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Dark Shadows: The Beginning Ė Collection Four (MPI DVD)


Picture: C-     Sound: C-†††† Extras: D     Episodes: D



Dark Shadows was everything but what Iíd expected.  The soap opera murder-mystery thing got old after a few episodes and the show as a whole failed to hold my interest slightly.  This may be due to the facts that a) Iíve never been a fan of the visual and textual style of the soap opera, and b) that we, as a nation, have been spoiled by huge advances in television style in the past forty years to the point where I find little to no reason to pardon the camera work of the soap opera.


From the few episodes I sampled to get a glimpse of the show (which were three out of the DVD setís thirty-seven episodes), itís very much a serial style soap opera thatís hard to follow if youíre not familiar with the earlier episodes.  Since this was Collection 4, it was hard to catch up with the story.


The 1.33 X 1 black and white picture was good for what it was, considering some footage had been lost and/or unable to be restored, but compared to modern TV or film, itís severely lacking.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono sound was about as good as the picture, but still had the effects of being forty years old.


I canít really recommend this or warn against this show because I find myself lacking the knowledge for judgment.  If youíre interested in what Dark Shadows is famous for, like I was, stay away from the beginning and check out the later episodes instead.



-†† Jordan Paley


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