Dark Shadows (TV): Barnabas Collins makes his way to DVD!

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  1. James Landau

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    From ShadowGram, the official Dark Shadows newsletter:
     
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    Wow, this is surprising to say the least! I was certain the release of the two feature films House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows was going to be our only hope in the DVD format. Being a big fan of this series, I will be supporting this release.
    Thanks for the update, James! [​IMG]
     
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    Over-compressed!
     
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    I've been wondering if they were ever going to get around to this. I'm so glad that they are. I'll definitely be supporting these releases.

    -Jerry
     
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    [​IMG] That is great news!I 've got the specail editon dvd,but this is great.Now I can stop taping them off Scifi to watch when I get home at lunch.Now if someone one do Magnum PI on dvd life would be grand.[​IMG]
     
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    My wife is ecstatic to hear this news! This IS the remake version from the '90's, right? The one with Ben Cross?
     
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    Sorry, David, but no. It's the original with Jonathan Frid.
     
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    This is too cool; I've been giving my VHS tapes of the series to my mom in expectation that they'd eventually come out on disc, and I was starting to get worried they wouldn't. Whew!!! What a great program!!

    On a related note for DS fans, Grayson Hall (Julia Hoffman) stars in Satan in High Heels, a new Something Weird release, as a lesbian nightclub owner. Worth checking out for devotees of the DS cast. Now, where's Oliver Stone's Seizure, starring Jonathan Frid??
     
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    From watching these on Sci-Fi, I can assume that we can't really hope for a very good quality presentation - maybe 10 episodes per disc would not actually degrade the picture quality.

    Also, from Sci-Fi, there seems to be a random switching between color and black-and-white versions. Is there any explanation for this? Some of these look like ancient kinoscopes - were these brodcast live? Certainly the uncertain delivery of many lines indicates that they weren't doing any major editing. I may have to check out Satan in High Heels to see if Grayson Hall has as much trouble delivering lines smoothly as she seems to in the episodes on Sci-Fi.
     
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    Are these gonna be on disc in any kind of order? I noticed they're starting with episode 210. I wonder why they don't start with the pilot...
     
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    Did they mention how much these are going to set me back?
     
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    Kyle, the series didn't get popular until Barnabas Collins appeared on the scene. The show was basically scheduled for cancellation. The storylines that preceded the vampire angle took a dip into the supernatural (David Collin's mother was a witch/phoenix of sorts, I really don't remember) and the show really took a leap by introducing the vampire. The early episodes were kinda boring and some of the characters were slightly different. Maggie Evens was sorta the tough-as-nails type, for example.
    The shows were only right at about 20 minutes or so, so I can see a lot of episodes being fit onto a disk.
    I only hope that they are subtitled in English. MPI seemed bullheaded about not closed-captioning the videos, and in a e-mail received from them last month, I was told that there are still no plans to close-caption anything. Fine. Let's subtitle them, instead!
     
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    Yes, according to ShadowGram, "The sets will retail for the suggested price of $59.98." However, Amazon is already listing the first two sets with an MSRP of $69.98. Which is correct? I don't know. We'll have to wait and see.

    "Through sight and sound and faceless terror,
    through endless corridors by trial and error,
    ahead a blazing light does burn,
    and one door leads to the point of return."

    —The Dream Curse
     
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    Considering that Soap Operas began life AS commercials, it's not too much a stretch to think there would be an inordinate number of commercials during the early runs of these shows.

    I enjoyed the remake of Dark Shadows, however short it was, so I might pick this one up to see if the price is right.

    The 10 episode thing worried me, but if you are correct, perhaps there is no need to worry.
     
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    Randy, quite simply I've never been exposed to the opportunity to watch the original series! I don't think Stephanie has, either. We'd we willing to take a chance on it, as I've said...if for no other reason than to help the Ben Cross edition get put out on DVD, which Stephie loves.
    In fact, maybe I shouldn't participate in this. She's always said that if she ever leaves me, it will be for Ben Cross! [​IMG]
     
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    I hope these won't be released in keepcases. Can you imagine how much space that would take up? Hopefully they'll us some sort of gatefold packaging.
     

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