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Dark Shadows DVD Collection 12 (1966)

Jonathan Frid , Grayson Hall  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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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 25, 2004
  • Run Time: 840 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001LJCXE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,675 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dark Shadows DVD Collection 12" on IMDb

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Dark Shadows DVD Collection 12

When Barnabas sees a mysterious photograph with a silhouette of Victoria Winters hanging from the gallows, he decides he must go back in time to the year 1796 to save her. He attempts to change the course of history, but his efforts are threatened with the appearance of Angelique, the witch. Once again, Barnabas finds himself a victim of the vampire curse.

In 1969, Carolyn Stoddard invites Chris Jennings to move into the caretaker’s cottage on the Collinwood estate, unaware that he is harboring a dark and deadly secret. Soon afterwards, a werewolf attacks Carolyn in the woods. Meanwhile, Maggie Evans searches for David Collins in the abandoned west wing of Collinwood and is terrified to discover the ghost of Quentin Collins. Professor Stokes is summoned to exorcise the haunted mansion and the Collins family is forced to abandon the estate.

Bonuses: Exclusive interviews with actors Jonathan Frid, Denise Nickerson, cameraman Stuart Goodman and former network publicist Les Schecter.

Starring: Jonathan Frid, Joan Bennett, Louis Edmonds, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Nancy Barrett, Thayer David, Grayson Hall, Lara Parker, Roger Davis, Joel Crothers, David Henesy, Humbert Allen Astredo, Don Briscoe, Denise Nickerson, Marie Wallace, Robert Rodan, Clarice Blackburn, Betsy Durkin, Cavada Humphrey, Conrad Bain, David Selby, Terry Crawford and Alexandra Moltke. Color

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Keeper June 1, 2004
By A Customer
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With the 12th DVD set, things start to heat up. The story arc leading to the 1897 tale is underway, but in the meantime, Barnabas takes a short detour to 1795 to try to save Victoria from the hangman. A lot of the re-telling is the same script as earlier in the series, however, the production values are MUCH better. The sets are dimly lit with candles lending flavor to what we have seen before. Jonathan Frid is allowed to stretch his performance and the few episodes back in time are classic. Even with a substitute Victoria, the shows are excellent. Thayer David is a personal favorite as Ben Stokes.
Also, David Henesy is surprisingly evil, being controlled by the ghost of Quentin. Can't wait for the next set!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Shadows any volume June 3, 2004
By taxman
Yes they are corney, yes they have some really bad acting (along with some good stuff), but who cares? Its Dark Shadows. The show we used to run home from school to watch every afternoon. For some of us, it was quite a run. Maybe if our kids today did the same running, they wouldn't be so rotund and glued to their video games. There is Barnabus, the vampire with a guilt complex. Quentin, the werewolf who was and is scarrier than Jack Nicholson having a bad hair day. Sister Sarah as a 8 year old ghost stuck in a void between life and death. Then you have the abnormal family members (the above mentioned ones were the normal ones), whose various characters lend a good chuckle as props fall around them. They frequently flub their lines and are often seen reading directly from the teleprompter. Doors would be heard slamming in the background and the child actors frequently forgot their lines alltogether. Sometimes I wonder about the sobriety of some of the camera operators back then. But what the heck, it scared the beejeebers out of us as kids. The best part, is, it's alot better than 90% of the crap they have on today (i.e. reality shows), and given how many episodes there are, you can never run out of something different to watch. Plus the best extra bonus, our kids hate this stuff, and we can finally have some time alone to ourselves if front of our beloved boxes. I recommend starting at the beginning (vol 1) and only watching 2-3 episodes at a time. I only hope that MCI can one day find the copies of the first year (pre-Barnabus) to complete the set. I also hope that one day, the movies House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows will be released on DVD (right now they are only out on VHS). Besides, there are over 40 episodes and special features per set. This is only about $1.00 per episode to own and enjoy forever (alike the eternal Barnabus).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Now we're getting somewhere March 10, 2005
As someone who is watching the show for the first time, I've felt it's been in something of a slump ever since Victoria returned from 1795 and the Adam storyline began. Robert Rodan did what he could with the Adam character but the Frankenstein plot bordered on the ridiculous at times. This sequence was rescued primarily by the performance of Humbert Allen Astredo, one of the better actors to appear on the show, as Nicholas Blair.

Now things are picking up again, with the journey back to 1897 just around the corner and the surprisingly complex Quentin Collins plot. I have mixed feelings about Don Briscoe, who plays Chris Jennings, and the less we see of Roger Davis the better... but the show is finally getting back to that "can't put it down" pace that keeps me watching three to six episodes at a sitting.

And it gets even better in the next set!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps getting better... May 26, 2004
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Not only does this show take me back to being a kid again, it holds up well against the so-called horror genre of today - faulty camera work and blown lines aside. I hardly finish watching one DVD set before I start getting anxious for the next. And no, I don't go to conventions nor dress like a vampire. But it can be greatly enjoyed as the "guilty pleasure" portion of a balanced life. And since Quentin was introduced in the storyline last set, this one is poised to really heat up. They just keep getting better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb classic! December 14, 2008
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High quality DVDs made from the original program material. A classic show I enjoyed then, and enjoy now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Memories of childhood October 8, 2008
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I watched this series after school every day when I was a kid and it was my "fun time" then. It is still just as fun and brings back great memories of my childhood. The videos have some damage but the studio tells you right up front that they decided not to cut any of the original film and the damage was in the original. So, it's worth the glitches to have the whole series, just as it was broadcast, without commercials!!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Probably my LEAST favorite of all the DVD sets June 18, 2006
This set starts out pretty well, with Chris Jennings turning into a werewolf, and Barnabas going back in time to 1795 to save Vicki from the hangman. The werewolf stuff is pretty good, except for the way they keep having people show up to have a long conversation with Chris just as he's about to undergo the transformation. He acts really uncomfortable, trying to politely tell them to leave, then he finally has to get rude. By about the fifth time they repeat this exact same thing, it's gets pretty old. On the other hand, the trip to 1795 is especially nice. It's my favorite time period and any time spent there is fine by me. Angelique looks especially fabulous, unfortunately this plot line gets cut rather short. I would have preferred if they spent twice as long in 1795 and really fleshed out the story a bit more. There's also a plot with Elizabeth who seems to have died, but actually she's just under a curse from Cassandra. I enjoyed that quite a bit as well.

But then comes the bad part - Quentin possessing the two kids, David and Amy. This just gets more and more unbearable the longer it goes on. The kids act like absolute brats, Amy Jennings' voice gets to be like fingernails on a chalkboard after a while, and it's just episode after episode of nothing but these kids. Now, I don't mind the kids in small doses, but this is way too much. Their constant overacting really grates on my nerves. They tell their utterly transparent lies, always switching to their "innocent little me" tone of voice when doing it, then they share a smug smile with each other afterwards, and all the adults act like complete imbeciles. And poor Maggie, they utterly lobotomized her character to accommodate the kids being brats storyline.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Show!
This Show has good story lines, good acting, and great costumes. There are characters you love to hate; and characters you hate to love!
Published 4 months ago by april kyles
5.0 out of 5 stars Still love the series
Get to watch both episodes I remember and those I missed. I will be ordering the rest of the collection.
Published 9 months ago by Robert Murchison
4.0 out of 5 stars What's Going On???
I had to have this because these are episodes I never got to watch when they came out. I discovered new characters and still got to watch them interact with my original favorites. Read more
Published 12 months ago by donna wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Shadows Season 12
Dark Shadows Season 12,New and affordable and great service I got a good price for the product and the service was excellent.
Published 13 months ago by handsome1
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Shadows Collection 12
Dark Shadows is one of my favorite day time soap's! So far I have collected 24 of 26 collections. I am very excited about my purchase however I am very disappointed with the price... Read more
Published 14 months ago by brownsugar
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Shadows #12
I love this series. Fast & video as described. It is so silly to make rating a product by so many words. The product was as described.
Published 15 months ago by Patricia Salyers
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT DVD SET
I bought all the Dark Shadows Collections and I have enjoyed them a lot, Nice to watch when there is not anything else to watch.
Published 17 months ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Scary Gothic Series
If you are following along with the Dark Shadows episodes, this collection does not disappoint! Unique twists in the plot keep me coming back for more. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Pamela J. Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic tv
What can I say..I love Dark Shadows..Great to watch after all these years..the cast was unique and good..good to see them again. Nice to watch on dvd. Read more
Published 19 months ago by julie
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Classic Love Story.
Well, this is awesome and timeless. This is a show to talk about. It had that aura about it that was amazing. It left you wanting more and more.
Published 23 months ago by Joel Carrington
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