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Dark Shadows DVD Collection 6


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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: June 24, 2003
  • Run Time: 840 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007G1X1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,351 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dark Shadows DVD Collection 6" on IMDb

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In 1795, Barnabas Collins has risen as a vampire and begs family servant Ben Stokes to drive a stake through his heart. Using her supernatural powers, Angelique tricks Josette Collins into going to Widows' Hill, where Josette sees a horrifying vision of her future should she become Barnabas' bride. Naomi Collins attempts to prevent the unscrupulous Nathan Forbes from reconciling with Millicent Collins. Reverend Trask persuades Nathan to testify against Victoria Winters, who is on trial for witchcraft. Barnabas vows revenge against Trask.

Bonuses: Includes exclusive interviews with series creator/executive producer Dan Curtis and actors Lara Parker, Nancy Barrett and Alexandra Moltke.

Starring Jonathan Frid, Joan Bennett, Louis Edmonds, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Nancy Barrett, Thayer David, Lara Parker, Joel Crothers, Grayson Hall, Roger Davis, Clarice Blackburn, Jerry Lacy, David Henesy, Sharon Smyth, Craig Slocum, Jane Draper, Leslie Barrett, Anita Bolster, Dan Morgan, Vala Clifton, Elaine Hyman and Alexandra Moltke

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In 1795, Barnabas Cole has risen as a vampire and begs his family servant Ben Stokes to drive a stake through his heart. Using her supernatural powers, Angelique tricks Josette Collins into going to Widows' Hill, where Josette sees a horrifying vision of her future should she become Barnabas' bride. Naomi Collins attempts to prevent the unscrupulous Nathan Forbes from reconciling with Millicent Collins. Reverend Trask persuades Nathan to testify against Victoria Winters, who is on trial for witchcraft.

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This is the best tv series ever.
Mary E Potter
The time that it took for the DVD to arrive was more than reasonable.
Robert J. Teitler
Every episode will play right into the next episode.
James McDonald

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By David H. Downing on May 18, 2006
Format: DVD
The 175-year-old vampire Barnabas Collins (Shakespearean actor Jonathan Frid) who turned the soap opera DARK SHADOWS from forgettable to famous was originally supposed to be dealt with and disposed of entirely in the present day. The events of 1795 that made Barnabas a vampire and took away his true love Josette were to serve only as a back story. But Barnabas's popularity changed the plan. He was spared the hammer-and-stake treatment, viewers were transported to 1795, and that back story became the main plot.

This installment continues the 1795 sequence from a point shortly after Barnabas becomes a vampire. Angelique's curse starts having its intended effect as those who love Barnabas die. and at long last, we see Josette's suicide -- the big event we've been hearing about for so long. After all the buildup, this could have been a disappointment, but in my opinion, it wasn't.

What DIDN'T work for me was the "Monkey's Paw" variation involving Josette's ghost. It's a nice little shocker but with three problems. First, anyone familiar with the original W.W. Jacobs short story will see that DS missed the point -- that what's imagined is much more terrifying than what's actually seen. Jacobs never shows the THING behind the door, but when Josette lifts her veil, we see her mangled face in all its gory glory. Second, this sequence doesn't go anywhere. Barnabas realizes he goofed, sends Josette back to her grave, and that's that. Third, after we've seen EVERYTHING up to this point, it's frustrating to have Barnabas send Josette back off-screen.

One person who escapes Angelique's curse is Barmabas's father, Joshua Collins -- ironically, because of a flaw in his character.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jill Goldstein on June 26, 2003
Format: DVD
If you're a fan of the old series and were made bankrupt by the price of dark shadows on vhs, this is the perfect solution. I've been a fan since I was a young child, which happened to be after the original run, but only by a year or two.
The interviews at the end are mostly good, some are really lame, like Lara Parker's soliloquy (sp?) on vampires and the sexual beings that they are. But, others give real insight into the show, including the ones with Jonathan Frid and Kathryn Leigh Scott. It wasn't until these videos that I saw an up to date picture of Frid. He's better looking now than he was then.
The quality of the video is very good, I would call it above average. There are still some kinescope episodes, but that will never be helped. At least we have something.
I highly recommend this series.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A viewer on October 19, 2003
Format: DVD
1795 adventures continue in Dark Shadows DVD Collection 6 (VHS Volumes 37-44). In these episodes, Barnabas Collins rises as a vampire and unleashes terror throughout Collinsport. Knowing that he can't go on hurting people, Barnabas begs family servant Ben Stokes to drive a stake through his heart. Ben can't bring himself to do it, however. Barnabas secretly sees Josette and they agree to spend eternity together as vampires. Before he can take her away, Angelique lures her to Widows Hill, where Josette sees a vision of herself as a vampire and she jumps to her death. Naomi Collins attempts to prevent Lt. Nathan Forbes from marrying Millicent Collins (he only wants her for her money). In Victoria's witchcraft trial, Reverend Trask convinces Nathan to testify against Victoria. Nathan betrays Victoria and she is found guilty of witchcraft. Barnabas vows revenge against Trask.
Bonuses include interviews with Roger Davis (Peter Bradford), Lara Parker (Angelique), Louis Edmonds (Joshua Collins), and scenic designer Sy Tomashoff.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Justin Playfair on October 15, 2006
Format: DVD
In one of the most truly errie coincidences in Television, Jerry Lacey was hired to play the role of a Detective/Investigator/Lawyer type in his initial stunt for Dark Shadows. He looked like Sam Spade played by Humphrey Bogart in the old 40's movies and eventually ironically was hired by Woody Allen to play Bogart's ghost in "Play it Again SAM". He did so well in the role of REVEREND TRASK for the 1795 shoot that he became perhaps the second most interesting character up to that point opposite the ever popular Vampire, Barnabas Collins. He continued to get more air time as the audience loved the portrayal by Lacey of a VERY RADICAL SELF- ORDAINED REVEREND/WITCH HUNTER in "Trask". Cleverly the story writers chimed his activities in with the Salem Witch Trials and became the basis for the reputation of Trask for the role he played. Needless to say, he finally encounters some real evil and falls for all the tricks that are employed against him. In his efforts to persecute, he arrests the wrong suspect, gets clobbered by Barnabas's magic and beat up by Angelique. He is led to his death by deception in a dream sequence, not remembering his Bible to "Test the spirits to see if they are from God". Instead he convinces himself through the influence of the dream that he will find the answers at the Old House of Collinwood. It is here that Barnabas has arranged his revenge in one of the most memorable sequences of the entire 1795 run. One cannot help but feel sorry in the end for the overmatched Trask. Walled into an unknown grave while still alive ala' a bit of "POE-etic" justice. This and the work performed by Ben Stokes make this a very memorable DVD set in one of the highlights of the era of Dark Shadows that tied up all the loose ends from the beginning of the series. Fascinating, interesting and very clever!
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