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House of Dark Shadows [DVD] [1970] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

3.9 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Alliance Inc.
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008JL8NQ0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,034 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Feature film version of the popular TV serial involving a vampire's quest for a cure to marry a lovely mortal.

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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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I read one of the books that came out of the Dark Shadows series many years ago - 30? - however, I never got to see any of the shows and always wondered what they were like - they did have a large following in the USA with conventions and a huge fan base - last year I saw the Depp version and was amused but wanted to see something of the original. Well here is one of the films that grew out of the TV series - it wasn't what I was expecting at all. I thought that the story would be humorous or even comical but this is actually quite a scary horror movie with a nasty villainous and manipulative vampire that could give Dracula a run for his money - I didn't expect the blood and gore but there it is. So why five stars? Well it showed me what I wanted to see 30 odd years ago and it surprised me and that's why the stars are there.
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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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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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If like me you are a fan of your 'old school horror' and own copies of the books 'The Movie Treasury of Horror Movies by Alan Frank' & 'The Pictorial History of Horror Movies by Dennis Gifford (yes, the one with the green cover!) then this film is for you. A worthy entry in the early 1970's horror genre and one that sits quite comfortably alongside other contemporary modern day set vampire films like Count Yorga Vampire, Blacula & Dracula A.D. 1972. The original cast from the horror television series 'DARK SHADOWS' reprise their roles in this gory big screen version of the hit TV show. Jonathan Frid in the title role of Barnabas Collins is a delight to watch as he despatches with many of the cast in his search for his long lost love Josette.... Although hugely popular in the U.S. where it was shown daily on television as a 'Soap Opera' in the late 60's to early 70's, Dark Shadows never caught on over here in Great Britain which is a real shame.
However, as a stand alone movie in its own right 'House of Dark Shadows' works very well and keeps its finger on the pulse in all the right places with some memorable imagery too. A nice edition to any Blu-ray horror collection and yes I can confirm that this American Blu-ray disc will play on your Region B coded player. Snap it up whilst you can. Rejoice, night creatures!
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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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Haven't watched it yet, so I've rated it in the middle for now, although I did see it back in the 70s when it was on at the cinema along with all the old Hammer films of that time and I remember it being good then. I wasn't sure if it would play OK on my DVD/VCR player so I was taking a bit of a risk ordering it, but when I received it I put it in to see if it would be accepted OK and it was, so I will be watching it in earnest some time in the near future. I believe it was revived fairly lately with Johnny Depp playing the role of Barnabus Collins, so to see it advertised with the original Barnabus Collins played by Jonathan Frid, who was quite scary in the style of Count Yorga from the same period, was another reasoin for ordering it.
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