Dark Shadows: The Beginning Collection 4
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With its alluring tales of Gothic mystery and supernatural intrigue, DARK SHADOWS (1966-71, ABC-TV) became one of the most popular daytime series of all time. The character of Barnabas Collins, a guilt-ridden, 175-year-old vampire, brought the show tremendous success. Now, for the first time on DVD, MPI presents the spooky series rare, early episodes before Barnabas.
When Victoria Winters searches the Old House for David Collins, she is abducted and held captive by Matthew Morgan, the Collinses fugitive caretaker who is hiding following the death of family friend Bill Malloy. A massive search is held to find Victoria. An angry and jealous Joe Haskell fights with Burke Devlin after he catches Carolyn Stoddard, his girlfriend, with Burke in his room at the Collinsport Inn. A mysterious woman visits the diner and asks waitress Maggie Evans about the Collins family.
The ghost of Josette Collins appears to Matthew and attempts to protect Victoria. Sam Evans reveals to a stunned Roger Collins that Roger s estranged wife, Laura, has returned. Sam begins to paint a bizarre portrait of a woman surrounded by flames, which he cannot explain. Burke hopes to get Laura to clear him of the manslaugter charge that sent him to prison. Laura tells her son, David, the story of the immortal creature known as a Phoenix and he has a terrifying nightmare about his mother.
New interviews with actress
Diana Millay (Laura Collins),
writer Malcolm Marmorstein and
producer Robert Costello.
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With the ratings at an all-time low, he unleashed his first ghosts (episodes included in Dark Shadows: the Beginning Set 3) then kept up the pressure cooker in the episodes included in this boxed set. Amazed, he watched as the ratings steadily and miraculously rose from the dead (much like the reluctant 175-year-old vampire Barnabas Collins would do about six months later.)
In this boxed set, the Collins family is turned upside down by recent events: the murder of Collins Plant Manager Bill Malloy, the unexpected return of Roger Collins' wife, Laura Murdock Collins, and the abduction of Collinwood Governess Victoria Winters.
Roger (Louis Edmonds) had told his young son David (David Henesy), that his mother was dead, but she had actually suffered a mental breakdown and was confined in sanitarium. Since being released, she apparently had been living in Phoenix, Ariz., unbeknownst to the Collins family.
Without warning, Laura (Diana Millay) returns to Collinwood late one night and demands full custody of her son. Roger and his sister, Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Joan Bennett) refuse to allow her to see David, who is fast asleep and turn her away. Even so, that night David mysteriously dreams of his mother coming out of powerful flames to kill him.
Because of his dream, David doesn't want to see his mother, but eventually agrees.Read more ›
In order to save his family's legacy he fired the former writers and brought on Malcolm Marmorstein and Ron Sproat (both former serial writers) and told them to come up with something that was never done on daytime TV before and to make the story as gothic as possible. The result was the resurrecting of Roger Collin's wife who was said to have died in the early shows. In the "new" story Laura was in an insane asylum. She eventually moved to Phoenix and would arrive in Collinsport to see her son David. Unknown to everyone Laura was really a Phoenix, a supernatural creature who dies every 100 years and is reborn. Laura wanted to kill her son with her in a fire so they could live together forever. Almost from the time Laura arrived the ratings shyrocketed and the show would be renewed for another 13 weeks.
What made this story so popular with viewers was Diana Millay's poignant and interesting portrayal of Laura. At times she could be soft-spoken then become brash and evil, but viewers couldn't get enough of her. Finally the writers had to kill the character off as Diana was pregnant in real life and she only signed on for the 13 week story arc. Then the writers, knowing the show was saved, had to come up with another story, even more interesting than the Laura Collins one. Malcolm Marmorstein would create the vampire Barnabas and the rest as they say is history.
Enjoy these episodes as they are simply well-written, well-acted and involving and you will not stop watching at one episode.
My first impulse was to pick up with the Jonathan Frid-Barnabas Collins episodes, but the "Beginning" sets I had seen in the bookstore were stuck in my mind. Being a completist at heart, I decided to go ahead and start at the very beginning. I can't say I was disappointed, the packaging (and on-line reviews and information about the series) made clear the early episodes were different in subject matter and tone than the shows produced after Barnabas's arrival. And the shows were enjoyable and addictive in nature. But it is with "Dark Shadows The Beginning Collection 4" Dark Shadows: The Beginning Collection 4 that "Dark Shadows" for me became the show we all love so much. It is in Volume Four that the show, creatively, makes a huge leap in its evolution, struggling onto dry land, and developing lungs instead of gills.
For one thing, the story-lines that drove the show in the first 3 volumes -- Burke Devlin's schemes to ruin the Collins family, Roger Collins's mysterious car crash, Bill Mulroy's death, Carolyn's misadventures in dating -- are either resolved or pushed into the background.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Never got around to watching these episodes, so can't write a proper review.Published 17 months ago by my two cents
Childhood memories are tied up in Dark Shadows.... so it's all about nostalgia, remembering just enough to know we liked it, and forgetting enough to keep it interesting and nearly... Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by Scot Conway
Each season gets better and more involved. You don't want to stop watching its./ / / / / / /Published on February 16, 2013 by sweetlady1012
I really loved this product. It was just what it was advertised as. Really great! :) So happy it was worth it.Published on December 18, 2012 by Adrienne Nelson
Excellent service and product. Had one collection before but one of the dvd's chipped off at the edge????? Read morePublished on March 22, 2012 by William J. Kidd SJ
My husband and I watched this show when we were both in grade school It was such fun to find these very scarce early episodes. They were in excellent condition. Read morePublished on October 28, 2011 by Bono1
I never got to see these episodes of Dark Shadows so to start watching the series from the beginning at my age was FANTASTIC! We now have marathon nights at our house!! Read morePublished on February 1, 2011 by Amazon Customer
Arrived in excellent condition and quick service also. I would recommend this buyer to anyonePublished on August 15, 2010 by L. Malachino
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To see all the episode in order, first watch "Dark Shadows: The Beginning" Collections 1-6. They contain episodes 1-209. THEN watch the "Dark Shadows" Collections 1-26, as these contain the rest of the episodes, 210-1245. They're divided by the introduction of Barnabas in... Read More
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