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Dark Shadows: Fan Favorites

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From 1966 to 1971, the spooky ABC-TV suspense series DARK SHADOWS thrilled an audience of 20 million viewers with a unique blend of Gothic romance and supernatural horror.

The original DARK SHADOWS became a pop culture phenomenon with the introduction of vulnerable vampire Barnabas Collins, a legendary role made famous by Jonathan Frid and, more recently, Johnny Depp in the motion picture remake.

This unique collection offers 9 complete TV episodes that are among the most popular in the history of
DARK SHADOWS, serving as an ideal introduction to new vewers as well as an enticing overview for veteran DARK SHADOWS devotees. As a bonus, new, informative introductions for each episode are included.

Vampire Barnabas Collins returns to Collinwood after being released from his chained coffin. A séance is held at Collinwood to reach the mysterious ghost of Sarah Collins. The beautiful but jealous witch puts a spell on Barnabas. Barnabas and Dr. Julia Hoffman uncover the secret of the werewolf. Quentin Collins rises as a zombie. Reverend Trask attempts an exorcism. A costume party is held at Collinwood with dramatic results. Barnabas and Julia discover that two members of the Collins family have gone insane. Maggie Evans becomes the victim of a vampire. Quentin asks governess Daphne Harridge to save the children who are possessed. Barnabas attacks Roxanne Drew and places her under his power.

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  • Actors: Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall
  • Directors: Dan Curtis (Creator)
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006Z7Z3ZO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,863 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is a very satisfying collection of 9 of the most memorable Dark Shadows episodes, encompassing almost all of the different eras of the show (or should I say some of the most pivotal plot points in the ongoing story?). We start in black and white, when Barnabas introduces himself to Elizabeth Stoddard as her English "cousin" (very suave move). His manners so charm the Collins matriarch that discrepancies in his story are forever overlooked. Everyone is instead worried over the disappearance of the threatening Willy Loomis, little realizing he's already become the vampire's minion. We quickly move to color, sitting in on a very 1960s-style mod seance that shockingly transports the governess Victoria Winters back to 1795, to solve the mystery of Barnabas' ghostly sister Sara. There follows our first meeting with Angelique, the witch who bedevils Barnabas across time, played perfectly by one of TV's best-ever ice queens, the blonde beauty Lara Parker.

Jumping ahead, Dr. Hoffman figures out that Quentin Collins is a werewolf, and as Julia and Barnabas become cohorts at solving the mysteries of Collinwood, they travel to Parallel Time, where familiar faces act out a version of Rebecca (with Grayson Hall excelling in the Mrs. Danvers role), and to the future where Collinwood lies in ruins, and Caroline and Quentin have gone insane. A very young Kate Jackson appears as the mysterious ghost Daphne, another governess with a secret, enlivening the show's later years.

Through all, we see the famous Collinwood set, the medieval staircase that frames so much of the action, and you can watch each numbered episode with informative introductions by Kathryn Leigh Scott, who played Maggie Evans through all her perils in past, present, future and parallel time.
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I had a blast watching these nine episodes, which are better pick than the uneven Dark Shadows: Best of Barnabas. There is a werewolf, ghosts, a witch, demon possession, time travel and a parallel timeline in this collection. The first three episodes are my favorites, where Barnabas introduces himself as a cousin to the Collins family; during a freaky séance Victoria Winters travels back to the year 1795; and the witch Angelique tries to hurt Barnabas. The video resolution is better than the previous collection. Make sure to look for a few Dark Shadows famous bloopers/mistakes, as the actors flub their lines and you can clearly see the microphone boom shadow in several scenes. The Fan Favorites DVD should satisfy most Dark Shadows fans and introduce the series to a new generation.
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It's always a very bold step when a company releases a DVD of a show with the phrases "Fan Favourites" and "The Greatest Episodes" splashed over the front cover. It's especially difficult when the show is DARK SHADOWS, the legendary gothic daytime soap opera which notched up over 1,000 episodes during its original 1966-71 run on ABC. To whittle the series down to 9 key episodes would be an unenviable task, but one which MPI has done in a very thoughtful way.

For in DARK SHADOWS, as the fans know, the story and its characters frequently leapt backwards, forwards and even sideways in time, creating a seemingly never-ending multitude of dramatic possibilities. This collection spotlights episodes from many of the show's eras (including the original leap back to 1795); and most of the popular characters, including Barnabas, Dr Julia Hoffman, Quentin, Maggie/Josette, Angelique, Reverend Trask, Daphne Harridge and Victoria Winters.


#212 - After having been freed from his chained coffin, Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) returns to Collinwood where he finds the Old House in ruins and swears his plan of redemption to the portrait of Josette.

#365 - The Collins family resolve to hold a séance in a bid to contact the ghost of little Sarah Collins (Sharon Smyth), Barnabas' younger sister, who has already appeared to Maggie (Kathryn Leigh Scott) and David (David Henesy). The séance comes to its shocking conclusion when Victoria (Alexandra Moltke) disappears only to somehow find herself swept back in time to 1795.

#371 - In 1795-era Collinwood, Barnabas is almost killed by vengeful former lover and witch Angelique (Lara Parker), when she casts a spell to choke Barnabas with an invisible handkerchief.
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To coincide with the long-awaited release of "Dark Shadows" in theatres in May, 2012 MPI Video is releasing three collections the month before on April 12th. This set called "Fan Favorites" runs about 180 minutes and since the original ABC daytime soap ran for thirty minutes each day I would believe we will see about six episodes on this disc. This set and "The Best of Barnabas" are obviously aimed at people who only have a remote interest in the original daytime serial and they are priced very reasonably.

This reasonably priced single-disc DVD will feature 9 episodes with brand new introductions.

However, on April 12th if your a major fan of "Dark Shadows" and of classic vintage soaps like me look for "Dark Shadows-The Complete Collection" that will feature every single episode of the series along with a slew of bonus features. Personally, I am in Heaven and cannot wait for that set!
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Lara Parker is a very flawed actress.The show's least talented lady...
This series was made from 1966 to 1971, and Night was made in 1971. People had different styles then as opposed to know. I don't think my friend Lara would appreciate what you say. Perhaps you should come to a festival and talk to her one on one, and you will learn from her herself what she... Read More
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