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Dark Shadows DVD Collection 2

4.6 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews

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Product Description

Fans of this singular daytime series fell hard for its protagonist, Barnabas Collins, and it's easy to see why. Rarely has a 175-year-old guilt-ridden vampire conveyed so effectively a blend of menace and vulnerability. For gothic, ghoulish entertainment, life in the shadowy world of Collinswood can't be beat. The strange saga continues in this set, which finds our hero and his coterie dealing with blackmail, revenge, a kidnapping and ill-fated love. 16 hours on 4 DVDs.

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With its alluring tales of Gothic mystery and supernatural intrigue, Dark Shadows became one of the most popu lar daytime series of all time. Since first airing on ABC-TV from 1966-71, Dark Shadows has earned the reputation as be ing 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.

Barnabas locks the kidnapped Maggie Evans in an Old House basement cell, hoping she will submit to becoming the re-creation of his lost love, Josette. A strange young girl in old-fashioned clothing appears to Maggie and, later, to handyman Willie Loomis , who informs Barnabas she claims to live at the Old House. As Elizabeth Collins Stoddard prepares to marry blackmailer Jason McGuire, she reveals a dark secret to governess Victoria Winters, Posing as an historian, Dr. Julia Hoffman arrives at Collinwo od to investigate Maggie's disappearance. Bonuses include exclusive interviews with series creator and executive producer Dan Curtis and actors Alexandra Moltke, Nancy B arrett, and Dennis Patrick. Starring: Joan Bennett, Jonathan Frid, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Louis Edmonds, Nancy Barrett, David He nesy, Clarice Blackburn, John Karlen, Anthony George, Dennis Patrick, Joel Crothers, David Ford, Grayson Hall, Dana Elcar, Robe rt Gerringer, Sharon SMythe, Michael Hadge, House Jameson, and Alexandra Moltke. Black and white, approx. 14 hours.

Special Features

  • 40 complete episodes (nos. 251-290)
  • Bonus interviews with series creator/executive producer Dan Curtis and actors Alexandra Moltke, Nancy Barrett, and Dennis Patrick

Product Details

  • Actors: Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Alexandra Isles, Nancy Barrett, Joan Bennett
  • Writers: Dan Curtis
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Mpi Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 27, 2002
  • Run Time: 840 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000060MVO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,439 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dark Shadows DVD Collection 2" on IMDb

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By David H. Downing on September 5, 2005
Format: DVD
DARK SHADOWS has become a classic for being the first soap opera to revolve around supernatural horror, and to do so while keeping its characters believable and its situations plausible.

As this installment begins, DS's most famous character. the 175-year-old vampire Barnabas Collins, is passing himself off as a cousin from England, while secretly holding waitress Maggie Evans prisoner. Maggie escapes, in a nearly catatonic state, with the help of a mysterious little girl named Sarah, who appears to her and several others. Maggie is sent to Windcliff, a sanitarium run by Dr. Julia Hoffman, who finds Maggie's case especially fascinating.

Back at Collinwood, Jason McGuire is blackmailing Elizabeth Stoddard into marrying him. In protest, Elizabeth's daughter Carolyn threatens to marry a hippie biker named Buzz. At the pivotal moment, Elizabeth reveals the secret she and Jason have been keeping between them. But there's a REAL secret Jason has been keeping from Elizabeth. Jason ultimately has a run-in with Barnabas.

Barnabas invites the family to a dinner party to celebrate his restoration of the Old House. His goal is to attract Victoria, but his plan backfires when the family decides to hold a seance.

Meanwhile, Dr. Hoffman comes to stay at Collinwood, posing as a historian, to investigate her private suspicions about Maggie's case. She discovers exactly what Barnabas is and confronts him -- which is where set 2 ends.

This installment continues to expand Barnabas's character beyond simple villain.
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I'm going to review the content of Collection 2 instead of the series like the other reviewers here. It should be mentioned that the 8 weeks of episodes on collection 2 are a big improvement over collection 1 which was good, but a little slow at times. By these episodes, the writers seemed to have figured out what to do with Barnabas and a few old stale plot lines are tossed to the curb. I think that new fans who bought collection 1 but were on the fence about whether to check out collection 2 or not should go ahead and give it a try. I'm convinced the improved pacing of these episodes will make you a fan!
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Barnabas Collins and the rest of the gang return for more on Dark Shadows DVD Collection 2! This Collection, which contains VHS Volumes 5-12 on 4 discs, is more of a transitional set. In these episodes, the storylines from Collection 1 come to a close and the new storylines begin. Right off the bat, we see the conclusion of the Barnabas kidnapping Maggie storyline, and then we focus on the impending wedding of blackmailer Jason McGuire and Elizabeth Collins Stoddard. Near the end of this Collection, we see the introduction of Dr. Julia Hoffman, who arrives at Collinwood to investigate Maggie's disappearance.
Also on these DVD's we get bonus interviews from Dan Curtis (Producer), Nancy Barrett (Carolyn Stoddard), Dennis Patrick (Jason McGuire), and Alexandra Moltke (Victoria Winters). Once again, the picture and sound qualities are in great shape. Also like the first Collection, these episodes are all in black and white. Looking forward to Collection 3, which will include color episodes!
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Its said that Dark Shadows didn't really get rolling and gain its claim to immortality until Jonathan Frid entered in the second season... and that's where collection 1 starts. Amazingly, as you sit through Collection 1 and 2 you can REALLY feel momentum building. A downside of many DVD collections (and TV series) is that with time you get used to them and start to lose interest. True cult TV holds up over time, and even moreso, great TV sticks with you for years after the first time you saw it. Dark Shadows is often described as "short lived" for a soap opera (4 years) but when you consider the fact that the shows were on almost daily and unlike sitcoms and other shows the plots had to continue from episode to episode it is amazing. - - I literally sat through some of the disks in a day and when they ended my first thought wasn't what to do next - - turn off the TV and get a night of sleep, or continue to watch, watch, watch and watch and get MORE and MORE. - - 4 or 8 hours of any TV show will usually exhaust you. Not DARK SHADOWS... the characters are amazing, and at times the acting and dialogue is really edgey...again amazing, because its a soap opera, and also because its a GOTHIC HORROR soap. How can you combine the reality and human element of a soap with - - vampires and witches and do so in a way that both are packed with emotion and drama??? Apparently the entire cast, production team and writers of DARK SHADOWS knew how... and that's why the DVDs are worth having. Forget waiting for the reruns to come back on CABLE TV... odds are it'll be cancelled after about a year or they'll jump seasons for some stupid reason. Own it and resign yourself to fate. Reality is you will probably be losing a lot of sleep and late for a lot of appointments... This is CULT TV at its best ! !Read more ›
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