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  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jonny Lee Miller, Chloë Moretz
  • Directors: Tim Burton
  • Producers: Johnny Depp, Christi Dembrowski, David Kennedy, Graham King, Richard D. Zanuck
  • Format: Widescreen, PAL
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Whv
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct. 2012
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (470 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009LQ4LPO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,537 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

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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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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It had huge potential and had some great moments but something was missing. It looked as if Burton had begun with a bigger film, one that had many more well fleshed out characters but then he had trimmed it back and focused just on Johnny Depp. This meant that there was an overall feeling that scenes had been cut - I actually thought I had fallen asleep and missed minutes of the film because people just seemed to disappear. hence I was a little disappointed
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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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The film received mixed reviews, for me, this is 'Johnny Depp' at his deliciously wicked best.
His family arrived in America many years ago, and built a fine fishing business calling the town -'Collinsport' along with a splendid mansion.
'Barnabas' who finishes an affair with one of the house servants has picked the wrong lady to mess with.............she's a 'witch'
she places a curse on the 'Collins' family killing the parents and condemning 'Barnabas' with a life as a 'vampire'
Unable to win him back she has him buried in a coffin secured by chains......................'196' years later a group of workmen uncover the coffin and cut the chains, 'Barnabas' is freed.
It's a strange world, '1972' so much has changed, he returns to the family home to find it run down, however the home is still occupied by the 'Collins' descendants, who are some what dysfunctional.
'Barnabas' discovers the business is now run by .............and yes,'the witch 'Angelique' (Eva Green) that had condemned him nearly 200 years ago................well 'mayhem' is about to break out as 'Barnabas' sets out to re-build that which the family had lost.
'Angelique' has other ideas.
Among the cast members also on-board - 'Michelle Pfeiffer' (Elizabeth Collins Stoddard) 'Helen Bonham Carter' (Dr Julia Hoffman) 'Chloe Grace Moretz' (Carolyn Stoddard) 'Christopher Lee' (Clarney) and 'Alice Cooper' (as himself) among
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Whilst once Tim Burton was a magical director who films you could not miss, he has now gone past off the boil and into tepid to the touch. ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Planet of the Apes’ are two particularly unwatchable films from his past. ‘Dark Shadows’ does not quite fall to these depths, but is not far off. Based on a cult TV show that not many people in the UK will know, it follows the exploits of the Collins family and in particular Barnabas – who happens to be a vampire. He is awakened in the 1970s and must try and reverse his family’s fortunes.

Like a drunk at a bar, ‘Dark Shadows’ falls between stools. Is it a horror, comedy, family saga? It is all of these things, but also none of them. If you had to pigeonhole it with a genre, it would be – messy. The best elements are certainly the humorous ones; Eva Green is great as a vampish witch and hams up the screen nicely. However, the horrific elements seem poorly judged. We are meant to feel sympathy to Barnabas, but he kills indiscriminately on more than one occasion during the film. What could have had some family friendly credentials are thrown out for apparently no reason.

The worst elements of the film are the editing and story. It feels almost directionless at times blundering around with nothing happening and then something from leftfield just popping up. The film has more than a faint whiff of ‘The Addams Family’ about it, but whilst that film has lurched into cinema history glory, ‘Dark Shadows’ is just another nail in Burton’s once great career coffin.

With all the special effects on offer trying to distract you from the nonsensical plot, Blu-ray is the way to go. There are plenty of behind the scenes extras for anyone who wants to know more about how the film was seemingly thrown together.
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