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(Chicago Trib)   Are you a big fan of the original Dark Shadows series? Then today's your lucky day. You can now get all 1,225 TV episodes in a 131-DVD box set. Bonus: It comes in a coffin   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 120
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2012-05-08 02:05:38 PM
Yeah, I mean who wouldn't want to pay $420 for that?
 
2012-05-08 02:19:33 PM
I thought this came out years ago?
 
2012-05-08 02:19:48 PM

Sybarite: Yeah, I mean who wouldn't want to pay $420 for that?


I'm sure it'll be up on Demonoid or somewhere as a 150GB torrent in a few weeks.
 
2012-05-08 02:19:54 PM
Fun fact: Whenever Victoria Winters says, "What do you mean? I don't understand!", it's Alexandra Moltke ad-libbing because she forgot/flubbed her lines.

Best flubbed line came from Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins: "And here are where my incestors ar-- *sigh* 'incestors...' ancestors -- are buried...."
 
2012-05-08 02:21:41 PM
Actually, the wide release isn't out until July.

The limited edition version is out already, buy that's long sold out, and going for substantially more than retail.
 
2012-05-08 02:22:06 PM
Now if they'd only release the complete Dr. Who collecction.

131 dvds? What's that, like 5 blu-ray discs?
 
2012-05-08 02:31:41 PM

fat boy: I thought this came out years ago?


Not all together in one set. Before now they were sold in box sets that had 4 DVDs in each one.
 
2012-05-08 02:43:43 PM
How the f*ck is it possible that I have never heard of a TV series that has 1,225 f*cking episodes?
 
2012-05-08 02:50:59 PM

Rev.K: How the f*ck is it possible that I have never heard of a TV series that has 1,225 f*cking episodes?


Your profile says you're 32. The original series was aired from 1966-1971, long before you were born. The short-lived (only 12 episodes) revival series was aired in 1991.
 
2012-05-08 02:57:57 PM

Bathia_Mapes: The original series was aired from 1966-1971


They cranked out 1,213 episodes in six years?!

THIS JUST RAISES FURTHER QUESTIONS!
 
2012-05-08 03:03:58 PM

Rev.K: Bathia_Mapes: The original series was aired from 1966-1971

They cranked out 1,213 episodes in six years?!

THIS JUST RAISES FURTHER QUESTIONS!


sounds like a soap opera schedule. 200/yr.
 
2012-05-08 03:07:25 PM
Uchiha_Cycliste:
sounds like a soap opera schedule. 200/yr.

It WAS a daily soap opera.
 
2012-05-08 03:11:35 PM

Rev.K: Bathia_Mapes: The original series was aired from 1966-1971

They cranked out 1,213 episodes in six years?!

THIS JUST RAISES FURTHER QUESTIONS!


Unless an episode was preempted for some reason, they were aired Monday-Friday (one half-hour episode daily).
 
2012-05-08 03:27:59 PM

Rev.K: Bathia_Mapes: The original series was aired from 1966-1971

They cranked out 1,213 episodes in six years?!

THIS JUST RAISES FURTHER QUESTIONS!


It was a daily 30 minute soap opera.

Just for reference's sake, this is approximately 25 full days of TV.
 
2012-05-08 03:35:00 PM

albert71292: Uchiha_Cycliste:
sounds like a soap opera schedule. 200/yr.

It WAS a daily soap opera.


ah AH!
 
2012-05-08 03:43:03 PM

Shostie: Rev.K: Bathia_Mapes: The original series was aired from 1966-1971

They cranked out 1,213 episodes in six years?!

THIS JUST RAISES FURTHER QUESTIONS!

It was a daily 30 minute soap opera.

Just for reference's sake, this is approximately 25 full days of TV.


That show was awesome.
 
2012-05-08 04:10:29 PM
I'll probably go to hipster hell for saying it, but I think the trailers for the movie coming out are fantastic. If they are truly representative, and there is any justice in the world, it will make billions.
 
2012-05-08 04:23:00 PM
I vaguely remember trying to get into it when I was a kid but it seemed to be too slow moving for me so I stuck with the real heavy hitters that kept the storyline moving, like Lancelot Link Secret Chimp.
 
2012-05-08 04:40:52 PM
I have to say I'm only tangentially familiar with the series. I don't remember much other than maybe a few reruns on some syndicated channel. I couldn't even tell you any of the characters' names. And yet I still feel like the show deserved better than to be Burtonized.
 
2012-05-08 04:58:25 PM

GreenAdder: I have to say I'm only tangentially familiar with the series. I don't remember much other than maybe a few reruns on some syndicated channel. I couldn't even tell you any of the characters' names. And yet I still feel like the show deserved better than to be Burtonized.


It was Johnny Depp's idea to make the movie. He's been a fan of the show since childhood and often fantasized about playing the lead character, Barnabas Collins. After the show's creator, Dan Curtis, died, Depp bought the movie rights from his estate.
 
2012-05-08 05:50:02 PM
I noticed the show on netflix on-demand. Remind anyone who would pay for this, that it would take about 5 years of paying for on-demand service to reach the cost of this box set.
 
2012-05-08 05:53:22 PM

brap: I vaguely remember trying to get into it when I was a kid but it seemed to be too slow moving for me so I stuck with the real heavy hitters that kept the storyline moving, like Lancelot Link Secret Chimp.


in the early 90s the SciFi network (way before they did original programming, they basically existed on 'Blade Runner', 'Dune', and old ass shows like DS, 'In Search Of', and the like) used to run this in like, a 2 or 3 hour block every day. i used to watch teh shiat out of it.

it was a pretty farking cool concept, between the time shifting aspect verging on time travel (settle down, DS purists, i'm not saying per se it was time travel) and the cheesiness of it.

plus, lots of titties.
 
2012-05-08 05:53:41 PM

brap: I vaguely remember trying to get into it when I was a kid but it seemed to be too slow moving for me so I stuck with the real heavy hitters that kept the storyline moving, like Lancelot Link Secret Chimp.


Same here, back then there were only three channels and the Dark Shadows channel was the one where nothing ever happened. Had Star Trek re-runs by then so it wasn't even a close choice.
 
2012-05-08 05:59:37 PM
I've caught a number of episodes on Netflicks. I had always wanted to see the show and am really excited about the movie.

Anyone interested in the daily drama series should watch the blooper segments on youtube: Hilarious.
 
2012-05-08 05:59:57 PM
Before I invest any time watching this I must ask, was the show really that good or are you old farts just waxin' nostalgic?
 
2012-05-08 06:06:37 PM

Eunuch Provocateur: Before I invest any time watching this I must ask, was the show really that good or are you old farts just waxin' nostalgic?


Are you a very, very stoned teenager in the early 70's looking for something to watch after school on one of your 3 channels at 4 pm ? If not, probably not unless you love vintage soaps. DS is campy, but not remotely laugh a minute campy.
 
2012-05-08 06:06:58 PM
Who in their right mind would go back and invest the 450 HOURS it would take to watch the entire show again?
 
2012-05-08 06:10:24 PM

Eunuch Provocateur: Before I invest any time watching this I must ask, was the show really that good or are you old farts just waxin' nostalgic?



it was a pretty smart concept but not unlike the original dr. who, it had an endearing cheesieness to it. melodramatic acting, way over the top incidental music, lots of bloopers, and so on, but underneath, a pretty cool concept. multiple story arcs intersecting over time (as i said above) and a compellingly written set of characters.

i think it gets written off as camp/kitsch by some who never saw it. now, it is camp/kitsch, but it has a weird, cheesy charm to it.


now, so did Land Of the Lost. and we know how that film tunred out. but the burton/depp combo has usually paid off. if they tried to make it too serious it will suck. who knows.
 
2012-05-08 06:18:22 PM

Bathia_Mapes: Rev.K: How the f*ck is it possible that I have never heard of a TV series that has 1,225 f*cking episodes?

Your profile says you're 32. The original series was aired from 1966-1971, long before you were born. The short-lived (only 12 episodes) revival series was aired in 1991.


Nah, he's just lives in a bubble

/34, heard of this series in the 1980s
 
2012-05-08 06:19:45 PM
i loved the Land of the Lost movie, it was really funny
 
2012-05-08 06:19:53 PM
You mean Garth Marenghi's Darkplace has some basis in reality?
 
2012-05-08 06:22:39 PM
Hopefully this is just a precursor to the Passions movie and special DVD release.
 
2012-05-08 06:24:01 PM
The series DOES NOT hold up well. It was definitely a product of its time. many of its biggest fans, like me, were school kids just getting home, tuning in and getting our pants scared off!

That Said Jonathan Frid's Barnabas Collins was one of the creepiest vampires EVER!
 
2012-05-08 06:32:34 PM

Eunuch Provocateur: Before I invest any time watching this I must ask, was the show really that good or are you old farts just waxin' nostalgic?


Nostalgia, mostly, coupled with a sci-fi-like theme. The show was zero-budget, one-take, and full of bad timing that was barely disguised by the general slowness of the pace. I guess they thought it was moody, but it was just slow. Couple that with the writing inherent in trying to come up with that many shows day after day while keeping to some sort of storyline, and it was a veritable cheese factory.

Still, it's worth checking out for yourself. It's no worse than other popular soaps of the day, and better than most because of the goofiness unleashed by the fantasy setting. Think of it as MST3000 with only the voices in your head to keep you entertained. It's not nearly as bad as some of their movies.

And damn, the Burton/Depp trailers look like pure fun.
 
2012-05-08 06:32:52 PM
I had no idea there were that many episodes. People talked a lot about it back then, but when I tuned in, they just stood around acting creepy, but not doing anything creepy so I never got into it.

/Watched The Johnny Downs Show instead
 
2012-05-08 06:39:02 PM
CSB:

I borrowed a couple of Dark Shadows VHS tapes when I was a teenager......and I was bored out of my farking mind.

/New movie looks good, though.
//Helena Bonham Carter in a Johnny Depp movie?
///NO WAY!
 
2012-05-08 06:43:02 PM
I so wish I could buy this for Bathia_Mapes! :D

/if she doesn't have it of course
 
2012-05-08 06:51:10 PM

coco ebert: I so wish I could buy this for Bathia_Mapes! :D

/if she doesn't have it of course


I don't. It's a tad too expensive for me to buy. :-)
 
2012-05-08 06:58:52 PM

Rev.K: Bathia_Mapes: The original series was aired from 1966-1971

They cranked out 1,213 episodes in six years?!

THIS JUST RAISES FURTHER QUESTIONS!


Also, the males are laying eggs!

//same production schedule
 
2012-05-08 07:00:40 PM
I'm guessing they cheaped out and went with non-remastered single layer DVD's?

/drtfa
 
2012-05-08 07:02:55 PM

The English Major: That show was awesome.


No, it was terrible. I remember watching some of it in reruns in the 1980s on cable, because everyone was raving about what a great show it was and all I could think was that it was worse than contemporary soap operas, which at least took the time to reshoot blown takes.
 
2012-05-08 07:14:39 PM
Looks like it's still on netflix. Make sure you love it before you spend that much.
 
2012-05-08 07:16:28 PM
Kate Jackson was totally hot, way before Charlie's Angels
 
2012-05-08 07:17:06 PM

Bathia_Mapes: coco ebert: I so wish I could buy this for Bathia_Mapes! :D

/if she doesn't have it of course

I don't. It's a tad too expensive for me to buy. :-)


Eventually the price on something like that will have to come down. At least I hope because I have my eye on a whole bunch of box sets.
 
2012-05-08 07:17:39 PM

Dwight_Yeast: The English Major: That show was awesome.

No, it was terrible. I remember watching some of it in reruns in the 1980s on cable, because everyone was raving about what a great show it was and all I could think was that it was worse than contemporary soap operas, which at least took the time to reshoot blown takes.


The original "Dark Shadows" had not only a narrow time frame to work with, but a small budget. They simply couldn't afford the time nor money it would take to reshoot a scene. However, for us diehard fans, that just makes it more endearing.
 
2012-05-08 07:17:49 PM

Rev.K: Bathia_Mapes: The original series was aired from 1966-1971

They cranked out 1,213 episodes in six years?!

THIS JUST RAISES FURTHER QUESTIONS!


1/2 hour per day each weekday 9 months out of the year.
 
2012-05-08 07:21:09 PM
CSB:

I used to come home from 1st grade or so, and my mother had this thing on - since, as was the fashion in those days - there was only one TV in the house, I'd sit there and watch it.

So, when they announced there was going to be a movie, my parents figured why not? So, they loaded up the Impala (Cars used to be named after animals back then), and off we went to the Drive-In.

What they could not have forseen was,

"Unrestricted by TV's censors, the film is far more graphically violent than its television counterpart, with dripping vampire bites and bloody deaths. The film was released at the height of the TV show's popularity to great commercial success."(Wiki)

It made quite an impression. I became an early adopter Monster Kid.

(Been working for a horror genre con as Q&A guy for the past 12 years )
 
2012-05-08 07:21:31 PM
I have most of the episodes scattered around on various VHS tapes; I'd love that box set, but I just can't afford it right now.
 
2012-05-08 07:25:08 PM
It amuses me to think of Dark Shadows as the prequel of The X-Files.

Seriously: The bulk of the show is "Odd guy and red-haired doctor investigate crazy shiat."
 
2012-05-08 07:40:48 PM
Five bucks says I know who approved this link.

;-)

(you shoulda taken me up on that earlier five, as it could go toward this purchase)
 
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