- Episodes originally aired June 27, 1966 - August 12, 1966
- Number of Discs: 4
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 14 hours, 50 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: August 28, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: MPI Home Video
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Description by OLDIES.com:
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 broadcasting history. The character of Barnabas Collins, a guilt-ridden, 175-year-old vampire, brought the show tremendous success.
Now, for the first time on DVD, MPI presents the spooky series' rare, early episodes before the arrival of Barnabas.
Victoria Winters' mysterious journey begins as her train arrives in Collinsport, a small and stormy fishing village on the coast of Maine. An orphan in search of her identity, Victoria is befriended by a stranger named Burke Devlin.
At the eerie Collinwood mansion, Victoria meets reclusive matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, her aloof brother Roger Collins, his troubled ten-year-old son David, and Elizabeth's rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn.
Collins fishing fleet manager Bill Malloy informs Elizabeth that Burke wants to take everything the Collinses own as revenge for being sent to prison. Collinsport Inn waitress Maggie Evans tells her father Sam that she wants an end to the secret conflict between him, Roger and Burke. David warns Victoria that she will regret that she came to live at Collinwood and be his governess.
SPECIAL FEATURES:New Dark Shadows Introduction with Alexandra Moltke (Victoria Winters) and Dark Shadows History with Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans); Original Network Promo; Episode 1 with original 1966 commercials.
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"Dark Shadows-The Beginning, Collection 1 (Episodes 1-35)
Movie Lover: John F. Tashjian
San Marcos, CA
-- July, 10, 2008
I recently was able to watch all four DVDs of this set, and I thoroughly enjoyed them. Granted, I was only two when this series first aired, I was able to watch some of the episodes (hopscotch fashion) as a "toddler"/child, but I was never able to understand why the characters acted the way they did. Having watched these first thirty-five episodes allowed me finally to understand the "who?", "what?", "where?", "when?", "how?", and, most importantly, "why?"
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