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Dark Shadows: The Complete Original Series

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  • Actors: Joan Bennett, Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Louis Edmonds, Jerry Lacy
  • Directors: Dan Curtis, Dennis Kane, Henry Kaplan, Jack Sullivan, John Sedwick
  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 131
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Phase 4
  • Release Date: July 10 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B007PZ6SYK
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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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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Feb. 20 2012
Format: DVD
Long before vampires were turned into sparkling emo teenagers, they were imbued with a sense of old-world romance and mystery.

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.
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I won’t try to describe this sublime series in a couple of sentences as many reviewers before me have already done that very well. Horror, suspense, gothic romance and drama, Dark Shadows really has something for everyone.

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.
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I have been a fan of Dark Shadows ever since I was 9 or 10 years old and would race home from school to watch it . . . until my mother forbade me, thinking it was inappropriate for a young child. Fast forward many years, and I began ordering the dvds from Netflix and over the course of two or three years, worked my way through about half the series. Then disaster struck. I moved to Canada, which does not have Netflix DVD service, and my access to Dark Shadows, and my quest to watch all 1225 episodes ground to a halt. Then I discovered this wonderful coffin set, containing each and every episode, plus interviews, bloopers, and more. I wanted it, but didn't feel I could justify spending the price. After a lot of teeth gnashing and angst over missing my show, I asked for, and received, my very own coffin set of Dark Shadows for my birthday! Opening the box was a revelation. The set comes well packed in an inner and outer box, with the inner box containing cardboard inserts to cradle and protect the DVD case. And pictures really do not convey how impressive the coffin case is. The cardboard is sturdy and thick, with the hinged lid fitting very well onto the bottom. Opening the case, the interior looks just like the interior of a padded coffin, and the spines of the individual dvd cases present a photo of Barnabus Collins lying in the coffin. The individual dvd cases fit well and snugly into the box. Each dvd case holds multiple dvds, and the dvds themselves are very high quality - certainly better than the ones I was renting from Netflix! The set also comes with an episode guide, which will come in very handy for revisiting favorite episodes (Willy opening the coffin!).Read more ›
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