Dark Shadows DVD Collection 1
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Woe unto young Victoria Winters, the new governess at Collinwood, the Collins family estate in (where else?) Collinsport, Maine. Her employers are a strange lot, and the arrival of cousin Barnabas from England, who just happens to be a guilt-ridden 175-year-old vampire, ratchets up the weirdness. These creepy, campy contrivances made this gothic mystery one of television's most popular daytime series from 1966 to 1971. DVD bonuses include new interviews with the actors and program creator, Dan Curtis. 14 hours on 8 cassettes or 4 DVDs; b&w.
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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 earned the reputation of being one of the most unusual and enduring programs in television history. The character of Barnabas Collins, a guilt-ridden, 175-year-old vampire, brought the show tremendous success.
Released from his chained coffin after nearly 200 years, Barnabas Collins arrives at the Collinwood estate claiming to be a relative from England. Although noticing Barnabas's resemblance to his "ancestor" in the foyer portrait, the Collins family does not realize he is the same Barnabas who lived at Collinwood in the 18th century. As Barnabas moves into the Old House on the property, those around him are unaware of the horrors that will soon follow.
Contains: 40 complete, spine-tingling episodes. Bonuses: Special introductory Dark Shadows featurette and exclusive interviews with the actors. Starring: Joan Bennett, Jonathan Frid, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Louis Edmonds, Nancy Barrett, David Henesy, Clarice Blackburn, John Karlen, Mitchell Ryan, Dennis Patrick, Joel Crothers, David Ford, Dana Elcar, Robert Gerringer, and Alexandra Moltke. Black and white, approx. 15 hours.
- 40 complete, uncut episodes on four DVDs (beginning with the resurrection of Barnabas Collins)
- New bonus material including interviews with the actors and series creator Dan Curtis
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Willie Loomis is obsessed with finding the family jewels that were buried long ago, but he unchains the monstrous Barnabas Collins from his sleep. He charms his family into thinking he's a perfect gentleman, but he's in fact a creature of the night and feeds on blood to survive. He moves into the old house and commissions Sam Evans to draw his portrait. He eventually goes too far and kidnaps Maggie and forces her into believing she's Josette, Barnabas's lost love from 1795. If you love this classic supernatural gothic soap opera, I highly recommend DARK SHADOWS COLLECTION 1!!!
Soon after, Barnabas meets Maggie Evans and is immediately smitten by her resemblance to his long lost love Josette. After meeting Barnabas, Maggie begins having nightmares and suffering from strange physical symptoms for which nobody can determine a cause; until her physician, Dr. Woodard, discovers that she is suffering from a mysterious loss of blood. When Sam Evans discovers that his daughter is missing, a search is initiated and Maggie is discovered wandering at Eagle Hill cemetary. Upon being discovered, Maggie is confined to her bedroom and given a blood transfusion but her behavior only becomes more bizarre. Finally, Dr. Woodard put Maggie in the hospital from which she then mysteriously disappears.
The relationship between Barnabas and Maggie will be familiar to anyone who has seen one of the many film versions of Dracula. In these versions a young, innocent girl is preyed upon by Dracula while a group made up of her friends and family rally to save her usually led by someone who has figured out what they are up against. Dark Shadows puts its own twist on this by having Barnabas kidnap Maggie and hold her in the Old House while he tries to convince her she is Josette.
Barnabas's plans, however, meet with frustration as Maggie stubborly refuses to become Josette and clings to her own identity. Maggie escapes from the Old House only to be recaptured by Barnabas, at which point she changes tactics and pretends to be Josette. When Barnabas is convinced that she is finally accepting her fate he prepares to make her his bride.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth is having her own problems with her daughter Carolyn's growing rebellion against the presence of Jason McGuire. Carolyn has become convinced that the locked room in the basement hold the key to Jason's hold over her mother and she finaly prevails upon Elizabeth to open the room. When the room is opened and nothing is discovered, everyone is quite surprised and apologetic to Elizabeth. The family is further surprised when Elizabeth announces that she and Jason are to be married.
Collection 1 also contains interviews with Jonathan Frid, Kathryn Leigh Scott, and John Karlen.
There are three collections before you get to travel back to 1795. If you can afford the $100 to buy them, I don't think that you will be disappointed.
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