Dark Shadows: The Beginning, Collection 1
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Old and new fans of the beloved Dark Shadows will finally be able to watch how it all began as MPI Home Video rolls out the first DVD Boxed Set of six of the series' very first episodes. This first DVD boxed set includes the first 35 episodes of the series.
Special features include the original commericals from the first episode, and an interview with Alexandra Moltke Isles, who played Victoria Winters, and an original Dark Shadows promo.
Creator, the late Dan Curtis, literally dreamed the series. He dreamed about a young governess riding on a train en route to a dark, strange and brooding estate. Talking over his dream with his wife and family, Curtis decided to turn it into an incredible soap opera, and the rest is history.
Dark Shadows ran on ABC from 1966 to 1971 and enjoined an iconic fan following similar to Star Trek and Batman, which also both premeired in 1966. Dark Shadows fans continue to hold annual conventions, and many of the actors have formed real and enduring friendships with the fans they've seen each year.Read more ›
Herein lies the more maligned, first year of the soap which was only in its barest means, a gothic soap made in the image of Jane Eyre....volume one begins with the first 35 episodes or seven weeks of the show, beginning with the arrival of young orphan cum governess in Collinsport, a strange Maine coastal town headed by the bizarre, dysfunctional wealthy Collins family. She has been commissioned to work at the ancestral home, Collinwood, as governess to the emotionally troubled ten year old, David Collins(played by David Henesy) by matriarch, Elizabeth Collins-Stoddard (played by Hollywood veteran actress, Joan Bennett)to benefit her alcoholic brother, Roger (played wonderfully by over-the-top actor, Louis Edmonds) Victoria (Alexandra Moltke)is also to be companion to Elizabeth's wild teenage daughter, Carolyn (Nancy Barrett).....these people bring a whole new meaning to skeletons in the closet! Other noteworthy characters to the cast are coffee shop waitress, Maggie Evans (the beautiful Kathryn Leigh Scott), Carolyn's boyfriend, Joe Haskell (Joel Crothers) and Sam Evans (David Ford) Subplots include the return of once falsely accused Burke Devlin (Mitch Ryan) who insists Roger Collins committed the manslaughter and the nearly psychotic episodes of the more than troubled young David Collins. Although many dismissed this early year as pointless drivel, many die-hard fans (I count myself as one!Read more ›
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I was enthused about getting these at first, and then lost interest. I think I'm too impatient to sit down and watch episode after episode. Read morePublished 23 months ago by my two cents
These were bought as a gift and very much enjoyed by the receiver. They have been watched several times and really enjoyed.Published on May 7, 2014 by barbyann
I have no idea if it is good or not but my mom who it was bought for said it was EXCELLENT!Published on January 29, 2014 by Patrick D
I used to run home in the afternoons to watch Dark Shadows. It is still a very good show, but watching it now vs. then it just doesn't have the same interest.Published on August 16, 2013 by Arizona
I grow up watching Dark shadows. I also enjoyed Dark Shadows. They were on the Sifi channel. Love it watch it again and again.Published on June 28, 2013 by Georgia Carlucci
I'd never seen the beginning of Dark Shadows before, and my mother and I are big fans. So we got this when we saw the great deal for the price. Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by C. Walker