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Dark Shadows: The Complete Original Series (Deluxe Edition) (2012)

Jonathan Frid , Lara Parker , Dan Curtis  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (422 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jonathan Frid, Lara Parker, Kathryn Leigh Scott, David Selby
  • Directors: Dan Curtis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 131
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MPI Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 470 hours
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (422 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007PZ6SYK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,121 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dark Shadows: The Complete Original Series (Deluxe Edition)" on IMDb

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This deluxe edition boxed set contains every eerie episode of the original Gothic suspense series DARK SHADOWS (1966-1971) plus a wealth of bonus interviews with the stars and creative members that made the supernatural thriller a cult favorite and an enduring television classic.

NOTE: This Deluxe Edition (a second printing) is not serialized and does not include a signed postcard by Jonathan Frid (Barnabas Collins).

131 DVDs with all 1,225 Complete Episodes
Commemorative large Coffin package (housing 22 amarays)
Deluxe booklet with episode summaries & photographs
Special Bloopers, Treasures & Behind The Scenes DVD s
Over 120 Bonus Cast & Crew Video Interviews
Other features include nickel hinges, white ribbon to hold the lid when open, matte and foil coating
Box dimensions: (Coffin), 13 ½ L x 11 ¼ W (at widest) x 5 ¾ D.
Shipping carton dimensions,  16.5" x 8.5" x 14"  
Weight Shipping carton with contents - 15.5lbs

With its alluring tales of Gothic mystery and supernatural intrigue, Dark Shadows became one of the most popular daytime series of all time. Since first airing on ABC-TV from 1966 to 1971, Dark Shadows has earned the reputation of being one of the most unusual and enduring programs in television history. The character of Barnabas Collins, a guilt-ridden, 175-year-old vampire, brought the show tremendous success.

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436 of 456 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "O.K....Now We're Talking!!!!" January 21, 2012
The following review is dedicated to my favorite actor of all-time, Jonathan Frid who passed away peacefully in his native Canada on April 14, 2012. We will miss you Mr. Frid, but thankfully we have your years of work on DVD for posterity to remember you by. God bless you "Barnabas".

With the release film version of the 1960's cult classic daytime soap opera "Dark Shadows" starring Johnny Depp MPI Home Video has released "Dark Shadows-The Complete DVD Collection"! This has made all of us "Dark Shadows" fans extremely happy, especially those of us that haven't yet purchased any DVD sets of the series. All 1225 episodes from the ABC network daytime run (1966-1971) are available along with a slew of bonuses including interviews with series creator Dan Curtis and various stars of the soap.

Luckily for the show's fans all episodes of this soap opera exist except one (#1219) which is the "lost show" episode. However, the audio of that episode has been found by a collector and the studio has been able to recreate the episode using that audio and various still pictures. The fact that most soap operas had their episodes destroyed prior to 1979 and that all the shows of "Dark Shadows" exist is really a miracle as networks were proned to wiping soaps and daytime game shows as they felt no one would want to watch them again after their first airing, and also because videotape (which is the way "Dark Shadows" was produced) was very costly during the sixties.

The price for this beautiful box set is in the range of $400.00-$600.00, but when you consider what your getting it is a remarkable deal. The shows have been cleaned from their prints and look as if they were produced yesterday.
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177 of 190 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wanting the Dark Shadows Collection REAL bad! January 27, 2012
I have seen the entire series many times and starting when it was first on TV many years ago. To say that I love this TV series would be a major understatement. There is just something about it that makes me want to see it again and again. Maybe because it mentally transports me back to a time when I was a kid at home after school, a time before my parents were deceased, a time when all seemed right in the world and the scariest thing about life was Barnabas and Angelique in Dark Shadows.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MPI hit it out of the park with this one! March 21, 2012
By Mayday
Got my hands on this monster today (March 21, 2012) and I have to say it's even cooler than it looks in the promo photos!
Much has been written about Dark Shadows, it's cast, its strengths and weaknesses, and its place in television history. I won't bother regurgitating that information here.
The discs in this Limited Edition set are purportedly the same as those released previously by MPI, with the exception of the reinsertion of some previously omitted bloopers. To answer a previous question, I can find no closed-captioning.
Since many fans already own some or all of the 32 previously-released sets -- and since I obviously have not had time to watch these new discs yet -- I will restrict my initial review to the collector's packaging.
While listed at nearly 16 pounds, the box doesn't seem as heavy or quite as large as I anticipated (although it's not light, either). Yet the coffin box seems pleasantly and surprisingly sturdy, as do the hinges connecting the lid to the box. The words "Dark Shadows" are scripted in red foil letters.
As illustrated in publicity photos, the spines of the 22 individual amaray cases combine to depict Barnabas Collins at rest in his coffin. The image is more detailed and striking than what appears in the photos. An awesome effect!
Looking at the photos, I had hoped that the inside lid of the coffin was actually quilted felt or velvet. Alas, it is merely a cardboard representation. It looks great anyway. The outside bottom of the box contains a sticker that tells a little about the set and a collector's number. Mine is No. 795 out of 2,500.
Each of the 22 amaray cases look the same. They are stark black with the words "Dark Shadows: The Complete Original Series" in larger red letters on the cover.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT GET IT GIFT WRAPPED! May 7, 2012
By Sandra
I am so beyond thrilled with this collection, but furious at how Amazon shipped it. I too watched the series in the 60's-70's. Unlike those who rushed home from school to watch, I rushed from elementary school to the neighboring nursery/pre-school I previously attended to watch (the Catholic nuns who ran the school watched it!). I had to wait there for my parents to pick me up after work (was 6 when the series began). They still remember if they arrived before 4:30, they would HAVE TO sit in the car to wait for DS to be over.

Anyway, my mother pre-ordered the collection for me, it arrived on April 11. Unfortunately she tried to make it even more special by having it "gift wrapped". What a joke! Amazon removed the coffin from its plastic bag, placed it in an UGLY blue canvas tote bag (THAT was the gift wrap), discarded all of the perfect original packaging. Placed the canvas bag in a box, padded only by inflated cellophane baggies. When it arrived, the baggies were popped, the coffin ripped in multiple places. I was sick. Called Amazon, and of course it was sold out. Had an RMA issued and immediately went to eBay to purchase it. Thankfully there were still a handful available.

Had to pay almost $100 more than the Amazon price, but not as bad as the next day when the prices had nearly tripled. (Of course, after our beloved Jonathan Frid passed, some were being sold for $1500-2000!!!) My "replacement" arrived on April 13, and I started watching an episode or two very late that night (technically the 14th). Sadly a few days later I found out that was the very evening Mr. Frid passed.

(I still gave a 5-star review, since I am so excited to own this, and especially treasure Mr. Frid's autograph. If I could give the product and Amazon separate reviews, it would definitely be 5 to 1!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I wouldnt sell this for all the gold in Fort Knox
Every single episode of Dark Shadows including the ones before Barnabas! What is not to love? This is the most addicting series ever and you get it with 131 dvd's. Read more
Published 10 hours ago by jerome burrows
5.0 out of 5 stars It never gets old.
We really got into watching it in the winter. I love the beginning episodes, where the actors hold up the sign with the date for the episode they are going to film. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Published 11 days ago by AL
5.0 out of 5 stars Barnabas Lives
ultimate Dark Shadows dvd collection
Published 12 days ago by Allen Comardelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
like it a lot, i love dark shadows
Published 20 days ago by rebecca hauck
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome! Awsome! Sums it up pretty well!
Published 24 days ago by LaMont Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
I haven't watched any yet, but everything looks just as it was described. It is bigger than I had anticipated, but the quality if excellent. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Angela Schmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just about nostalgia
If you remember enough of this show as a kid, you'll appreciate this entire collection. I only remember a chunk of episodes in the #300 to #700 range in my childhood, but a... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Carl R
5.0 out of 5 stars WATCHED SHOW AT AGE 4!!!!!
I literally grew up on Dark Shadows and was thrilled when this set came out
It is well worth yhe money. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hoopty
5.0 out of 5 stars The best show ever!!
This looks like a great set...I hope to one day be able to afford it! Putting it in my wish list!
Published 1 month ago by Cindy
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You may have gotten a fluke set. If you got this within the last 30 days, exchange it. You will find not all sets are missing stuff. First of all there are 1,225 episodes not 1,221. Second you claim 20 or so are missing. In case you did not know, the show was preempted exactly 20 times, and... Read More
Mar 22, 2013 by Eric Pregosin |  See all 16 posts
Must suck to be on Disc 78 of 131 and then realize you have a defective...
Before you write them off as defects, try running the disc through a skip doctor or douse them in cleaning fluid and try again. It's also possible that your player has problems and is taking them out on certain discs. If all else fails, try replacing the individual discs from the manufacturer. ... Read More
Nov 26, 2012 by Eric Pregosin |  See all 20 posts
Dark Shadows
This set ought to be closed captioned. Most of us boomers are getting up in years (I'm 59), and the sound on this is so low that I have to crank the volume much higher than I do for any TV program or DVD I own to be able to hear it, especially when I am running the air conditioning.
Jul 13, 2012 by Denise L. Montgomery |  See all 60 posts
Would a New Fan Enjoy This
"Would someone not having watched it before find it dated and boring or do the storylines hold up today?"

Probably... Keep in mind, this is an old soap opera.. The story lines move at the speed of a glacier (compared to whats on television these days).

If you want to sample the series... Read More
Oct 16, 2012 by K. Rowley |  See all 22 posts
Outrageous Price !
Exactly. I bought the original DVD releases of the 32 sets and the Blooper DVD between 2002 and 2008 brand spanking new (well the Beginning sets, I waited til they were available to the public, MPI only sold them to their club members at first) for like 30 to 45 bucks a pop (15 for the blooper... Read More
Oct 4, 2012 by Eric Pregosin |  See all 12 posts
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