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Dark Shadows DVD Collection 4

Dark Shadows DVD Collection 4

  • With its alluring tales of Gothic mystery and supernatural intrigue, Dark Shadows became one of the most popular daytime series of all time. Since first airing on ABC-TV from 1966-71, Dark Shadows has earned the reputation as being one of the most unusual and enduring programs in television history. The character of Barnabas Collins, a guilt-ridden 175-year-old vampire, brought the show tremendous

With its alluring tales of Gothic mystery and supernatural intrigue, Dark Shadows became one of the most popular daytime series of all time. Since first airing on ABC-TV from 1966-71, Dark Shadows has earned the reputation as being one of the most un

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  1. E. Hornaday says:
    21 of 22 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Passport to Collinwood, April 11, 2005
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    This review is from: Dark Shadows DVD Collection 4 (DVD)

    For pure Dark Shadows at its classic best, this box set presents 40 episodes that portend the core brilliance of what has made this supernatural daytime series endure these past 38 years: Love, death, fear, longing, revenge, obsession, lies, secrets, loyalty and betrayal all played out against a compelling backdrop of Gothic sensibilities that include a 175-year-old guilt-ridden and love-lorn vampire, seances, time travel, ghosts, mystery, murder, intrigue and a constant dose of the unexpected.

    This “soap opera” managed to transcend its genre by bringing a taste of Gothic horror and science-fiction fantasy to the hum-drum world of the afternoon drama, and DVD Collection 4 underscores that more than any of the previous Dark Shadows DVD releases. In fact, almost every important recurring Dark Shadows theme that was to take the series through its entire five-year run and into TV immortality is represented somewhere within the episodes of this amazing box set.

    The vampire Barnabas Collins, portrayed brilliantly by the classically trained actor Jonathan Frid, was to be a temporary character that would be killed off following a reign of terror, but Frid’s compelling characterization caused Barnabas to remain throughout the series as ratings sored and Frid became a national phenomenon among viewers.

    In this box set, the “human side” of Barnabas is about to be revealed for the first time when governess Victoria Winters is transported back in time via a seance. The seance is an attempt by the Collins family to reach the ghost of a little girl named “Sarah,” who has being appearing to aid those in Collinwood. Sarah is actually the 10-year-old sister of Barnabas, whom he loves deeply, and who died tragically.

    During the seance, Victoria abruptly disappears from the Collins’ drawing room and ends up in the Collinwood of 1795 where she eventually meets the Barnabas Collins of that time. This is Barnabas BEFORE a viscious curse had turned him into a vampire.

    Viewers discover that Barnabas is about to wed the love of his life, Josette Du Pres, but a jealous servant of Josette’s with whom Barnabas had brief affair, successfully plots to ruin their relationship. The servant, Angelique, portrayed with stunning ability by Lara Parker, is actually a witch born in Martinique who uses her supernatural powers to wreck havoc on the pair and almost everyone else in Collinwood.

    The story of Barnabas, his love for Josette that ends tragically and his involuntary transformation into a vampire is the cornerstone for all of the later story arcs that are to come in the series. It also is the first of many stories that utilizes the core cast of this amazing series to play their own relatives or other people in the past.

    This box set also provides some of the most compelling episodes in present-day Collinwood as Barnabas struggles to become human. Dr. Julia Hoffman, played by the Emmy-worthy actress Grayson Hall, has fallen in love with Barnabas and is willing to do anything to help him. To that end, she performs a series of experiments that result in a serium she injects him with to end his vampire torment. Unfortunately, the injections result in Barnabas beginning to age to his true years — 175! Amazing makeup for Frid makes the transformation believable.

    The production quality of these box sets are stunning considering the original source material did not make it through the decades as unscathed as did the reputation of this incredible series. In two words: Buy It!

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  2. Music Fan-atic "Glen" says:
    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Guilty Pleasures: Dark Shadows on DVD!, June 28, 2005
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    This review is from: Dark Shadows DVD Collection 4 (DVD)

    Beginning with Collection 3 of Dark Shadows on DVD, we start some of the earlier color episodes. Although the black & white episodes hold an atmospheric moodiness that goes with the show, nothing is lost here in the color episodes. Instead, the color adds to the richness of the backdrop and sets and adds to the eerieness of the program. In Collection 4 the story of Barnabas further unfolds as the then evil vampire becomes impatient with Dr. Hoffman’s experiment and orders her to accelerate his cure to human form. Desperate because his secret is ever increasingly being threatened by the curiosity of young David Collins and his anxiousness to be with Victoria Winters, the experiment backfires causing Barnabas to age rapidly to his true age of 200+ years! Carolyn, unwittingly stumbles upon the aged Barnabas who falls upon her for her much needed blood. Meanwhile a seance is performed to contact the spirit of Barnabas’ sister,Sarah, but something goes wrong and Victoria Winters is mysteriously thrust back to the year 1795…..to the Collins estate, to relive the fateful days that lead up to Barnabas’ fateful curse! This is a great volume filled with awesome storylines, an incredible way to outline Barnabas’ back history! The picture quality on the DVDs is breathtaking for a show as old as this! Kudos to MPI for such an enormously popular undertaking! Worth the price of admission!

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  3. Joseph P. Menta, Jr. says:
    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Another solid set of episodes, this time spanning the centuries, February 28, 2006
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    Joseph P. Menta, Jr. (Philadelphia, PA USA) –
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    This review is from: Dark Shadows DVD Collection 4 (DVD)

    Dark Shadows Collection 4 delivers forty more episodes of involving, effective gothic melodrama, made more potent by the inclusion of a couple of especially dramatic developments: Barnabas moving beyond his frequent empty threats of violence and actually killing someone to keep the truth of his existence a secret, and, later in the set, a sudden and unexpected trip to the past to show us the origin of the undead Barnabas. All great stuff.

    But first, a playful, minor quibble. It’s actually kind of cheesy that when we shift to the past, members of the 18th century Collins family are played by the same actors who perform in the present-day storylines. In actuality, only Jonathan Frid as Barnabas should have appeared in both time frames, due to the fact that he’s playing the same (ultimately immortal) character in both storylines! But I guess budget limitations prevented the use of a fresh batch of actors for the earlier sequences. At least Victoria Winters, after she goes back in time, DOES think it is curious that everyone looks the same as their 20th century descendents, but then no further explanation is given as to why they look the same. Oh, well.

    In any event, viewers quickly get caught up in the colonial-era proceedings as we meet a much more innocent and likable Barnabas and the love of his life, Josette. We also see the memorable introduction of Angelique, a servant of Josette’s who Barnabas briefly had a dalliance with in the past but who isn’t interested in just quietly stepping aside now that he’s involved with the much more “proper” Josette. So, we learn that the pre-vampiric Barnabas wasn’t COMPLETELY innocent, as we actually feel a little bad for the jilted Angelique, even though she turns out to be truly diabolical in her revenge.

    The lion’s share of episodes in this batch takes place in the present (well, the 1960′s “present”, but you know what I mean), with a small handful of episodes toward the end of the set shifting to the earlier era story, which will play out through all the discs of Collection 5 and a bit beyond.

    Like the earlier sets, each disc in this collection concludes with an engaging interview, usually about 3-to-5 minutes in length, with a member of the cast or behind-the-scenes person.

    I remained thoroughly involved in this offbeat series and look forward to soon reporting on Collection 5!

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