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Dark Shadows DVD Collection 1 (1966)

Alexandra Moltke , Jonathan Frid  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Alexandra Moltke, Jonathan Frid, Joan Bennett, Louis Edmonds, Kathryn Leigh Scott
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Full Screen, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • 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 28, 2002
  • Run Time: 900 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000060MVN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,553 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dark Shadows DVD Collection 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 40 complete, uncut episodes on four DVDs (beginning with the resurrection of Barnabas Collins)
  • New bonus material including interviews with the actors and series creator Dan Curtis

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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 1966-71, 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.

Released from his chained coffin after nearly 200 years, Barnabas Collins arrives at the Collinwood estate claiming to be a relative from England. Although noticing Barnabas's resemblance to his "ancestor" in the foyer portrait, the Collins family does not realize he is the same Barnabas who lived at Collinwood in the 18th century. As Barnabas moves into the Old House on the property, those around him are unaware of the horrors that will soon follow.

Contains: 40 complete, spine-tingling episodes. Bonuses: Special introductory Dark Shadows featurette and exclusive interviews with the actors. Starring: Joan Bennett, Jonathan Frid, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Louis Edmonds, Nancy Barrett, David Henesy, Clarice Blackburn, John Karlen, Mitchell Ryan, Dennis Patrick, Joel Crothers, David Ford, Dana Elcar, Robert Gerringer, and Alexandra Moltke. Black and white, approx. 15 hours.

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Woe unto young Victoria Winters, the new governess at Collinwood, the Collins family estate in (where else?) Collinsport, Maine. Her employers are a strange lot, and the arrival of cousin Barnabas from England, who just happens to be a guilt-ridden 175-year-old vampire, ratchets up the weirdness. These creepy, campy contrivances made this gothic mystery one of television's most popular daytime series from 1966 to 1971. DVD bonuses include new interviews with the actors and program creator, Dan Curtis. 14 hours on 8 cassettes or 4 DVDs; b&w.

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294 of 298 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
... Basically, this first DVD set is VHS Volumes 1-4; in other words, 8 actual weeks of the programme, 2 weeks on each disc. The quality is better than the VHS tapes, but not greatly, as Dark Shadows was a very low budget soap opera, and through the years some of the original prints were lost, damaged, etc., and alternative prints were utilised in their stead; but it is a definite improvement over the quality of the VHS tapes. The programmes on this DVD collection begin at the same point in the series as the VHS videos begin: a synopsis of the earlier episodes and characters followed by the introduction of Barnabas Collins the Vampyre. As far as extras, there are three interviews approximately 5 minutes long each: Jonathan Frid (Barnabas), Kathryn Leigh-Scott (Maggie, Josette), and John Karlen (Willie, Kendrick), each interviewed several years ago. What really should be noted about the DVD collection(s) that differs from the VHS tapes is that ALL THE EPISODES ARE COMPLETE AND UNEDITED. The VHS tapes are actually edited. I didn't really notice this at first, until I realised I was seeing episodes and parts of episodes that weren't shown in the VHS volumes. (A clue to this being my former statement that the DVD collection, consisiting of 8 weeks, equals that of the VHS Volumes, 1-4; and as the VHS volumes only consist of approximately one week each, the math is incorrect.) By seeing the complete episodes, the viewer will find (after having watched the VHS tapes) the story to be fleshed out more, focusing more on all the characters and situations.
If you're new to Dark Shadows and are curious about this show and want a good starter sampler, this DVD collection is perhaps the best and least expensive way to start.
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129 of 130 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Although it's commonplace for classic TV programs to appear on DVD, it's unusual for this to happen with a soap opera. But DARK SHADOWS is an unusual soap opera -- the first to revolve around supernatural horror. In fact, the soap opera format gave DS time to present its tales of the supernatural with a depth and plausibility often lacking in TV speculative fiction. Furthermore, it was played by a group of topnotch actors who took it quite seriously and played it with as much sincerity as any reality-based soap opera.

The DVD release just might make it feasible to own the entire run. I don't know how I'd have stored the original VHS edition's 300+ cassettes (Liz, is the West Wing still empty?), but the DVD edition should total just over 30 of these boxed sets, which should fit nicely on one bookshelf.

DS is best known for the 200-year-old vampire Barnabas Collins, although he entered the story only after the show had been running for about a year. This installment begins with a 15-minute summary of that pre-Barnabas year, revealing that it was primarily non-supernatural, with periodic supernatural interludes.

The complete episodes begin with #210, wherein grifter Willie Loomis gets an unpleasant surprise during an attempted grave robbery. Willie disappears, and the mysterious Barnabas Collins appears, claiming to be a cousin from England. Willie reappears, suffering from an unidentifiable illness, and Barnabas asks permission to move into the abandoned "Old House" on the Collins estate. With Willie as an unwilling but powerless accomplice, Barnabas secretly kidnaps waitress Maggie Evans, intending to transform her into an undead reincarnation of his long lost love, Josette.
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221 of 234 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars May Barnabas Never Meet the Wrong End of a Stake April 2, 2002
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Are creaking coffins, cobweb-filled doorways and flickering candelabras your thing? How about romantic, angst-filled Gothic vampires, in endless conflict with their mortal souls and their immortal longings? Nah, it ain't that overly-slick, too-hip-for-its-own-good "Buffy" show that people talk about. We're talking about Dark Shadows, the FIRST vampire series on tv; the Granddaddy of all Gothic shows.
Premiering in 1966, it began as your basic routine, lovey-dovey serial tear-jerker with all those little coffee cups and handy hankies. But low ratings forced the mighty cancellation axe too close for comfort, so producer/creator Dan Curtis said, "Aw, the heck with it. If we're gonna go out, let's go out with a bang. Let's introduce a vampire!" And so, BARNABAS COLLINS was born. At first glance, Barnabas seemed another bastardly knock-off of ol' Drac himself...but this is daytime television. In soaps, you have time to peer beneath the surface of your favorite characters. We got to know him, this Barnabas, and rank imitator, or two-dimensional camp caricature he never was. No, this was a vampire with a soul. With a purpose. With longings far beyond the jugular of the next available neck. Ah, Barnabas. Television's first sex symbol of the undead. An instant American icon. You invited him into your home. You loved him, and you loved for him to scare the...out of you.
But wait, there's something else here that's even scarier than Barnabas! Ya see, this was taped back in 1966. It is LIVE on tape, that is, whatever they taped was what you saw. There was very little in the way of editing. This is television at its most raw, and most compelling. Everything is left to chance, or fate. If the candles accidentally fall off their holders, that's okay! Keep rolling! It's too expensive to stop and go back!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars "DARK SHADOWS" tv series is back from the grave
"DARK SHADOWS"tv series,(not the "ludicrous & inane" tim burton movie) is back from the grave & better than ever!!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by HAYDEN HEWITT
5.0 out of 5 stars "Where To Start"
If you have never seen "Dark Shadows" or simply cannot afford the high cost of the box set, this is a nice place to start in the story, although you will be missing the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Terrance Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST BUY NOW!!!!!!!
YOU NEED TO BUY IT IF YOU ARE ALONG TIME FAN LIKE ME,CLASSIC EPSODES OF BARNABUS AND VICTORIA WINTERS IN THE EARLY DAYS OF DARK SHADOWS!!!
Published 4 months ago by Vince Fanelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be afraid of the "Dark Shadows"
I used to race home from high school just to watch Dark Shadows, it was riveting and exciting. Somewhat of a love story, I will be collecting all the volumes.
Published 5 months ago by leelee
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm new to the series, and I love it.
I didn't see this series when it was on TV, (I'm 39), but I'm watching it for the first time now, and love it. I've even gotten my husband into it. We're two dorky Barnabas nuts. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jelly Bean
3.0 out of 5 stars faulty disc
the first disc had skips in it quite often , not sure why . The rest of the disc are perfect
Published 7 months ago by Mary Rhoades
5.0 out of 5 stars Old shows, Memory Returns!
I remembered when I was a young before my teen days. my mother used to watched daytime soaps, it got my attention that I started to watch Dark Shadow series. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Pen Name
4.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I used to watch this when I was a pre-teen and thought it would be nice to have . It was just like I remember .
Published 8 months ago by Linda Holcomb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story & All DVD Collections 1-26 Are 4 DVD sets
A previous reviewer INCORRECTLY stated that some versions of Collections 13 and higher are
only single DVD releases, which is totally wrong. Read more
Published 8 months ago by FAN OF THE GREAT STUFF
5.0 out of 5 stars love this show!
always watched this show when we were growing up and glad i found this on dvd. going to buy the rest of the collection.
Published 8 months ago by alice
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What's the difference in these DVD Dark Shadows Collections
What happened as I mentioned elsewhere on this message board is this (one of the few things I don't mind repeating). When the series was to be released on video for the first time, MPI decided to release the series starting with the beginning of Barnabas because that's where most local stations... Read more
May 16, 2009 by Eric Pregosin |  See all 11 posts
Where to begin with Dark Shadows episodes?
Just jump in with the Barnabus episodes. they play out much like the beginning of the first Dark Shadows film. You will be in the middle of just one major subplot, I think, and the previous non-Barnabus episodes are really boring. And there is a recap that will fill you in on the whole series up... Read more
Aug 7, 2009 by Mike |  See all 14 posts
why can't more soaps be made on dvd like darkshadows.
Dark Shadows was so popular, people yelled for it to be be brought back, so for a while reruns did surface and eventually tapes were made and now discs from those tapes. The unfortunate thing about soaps is since they were shot almost live, the recordings usually get destroyed by the networks as... Read more
Aug 26, 2007 by Eric Pregosin |  See all 8 posts
It starts with Barnabus' arrival? Why?
The first 220 episodes did not really have great audience appeal. It was only after the arrival of Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) that the excitement actually began and my friends and I (age 12) became hooked on DS. I'd say that most of the early fans were teenagers who found the whole Goth thing... Read more
Mar 18, 2007 by Sherried |  See all 29 posts
SitzPak Selling Collection 1 for $800 Insane!
They want you to believe that their set is a collectable just because it's a 2002 release. B.S.!
I have someone from Craig's List trying to convince me why I should buy hers for $140 while Barnes and Noble is selling for $250. Lying crap!
Jun 11, 2012 by Sundance K. Berry |  See all 3 posts
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