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Dark Shadows (1966)

Date added to database: 8/14/2001
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MGM Home Video, MPI Home Video
Releases (41)
Reviews (2)
News Items (25)
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Show Categories: Drama, Horror

Releases for Dark Shadows (Top)

Complete Series

The Complete Original Series buy
The Complete Original Series: Limited Numbered Edition buy

Individual Episode Releases

Dark Shadows (Special Edition) buy
DVD Collection 01 buy
DVD Collection 02 buy
DVD Collection 03 buy
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DVD Collection 05 buy
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DVD Collection 20 buy
DVD Collection 21 buy
DVD Collection 22 buy
DVD Collection 23 buy
DVD Collection 24 buy
DVD Collection 25 buy
DVD Collection 26 buy
Reunion - 35th Anniversary Celebration buy
The Beginning, Vol. 1: Episodes 1 - 35 buy
The Beginning, Vol. 2: Episodes 36 - 70 buy
The Beginning, Vol. 3: Episodes 71 - 105 buy
The Beginning, Vol. 4: Episodes 106 - 143 buy
The Beginning, Vol. 5: Episodes 144 - 178 buy
The Beginning, Vol. 6: Episodes 179 - 209 buy
The Curse of The Vampire buy
The Haunting of Collinwood buy

Best Of Releases

50th Anniversary Collector's Edition buy
The Best of Angelique buy
The Best of Quentin buy

Reviews for Dark Shadows (Top)
DVD Collection 02 - Back to Collinwood (10/13/2002)
Video:   6/10
Audio:   8/10
Extras:   2/10

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Summary of "DVD Collection 02 - Back to Collinwood":
This continues to be an entertaining series, which many will mistakenly pass over as "old", "corny", or perhaps just because it's in black-and-white. I cannot possibly describe how much fun the missus and I had watching this set. As the stories go on, they build up suspense, and draw you in more and more. A true soap opera, to be sure.

With Halloween fast approaching, this will be the perfect item to set the mood for the season. Or perhaps to play in the background at a party or just while answering the door for trick-or-treaters. (read entire review)

DVD Collection 01 - Only Shadows In My Mind (5/27/2002)
Video:   6/10
Audio:   8/10
Extras:   1/10

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Summary of "DVD Collection 01 - Only Shadows In My Mind":
Fans of the series will be pleased to own this at home in the best form it's ever been, despite the lack of in-depth extras. But the appeal of this set is not limited just to existing fans of Dark Shadows.

I GREATLY urge everyone who was interested enough to read this review to go out and buy Dark Shadows DVD Collection 1. I've never seen the series before, and if you haven't either then don't let that stop you! Track it down and own it; you should be able to find this set "on the street" for less than US$50. The show is very creepy, despite the cheesiness of the production values, and perhaps enhanced by the scratched-up original black-and-white elements. The storylines are intriguing, and the acting is top-notch.

I had a blast, and so did my wife, and we simply cannot wait for July. Why? Because MPI's website states "New releases are planned bi-monthly." Wow, what an aggressive release schedule! I will be polishing my cross and crossing my fingers, hoping that I am allowed to perform the review for DVD Collection 2 at the end of July. (read entire review)

Dark Shadows News (Top)
5/05/2016 '50th Anniversary Collector's Edition' DVDs Announced by MPI
THE LEGENDARY CULT CLASSIC - GREATEST EPISODES & FAVORITE STORYLINES! From 1966-1971, the spooky ABC-TV suspense series DARK SHADOWS thrilled an audience of 20 million viewers with a unique blend of Gothic... (read entire news item)

6/25/2015 'Best of Angelique' and 'Best of Quentin' DVDs Announced!
MPI Home Video has announced a pair of "best of " releases coming soon for the original '60s black-and-white Dark Shadows series. Both items are scheduled for August 18th, and are single-disc efforts... (read entire news item)

3/29/2012 Newsflash: We Have Made a Mistake! (Clarification About 'Coffin' Dates) **UPDATED**
2 days ago we posted a story about Dark Shadows - The Complete Original Series 131-DVD "coffin" packaged sets. We explained how the title had originally be set for release on April 10th, then was delayed... (read entire news item)

3/27/2012 'The Complete Original Series' 131-DVD Set is Delayed Again
Earlier this month we posted MPI's official press release for Dark Shadows - The Complete Original Series, their 131-DVD set in limited-edition coffin shaped packaging. At the time they had re-scheduled... (read entire news item)

3/09/2012 MPI's Complete Original Series Press Release with New 'Beauty' Box Shot and Date

1/31/2012 Details/Extras for 'The Complete Original Series'; Art and Info About 2 Other Low-End Titles
This limited edition boxed set contains every eerie episode of the original Gothic suspense series DARK SHADOWS (1966-1971) plus a wealth of bonus interviews with the stars and creative members that made... (read entire news item)

1/30/2012 New 'Open' 3D Package Art for 'The Complete Original Series' Shows Barnabas Asleep
Last week we showed off front cover art for MPI Home Video's upcoming 131-DVD release of Dark Shadows - The Complete Original Series, which is scheduled for April 10th. At the time we just had a "flat"... (read entire news item)

1/26/2012 Early 'Coffin' Packaging Artwork and Preliminary Content Info for 'The Complete Original Series'
We reported this past Friday that MPI Home Video is preparing an April 10th DVD release of Dark Shadows - The Complete Original Series. This is a $599.98 SRP collection with all 1225 episodes of the... (read entire news item)

1/20/2012 3 New DVD Titles for the Show Includes a Massive 'Complete Original Series' Set!
With a May 11th theatrical debut of the new Dark Shadows film (directed by Tim Burton and starring Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jackie Earle Haley, Helena Bonham Carter, and Johnny Depp as "Barnabas"),... (read entire news item)

6/25/2009 New 'Curse of the Vampire' & 'Haunting of Collinwood' DVDs Compile Favorite Stories
MPI Home Video is preparing a pair of very special releases for fans of the original Dark Shadows series. Both of these single-disc releases, each priced at $19.98 SRP and running approximately 3 hours,... (read entire news item)

7/16/2008 6th and Final Volume of 'The Beginning' Announced for Retail Release
Dark Shadows -The Beginning, Vol. 6: Episodes 179 - 209 has been announced by MPI Home Video for retail release on October 28th. The 4-disc set will have the remaining 32 episodes that are new-to-DVD,... (read entire news item)

4/07/2008 Retail Release Date, Package Art, Cost & Extras for The Beginning, Vol. 5 DVD Set!
MPI Home Video has announced that Dark Shadows -The Beginning, Vol. 5: Episodes 144 - 178 will release to retail starting on July 29th. This is the next-to-last set in the "pre-Barnabas" run of the classic... (read entire news item)

11/11/2007 Front & Rear Box Art for The Beginning, Vol. 5 and Vol. 6; Retail Date for Vol. 3
As you probably know by now, MPI has been selling the six-volume Dark Shadows: The Beginning sets at their website months prior to releasing the sets at retail. The first and second... (read entire news item)

8/06/2007 Cool, Creepy Cover Art for Dark Shadows -The Beginning, Vol. 4
With news circulating recently that Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean, Edward Scissorhands) has signed to co-produce and star (as Barnabas, no less!) in a Warner Brothers big-screen remake of Dark... (read entire news item)

7/18/2007 The Beginning - Volume 2 Ship Date
Below is the cover art, front and rear, for Dark Shadows -The Beginning, Vol. 2: Episodes 36 - 70. In our last news story about these releases, we gave you the late-August release date for the first... (read entire news item)

5/28/2007 Box (and DVD Disc) Art Explosion For Dark Shadows - The Beginning
Two weeks ago we reported on the August 28th retail release of Dark Shadows -The Beginning, Vol. 1: Episodes 1 - 35. Of course, that's 6 months later than you can get it by joining MPI's Dark Shadows... (read entire news item)

5/14/2007 MPI Confirms Retail Release of Dark Shadows -The Beginning, Vol. 1: Episodes 1 - 35
Over the weekend, one of our friends at MPI Home Video saw our Saturday news post about a possible retail store release of Dark Shadows -The Beginning, Vol. 1: Episodes 1 - 35 on August 28th. He e-mailed... (read entire news item)

5/12/2007 Retail Release of Early Episodes: Are They Coming to Stores?
Yesterday the folks at added a pre-release listing for Dark Shadows -The Beginning: Episodes 1 - 35, indicating that a retail release of these pre-Barnabas episodes might be on-the-way from... (read entire news item)

7/29/2006 Street Date & More Details For Bloopers & Treasures DVD
In our early July news about Dark Shadows DVDs, we first broke the news that a Dark Shadows - Bloopers & Treasures release is on the way this November. Now we have the exact release date for you: November... (read entire news item)

7/08/2006 We've Got The Proper DVD Release Titles For The Pre-Barabas Episodes
In April we began reporting that the 1966 incarnation of Dark Shadows would see the episodes marking the end of that series come out on DVD with Collection #26, and that MPI would later follow up with... (read entire news item)

7/02/2006 Details on 26th Collection (Final Episodes), Plus Exciting Word of a Bloopers & Treasures DVD!
We've previously reported that the final episodes of the original Dark Shadows series would come to DVD soon, with the 26th collection release. We also reported that in February 2007, the DVD releases... (read entire news item)

4/29/2006 'Pre-Barnabas' Episode DVDs Won't Be Available In Stores
A few days ago we reported that MPI Home Video would be bringing out DVDs with the early "pre-Barnabas" episodes of the original 1966 Dark Shadows series. Those episodes, #'s 1 through 209 (though three... (read entire news item)

4/24/2006 As the '66 Show's Final Eps Come To DVD, MPI Plans To Go Back To The Beginning!
When the original 1966 version of Dark Shadows first came to DVD four years ago, it didn't start at the beginning of the program. The gothic soap opera's digital disc run began - as I explained in my... (read entire news item)

2/22/2006 Warner Online Chat Says 'House' and 'Night' Films May Be On The Way!
Last night the Home Theater Forum held one of their famous online chats with a major Hollywood studio. Most of the other studios have not participated in recent years, but Warner Brothers continues to... (read entire news item)

4/29/2002 Press Release
First Soap Opera Ever On DVD! CHICAGO, IL – Dark Shadows, ABC's most-popular daytime drama from 1966-1971 debuts on DVD May 28th, 2002. It's the first time a soap opera has ever been released... (read entire news item)

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