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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: March 29, 2005
  • Run Time: 840 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006VXM4E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,351 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dark Shadows: DVD Collection 17" on IMDb

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In 1897, Judith Collins is released from the sanitarium and returns to Collinwood, where Gregory Trask, hoping to seize control of the Collins family wealth, plans her murder. Evan Hanley conducts a ceremony to reunite Quentin Collins' mind with his body, which has been taken over by Count Petofi. Secretly cured of his vampirism, Barnabas Collins reappears, claiming to be a British relative. Mesmerized by Josette's portrait, Lady Kitty Hampshire begins to believe she is Barnabas' lost love. When Kitty disappears, Barnabas follows her back to the year 1796. He is chosen against his will to become the human leader of the Leviathans, an ancient race from another world. The ghost of Jenny Collins appears to Chris Jennings in 1969 and warns him that Quentin is the only one who can save him from the werewolf curse. Bonuses: Exclusive interviews with actor David Selby, technical director J.J. Lupatkin, associate producer George DiCenzo and video producer/publicist Jim Pierson. Starring Jonathan Frid, Joan Bennett, David Selby, Lara Parker, Louis Edmonds, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Jerry Lacy, Nancy Barrett, David Henesy, Terry Crawford, Roger Davis, Grayson Hall, Thayer David, Donna McKechnie, Don Briscoe, Denise Nickerson, Humbert Allen Astredo, Michael Stroka, Marie Wallace, Christopher Bernau, Dennis Patrick, Lisa Richards, John Harkins and Timothy Gordon

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She was talking about ordering the bootleg copies, at best they are a waste of money.
Chris K.
Quentin, whose curse is being held at bay by a supernatural portrait of himself, leaves Collinwood and moves to New York City to join his love, Amanda Harris.
E. Hornaday
It's also great to have Marie Wallace and Dennis Patrick (who played the slimy Jason McGuire) back in the cast.
T. Woodman

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By E. Hornaday on April 8, 2005
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This box set, representing 40 episodes of the fabulous gothic soap opera Dark Shadows ironically concludes one of its most popular story arcs and begins one of its least popular ones.

For many episodes the core cast of the series has been portraying their own relatives and other characters in the Collinwood of 1897, after Barnabas Collins goes back in time using secrets from the mystical Chinese practice of the I Ching, or Book of Changes. Barnabas travelled back in time to save young David Collins living in modern-day (1960s) Collinwood who was being menanced by the ghost of Quentin Collins.

The introduction of Quentin, portrayed brillantly by David Selby, was a high mark for the show and rejuvinated its fan base. The story involving Quentin has all of the elements that made Dark Shadows a true classic, resulting in these DVD releases of its five-year run --- the only soap opera in history to have such treatment.

The plot revolved around Quentin and a werewolf curse that was placed on him by a grieving gypsy, Magda Rocozzi (portrayed with memorable gusto in an Emmy-calibre performance by Grayson Hall), who blamed him for the death of her sister who was Quentin's wife. The plot became more complicated with the arrival of the sinister Count Andres Petoffi (also protrayed with brilliance by core cast member Thayer David), who possessed supernatural powers and was being hunted by the gypsies.

To escape the gypsy threat forever, Petoffi, whose power primarily rested in one of his hands, plotted to travel to the year 1969, from whence Barnabas came, after forcibly switching bodies through supernatural means with Quentin.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Ambrose on May 23, 2006
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These four discs are so hot they scream play me over! From this amazing serial these are some of the wicked and twisted highlights. Figuring out who is posessing this character in this time period while backstabbing the young man that now has his old eccentric gypsy body - and all the complicated motivations - this is a television joy ride. Until "Lost" - nothing on television ever commanded so much viewer faith. The writer's took an icredibly large story arc and created an amazing and absorbing, time traveling, supernaturally romantic story - this set has some of the best episodes.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chloe on February 16, 2010
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It's amazing I'm the only one that seems to be displeased with MPI's shoddy packaging of the Dark Shadows series. I have had to send for replacements of my DVD sets countless times throughout the past couple of months. I don't like the way they cram the DVDs in frail holders which constantly has resulted in the tabs coming loose & falling in the case. The tabs which contain the DVDs are NOT secure & I've been discovering more & more that there are usually a couple of tabs missing.

I LOVE Dark Shadows & have been very pleased with the packaging & care put into collections 1-14. Unfortunately MPI seems to have laxed since then & have shown little regard for how they package & market these sets. The trouble had began with volume 15 onwards & I've been having trouble ever since. DVDs become dislodged & slide back & forth within the case due to their ever-broken holder tabs. I can't tell you how many discs have been badly scratched on account of this! This is NOT a result of the DVDs journey to me, it's most certainly due to MPI.

I read that Amazon had discontinued their line of volumes 1-8 from (Dark Shadows) *The Beginning* series for awhile (they've since started issuing them again) as customers complaints were very similar to mine of the inferior care put in to their DVD sets.

I'm very upset that MPI is cheap in their care of marketing these sets & felt compelled to pass my experience with this matter along to others who may be experiencing the same trouble.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ibsen Freak on July 21, 2009
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A wonderfully addictive program- and if you're reading this, you're probably as addicted to Dark Shadows as I am. However, the interview with George DiCenzo has got to go- this man is hyper arrogant and self obsessed and is probably one of the most sickening examples of self glorification I have ever seen. His self promoting diatribes are painful to watch. Why doesn't Count Petofi silence this guy?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Violet J. Flach on January 27, 2010
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Dark Shadows remains my favorite television show. I watched it years ago but never got to see all of it because I was going to school when it was on. Now that I am a senior, I have purchased the DVD's and totally got hooked once again. I highly recommend the entire run.
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what can I say I am almost done with buying the dark shadows collection. this collection was very interesting as always. the characters I did remember once I placed the dvd in my player it brought back memories of my childhood when I would turn on the abc channel to watch. each collection makes you want more. thanks again.
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By Amazon Customer on April 2, 2014
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I loved this storyline from when I was a kid. I wanted to be Beth Chavez. Grayson Hall as Magda the Gypsy was a scream! I just wish I'd paid extra to buy this from Amazon Prime. I used DVD Wholesale Harbor (they ship 3rd class bulk - media mail) so it takes a really loooong time for delivery. Their customer service is a real JOKE too. Buy Amazon Prime direct for fast delivery. Using other sellers isn't worth the discount when you're forced to chase down your orders. My time is more valuable.
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