Dark Shadows: The Beginning
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DVD Collection 1
4-Disc includes Episodes 1- 35.
Original Airdates: June 27, 1966 - August 12, 1966
Street Date: August 28, 2007
Series ran 1966-1971
For the first time on DVD you can watch that kooky vampire Barnabas
Collins and his starchy family wreak havoc on a quaint little
New England town called Collinsport.
you’ve experienced the show, then you know. For those who
haven’t got a clue, this is a find. You’ve probably
heard the lore of the vampire soap opera. Now you can relive the
hit, one episode at a time.
Home Video has included the early episodes (BBC “Before
Barnabas Collins”) for its first batch. It’s filled
with foreboding suspense that will have your fangs drooling and
your MasterCard ready for the next batch.
have included the show’s first 35 half hours with the premier
episode — with the original commercials!
Dark Shadows show was created by Dan Curtis. It’s this wonderfully
dark soap-opera based on a Kennedy-esque family in upper Maine.
creepy family (complete with old-school dram styles) hires a beautiful
governess named Victoria (Alexandra Moltke). It turns out this
gal will raise the dead. Literally.
this series introduction does not include the charming “visiting”
kinfolk, Barnabas (Jonathan Frid), but it is none-the-less worth
every cent. The production values are low, but the suspense levels
are high. Thanks to the music, even walking up the stairs is ominous.
folks get off the train in Collinsport in the fisrt episode. The
nanny and Burke Devlin. Devlin (the original one: Mitch Ryan)
has something on Uncle Roger (Louis Edmonds). Of course it will
take half a dozen episodes for us to be in on it. But that's the
glory of this over-the-top series.
Curtis said that the famous vampire was an after-thought. The
ratings would skyrocket after every crazy supernatural cast member
was introduced. So, he decided to throw a British-laced vampire
into the script in 1967. Viola! A legend is born. Err, reborn.
this daytime mega-hit goes for it. The family is just bizarre.
There’s the nutso kid, an über-selfish fore-mention
uncle, a few conniving cousins and the mansion’s widow to
the stories go on there will be a few classic monsters added for
your perusal. And before you know it, the show goes off the deep
end: you’ll meet a bevy of driven witches and mysterious
ghosts, with lusty undertones stitched all the way through.
show’s fashions are pure late ’60s. From the heavy
eye-liner to the go-go boots, the release may just restart the
Joan Bennett, Louis Edmonds, Nancy Barrett, Mitchell Ryan, Kathryn
Leigh Scott, David Henesy, Joel Crothers, Mark Allen, George Mitchell,
Frank Schofield, Elizabeth Wilson, Conrad Bain, Michael Currie,
Jane Rose, Barnard Hughes, Joseph Julian, Katherine Bruce and
Dark Shadows Introduction with Alexandra Moltke (Victoria Winters)
Shadows History with Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans).
1 with the original 1966 commercials.
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