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Dark Shadows: The Haunting of Collinwood (2009)

Jonathan Frid , Lara Parker , Dan Curtis  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jonathan Frid, Lara Parker, Grayson Hall, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Joan Bennett
  • Directors: Dan Curtis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002EOVXEW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,018 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Named one of TV s top 24 Cult Shows by TV GUIDE!

An exorcist is summoned after the children at Collinwood are possessed

High atop Widows Hill off the stormy Maine coast sits the foreboding Collinwood, home for centuries of the wealthy Collins family.

The Gothic television classic DARK SHADOWS attracted a fiercely devoted following during its airings on ABC-TV from 1966-71. The character of Barnabas Collins, a sympathetic vampire, turned the series into a must-see event for over 20 million viewers.

In this special release, the story of how the ghost of Quentin Collins haunted the eerie estate of Collinwood is detailed in a selection of scenes from the most popular episodes.

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95 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enter QUENTIN COLLINS! June 26, 2009
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Decades before Twilight there was Dark Shadows, the first-ever gothic soap opera, its supernatural stories captivating audiences young and old almost 45 years.

With its alluring tales of Gothic mystery and supernatural intrigue, Dark Shadows became one of the most popular daytime series of all time. Since first airing on ABC-TV from 1966-71, Dark Shadows has justifiably earned the reputation of being one of the most unusual and enduring TV programs in history.

Thanks to MPI Home Video, that iconic Classic returns with two special DVDs compiling episode scenes from two of its most popular story arcs, one featuring the character Barnabas Collins, the vampire, the second disc featuring Quentin Collins, the werewolf.

Each disc, sold separately, contains about three hours of content, which includes selected scenes from color episodes as well as a new interview with the actor whose character is spotlighted.

Dark Shadows: The Haunting of Collinwood, is devoted to the original beloved werewolf - Quentin Collins.

Dark Shadows debuted in June 1966, but faced cancellation because of poor ratings within a year. Creator Dan Curtis, desperate to save the show, decided to "go" supernatural, so he launched various spook-filled stories that led to the introduction of vampire Barnabas Collins, portrayed by Jonathan Frid. The storyline saved the show, but several years later, the ratings dipped again. So, Curtis released another phenomenon from the genie bottle: the werewolf, Quentin Collins.

The introduction of Quentin, portrayed unforgettably by David Selby, was a high mark for the show and rejuvinated its fan base.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set for the casual fan September 18, 2009
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This disc, along with the other new DS DVD, are definately a must have if you are a casual fan of the show. For those of us with the complete collection already on DVD, there is nothing really new of interest. There is a nice NEW interview of David Selby, but it only runs a few minutes and leaves you wondering what happened to the rest of the interview. Just when you are getting into the interview, it chops off and ends. I guess they will be using the rest of it for some other re-issue down the road. There is also a funny 20 second PBS spot by Selby. Also included a a complete episode from the show. I would have left that off and included more of the interview, at least this way there could have been more new content on the disc. For the common fan who has not purchased all 20+ box sets, this is a good disc to get, but for those of us who regularly watch the episodes already on DVD, this disc will probably sit on a shelf collecting dust after the first viewing.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but pretty darn good... October 30, 2009
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Inspired by Henry James's classic "The Turn of the Screw," the "Ghost of Quentin Collins" plot has always been my all-time favorite "Dark Shadows" storyline. And this DVD, "The Haunting of Collinwood," is a very good distillation of that plot -- which originally ran for about ten weeks (about 50 episodes) on the original series -- to a single disc. It's not perfect, mind you. I regret that they didn't start with David and Amy first hearing Quentin's voice (which the viewer doesn't hear at the time, making it especially creepy) on the old disconnected telephone, which got the whole ball of possession rolling. And I miss the sequence where the writing appears on the mirror. But the DVD makes up for it with what it does have. The sequence with the psychic Janet Finley is especially good, as are the segments where Elizabeth Stoddard finally realizes the children are indeed possessed. and when Prof. Stokes discovers -- nearly at the cost of his life -- that his attempted exorcism of the house has failed. The bonus episode, revealing how Quentin died and why he's haunting the house (which, as it turns out, was negated when Barnabas Collins went back in time and managed to change history), is the perfect complement.

Overall, this DVD is well worth owning if you don't already have the original episodes themselves and either want to "relive" the story or experience it for the first time. The "companion disc" -- "The Vampire Curse," revealing the story of how Barnabas became a creature of the night -- is excellent, too. But if I had to choose between them, this one, "The Haunting of Collinwood," is the one I'd get.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DARK SHADOWS THE HAUNTING OF COLLINWOOD September 24, 2009
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DARK SHADOWS: THE HAUNTIING OF COLLINWOOD also released from MPI on Sept 15,2009. As with the Vampire Curse this DVD is also an edited edition of episodes from the 1969 episodes featuring the ghost of Quentin Collins haunting Collinwood. Bonus material is the complete episode #836 written by Gordon Russell, Directed by Lela Swift inwhich The ghost of Beth explains to Julia how Quentin died in 1897. The program originally aired 9/8/1969. A PBS promo from David Selby and an interview with him as well. (210 minutes) No worth the money if you have all the episodes on DVD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Daunting and Dreary Haunting July 26, 2010
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I remember watching "Dark Shadows" as a kid and racing home every day after school at 4:00 pm. The storylines of vampires, witches, ghosts, time travel and secret rooms that cursed the Collins family were always captivating - you couldn't wait to see what happened next.

I always wanted to see the straight storyline of one character without the commercials, secondary storylines and daily introductions. The Barnabas DVD release does an excellent job of editing his curse storyline down to nearly three hours in one nearly, clean movie. Remember, by 1968 standards, this was state of the art and by today's standards, it's far less than perfect. It still has all the charms of missed dialogue, confused actors, cameramen shooting the wrong scene, grips walking around in the background, etc.

"The Haunting of Collinwood" DVD has the same charms. Unfortunately, the story build up is much slower and less interesting. If you have to choose between the two, the Barnabas storyline is far more engaging. And for the die hard fan, get them both to fill out your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is the best horror soap opra around!
Published 11 days ago by rocj
5.0 out of 5 stars shadows
loved it-watched it -watched the whole series on dv.d. very interesting. missed it in the 60s. never saw it. watched it when I ordered it.
Published 12 days ago by catface
3.0 out of 5 stars A part of the series
If I had known that this was part of the series that I own, I would not have bought it. It is more for people who liked Dark Shadows but do not own the whole series.
Published 13 days ago by Maz
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
One of this shows best storylines, a must have for the true Dark Shadows fan. I downloaded from Amozon for a very reasonable price.
Published 1 month ago by J. P.
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Have not watched this yet. I am a huge fan and remember when the show first came out. Wanted this for my collection.
Published 2 months ago by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars movie
seller was very prompt on shipping the movie,great movie if you are a fan of dark shadows.loved it was better than I expected, even though it was older and quality is not up to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by kim mathews
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Collection
Quentin is one of my Favorites on the show,
I like him even better than Barnabas.
"Quentin's Theme" is one of my favorites.
Very nice collection of shows.
Published 4 months ago by waw5114
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Taking a step back into time and was chuckling at the type of acting and lack of special effects. Great memories though, it's Barnabos Collins, the good vampire everyone loves to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cynthia A. Marx
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Shadows: The Haunting of Collinwood
I love Dark Shadows - I have since I was a kid rushing home from school to see that day's episode. This is a good introduction for people who aren't familiar with the classic... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Beammeuplori
5.0 out of 5 stars great
I have always enjoyed these shows and I remember seeing this one ages ago as a kid - great show
Published 4 months ago by Jan Bonnette
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