Dark Shadows 21
In the strange and terrifying world of parallel time in 1970, Angelique, the witch, torments Maggie Collins with her supernatural powers, causing Maggie to fear her husband, Quentin. Angelique reveals her true identity to her father, Timothy Stokes and warns housekeeper Julia Hoffman that the vampire Barnabas Collins must be destroyed. After his secret is discovered, John Yaeger, the evil alter-ego of scientist Cyrus Longworth, kidnaps Maggie. Barnabas returns to Collinwood in regular time to notify Dr. Julia Hoffman of the perils occuring in parallel time, where her counterpart discovers Barnabas' coffin and makes plans to stake him. Longing to discover who she is, Barnabas initiates an experiment to revive the body of the mysterious and beautiful Roxanne Drew, with whom he becomes obsessed. After a series of deaths, a crazed Stokes sets fire to Collinwood.
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I watched Dark Shadows when it originally aired back in the 1960's. I was in grade school then and the other kids told me about it. Barnabus Collins was already a part of the show when I started watching it. Many years later I started to rent the videos from Blockbuster and then I began to buy them from Amazon. The nice thing about buying these collections is that I can watch all of the episodes in order! This collection is as good as I expected it to be based upon the other collections that I have bought so far.
The master tapes for several episodes have some errors in them and the video producers have chosen to leave them in the DVD's in order to avoid cutting out any content. I am not bothered by that but some perfectionists may be. You will notice things like the sound booms in the scenes, extra people who are not supposed to be in the scenes, vampires who are still seen in mirors, and some of the actors flubbing their lines. This occurs throught the series because of the live taping that was done in the 1960's and 1970's. Again, I am not bothered by any of this and find it quite comical.
Mike Serovey, MA, MISM
Owner & Webmaster of Mike Serovey Reviews (website)
Dark Shadows: DVD Collection 13
Dr. Woodard was killed by Barnabas with the help of Dr. Julia Hoffman. Woodard knew everything about Barnabas. David told Woodard and Burke about the secret room in the Mausoleum.
Burke Devlin died from a plane crash in the Amazon jungle.
Dr. Hoffman continued her tests on Barnabas by his own insistent orders. Dr. Julia Hoffman warns him the vaccine is not ready yet. He wants to live as a human again and be out in the daylight. The tests go wrong and Barnabas becomes a 140 year old man.
Carolyn has also seen Sarah, the child ghost. She now believes everything David has told her. Carolyn sneaks in to Barnabas' basement, as David did before, and finds the coffin. The aged Barnabas captures Carolyn and attacks her with his fangs. Carolyn is now under the spell of Barnabas. Since they are cousins, if Carolyn helps Victoria into Barnabas' plans, he will give Carolyn eternal life.
On a stormy night, Dr. Hoffman is haunted by the unsettled ghost of Dr. Woodard. She looks for Sarah at the Mausoleum and she appears to her. Hoffman is then haunted by two spirit voices and blood oozes from a crypt. Back at the Collinwood Mansion, she continues to be haunted all by herself without anyone else there.
Hoffman goes berserk.
The next week, Sarah finally appears to her brother, Barnabas, to save Dr. Hoffman from the vampire's hands. Julia tells the Collins family they must have a seance to bring forth the spirit of Sarah to help David. Barnabas joins the seance.
Carolyn fakes the transformation, but Sarah comes through and speaks from Victoria. Sarah tells of her most frightening night in 1795.
Suddenly the lights go out. When Barnabas turns the lights on, a different woman is at the table. She is Phyllis Wick, the governess for Sarah from 1795. Victoria has disappeared. She has been transported through time into 1795. Victoria is standing in front of the Old House. She meets Barnabas and Sarah. The house is so new-looking. She is told Collinwood is being built. She meets Nathan Forbes, Barnabas' mother Naomi Collins, Abigail Collins, Jeremiah Collins, Joshua Collins, Angelique, Natalie DuPres, Andre DuPres and Josette DuPres.
Barnabas is set to marry Josette in one month...not if Angelique has her way.
She just tried to kill Barnabas with her powers.
And now the gothic story of DARK SHADOWS continues:
Disc One: November 28--December 11, 1967 (Episodes 372-381)
These episodes include: Thayer David, Alexandra Moltke, Louis Edmonds, Lara Parker, Anthony George, Nancy Barrett, Jonathan Frid, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Grayson Hall, David Ford, Joan Bennett, Joel Crothers, Paul Kirk Giles, David Cryer, the cat.
All episodes are in color.
In episode 379, you may catch the top of the head of a stagehand where the cat was sitting. It's so hard for a cat to be on cue.
The end of this disc has an interview with Jonathan Frid.
Disc Two: December 12--December 26, 1967 (Episodes 382-392)
Also in these episodes: Clarice Blackburn, Dan Morgan, Jerry Lacy, Timothy Gordon.
All episodes are in color.
Episode 387 is a shocker! Two people unexpectedly kiss for the first time.
The cast had Christmas Day off.
The end of this disc has an interview with Kathryn Leigh Scott.
Disc Three: December 27, 1967--January 9, 1968 (Episodes 393-402)
All episodes are in color.
Episode 397: As Barnabas leaves out the door and Jeremiah appears, you can see the stagehand grab the door knob.
The end of this disc has an interview with Jerry Lacy.
Disc Four: January 10--January 23, 1968 (Episodes 403-412).
All episodes in color.
Also in these episodes: Roger Davis as "Peter Bradford", Addison Powell and Jack Stamberger.
The end of this disc includes an interview with music composer Robert Cobert.
Costume design by Ramse Mostoller.
Brought to you by MPI Home Video/MPI Media Group
4 discs total. 10 episodes on each disc. Total 40 episodes. Every episode will play right into the next episode.
It may only take you 3 hours, 45 mins. to watch each disc.
Every episode is uncut and unedited as broadcast. If any episode was pre-empted, you will see everything you were suppose to see.
The next set to buy is Dark Shadows DVD Collection 6.
or you can buy Dark Shadows: The Complete Original Series (Deluxe Edition).
Dark Shadows (1966-71) was videotaped at ABC Studios, Studio 16, Manhattan, New York.
Dark Shadows (ABC 1966-71).
House of Dark Shadows (1970).
Night of Dark Shadows (1971) (1971).
Dark Shadows: The Revival - The Complete Series (NBC 1990-91).
Dark Shadows (2012). Jonathan Frid, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Lara Parker and David Selby make a cameo appearance.
Jonathan Frid passed away peacefully in his sleep of natural causes, April 14, 2012. He was 87.