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Dark Shadows [DVD]

Johnny Depp , Eva Green , Bruno Delbonnel    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jonny Lee Miller, ChloŽ Moretz
  • Directors: Bruno Delbonnel
  • Producers: Johnny Depp, Danny Elfman, Christi Dembrowski, David Kennedy, Graham King
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009LQ4LPO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,558 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Tim Burton directs this fantasy drama-horror based on the cult 1960s television series. When playboy Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) breaks the heart of the beautiful Angelique Brouchard (Eva Green), an old family curse is released as Angelique, a witch, turns Barnabas into a vampire before burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. Returning to his former home at Collinwood Manor, he finds his estate in ruins and the dysfunctional dregs of his family in tatters. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has enlisted the services of live-in psychiatrist Dr Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter) to help with her numerous family problems - but between Elizabeth's loser brother, Roger Collins (Jonny Lee Miller), her rebellious teenage daughter, Carolyn Stoddard (Chloe Moretz), and Roger's precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins (Gulliver McGrath), Dr Hoffman has certainly got her work cut out.

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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A typical Burton's film 4 Jun 2012
Format:DVD
Dark Shadows is a typical Burton's film. It comes across as quirky, surreal, gothic and richly entertaining. I enjoyed the film. Johnny Depp proves how versatile he is as an actor. He plays the role of a vampire really well. I love the make -up and the costumes of the characters. The setting sets the tone of the film really well. The characters are interesting and eccentric.

The plot initially starts three centuries ago. The opening sequence shows a young Barnabas and his parents leaving Liverpool for a new life in an American fishing town. The family build a huge mansion. Barnabas becomes a businessmen and a servant played by Eva Green falls for him. She is later rejected and takes revenge by killing the parents. She is a witch. Barnabas returns alive in the 70s. Why going back to the 70s? The TV series is based on the 70s and was never shown in the UK. It is available on DVD, but only sold in the States if you are interested to watch the original TV series. The mansion is passed on to a new generation, who are dysfunctional and strange. Barnabas is a vampire and even the past haunts him, as you are about to discover. The film is filled with plenty of comedy moments and a few glory bloodshot moments. It has a good cast, as Michelle Pfeiffer and Helen Bonham compliment the main characters well with their roles.

Dark Shadows is classed as a comedy film. It is a bit like the Adams family, as it is gothic and vampire influenced. I admit it is not going to be everyone's cup of tea. It is entertaining and worth seeing if you like to have a good laugh, but I would not say it is totally light hearted. The term light hearted is a bit of an understatement, as there are some sickening moments in the film. I enjoyed the film as a whole. I love the 70s nostalgic to the film. The good old days of the decade are relieved with some classic tunes.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! Very entertaining... 22 Oct 2012
By Annie
Format:DVD
I wasn't planning on writing a review but when I saw how the movie review on amazon averaged out as 3.4 I had to step in and help ^_^

This movie is entertaining start to finish, it doesn't have a slow start (unlike other movies, I am sure we can all think of a few that do) it starts of with how Barnabas Collins turned in to a vampire and how he woke up buried alive two centuries later, very behind time.

What made me laugh was how old fashionably he acted towards everyone and Johnny Depp's acting was spot on!

No other actor could have portrayed the character in a more funny way than he did. So this is a must buy.

Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, I wouldn't think twice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A different sort of vampire movie ! 16 Aug 2013
By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
A funny well acted vampire movie for those of us who don't normally like that kind of film , there are plenty of funny scenes and cynical humour not normally associated with American offerings. Some of the music seems strange especially The Carpenters track "Top of the World" although it works very well. There is a lasting image of good triumphing over evil although in this case the good is in the guise of Johnny Depps' character as he eventually gets his revenge on the evil witch who sentenced him to 200 years of solitude. Highly recommended.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight, but entertaining 10 Jun 2012
Format:DVD
I had forgotten that Johnny Depp can also be a serious actor - & here he plays the part of an English aristocrat settler in 1700s America - perfectly: having been turned into a vampire by an insanely jealous witch, he awakes 200 years later in 1970's America. To find a strange world, where the inevitable culture clash between the 2 eras is fertile ground for lots of laughs. And with background music of 1970s pop songs, it really is most enjoyable. Special effects - yes & quite well done, horror - not really, more on a par with Addams Family Values. OK, the plot is a bit simple, but you walk out of the cinema with a smile & not feeling as if you've wasted your money. Would buy the DVD provided it's well below a fiver.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Depp and Tim Burton - who wouldn't watch it 19 April 2013
By JSL
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This film was so funny, I couldn't stop laughing. It was very well acted, especially Johnny Depp, I would recommend it if you want to be entertained and have a good laugh. It was light and enjoyable and not difficult to watch or follow. A thoroughly enjoyable bit of fluff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected as this is so much better 22 Oct 2012
Format:DVD
When you get the pairing of Johnny Depp & Tim Burton you know 2 things
10 Visually impressive with the scenes,back drops & camera usage
2) It will be cooky & entertaining.
This goes so much further than the previous collaborations.
If you have seen the 60's & 90's revival of the classic tv show made in the 60's then you should know this is not like those.
Story line is loosely the same but this has been given a fresh shot of life.
Worth getting as it is the intricate details of Depp's acting that brings this to another level along with the star cast.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light or dark? It's a misfire either way. 16 Nov 2012
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Dark Shadows is directed by Tim Burton and written by John August and Seth Grahame-Smith. It stars Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Moretz, Eva Green, Bella Heathcote, Jonny Lee Miller, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jackie Earle Haley and Gulliver McGrath. Music is by Danny Elfman and cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel. Based on the TV series of the same name, plot finds Depp as Barnabas Collins, a 200 year old vampire returning to the family mansion in 1972 to find his dysfunctional descendants in residence. With his old nemesis still to deal with and the changing of the times complicating matters still further, it's clear Barnabas has much on his hands.

The Burton and Depp combination, coupled with an American fan base of the original TV series, ensured that Dark Shadows made a decent profit at the box office. However, this does in no way prove to be a guide to the quality of Dark Shadows. It is in truth a muddled mess of a picture, in fact it comes off as a selfish exercise, it's a film that Burton and Depp appear to have made purely for themselves. Self confessed fans of the original TV show, of which only a cult fan base existed any way, there's no denying that Burton pleases the eyes with his visuals and Depp engages in that kooky way from the corner of the market he has cornered, but even their hardiest of fans must be growing a little concerned about the lack of feeling for their audience.

The film actually starts off quite promising, prologue and lead characters in place, a whiff of comedic horror in the air, but once Barnabas is unearthed from his 200 year old grave, it all goes quickly down hill. Not sure if it wants to be funny or creepy, or what pace of scene or tone should follow each set-up, it's weird for all the wrong reasons.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
I thought this film was dreadful, totally ridiculous and unbelievable however my children seemed to enjoy it hence the 2 stars rather than just 1.
Published 22 days ago by Miss Victoria L Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I love Johnny Depp and bought this DVD because from the adverts it looked very funny. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed. Read more
Published 23 days ago by M
5.0 out of 5 stars FANS WILL ENJOY THIS DVD
BOUGHT AS PRESENT RECPIENT VERY HAPPY . BIG FAN SO WILL WATCH MANY TIMES RECOMEMEND TO ALL FANS . GREATGIFT FOR ANY FAN
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Poll
4.0 out of 5 stars Unfair feedback by others
I watched this film expecting it to be rubbish from taking any notice from other reviewers, the feedback which has been previously left by watchers is not justified although it was... Read more
Published 2 months ago by septimus-blake
5.0 out of 5 stars Tim Burton's best movie
For me personally, this is Tim Burton's best movie of all of his. The storytelling in this, just flows so nicely. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael B.
1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless and Silly
Good cast and well produced, but the story is inane. Didn't realise quite how bad a film it was until half way. I tried to find the puns funny, but was really struggling. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert Carr
1.0 out of 5 stars what was that
tim burton. master of gothic. great talented cast. what was that. oh that did not work on any level. really silly and boring crap
Published 2 months ago by Ed
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Don't understand how this film has got such high ratings. I found it boring and childish. At times I wondered if it was supposed to be a comedy, it was that stupid. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. Gibbs
5.0 out of 5 stars amazon the BEST,
love johnny depp. all is films are first class must say I am not inpresed by Edward sizerhands but not his fault just naff tail..
Published 2 months ago by ken dutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
Brilliant film. I don't think it did so well at the box office. I can't understand how. Hilarious maybe there are a lot of people out there who don't have a dry sense of humour?
Published 2 months ago by J
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