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Dark Shadows: The Complete Original Series (Limited Edition) (1966)

Jonathan Frid , Grayson Hall , Dan Curtis (creator)  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (424 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall
  • Directors: Dan Curtis (creator)
  • Format: Color, Limited Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 131
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 470 hours
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (424 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006Z7Z3KY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,795 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dark Shadows: The Complete Original Series (Limited Edition)" on IMDb

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This limited 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.

Box Features:
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
Autographed Postcard by Jonathan Frid (Barnabas Collins)
Limited Numbered Edition
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

Named one of TV's top 24 Cult Shows by TV GUIDE!

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437 of 457 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "O.K....Now We're Talking!!!!" January 21, 2012
Format:DVD
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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178 of 191 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wanting the Dark Shadows Collection REAL bad! January 27, 2012
Format:DVD
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
Format:DVD
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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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT GET IT GIFT WRAPPED! May 7, 2012
By Sandra
Format:DVD
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 Five Stars
One of the best TV shows out there. Love it!
Published 3 days ago by B. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars ... and to get series without retakes on mistakes was fine for me and...
grew up watching Dark Shadows and to get series without retakes on mistakes was fine for me and still go through series ever so often
Published 14 days ago by Jeffrey Anderson
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 15 days 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 17 days ago by Stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
LOVE IT!!!
Published 26 days ago by AL
5.0 out of 5 stars Barnabas Lives
ultimate Dark Shadows dvd collection
Published 27 days ago by Allen Comardelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
like it a lot, i love dark shadows
Published 1 month ago by rebecca hauck
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome! Awsome! Sums it up pretty well!
Published 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Carl R
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Limited edition and numbered...
Asked and answered. As of right now according to a reviewer who has friends at MPI, the magic number is 2,500 but is subject to go higher, more news as it gets closer to release date. You may wanna contact MPI directly.
Feb 19, 2012 by Eric Pregosin |  See all 30 posts
R.I.P. jonathan frid 1924- 2012
What a terrible jolt! I got my new Dark Shadows complete dvd set, signed card and felt on top of the world!! Such as sad day.
Apr 19, 2012 by Txjack |  See all 8 posts
Question about episodes
The answer to your question is in the product description. It clearly says all 1,225 episodes. There were ONLY 1,225 episodes. Also if you do the math, on the old sets released between 2002 to 2008. 32 sets at 4 discs each is 128, there was a disc released in 1999 called Special Edition with... Read More
Feb 7, 2012 by Eric Pregosin |  See all 2 posts
RareOOPDVDS Selling the Set for 1,200 !
LT: You know that old saying, "There's one born every day.."
However.... To me and you $1200 is serious money, but to someone who has the resources and the WANT, it's not too heavy a price to pay. I have so many "limited edition" DVD and Blu-ray sets and really they don't... Read More
Apr 14, 2012 by Peter West |  See all 11 posts
Price Match
Personally I'd go with Amazon. I'd just placed an order with Deep Discount then canceled it. They pre-authorized a debit on my credit card automatically after I placed the order when they're not supposed to charge me until the item is shipped. Also once you add sales tax and the fact they're... Read More
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