Dark Shadows: DVD Collection 13
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This allows non fans to jump in at the switch of major storylines, getting to know the history of the family first hand, which transitions well back into the main time line.
A great set full of cool occult victoriana from start to finish.
Once in the past, all the actors play different parts. Barnabas first meets Sandor the gypsy (formerly Professor Stokes), and another gypsy named Magda (formerly Juliet Hoffman). They live at the old house. The reason they're there is the matriarch of the Collins family employs Magda to tell the future. This matriarch is now on her death bed, and the Collins family members are all anxious to see how the will is split up. Besides Edward and Judith (formerly Roger and Elizabeth Collins), there's also Quentin - we saw a lot of him in DVD set 12, but now we finally get to hear him speak in his New England accent. Quentin is a real good-for-nothing, returned from England just in time to try to ingratiate himself with grand-mama before she dies, and he's incredibly full of himself. However, Selby's marvelous acting leaves the character rather sympathetic and not all together unlikable.
Once the will is sorted out, the plot lines start coming fast and furious. Governess Rachel Drummond (formerly Maggie Evans) notices lights on in the tower room and investigates. We eventually discover the secret - good stuff!Read more ›
Quentin resorts to dabbling in black magic in an attempt to get a will in his favor, but it has unexpected consequences - albeit a delicious surprise for the viewer - the return of the witch Angelique (Lara Parker). There's also a big nod to Jane Eyre with the mysterious occupant of one of the upstairs rooms, but I'll not spoil that one for you (you'll figure most of it out pretty quick). Kathryn Leigh Scott continues as the long suffering heroine, this time governess Rachel Drummond - who has a deep dark secret connection to the evil Reverend Trask and Trask is most definitely willing to use it to force her back to his school. And if that's not enough to stir the plot pot, towards the end we also see the reappearance of Edward's long missing wife Laura, who arrives with her own hidden agenda and boy, oh boy does Quentin get the shock of his life when he see her (not telling).
This set is the best of the series so far.Read more ›
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I watched Dark Shadows as a kid and was intrigued with the series. There were many things on the show I didn't understand, but I continued to watch. Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by Sabrina F. Brown
This is the perfect dvd to jump into the new storyline which introduces Quentin Collins. The dvd contains some of the best episodes from this period and covers a lot of interesting... Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by Anthony Gentile
The story just gets better and better! Twists in the plot, new characters and now Barnabas is back in 1897! Read morePublished on November 26, 2012 by Pamela J. Fox
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 on November 21, 2012 by Dan
Because I am not a patient person I do not like to wait for things to arrive in the mail. Even so, I usually use the free shipping that Amazon offers on orders that are over... Read morePublished on July 6, 2012 by Michael R. Serovey
Very Good! The Collection before this one was good, but hard to watch at times during the scenes of the kids being such brats - making the adults appear clueless to their... Read morePublished on December 1, 2011 by Dalton Johnson
I HAVE SEEN THE ORIGINAL IN THE 60'S AND ALSO BOUGHT ALL OF THE VHS TAPES. NOW I AM UPGRADING TO DVD AND CAN NOT WAIT TO SEE THE DIFFERENCE AND OR QUALITY OF THIS ON DVD.Published on November 29, 2011 by Tab
I used to try to walk home as fast as i could from school to watch this, but only got to see the ending or not at all. There were no VCR's etc back then, but wish there had been. Read morePublished on October 25, 2011 by Marilyn Parker
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