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House of Dark Shadows [Blu-ray] [US Import]

Jonathan Frid    Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Jonathan Frid
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008JLBNJE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,131 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Don't waste your time on that CGI laden, mickey-taking Tim Burton remake - treat yourself to the original Dark Shadows movie, directed by Dan Curtis, the creator of the original series. Why waste your time on a pale, pointless copy when you can have the real thing? Curtis wanted to make a film that was accessible to casual viewers, as well as die-hard lovers of the TV series and he makes sure that anyone can enjoy it, fans and non-fans alike.

Barnabas Collins is a vampire who was chained in his coffin 200 years ago - now he's free and returns to Collinwood, the ancestral home. Here he meets a young lady called Maggie Evans, who he believes to be a reincarnation of his lost love, Josette. Barnabas' undead nature is suspected by a couple of scientists, one of whom falls in love with him and tries to cure his vampirism. She succeeds, but when she realises that Barnabas is only interested in Maggie, she betrays him - with horrific consequences.

Faithful to the series, but expanding his canvas with widescreen photography, lavish sets and exteriors, and the kind of bloody violence (for it's time) that was out of the question on the TV show, Curtis has fashioned a most entertaining modern day vampire movie.

Incidentally, the product details on Amazon say it's 4:3 and 1.33:1, but happily this is incorrect. It's a solid 16:9 anamorphic transfer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic fun 2 Jun 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Ignore the remake, this is the real "Dark Shadows". The cast of the original TV show having a great time, throwing every horror cliche in the book at the screen.

It's pretty dated, so don't expect modern effects or production values, but it's a lot of fun.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too late for garlic - we've already dined 17 April 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A superlative production with excellent atmosphere and suitably horrific vampiric menace, presented in high quality and proper theatrical form. Therefore reject pallid imitations, forget crosses and embrace this unholy DVD!
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2.0 out of 5 stars let there be light on this dark shadows 21 Sep 2013
Format:Blu-ray
saw this movie when it first came out in the 70s and thought at the time it was the best none hammer vampire movie out.i never liked the tv show but loved the movie so when i heard the blu-ray was coming out i got it straight away.i love b movies but looking at this one now it plays like a tv movie some of the acting is as wooden as the stakes watch the scene were they corner the female vampire and the actors are looking on the floor for there marks were to stand dont get me wrong i stil enjoy this movie but not as much as i remembered it by the way the disc is a nice transfer and you get a trailer as an extra this wb disc is marked reg1 but is a reg free disc if you enjoy vampire movies none hammer from the 70s try count yorga vampire return of count yorga vampire or blackula okay they are cheap movies but are still fun to watch
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3 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars inaccurate information 19 Oct 2009
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
The video product House of Dark Shadows turns out to have no audio. This was not revealed in the product description. It seems that the product is quite rare. It should be digitally enhanced and brought out on DVD. The film is worthwhile.
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