Release date: this set 2012
With the impending release (at the time of review) of the Johnny Depp/Tim Burton big screen adaptation of the series, it was perhaps inevitable that a DVD from the original series of the Dark Shadows franchise would be released in the UK.
The reasoning – beyond simple commercialism – would be that the series was virtually unknown in the UK. The short lived remake, Dark Shadows – the revival, has been available on DVD for some time (and has received a repackaging in time to tie in with the movie) and two DVD compilations were released a few years ago – I looked at Dark Shadows – the Vampire Curse at the time it came out.
This new set, with the rather long title of Dark Shadows – the original TV series – the Barnabas Collins Episodes, showcases twenty episodes focused upon the vampire of the series Barnabas Collins (Jonathon Frid). The Vampire Curse was set back in time and looked at how Barnabas became a vampire, these episodes (filmed in black and white) are contemporary to the time of airing and show his first appearance on the show.
|Barnabas by candle light|
|fearing the dark|
|Maggie appears depravedly dark|
|a hint of fang|
|Jonathon Frid as Barnabas|
The imdb page is here.