Dark Shadows: The Complete Original Series
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Massive set in heavy box shaped like a coffin. Tons of extra features and guide book to every episode with photos. Has the two episodes as originally aired that have been edited in previous versions.
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And for a lot of people, that came from "Dark Shadows." This gothic soap opera had its cheesy moments here and there, but it had that rare quality of being addictive and entertaining even as it had vampires, ghosts and werewolves. Even better: it drips with traditional gothic atmosphere, with a young woman afloat in a dark, gloomy house filled with secrets.
Victoria Winters (Alexandra Moltke) arrives in Maine to be a governess to the reclusive Collins family, intending to find out about her past (since she seems to have some kind of connection to them... or something). Instead, she finds a big stew of weird -- the mansion of Collinswood apparently has ghosts and magic, as well as a vampire in the mausoleum.
Yes, Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) is in the mausoleum... and his entrance (and subsequent transformation into the primary character) is the point when the show went from "okay" to "awesome." From then on, the story unfolds into a long, complicated tangle of lost love, amnesia, time travel, witchcraft, MORE ghosts, reincarnation, golems, body-swapping sorcerers, the ancient Leviathans and a parallel universe -- all centered on the Collins family.
It's really quite hard to summarize the entire series, but suffice to say that "Dark Shadows" is a pretty delicious series -- it drips with romanticized gothic atmosphere, with plenty of classic tropes (vampires, ghosts, even a Frankenstein monster). And for a soap opera of any type -- be it supernatural or mundane -- it's actually very well written, with distinct plot arcs and ongoing plot threads.Read more ›
I do think that it is worth mentioning though that the video & audio quality of the episodes are beyond impressive. They are the same as the individual DVD releases, but given the practice of wiping soap opera episodes from this time period and well into the late ‘70s, it really is a miracle that the complete series of Dark Shadows even exists. The set also hosts a large collection of must-see special features.
Before I purchased this, I viewed many different pictures online of the large coffin box that houses the massive collection of all 1,225 episodes, but I was beyond impressed when it was delivered to my door and I got my first look at it. Pictures just don’t do it justice! MPI definitely had the collector in mind with this impressive presentation that begs to be showcased.
I’ve read other reviews where fans were disappointed with the final product, but I have to respectfully disagree with those naysayers. The detailing on the strong cardboard coffin is impressive and the product is very sturdy. I love the way the red lettering of the show’s logo on the top of the black packaging really pops. When all of the DVDs are removed from the box I also discovered that there’s even great detail on the bottom of the coffin that unless you emptied it, you wouldn’t even see. There are also metal hinges on the left side and a ribbon to hold the lid open when retrieving the DVDs. The picture of Barnabas that the DVD’s spines make up is also a lot sharper than I expected.Read more ›
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Beautiful box set, well worth the cost. Was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the box, looks like the mfg took a lot of time and care with the artwork and the beautiful... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
A great addition to my to my Collection republished in these great volumes I have the originals and these are fantasticPublished on Jan. 29 2014 by Peter Robertson
The coffin is a good conversation piece. The original series is recorded as it was without any editing. With 130 discs; it is a long watch; took me 5 months to see it all. Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2013 by CRYSTALLINE
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