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Dark Shadows: Best of Barnabas

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From 1966 to 1971, the spooky ABC-TV suspense series DARK SHADOWS thrilled an audience of 20 million viewers with a unique blend of Gothic romance and supernatural horror.


The original DARK SHADOWS became a pop culture phenomenon with the introduction of vulnerable vampire Barnabas Collins, a legendary role made famous by Jonathan Frid and, more recently, Johnny Depp in the motion picture remake.


This unique collection offers 9 complete TV episodes that are among the most popular in the history of
DARK SHADOWS, serving as an ideal introduction to new vewers as well as an enticing overview for veteran DARK SHADOWS devotees. As a bonus, new, informative introductions for each episode are included.


Barnabas Collins meets waitress Maggie Evans, who later senses that she is being watched. Dr. Julia Hoffman's experiments to cure Barnabas cause him to age to his true years. In 1795, Barnabas has risen as a vampire and his fiance Josette is drawn to him at the mausoleum. Angelique the witch causes Barnabas to become a victim of her devastating Dream Curse. In 1897, Barnabas presents himself as a lost relative to the Collins family and discovers that Angelique has travelled through the centuries. In 1969, reveals to Julia how the Leviathans have taken control of him. In Parallel Time, novelist Will Loomis captures Barnabas and demands an interview with the vampire. Angelique causes Barnabas new love Roxanne to suffer effects of the vampire.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall
  • Directors: Dan Curtis (Creator)
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006Z7Z3PO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,354 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Coffee Addicted Writer (Billy) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 22, 2012
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I stumbled upon Dark Shadows: The Best of Barnabas part of The Greatest Episodes Collection at my local Wal-Mart for under ten dollars. Dark Shadows aired from 1966 to 1971 normally in the late afternoons. At the time of it's peek Dark Shadows had around twenty million viewers, which is an incredible number compared to the low ratings of today's soap operas (Sadly, there are only four on the air.). And it was known for having errors, such as actors forgetting their lines; stagehands walking in the background; microphones where in the frame shot; etc, because of the tight filming schedule demanded by ABC.

There have been dozens of Dark Shadows sets released over the years. The complete series is coming out this summer but at a whopping $599.98 retail price tag. The show has become more popular due to Tim Burton's remake starring Johnny Depp being released on Friday, resulting in MPI Home Video releasing The Best of Barnabas to DVD.

The episodes are:

Episode 221 - May 2, 1967
Episode 349 - October 26, 1967
Episode 418 - January 31, 1968
Episode 535 - July 12, 1968
Episode 703 - March 5, 1969
Episode 718 - March 26, 1969
Episode 915 - December 29, 1969
Episode 982 - March 31, 1970
Episode 1133 - October 29, 1970

Each episode has an optional introduction by Lara Parker, who played Angelique, but the intros for episodes 703 and 718 are missing, instead the intro for 535 is repeated. The resolution on the episodes is not the best, which may have been caused by the cameras they used during production.

Obviously the remake is going to bring some new fans into the Dark Shadow world, which makes this DVD an affordable introduction to the soap opera.
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This DARK SHADOWS compilation salutes "The Best of Barnabas", the character that helped the show climb to the top of the ratings - and cement the show's legendary status. Until Barnabas arrived in episode #211, DARK SHADOWS was a soap opera mostly concerned with the mysteries surrounding Collinwood governess Victoria Winters (Alexandra Moltke). Creator Dan Curtis began injecting supernatural elements like ghosts, and the reveal of a prominent character as an immortal Phoenix. Audiences responded favourably - leading to the decision to introduce Barnabas Collins (played by the masterful Jonathan Frid) - a 175-year-old vampire in search of his lost love.

At once malevolent yet incredibly sympathetic, Barnabas was unlike any other character seen on TV. What was originally intended as a short stint to boost ratings turned into a 4-year journey for the reluctant vampire, cursed into infinity by the scorned witch Angelique (Lara Parker).

The nine episodes included in this DARK SHADOWS package illustrate the shifting changes in Barnabas' personality (he was cured of his vampirism several times only to be always thwarted by Angelique in one of her many incarnations). Newer fans will be helped by the introductions of star Lara Parker who gives brief outlines of the plots for each episode.

Episodes:

#221 - Barnabas meets waitress Maggie Evans (Kathryn Leigh Scott) at the Collinsport Inn for the very first time - setting in motion his plan to abduct her and transform her into his long-lost Josette.

#349 - The medical experiments undertaken by Dr Julia Hoffman (Grayson Hall) have gone awry, causing Barnabas to age to his true appearance.
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To coincide with the theatrical release of "Dark Shadows" in May, 2012 starring Johnny Depp as Barnabas MPI Video is releasing three titles the month before on April 12th. This "Best Of" collection has a running time of about 180 minutes and since the original series ran for thirty minutes each day on ABC I would wager there will be at least six episodes to this set featuring the wonderful Jonathan Frid as the most beloved vampire in pop culture history.

This single-disc DVD will feature 9 episodes along with brand new introductions.

No extras have been anounced as of this writing.

The second collection will be called "Fan Favorites" and that too clocks in at about 180 minutes. Obviously these two sets are aimed for people that have a small interest in the "Dark Shadows" daytime television franchise as the price is affordable. However, the big news is on April 12th MPI is releasing the entire "Dark Shadows" collection called simply "Dark Shadows-The Complete Collection" featuring all 1225 episodes and a slew on bonuses so look for that. If your like me, an ardent soap opera fan and a huge lover of this beloved 1960's serial, we will be in Heaven!
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This dvd is a good one, however if your looking for a GRAND specialized dvd about Barnabus, get the The Vampire Curse, while this dvd had several of Jonathan Frid grand preformanc's, it is in no way as good as The vampire curse, which really showcases far more of Jonathan Frid's materfull preformance's as Barnabus Collins.

Jonathan Frid brought Barnabus Collins to life, as a tourtured, sympathic soul of which we had empathy for. There is not as yet a specialized dvd that really captures the complete scope of Mr. Frid's range as Barnabus, but this one tries to, it just does not quite get there, but it's worth having. The price point is excellent.
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