This review is from Dark Shadows: The Beginning, Episodes 1-35 [DVD]
This superb first collection focuses on the arrival of Victoria Winters in Collinsport, Maine, where she will become governess to young David Collins, the heir of a very old and very "haunted" house. This collection was my first chance to see the episodes that started it all, and they have exceeded my expectations. Every part of these episodes is truly unique.
The casting is superb. Joan Bennett, Mitch Ryan, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Louis Edmonds, David Hennessy, and Alexandra Moltke are all perfect in their roles. The cinematography is superb. The music is superb. The story is superb.
Being a very early soap, I was expecting far less, but these episodes are unlike anything that's ever been on television. The tension, the drama, and the mystery that brought "Dark Shadows" to Beatles' fame is glowing in these episodes. I just wished they would have kept with this style throughout the series and after the introduction of Barnabas Collins, the 200 year old vampire (played by Jonathan Frid) that brought the show tremendous success.
I highly recommend this collection to any of fan of "Dark Shadows", Pop Culture, Television Buff, or Soap fan. "Dark Shadows: The Beginning" should've been called "Dark Shadows: The Best".
I would recommend this to a friend
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