Since Dark Shadows first aired on ABC-TV from 1966-1971, the Gothic supernatural series has established itself as a unique and enduring television classic. The character of Barnabas Collins, a guilt-ridden, 175-year-old va... more »mpire, brought the show tremendous success. This special release offers a variety of rare and unusual material. Bloopers: Like other daytime dramas of its period, Dark Shadows was produced live in sequence, without stopping to correct any mistakes. This was before modern videotape editing, so the "bloopers" featured here were all part of the shows as broadcast. You'll see actors forget lines, crew members walk on camera, sets fall apart and dozens of other hilarious mishaps -- plus outtakes. Treasures: The haunting and melodic Dark Shadows score, composed by Robert Cobert, became a Top 20 album in 1969. Dark Shadows Music Videos combine episode clips with the most popular tunes, such as the Grammy®-nominated hit "Quentin's Theme (Shadows of the Night)." Dark Shadows In Salem finds Lara Parker (Angelique the witch), on location in Massachusetts, recalling where the actual witch trials took place. Also included is long-lost footage of Dark Shadows actors appearing on game shows, promotional spots with Jonathan Frid (Barnabas the vampire) and much more.« less
"You know it's a winner when you have folks of all ages roaring with laughter from the next room. I walked in just in time to see Jonothan Frid keeping a deadly serious face stating he had to kill Julia...with a meddlesome fly buzzing onto his forehead! He had to continue the monologue with the fly buzzing to and from his forehead, to his cheek, to his forehead...you get the idea. We had tears streaming down our face laughing so hard!
Another scene has Jonothon saying "she is innocent until proven innocent." You get the idea. And just watch them trying to say "sentamentality." I couldn't believe the other actors keep perfectly straight faces through it all! And the crew members ducking and running for cover has to be seen to be believed, in addition to people bumping their heads on doors and trying to continue on like nothing happened.
Even if you have never seen Dark Shadows, you'll be holding your sides before it's even a quarter of the way through. It's a must have, trust me! (I think I've rated two things in a year as a five star in all the reviews I've done on many sites. This is only the third one!)"
Great for a laugh
Nashville Cat | Music City USA | 02/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I grew up watching Dark Shadows and as a kid I never noticed the Bloopers. When I got this DVD I watched it with my sister who also was a Dark Shadows fan and we laughed our heads off. If you love Dark Shadows or if you just like good bloopers you will love this dvd. My favorite part is where the character Barnabas Collins can't get rid of a fly that is on his nose! Lots of fun and brings back lots of good memories."
Not great, but acceptable.
Lloyd Aiken | Texas, USA | 02/03/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is basically the same stuff you get on the VHS version, but like all DVDs this has a few extra goodies. It's a "must have" if you're a hard core Dark Shadows fan. There have been complaints about the format. No narration, the bloopers are sometimes hard to spot, etc. But I'll say one thing for this DVD, it delivers what it promises. Bloopers,---lots of them. Fast, uninterrupted, and without much prompting except an occasional arrow pointing to something. Sometimes you have to go back and look again which is why you need the DVD version. It's less cumbersome than rewinding your VCR repeatedly. The extras may or may not interest you. The actors appearing on game shows for example. But if you already own the VHS version I think this is a good upgrade for the price."
Dark Shadows - Bloopers and Treasures
Joanne Rizzo | Brooklyn, NY | 01/15/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I enjoyed watching the bloopers most of which were never edited from the episodes!! I special treat was seeing some of the cast on game shows from the 60's. A real treasure to any Dark Shadows fan!!"
Fun and great fun
S. Wing | california | 09/10/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"if you are a dark shadows fan you will enjoy this dvd it has a lot of the great mistakes & blooper that make it fun and realise how hard it was for the crew on dark shadow to do a daily tv show"