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Dark Shadows: The Beginning, Vol. 6

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The Start of a Legend!
Named One of TV s Top 25 Cult Shows by TV Guide
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.
Dr. Peter Guthrie and Joe Haskell break into Laura Murdoch Stockbridge s crypt at Eagle Hill Cemetery. David Collins informs Victoria Winters that he wants to go away with his mother, Laura. Guthrie arranges to conduct a seance at the Old House to contact Josette Collins ghost. Victoria makes a bizarre discovery that leads her to believe David s life is in jeopardy after Laura summons him to an abandoned fishing shack. Victoria sees Elizabeth Collins Stoddard coming from the mysterious locked room in the Collinwood basement.
A nervous Elizabeth is shocked when Jason McGuire, a devious friend of her missing husband s, arrives in town unexpectedly. He reminids Elizabeth of an old secret that they share. Jason and his traveling companion, a drifter named Willie Loomis, force Elizabeth to let them move into Collinwood. Willie learns that Collins family members have been buried with their jewels and he becomes mesmerized by the portrait of Barnabas Collins hanging in the foyer.
INCLUDES: Episodes 179-209, Originally aired March 2, 1967 - April 14, 1967
Episode 191 extra footage
Restored Episode 211 (Barnabas arrival) with original 1967 commercials
Syndication Sales Reel & Promos
Dark Shadows Sci-Fi Channel Commercials
Joan Bennett Newsreel Footage
New Interviews

Special Features


Product Details

  • Actors: Dark Shadows
  • Directors: Dan Curtis
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
  • Run Time: 780 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,791 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dark Shadows: The Beginning, Vol. 6" on IMDb

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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful By E. Hornaday on July 18, 2008
Fans of the Classic TV show Dark Shadows have wrung their hands in anxiety, held seancés, looked into crystal balls and read tarot cards to divine when - or if - the next DVD release of their favorite gothic soap opera would EVER be released, but mainly they've just plain waited and waited and WAITED. In fact, they've waited for these DVD episodes longer than the beloved series aired - and now it's finally come true.

MPI Home Video began releasing Dark Shadows episodes onto DVD on May 28, 2002, with its first boxed set of 40 episodes, which began about a year after the series debuted and included the fabled first appearance of 175-year-old vampire, Barnabas Collins, impeccably portrayed by Jonathan Frid.

Now, more than six years later, Dark Shadows: The Beginning, Vol. 6, collects the remaining black and white episodes to be released on DVD, truly coming full circle, as it ends with the fully-restored and remastered episode of the fabled first appearance of 175-year-old vampire Barnabas Collins!

In total, all 1225 episodes from the iconic horror series (which premiered on ABC June 27, 1966, and aired episodes until April 2, 1971) are now available on DVD. Whew!

When MPI began releasing episodes on DVD, they had not decided if they would release ALL of them or certainly the pre-Barnabas episodes, because they tended to be less popular than those after the arrival of everyone's favorite Creature of the Night. In the end, they decided to release everything, calling the pre-Barnabas episodes "The Beginning" series, of which this is the final of six sets.

MPI should be genuinely congratulated for its unwavering commitment in releasing the entire catalog of Dark Shadows episodes onto DVD.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K. K. Hendricks on June 1, 2009
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If you're a Dark Shadows fan but never knew how it all started, get this collection series and you'll know. I love Dark Shadows!!! I was a fan when I was a pre-teen and still am today at 52!!!!! I almost have the entire series. When I complete watching it all I'll start over!!!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John D. Allen on September 22, 2008
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I remember as a 6-year old little boy coming home from school each day to see mama having on Dark Shadows at 4:00pm on Channel 13 ( our local ABC network ) . That was back in 1967. Those memories still stick in my head .
Later on , as I got older, and could better understand
storylines, it was great to see those episodes repeated through what is called "syndication ." However, I didn't even know there were these so-called early episodes before the arrival of Barnabas.Those episodes were only shown (to my knowledge) on their first-run air date.
I have purchased every single DVD of this series 1-26 , and now 1-6 of The Beginning.
I highly recommand any DARK SHADOWS fan to purchase and have in their collection all 6 volumes of these episodes that starts from THE BEGINNING to complete their set. I can hardly wait to have the final set of episodes in Volume 6 , and will have my 4:00pm's Monday through Friday relived when I come home from work.
Trust me, and buy this Volume 6.
It is too bad no network - cable or free tv - won't take a chance of reviving the series; unlike the failed attempt of NBC, I think it is worth a try.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Mcelwain on January 25, 2009
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I have really enjoyed this collection and highly recommend it to any DS fan. I wasn't sure what to expect from the "Beginnings" because I had read many commentaries stating that the pre-Barnabas series was somehow different, or a pale imitation of the post-Barnabas series.

Not true! The episodes in "Beginnings - 6" felt to me very much like the more familiar part of the series - the same moody atmosphere, the same music (!), the same building of drama and tension, and the same spookiness. So I think these early episodes have been under-rated. For example, right off the bat in collection 6, we have unauthorized grave-openings, coffins, an eery cemetery-keeper, a resurrected-from-the-dead menace to the Collins family, and an apparition. The black-and-white photography enhances the effect of these episodes, much as it does in the early Barnabas period.

Another thing I like about these episodes is that it does straight drama in addition to the spooky stuff, and it does the drama well. Louis Edmonds & Joan Bennett stand out in this regard - and the good dramatic quality continues right into the post-Barnabas era. In short, I see a seamless transition between the two eras of the show.

There are some fun extras, too, in this set. They show the original "take" shots (or whatever you call those) in which someone holds up a writing board stating the episode # and the date aired - and occasionally, there are some surprises in these shots!

Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on August 2, 2009
I am enjoying this Season 6 of the Beginning. The episodes seem to be more suspenseful than the first seasons. Laura Collins is certainly an interesting and sinister character as well as Jason Mcguire who is staying at Collinwood. I like the melodramatic introductions to each episode narrated by Victoria Winters.
One strange thing about the Collinwood mansion -only 1 phone in a mansion? I am amused by the characters always rushing downstairs to answer the phone. Can't the Collins afford an upstairs phone?
This is fun viewing and enjoyable in an oldfashioned type of way, in spite of the filming quirks.
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