sweet time in getting where it wanted to be, there were many fun and exciting twists along the way. Was it the best storyline to ever unfold during the course of Dark Shadows? Not by a long shot. But it was also not the worst. For those who bailed before reaching this saga, based on an H.P. Lovecraft story, go back for a second look. Those enjoying the supernatural sudser for the first time - and it is a testament to the power of this show that there are people, all these years later, doing so - may occasionally find their fingers on the fast-forward button, but will, I believe, eventually find that the story is (for the most part) satisfying.

More importantly, this disc continues the saga of my beloved Angelique, whom I would watch read the phone book. This particular storyline - in which she tried, but failed, to keep her identity a secret and was put in the odd position of having Barnabas, of all people, come looking for her help, is filled with classic moments for the wicked witch of Collinwood.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrew P. Catton on May 19, 2008
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Collection 18 is amazing! For those of you who adore Joan Bennett, she gets quite a bit of screen time in this set, playing both the angles of angry Elizabeth and a brainwashed Leviathan victim. Barnabas, who seemed to have lost his morals in the last collection, finally questions the orders of his Leviathan oppressors and shows that the strong character we all love is still inside him. Quentin returns and quickly becomes the amnesia-stricken Grant Douglas, searching for his identity. This collection, on the whole, however, really belongs to Grayson Hall as Dr. Julia Hoffman. Grayson's amazing acting ability is showcased as Julia deals with four storylines: trying to figure out what has happened to Barnabas since 1897, piecing together the clues of the "three" children that have lived at the antique shop, struggling to aid Chris Jennings in his battle with the werewolf curse, and finally working to restore Quentin's memory. Julia gets some great episodes as the definite hero of the first two discs in Collection 18. Angelique returns later on in the set, and Christopher Pennock debuts as Jeb Hawkes even later. Add this to your collection of Dark Shadows DVD's!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By game lover on January 13, 2010
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What an amazing blast from the past this was -- for many years (decades!) the bit with Quentin and Amanda, when he tried to rescue her from the underworld but lost her at the last minute because she touched him, haunted my mind and I wished to see it again! What a beautiful woman Donna McKechnie was (still is, I'm sure). The ending may be much sadder than the mythical legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, but it works as a dramatic tragedy. Awesome! If only they made shows like this now...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Butchboy on September 7, 2011
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I LOVED this story and, contrary to popular belief, it was NOT the Leviathan story that killed "DS" but the AWFUL story that followed--the 'parallel time 1970' story. Look at the old ratings and one will see that the absolutely boring 'PT 1970" plots plus the absence of the main actors-Frid, Bennett, Barrett, etc... who were off making the first movie-is when the ratings slid downhill. "DS" ratings actually jumped back up during the '1841 PT', enough to save the show but Bennett and Frid both wanted to quit and ABC didn't like the 'cult' audience that the show attracted. It is ironic that ABC didn't like the young audience being the source of the huge ratings figuring they did not control the household purchasing thus meaning they only wanted the 25--45 age range watching their shows. In this day and age that teen-age to 25 year old viewing audience is what EVERY network wants. "DS' was ahead of its time in many ways.
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