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Complete 'Dark Shadows' Heads to Disc

5 Mar, 2012 By: John Latchem

MPI Media Group will release a massive boxed set of 1960s supernatural soap opera “Dark Shadows” April 10 in anticipation of the release of a feature film adaptation of the show.

The 131-DVD set, listed at $599.98, will include all 1,225 episodes, which aired from 1966 to 1971 on ABC.

The show was created by Dan Curtis and was set in a mist-shrouded Maine mansion inhabited by a wealthy extended family, as well as ghosts, demons, werewolves and 200-year-old vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid).

The boxed set will include more than 120 interviews with the actors and crew, behind-the-scenes featurettes, bloopers, a deluxe booklet with photographs and episode summaries, and a postcard autographed by Frid, all housed in a lavishly decorated coffin-shaped box.

The show spawned two spinoff films (House of Dark Shadows in 1970 and Night of Dark Shadows in 1971, both not included in the set) and a series of novels and audio dramas. A short-lived remake series aired on NBC in 1991, and a film directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp as Barnabas hits theaters May 11.

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