Dark Shadows was created by Dan Curtis who also wrote and produced the 1991
12-episode revival series.
The revival cast Ben Cross to resurrect Barnabas,
and Jean Simmons, to portray Elizabeth. Roy Thinnes plays Roger.
on the newly hired governess of Collinwood, Victoria Winters (portrayed by Joanna
Going), the revival series introduces the main characters - as well as the mysterious
mansion, and the Old House - through her eyes.
As the DVD notes say, "Step
inside the romantic but deadly world of "Dark Shadows," where love devours
its victims and age-old secrets live to haunt eternity. A complete season of twelve
heart-pounding episodes of witchcraft, seduction and revenge will have you thirsting
for more with every bite."
| ||DISC ONE|| |
Willie Loomis accidentally releases vampire Barnabas Collins from his tomb. Barnabas
introduces himself as a relative from England and begins to romance Victoria Winters,
the new governess at Collinwood Manor. || |
|After being bitten by Barnabas, Daphne Collins
dies and rises a vampire. Dr. Julia Hoffman discovers Barnabas' secret and offers
to cure him of his curse.|| |
|Dr. Hoffman experiments to cure Barnabas
of his vampirism. Professor Michael Woodard attempts to uncover the identity of
the vampire. || |
ghost of Sarah Collins leads Victoria to her diary. An evil apparition of Angelique-nemesis
from the past-begins to haunt Barnabas. || |
of Barnabas' affection for Victoria, a jealous Dr. Hoffman decides to sabotage
the progress of the cure for Barnabas. || |
|When a séance is held to contact the
spirit of Sarah, Victoria mysteriously vanishes. In her place appears a stranger
from 1790. || |
to the year 1790, Victoria meets the residents of Collinwood and becomes a tutor
for Daniel and Sarah Collins. Abigail Collins suspects Victoria of sorcery. || |
jealous Angelique uses witchcraft to prevent the marriage of Barnabas and Josette
Du Pres. A deadly duel ensues.|| |
Josette Du Pres accuses Barnabas Collins of killing her true love. Abigail Collins
enlists the aid of Reverend Trask to have Victoria Winters jailed for witchcraft.
Collins family mourns the apparent death of Barnabas as they move into the new
Collinwood mansion. Barnabas rises as a vampire. || |
Winters' witchcraft trial begins. Angelique's spirit seeks to prevent Barnabas
from making Josette his vampire bride.|| |
|Barnabas' vampirism is discovered. Peter
Bradford attempts to save Victoria from being hanged as a witch. || |
Joe Stepp Jr. wrote:
"Well, when I first
viewed 'Dark Shadows: The Revival' back in 1990, I was thrilled with this show
through the first 6 or 7 episodes. The last 5 or 6 episodes (as viewed as a 24
year old) seemed to drag and were a bit boring. Now, fast forward to 2007. I'm
a bit older and wiser, and was able to watch the series again a bit more objectively.
First off, the series started out very strong in the first 2 episodes, but then
things started to take off in the storyline way too fast. The original soap opera
had 5 days a week to tell a storyline, whereas 'The Revival' was a once a week
show, trying to cram in too much information per show.
The show itself is
very entertaining...but campy. There are some production problems (a prime example
is some of the exterior-night shots in the woods are obviously shot during the
day. There wasn't even an attempt to mask these shots by using blue filters, which
would match up with the ACTUAL night time shots. Just look at the background in
certain night/woods shots and how the light falls on the actors and you'll be
amazed these shots were even printed much less edited in. Watch for Barnabus and
Mrs. Goddard to step outside from a costume party which occurs at night, but seems
like a summer day on the patio with extreme shade).
When I was younger,
I was bored with the 'Victoria' character's time warp. But watching it again wasn't
as painful as it was in my youth. Still, the rapid movement of the storyline in
the first 7 episodes seem to throw of the pacing of the last 5 episodes because
then the story turns to a more realistic pace, thus creating the feeling of stagnation.
I believe this is what caused the audience to leave in droves.
I think this
show is definitely one to watch if you're into the horror genre, even though it
plays like a B movie that Roger Corman would be proud of."
Paul Lynch, Rob Bowman, Dan Curtis, Matthew Hall, Mark Sobel
Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
Region: Region 1 (U.S.
and Canada only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
DVD Released: 18 October
Run Time: 592 minutes