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5.0 out of 5 stars Enter QUENTIN COLLINS!
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...
Published on June 26, 2009 by E. Hornaday

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3.0 out of 5 stars DARK SHADOWS THE HAUNTING OF COLLINWOOD
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...
Published on September 24, 2009 by Daniel H. Silvio


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5.0 out of 5 stars Enter QUENTIN COLLINS!, June 26, 2009
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E. Hornaday (Lawrenceville, NJ United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dark Shadows: The Haunting of Collinwood (DVD)
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. The story involving Quentin had all of the elements that made Dark Shadows a true classic - the only soap opera in history to have had ALL of its episodes released on DVD. Like Frid two years earlier, Selby became incredibly popular, an instant idol and sex symbol among teenaged girls.

In this special disc, the origin of Quentin is told. Selby was also interviewed specially for this compilation release.

Quentin's tale had the core cast of the series portraying their own relatives, and other characters in the Collinwood of 1897, after Barnabas Collins had traveled back in time using secrets from the mystical Chinese practice of the I Ching, or Book of Changes.

Barnabas had made the supernatural voyage back in time to save young David Collins and his friend, Amy Jennings, who had both become possessed in modern-day (1970's) Collinwood. The children were being menaced by a horrifying and utterly silent ghost - the spectre of Quentin Collins.

Quentin was the victim of a werewolf curse that had been placed on him by a grieving gypsy, Magda Rocozzi (portrayed with memorable gusto in an Emmy-calibre performance by Grayson Hall), who blamed him for the death of her sister, who was also Quentin's wife.

Complicating the plot was the arrival of the sinister Count Andres Petoffi (also protrayed with brilliance by core cast member Thayer David), who possessed supernatural powers and was being hunted by the gypsies. Barnabas believed that the cure to Quentin's "affliction" rested with Petofi. If Quentin could be cured, then the children facing death in Collinwood's present day would be saved!

The core brilliance of has made Dark Shadows endure are the eternal themes it illustrated: Love, death, fear, longing, revenge, obsession, lies, secrets, loyalty and betrayal all played out against a compelling backdrop of Gothic sensibilities that included vampires, werewolves, zombies, seances, time travel, ghosts, mystery, murder, intrigue and a constant dose of the unexpected.

This "soap opera" managed to transcend its genre by bringing a taste of Gothic horror and science-fiction fantasy to the hum-drum world of the afternoon drama. There had never been anything like it before - and there never has been since!

In addition to Selby, Frid, Hall and David, primary co-stars on the disc are: Joan Bennett, Louis Edmonds, Nancy Barrett, Lara Parker, David Henesy, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Terry Crawford, Virgina Vestoff, Don Brisco, Marie Wallace, Donna McKechnie, Clarice Blackburn, John Karlen, Michael Stroka, Paula Laurence, Diana Millay and Jerry Lacy.

(As noted: The entire series is available on DVD, also produced by MPI Home Video.)
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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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This review is from: Dark Shadows: The Haunting of Collinwood (DVD)
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview, February 11, 2010
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If you want an overview of what Dark Shadows is all about, this is the DVD for you. You can't get a better feel for what the creator of this series was trying to convey. And this was just one storyline in a 5 year series that the drama and excitement never fails. If you are new to the Dark Shadows world or wanting to relive what you enjoyed about it in your youth, this is the DVD to get!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not What You Think, December 2, 2013
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If you already have the Dark Shadows Collection Series 1-26, there is no need to purchase this. It's just the Quentin Collins ghost storyline where he possesses David Collins and takes over Collinwood; except in THIS DVD, certain scenes have been edited. In fact, a big chunk of scenes were deleted. The rest was compiled to appear as a three hour movie. Great storyline, but if you want to know how it came to be that David & Amy "met" Quentin, I would advise you to watch the entire series instead of this DVD.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Haunting of Collinwood, March 1, 2013
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I gave this series two stars for the following reasons. I have always watched the old series of Dark Shadows. This three hour segment focuses on Quentin and the haunting of Collinwood. However the entire saga of The Haunting has been spliced together into a three hour movie. There is no menu like on the original Dark Shadow packets. So if you want to take a break you have to fast forward. Some DVD players will bookmark but mine doesn't always do that. The original box sets with vol.1,2,3, ect. have a menu. Also I have watched the series so much that I could tell when episodes were being cut out. Now if you have never seen the series a lot of unnecessary episodes have been omitted or spliced with other episodes so another person buying this MIGHT like this dvd. For me I would rather watch the series in its entirety and fast forward what I don't like. So when you buy this dvd it is more like a three hour movie on Quentin than a cut up episode saga on Quentin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Shadows: The Haunting of Collinwood........., August 27, 2012
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Dark Shadows: The Haunting of Collinwood tells the story of how the ghost of Quentin Collins haunted the eerie estate of Collinwood.

I must admit, I really liked this DVD. The "Ghost of Quintin Collins" storyline from the show was pretty good. It's not perfect, mind you, but it's darn near close. For those casual fans out there who can't swing the entire Dark Shadows DVD Collection, this is a perfect grab for you to see why Dark Shadows was one of the most beloved soap-opera shows on daytime television. Trust me, after you view this, you'll want to save for the collection as I have.

Dark Shadows was aired, originally, on ABC Television from from June 27, 1966, to April 2, 1971. The show was created by Dan Curtis and starred Nancy Barrett, Joan Bennet, Jonathan Frid, Kathleen Cody, Alexandra Moltke, Thayer David, Roger Davis, Louis Edmonds, David Ford, Grayson Hall, Kate Jackson, David Henesy, John Karlen, David Selby, Marie Wallace among others. It ran for a total of 1,225 episodes during its' run. The series became hugely popular when vampire Barnabas Collins appeared a year into its run on TV. Dark Shadows also featured werewolves, zombies, man-made monsters, witches, warlocks, time travel, and a parallel universe. To this very day, it still enjoys a cult following(even amongst the youth of today, believe it or not). There's been a couple of revival takes(one being a pilot) on the series as well as a feature film but it is the original that fans love most dearly.

To be honest, when I was little and the show was being shown on TV, I would watch episodes of the show. It was until recently that I actually got into looking this show up and checking it out. This DVD is a great place to start. I loved it, you will too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, June 29, 2014
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This is the best horror soap opra around!
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