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Dark Shadows - DVD Collection 6
Reviewed by: David Litton
Genre: Television/Drama
Video: 1.33:1 fullframe
English
Audio: English
Language: NA
Subtitle: NA
Length: 14 hrs
Rating: Not Rated
Release Date: 06/24/2003
Studio: MPI Media Group
Commentary: None
Documentaries: None
Featurettes: None
Filmography/Biography: None
Interviews: None
Trailers/TV Spots: None
Alternate/Deleted Scenes: None
Music Video: None
Other: None
Cast and Crew: Assorted
Written By: Assorted
Produced By: Assorted
Directed By: Assorted
Music: Bob Cobert
The Review: Combining your everyday, average soap opera with elements of gothic
horror and atmosphere, "Dark Shadows" was just good enough to make it
through five years of broadcast on ABC before being cancelled. With its main
character being a 175-year-old vampire named Barnabas Collins, the show was
decidedly awkward from the start, as it threw together everything from
withcraft and bloodlust to the melodramatics of your everyday daytime
program. And yet like most of those other shows of this ilk, "Dark Shadows"
has that catchiness to it that makes it almost irresistible, as we follow
the ongoing storylines and become involved with what's going on in the
characters' minds and lives. The concept may seem silly, but it's still
pretty addicting.
Image and Sound: The liner notes on the rear cover of the box state that
"every possible effort has been made to produce the highest quality DVD. Due
to the age of the original elements, some audio and video imperfections may
be experienced." At least the studio is being honest; all things considered,
the transfers for these episodes of "Dark Shadows" look pretty bad. Colors
are a mess, undersaturated and malnourished, while contrast is faded and
shadow detail poor. Focus and clarity are soft and undefined, and the source
print is full of grain and dirt. Considering the age of the show, though,
this is probably the best we could hope for.
***
The sound is mastered in Dolby 2.0 Mono, and as expected, it's not much
better than the image. Dialogue is hollow and tinny, while music and sound
effects are unfocused and poorly mastered.

The Extras: Spread out across this four-disc set we have four different
interviews with different collaborators on the show. Cast members Roger
Davis, Lara Parker, and Louis Edmonds contribute here, as well as scenic
designer Sy Tomashoff. The most engaging of the foursome is Davis, though,
who recalls his antic behind the camera with a great deal of humor.

Commentary: None
Final Words: If you've already purchased the previous five sets of episodes,
then you know what to expect from this latest edition. For fans, it's a
must.

 

 
 
 
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