The Beginning Collection 5

144 - 178


July 29, 2008



Run Time

690 minutes


MPI Home Video



Dark Shadows The Beginning DVD Collection 5 continues with the storylines before the entry of Barnabas Collins, including the story that kept the series alive long enough to bring him on--that of the Phoenix, Laura Collins.

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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. The character of Barnabas Collins, a guilt-ridden 175-year old vampire, brought the show tremendous success. Now, for the first time on DVD, MPI presents the spooky series' rare, early episodes before Barnabas.

Victoria Winters and Frank Garner anxiously search for clues to Laura Collins' strange origins and are led to a series of bizarre discoveries. Elizabeth Collins Stoddard orders Laura to leave Collinwood, but Laura secretly visits Elizabeth while she sleeps and places her in a trance. Laura warns Victoria that she will take control of her son, David Collins, but becomes frightened when the ghost of Josette Collins appears to her. Against Roger Collins' wishes, a psychic investigator, Dr. Peter Guthrie, is called in to examine the strange occurances [sic] at Collinwood and a seance is held. Victoria and Guthrie learn that the body of a dead woman identified as Laura has disappeared from the morgue in Phoenix, Arizona.

A Dan Curtis Production.

Staring: Joan Bennett, Louis Edmonds, Nancy Barrett, Mitchell Ryan, David Henesy, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Diana Millay, Joel Crothers, David Ford, Conrad Fowkes, Clarice Blackburn, John Lasell, Vince O'Brien, and Alexandra Moltke.

Includes Episodes 144-178 January 12, 1967 - March 1, 1967.

Bonuses: New interviews with actress Diana Millay, author/horror expert Leonard Wolf and writers Ron Sproat and Malcolm Marmorstein.

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