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Dark Shadows: The Beginning, Collection 1

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  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Mpi Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2007
  • Run Time: 840 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QGDJGK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,857 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By E. Hornaday on May 12, 2007
Format: DVD
Dark Shadows-Beginning/Episodes 1-35

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.
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The immortal words that began a legacy of fandom for one of the most bizarre, much-loved ground-breaking gothic soap operas ever made....it became most known for one of the first horror/fantasy series to introduce the idea of a guilt-ridden vampire, a tragic hero that broke ground for those who followed...like the popular Angel character in the Buffy series.

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!
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. . . in which I love thee. I am enjoying the holy hell out of this 1st collection. The very concept of a gothic soap opera is too good to be believed, but this is indeed a very precious gift from TV land, even with all faults considered. Because it is a soap opera first, which means character development is less than subtle and the most banal concepts are often regurgitated. But you will learn to appreciate it for what it is, and please consider the way in which this material was originally delivered (5 days a week for the season), not the way I choose to view it (in marathon sessions). No doubt, these film and theater actors struggled on a daily basis with live taping of scripts for which there was minimal preparation or rehearsal. There are many acting and production gaffes, but that just adds to the charm. What keeps me so attached is the personal charisma of the principals. Long after you've grown weary of the big deal about Burke Devlin you'll still get a kick out of Mitchell Ryan's portrayal. You might also lose yourself madly in the brunette tresses and innocence that is Victoria Winters. The opening voiceovers range from dark campy goodness to the profound, and who can live without the crashing waves and eerie music that complement the title sequence? With almost 1200 episodes to go (this set covers 1 - 35), I can see this will be a moderately expensive but infinitely pleasurable love affair. I just wish they'd get around to releasing House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows on DVD.
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