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The Beginning Collection 6

179 - 209


October 28, 2008



Run Time

690 minutes


MPI Home Video




Dark Shadows The Beginning DVD Collection 6 concludes the Phoenix storyline, sets the groundwork for the Barnabas storyline, and introduces the character of Jason McGuire. It also features the stellar episode in which Burke receives his vindication.


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.

Dr. Peter Guthrie and Joe Haskell break intoLaura Murdoch Stockbridge's crypt at Eagle Hill Cemetery. David Collins informs Victoria Winters that he wants to go away with his mother, Laura. Guthrie arranges to conduct a seance at the Old House to contact Josette Collins’ ghost. Victoria makes a bizarre discovery that leads her to believe David’s life is in jeopardy after Laura summons him to an abandoned fishing shack. Victoria sees Elizabeth Collins Stoddard coming from the mysterious locked room in the Collinwood basement.

A nervous Elizabeth is shocked when Jason McGuire, a devious friend of her missing husband’s, arrives in town unexpectedly. He reminids [sic] Elizabeth of an old secret that they share. Jason and his traveling companion, a drifter named Willie Loomis, force Elizabeth to let them move into Collinwood. Willie learns that Collins family members have been buried with their jewels and he becomes mesmerized by the portrait of Barnabas Collins hanging in the foyer.

A Dan Curtis Production.

Staring: Joan Bennett, Louis Edmonds, Nancy Barrett, Mitchell Ryan, Kathryn Leigh Scott, David Henesy, Joel Crothers, David Ford, Diana Millay, Dennis Patrick, John Karlen, Conrad Fowkes, Clarice Blackburn, Dana Elcar, John Lasell, Daniel Keyes, Lovelady Powell, Ivor Francis and Alexandra Moltke.

Includes Episodes 179-209 March 2, 1967 - April 14, 1967.

Bonuses: Episode 191 extra footage, Restored Episode 211 (Barnabas' arrival) with original 1967 commercials, Syndication Sales Reel & Promos, Dark Shadows Sci-Fi Channel Commercials, Joan Bennett Newsreel Footage, New Interviews.