The Beginning Collection 1

1 - 35


August 28, 2007



Run Time

840 minutes


MPI Home Video




Dark Shadows The Beginning DVD Collection 1, initially released exclusively to MPI video club members, was released in mass market in October, 2007. It begins with the pre-Barnabas episodes previously unreleased on DVD (analogous to the Collector's Edition Tapes). The first 3 discs contain nine episodes each, while the fourth disc contains 8 episodes and bonus interviews.

Description Edit

From the back of the case:
The Start of a Legend!

Named One of TV's Top 25 Cult Shows by TV Guide

With its alluring tales of Gothic mystery and supernatural intrigue, Dark Shadows became one of the most popular daytime series of all time. Since first airing on ABC-TV from 1966-71, Dark Shadows has earned the reputation of being one of the most unusual and enduring programs in television history. The character of Barnabas Collins, a guilt-ridden, 175-year-old vampire, brought the show tremendous success.

Victoria Winters' mysterious journey begins as her train arrives in Collinsport, a small and stormy fishing village on the coast of Maine. An orphan in search of her identity, Victoria is befriended by a stranger named Burke Devlin. At the eerie Collinwood mansion, Victoria meets reclusive matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, her aloof brother Roger Collins, his troubled ten-year-old son David, and Elizabeth's rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn.

Collins fishing fleet manager Bill Malloy informs Elizabeth that Burke wants to take everything the Collinses own as revenge for being sent to prison. Collinsport Inn waitress Maggie Evans tells her father Sam that she wants an end to the conflict between him, Roger and Burke. David warns Victoria that she will regret she came to live at Collinwood and be his governess.

Bonuses: New introduction and interviews with Alexandra Moltke (Victoria Winters), 1966 ABC-TV Dark Shadows promo and episode 1 with original commercials.

Staring: Joan Bennett, Louis Edmonds, Nancy Barrett, Mitchell Ryan, Kathryn Leigh Scott, David Henesy, Joel Crothers, Mark Allen, George Mitchell, Frank Schofield, Elizabeth Wilson, Conrad Bain, Michael Currie, Joseph Julian, and Alexandra Moltke.

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  • Episode 10 (1966-07-08)
  • Episode 11 (1966-07-11)
  • Episode 12 (1966-07-12)
  • Episode 13 (1966-07-13)
  • Episode 14 (1966-07-14)
  • Episode 15 (1966-07-15)
  • Episode 16 (1966-07-18)
  • Episode 17 (1966-07-19)
  • Episode 18 (1966-07-20)
  • Bonus Interview: Alexandra Moltke talks about auditioning for Dark Shadows with the recollection that she and Joan Bennett needed glasses, but did not wear them. Moltke believes this is part of what got her the part. Having gone to all-girls schools, Moltke had always played male roles before acting school because of her height, and found being allowed to play women refreshing. She discusses doing Summer Stock theater with Eve Arden. Moltke describes Victoria Winters as a character she never really liked because of her habit of repeating her mistakes and being "congenitally dense" after having starting out as a rather self-sufficient character. Being around so many seasoned stage people and stars, Moltke never felt she was the center of the show. She describes the set as being like school with assignments and homework and having to spend time on the technical aspects of the show rather than the acting. She describes becoming used to having only 24 hours to learn a script and forgetting it as soon as you did it, which led to uncomfortable times when things had to be repeated. She describes her biggest blooper as being when she was being hanged in 1795 and waiting for a letter, and when Victoria asks what the letter said, Roger Davis did not reply, because the prop only had scribbles (460). She speaks of how Dan Curtis had many performers, most of whom were new to television, from different backgrounds and this sometimes made things seem "amateurish", but also made Dark Shadows unique for its time.

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Issued with Collector's Postcard The Beginning 1: Victoria Winters.

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