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1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING! The image on these DVDs is to be CROPPED!, September 8, 2005
This review is from: Dark Shadows The Revival - The Complete Series (DVD)
If you don't like your TV shows cut/edited, you should read further before you buy

[...] the original square 4:3 image will be CROPPED (or matted) to a "fake" widescreen ratio! That means that those buying the DVD set will be seeing LESS image than on the original broadcasts, just like the botched-up first season set of "Kung Fu."

MGM does not deserve our money if they're going to monkey around with a TV show's aspect ratio. This series was NOT shot "widescreen safe": some production personnel on the series have confirmed that the series was shot in 4:3 and was intended ONLY for 4:3 and are NOT happy with MGM's decision to use a cropped widescreen master for the DVD set.

Five stars for the episodes themselves, only one star for this DVD set due to the cropped aspect ratio and lack of extras.
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Initial post: Nov 26, 2008 1:36:53 AM PST
[Deleted by the author on Feb 4, 2010 8:38:17 PM PST]

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2009 2:28:22 AM PDT
At least the picture quality is better than it was in 1991. And besides the classic series is 1,000,000% better :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2011 9:52:20 AM PST
There are two different versions listed here for the revival. One version which is more like a more moon face with of Barnabas' face in the moon is #

Directors: Paul Lynch, Rob Bowman, Dan Curtis, Matthew Hall, Mark Sobel
# Format: Miniseries, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD, Widescreen, NTSC
# Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
# Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
# Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
# Number of discs: 3
# Rated: NR (Not Rated)
# Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
# DVD Release Date: October 18, 2005
# Run Time: 592 minutes
# Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (133 customer reviews)

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# ASIN: B000AQOHO4

then there is the one with Barnabas' face which is clearly visible which is# Actors: Ben Cross, Jean Simmons, Roy Thinnes, Joanna Going
# Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD, Widescreen, NTSC
# Language: English
# Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
# Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
# Number of discs: 3
# Rated: NR (Not Rated)
# Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
# DVD Release Date: January 15, 2009
# Run Time: 592 minutes
# Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
..
# ASIN: B001PXYH9G

You are saying that both of them are not good, one of them is gotta be better than the other.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2011 8:55:11 AM PDT
mythmaker says:
no, they're the same discs. The only thing that has changed is the box art (i.e. it's simply repackaged).

ANOTHER failing of this set: several "night-time" scenes were actually shot 'day for night' (i.e. shot during the day, then adjusted in post production to look like night time). While presented correctly on the broadcasts and the MPI VHS tapes, these DVDs have been INCORRECTLY re-graded and show those scenes as daylight. The reason this is a big problem is that this way, the story depicts the vampire walking around in broad daylight!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2012 8:50:41 AM PDT
The current reissue is the third one. there was a change in cover art also in 2009, the same picture as the picture of Ben Cross from the first thin case.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2012 2:23:22 PM PDT
I don't suppose they fixed the problems of the cropping and the daylight scenes in the third issue?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2012 2:28:54 PM PDT
[Deleted by the author on Aug 3, 2012 2:34:15 PM PDT]

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2012 2:29:05 PM PDT
mythmaker says:
I think all they did was a packaging change. I'm pretty sure this will never get fixed unless they decide to let MPI have it again (MPI issued it on VHS many years back in the correct ratio, correct picture grading and with some additional footage: but on VHS only).

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2012 2:51:30 PM PDT
Thanks for the info. I really enjoyed this series but missed the last episode due to a damaged VHS tape :(

Posted on Dec 1, 2012 9:57:47 PM PST
The review offered no solution to the Revival being cropped. Is there a DVD that is not edited?
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