Dark Shadows: The Haunting of Collinwood
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An exorcist is summoned after the children at Collinwood are possessed
High atop Widows Hill off the stormy Maine coast sits the foreboding Collinwood, home for centuries of the wealthy Collins family.
The Gothic television classic DARK SHADOWS attracted a fiercely devoted following during its airings on ABC-TV from 1966-71. The character of Barnabas Collins, a sympathetic vampire, turned the series into a must-see event for over 20 million viewers.
In this special release, the story of how the ghost of Quentin Collins haunted the eerie estate of Collinwood is detailed in a selection of scenes from the most popular episodes.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was okay. I enjoyed the movie. It was slow and interested at the same time.Published 17 days ago by Chimene J.
This deals with the part of the storyline where the kids are being influenced and later controlled by Quentin. Read morePublished 3 months ago by chemo
it's the best of classic TV gothic drama as I remember
seeing it as I was 'teenager'!!!!!
Fabulous!!!! Gonna continue buying . Fast delivery as well. ThankU .Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have been wanting to watch DS episodes lately mostly ones with Quentin. I did so enjoy this but I had forgotten that he was really not in much of it and he does not talk yet. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sandra Gibbs