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Dark Shadows: The Beginning, Vol. 5

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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.

Victoria Winters and Frank Garner anxiously search for clues to Laura Collins strange origins and are led to a series of bizarre discoveries. Elizabeth Collins Stoddard orders Laura to leave Collinwood, but Laura secretly visits Elizabeth while she sleeps and places her in a trance. Laura warns Victoria that she will take control of her son, David Collins, but becomes frightened when the ghost of Josette Collins appears to her. Against Roger Collins wishes, a psychic investigator, Dr. Peter Guthrie, is called in to examine the strange occurrences at Collinwood and a seance is held. Victoria and Guthrie learn that the body of a dead woman identified as Laura has disappeared from the morgue in Phoenix, Arizona.

New interviews with actress Diana Millay, author/horror expert Leonard Wolf and writers Ron Sproat and Malcolm Marmorstein.



Dark Shadows: The Beginning episodes showcase the start of a legend!

Named one of TV s top 25 cult shows by TV Guide

13 ½ hours of Dark Shadows on four discs

Includes never-before-seen bonus features


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Product Details

  • Actors: Dark Shadows the Begining, Joan Bennett
  • Format: Anamorphic, 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: July 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 690 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00177Y9W0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,331 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dark Shadows: The Beginning, Vol. 5" on IMDb

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By E. Hornaday on April 5, 2008
This boxed set from the iconic Classic TV soap opera Dark Shadows represents the next to the last set of episodes before the fabled appearance of 175-year-old vampire Barnabas Collins.

MPI Home Video should be congratulated for continuing to release these less familiar and seldom seen episodes onto DVD.

In this boxed set, containing 35 episodes that first aired in 1967, the first-ever seance in soap opera history is held! Seances and other supernatural events became a staple of this unique soap opera throughout the remainder of the fantastic series.

The Collins family is continuing to cope with the unexpected return of Roger Collins' wife, Laura Murdock Radcliff Collins, whose presence becomes even more mysterious, supernatural and - very dangerous.

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) returned to Collinwood and demanded full custody of her son. Roger's sister, Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Joan Bennett) steadfastly refused, and was inexplicably stricken by what appears to be a trance. The family also learns that a woman, identified AS Laura Collins, was found burned to death in Laura's apartment in Phoenix three days prior to Laura's arrival at Collinwood.

Victoria Winters (Alexandra Moltke), Collinwood governess, becomes so uneasy about the frightening events surrounding Laura that she decides to do everything in her power to prevent David from seeing his mother. She joins forces with Dr.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thomas VINE VOICE on November 16, 2008
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I don't know why MPI didn't release Dark Shadows from the beginning of the series; the first year is definitely worth watching. The early warring with Burke Devlin seemed a bit dragged out until the murder of Bill Malloy. The Beginning Volume 5 is very suspenceful as we watch the 2nd supernatural plot line of the series play out. Not only is it good in it's own right, but it is an important background story for when Laura reappears in the Barnabus years. I've enjoyed these early episodes very much, they are a must for any Dark Shadows fan. Dark Shadows has a cinematic quality to it that has not been rivaled by any other soap opera in television history. The special effects were very advanced for the 1960s. I guarantee that fans of the suspence/horror genre won't be dissapointed either.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert H. Thomson on December 16, 2008
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Dark Shadows-The beginning Collection 5==We are now well into the Supernatural-Joan Bennett and Louis Edmounds carry the story lines-The rest of the young cast our beginng to show their acting chops as their characters take shape. The casting is good and the scripts are sharpe. Black and White was the best way to go here creates a perfect atmosphere for the story line.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Centinel on August 4, 2009
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Any discussion of Dark Shadows: the beginning vol. 5 must begin with Laura Collins. When Laura arrives in Collinwood it seems that her story will be a familiar one: An estranged spouse returns after a long absence to complicate the lives of her former family but, as we shall see, Laura is anything but ordinary.
No sooner does Laura begin to establish a relationship with her son, David; than the boy begins to have nightmares about his mother. The strangness of these nightmares is troubling to both Victoria and Elizabeth and they begin to doubt whether David should have anything to do with his mother.
Even more troubling is the news Roger Collins receives from the Phoenix Arizona police, a fire has occured at his wife's former apartment and a body discovered there is identified as that of Laura Collins!
By this time, Elizabeth has had enough and orders Laura out of Collinwood. After returning from this task Elizabeth suddenly becomes ill and cannot remember where she was or what just happened. After being confined to her bedroom, Elizabeth is visited by Laura and placed in a trance.
As the events of Vol. 5 move to a conclusion Dr. Peter Guthrie, a para-psychologist, is brought in to unravel the mystery of Elizabeth's illness. Dr. Guthrie believes Laura is a supernatural being whos designs on David are anything but motherly and sets out to prove his theory by opening the grave of an ancestor of Laura's that is buried in a local cemetary.
Fans will enjoy the suspence and mystery of these events as they progress and they will also enjoy Laura Collins herself, as well as Diana Millay the actress who plays her. Laura was Dark Shadows first great villian and Millay plays her with just enough malice to make her intimidating without being totaly unsympathetic.
As extras, Vol. 5 contains interviews with Diana Millay. Dark Shadows writer Ron Sproat, and horror expert Leonard Wolf.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mystic Whisper on April 9, 2009
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This is the volume that I purchased last month. I have been trying to get the episodes pre Barnabas. I recommend these as you get to know these characters first. And the intro of the characters, up until Barnabas Collins appears. Played by the ever impressive Mr Jonathan Frid. This show is and always will be a cult classic to me. I was not born until '73 however. When the episodes replayed on the scifi channel back in the 90's I fell instantly in love with the show. My parents remembered Dark Shadows and have always been a fan. So I was pleased to be able to start the collection of the beginning pre-Barnabas for them to view as well.
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