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Dark Shadows DVD Collection 9
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2007
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The show just keeps getting better, plot after plot. I don't find Nicholas Blair at all androgynous in appearance, or boring. He's one of the all-time great Dark Shadows villains. There's such a presence he exudes with his dark, penetrating eyes which make you become even more engrossed whenever he's in a scene.

I loved the Adam & Eve storyline. Marie Wallace is spooky in her portrayal of the stubborn & rebellious Eve, who despises Adam & wants nothing to do with him! Some good stuff in this storyine & in the scenes of Nicholas' secluded home where Eve resides.

I love David Selby, he's a terrific actor, but I just couldn't get in to Quentin, really. I love Shadows of the Night, which is Quentin's Theme, & he's a good, solid character & fine addition to the show & any cast for that matter, however. I guess we all have our particular favorites. My favorite male villains were Reverend Trask, Nicholas Blair & Bruno Hess. I wonder if the latter two are of Italian origin, they sure look it, but haven't found anything that says either of them are. I've wondered about Don Briscoe's origin as well. He was superb as Chris Jennings & the Werewolf storyline which is coming up soon in the next couple of volumes.

In any case, I've rambled enough. For newcomers to DS, stick with it. If there's a brief period where you feel you're becoming disinterested in a certain storyline, don't lose heart, the show is the rarest form of offbeat daytime drama that has a huge cult following around the globe. There are even fan conventions to this day, & forty + years later, that's saying alot! No other daytime soap can boast having every episode available on video & DVD. There's never been a show like Dark Shadows. Barnabas is the show's focal point, unltimately, & we can't get enough of Jonathan Frid's impeccable performances. Mr. Frid is well versed at his craft & has us mesmerized & enchanted. He's a seasoned actor whose contribution to the show has excelled four decades!

There have been a couple of futile imitations, but understandably they never took off. Dark Shadows cannot be imitated, This show is one of a kind & is a classic & such things aren't to be monkey'd with.

I'm proud to have it in my collection!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2004
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The Dream Curse ended in Set 8, but the story of Adam continues as he causes problems for all the residents of Collinwood. Nicholas Blair is not a favorite of mine, I find him quite boring. I enjoyed Adam kidnapping Victoria and Angelique as a vampire. A true fan should get this Set. Only two more Sets until Victoria Winters leaves.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 3, 2008
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A perfectly watchable batch of episodes, but I found myself moving through this set at a much slower pace than previous sets. There just wasn't as much of a "got to see what happens next" quality to these episodes. It also didn't help that the "Barnabas being forced to create a mate for Adam" storyline is silly, illogical, and- even by this show's standards- completely unbelievable. I'll still buy the next set, as we still have Quentin Collins and- if longtime fans are to be believed- one or two other classic Dark Shadows characters and storylines on the horizon, but I just might take a break and backtrack to those now-available earliest episodes of the series before proceeding onto set 10.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2009
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I rate this Dark Shadows set at 4 and a half stars actually. This is the set where the dreamcurse reaches its culmination. Thank goodness because that was starting to get old. Almost as old as Dr. Lang's message on the tape recorder for Julia. Angelique finally gets what is coming to her only to be saved by Nicholas for his own personal gain. Angelique as a vampire, Joe Haskell as her slave...who would've thought. I liked this set a bunch but I can't wait for set 10 to see what else Nicholas has up his sleeve.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2011
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The highlight of this collection is the amazing character of Nicholas Blair superbly acted by Humbert Allen Astredo. I purchased it to see the continuation of the dream curse since it wasn't available on rental. I enjoyed the rest of the story, Adam's plight along with his burgeoning relationship with Carolyn Stoddard, Tom Jennings and Julia Hoffman, and of cours Barnabas and Dr. Hoffman fending off the many threats to either of them. Consistently good, immensely enjoyable Dark Shadows. What more is there to say?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2013
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The soaps of long ago could have taken a page from Dark Shadows. Soaps like All My Children, Another World, and One Life To Live erased there tapes after 10 years. So many good stories were lost. But Dark Shadows continues to shine nearly 50 years later.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2013
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My wife loves the old Dark Shadows series and I began collecting them several years ago. We have them on vhs tape but they are getting old fast! I hope i can get them all before they run out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2013
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Love it, brings back memories. It's fun to watch an old school romantic vampire story without any modern special effects. Love the costumes, the music and the sets!
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VINE VOICEon February 22, 2011
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The dream curse comes to an end as Victoria Winters finally passes it on to Barnabas and the worst is feared - will Angelique's curse take hold and he'll once again roam the night as a vampire? The Adam/Frankenstein story continues (yawn), as Carolyn hides him in the West wing of Collinwood (yawn). The warlock Nicholas Blair tires of Angelique's constant failures and gives her a pretty wicked curse of her own.

**SPOILERS***

This set of four DVD's really got off to a slow start, most especially the Adam/Carolyn/Victoria Winters kidnapping stuff (gawd, there's more soon as Barnabas and Julia are blackmailed into making him a mate). I have to admit fast forwarding a lot through those episodes. That said, things did pick up with the last episodes when Nicholas turns Angelique into a vampire, who in turn turns ______ into a vampire and on and on. Lara Parker is superb as always, most especially when she's lusting for her next victim and can't keep her hands off him. Lol. While I enjoyed the story twist on Tom Jennings, I also have to admit laughing my arse off at his make up and sneering face. Priceless.

Not the best so far, but fans of the series won't want to miss it. I do hope the Quentin storyline comes very soon, as well as Adam being put to a final rest. Please.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2010
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This is a great DVD! This show is a lot better than the realty shows they have on today!
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