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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.

Focusing 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 
Episode One
Handyman 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.  
Episode Two
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. 
Episode Three
Dr. Hoffman experiments to cure Barnabas of his vampirism. Professor Michael Woodard attempts to uncover the identity of the vampire.  
Episode Four
The ghost of Sarah Collins leads Victoria to her diary. An evil apparition of Angelique-nemesis from the past-begins to haunt Barnabas.  
DISC 2 
Episode Five
Learning of Barnabas' affection for Victoria, a jealous Dr. Hoffman decides to sabotage the progress of the cure for Barnabas.  
Episode Six
When a séance is held to contact the spirit of Sarah, Victoria mysteriously vanishes. In her place appears a stranger from 1790.  
Episode Seven
Transported 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.  
Episode Eight
A jealous Angelique uses witchcraft to prevent the marriage of Barnabas and Josette Du Pres. A deadly duel ensues. 
DISC 3 
Episode Nine
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.  
Episode Ten
The Collins family mourns the apparent death of Barnabas as they move into the new Collinwood mansion. Barnabas rises as a vampire.  
Episode Eleven
Victoria Winters' witchcraft trial begins. Angelique's spirit seeks to prevent Barnabas from making Josette his vampire bride. 
Episode Twelve
Barnabas' vampirism is discovered. Peter Bradford attempts to save Victoria from being hanged as a witch.  

Review

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."

The DVD

Directors: Paul Lynch, Rob Bowman, Dan Curtis, Matthew Hall, Mark Sobel
Format: Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Studio: MGM
DVD Released: 18 October 2005
Run Time: 592 minutes

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