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Dark Shadows : The Original TV Series (The Barnabas Collins Episodes) [DVD]

Jonathan Frid , Alexandra Isles , Lela Swift    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Jonathan Frid, Alexandra Isles, Joan Bennett, Louis Edmonds, Nancy Barrett
  • Directors: Lela Swift
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Metrodome Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: 30 April 2012
  • Run Time: 428 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0077NF7AQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,693 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

An introduction to the classic gothic horror TV series which ran for five seasons and more than 1,200 episodes.


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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great First U.K. Release For Cult US Classic 3 May 2012
By JPE
Format:DVD
The entire series of Dark Shadows has been available in the US for some time now, with a lavish complete series box set of all 1200+ episodes released this year. Of course due to the Tim Burton movie interest in the original show is high enough for Metrodome to release this budget set in Britain.

You might have already read about Dark Shadows' wonky sets, stiff acting, flubbed lines and so on and so on - it's the usual things that come out whenever the show is written about. However, read anything by a fan of the show or someone who likes it and you should also learn about the tremendous performances (Frid, Karlen et al), the imaginative and at the time unprecedented use of the supernatural in daytime television, and the wonderful atmosphere of the show. It's also unafraid to use literary inspirations for the plots, and go not just to the edge but gleefully over it.

Make no mistake, this is niche cult programming (not the 'cult' of Lost for example), and coming to it from a modern perspective the pacing (don't forget, it was one of many daytime soaps in America and is very talky, many episodes utilising only one plotline or small group of actors) takes some getting used to.

The thing is though, if you get into it and let the feel and ambition of it take over it is truly magnificent comfort fare, and the enthusiasm and creativity of the cast and crew carry it across its five year run. Dark Shadows was big enough at the time to inspire a Canadian attempt at the same type of thing (Strange Paradise, 1969-70) and two motion pictures. Since then conventions, novels, merchandise, a revival in 1991 (also out on DVD and worth checking out), 2004 (which never made it to air) and fan passion have kept it talked about and revisited.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete cult 19 May 2012
Format:DVD
Plenty of good reviews here of the series which helped me decide to purchase. Yes, the acting is sometimes unnerving but often excrutiating, it's done low budget soap style in single takes (great drinking game spotting fluffed lines), and the black&whiteness of it is a creepy atmospheric bonus. It's a bit slow, but they feed you plot increments each episode like a good soap should, and characters have a history and often a secret. Unfortunately, though, this is only the introduction to Barnabus. His mystery is paper-thin from the start, and you don't get to know him well beyond his leanings towards young women. Just as things seem to come to a head, and you feel the buildup was worth it, you realise this 3-disc set has only 2 discs (20 episodes) of Dark Shadows. This, then, is taster only, and all talk of ghosts and ghouls is by reviewers who've watched well beyond these episodes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing Scenes 21 Oct 2013
By Pops
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Looked like this company has ripped the customer short, the episodes in this set have scenes missing, shocking ! 4 stars as this is a must view and becomes addictive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good TV series for Dark Shadows fans 3 May 2014
By 2-6-2
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it's a good TV series for Dark Shadows fans
and I would love to get this Dark Shadows DVD again
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking series. 6 Mar 2014
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Watched the film first and thought it was great fun, so decided to buy the DVD for the family. Was not disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great espisodes but so few 21 Feb 2014
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I watched some episodes of this series when I was 8 years old (I'm now 54) and I was scared--such mysterious characters. Now I see the episodes and they seem to me to be good examples of fine acting. I live in Spain so I can't view or buy the US market edition of this series which has over 200 episodes. The twenty I can see in this European edition are wonderful but too too few.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Original 25 Oct 2013
By JHvW
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The series was poorly adapted to a motion picture by Tim Burton. These originals will probably be a little stiff if you are not a fan of the period and genre. Remember that these are television episodes.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Shadows comes to UK DVD at last 9 Feb 2013
Format:DVD
This first ever UK DVD release of the original TV series has proved to be somewhat contentious. Discs one and two each contain 10 complete episodes - actually the first 20 featuring Barnabas Collins, played by the late Jonathan Frid. The episodes are preceded by a summary of the story so far. Disc three contains 3 hours worth of featurettes, interviews and clips from the series.

Barnabas was not part of the original concept of Dark Shadows, and was only added as an attempt to boost ratings. The character captured the imagination of the audience, and creator/producer Dan Curtis had to abandon his original plan to kill the vampire off. Jonathan Frid quickly became the star of the show, and the rest is history.

Dark Shadows was never shown in Britain (to the best of my knowledge), and the set serves as an excellent introduction for UK viewers who may have had the misfortune to see that Tim Burton rubbish, and want to sample the real thing.

I was always reading about Dark Shadows in sci-fi magazines throughout the 70s and was intrigued. It wasn't until the 90s when I found a very old VHS tape of the first movie spin-off, House Of Dark Shadows, that I was able to sample the Collinwood saga for myself, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Naturally, I was thrilled when this DVD came out, even though the packaging is somwehat sullied by the references to that Tim Burton horror. At last I could watch some of the series itself.

Ay, and there's the rub. After 20 episodes, I was completely hooked and then....no more! Left hanging, and desperately wanting to find out what happens to Barnabas and Maggie, and the rest of the characters.
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