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Old March 27 2012, 10:58 PM   #1
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Dark Shadows, the 131-disc DVD set

As Bart Simpson would say, Ay Carumba!

MPI is releasing a 131-disc DVD set of the complete original Dark Shadows TV series. That's 1,225 episodes.

If that's not a record, I don't know what is.

Here's the original press release:

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Dar...l-Series/16643

Originally scheduled for release on May 8, TV Shows on DVD reports today that the release date has been pushed back to July 10. No reason is given, though I bet it probably has to do with the logistics of doing quality control on 1,225 episodes!

As one who actually considered buying the complete Law & Order set, and who might invest one day in a complete Simpsons set, and who would jump at buying a complete Doctor Who if that were ever possible, I can't fault Dark Shadows fans wanting all 1,225 episodes. But man ... that's a lot of TV!

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Old March 27 2012, 11:26 PM   #2
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Re: Dark Shadows, the 131-disc DVD set

Averages out to almost ten episodes per disc if there's no special features. They are going to compress the shit out of the episodes.
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Old March 28 2012, 12:15 AM   #3
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Hopefully this will get it to Netflix. I'd be really interested in watching the show.
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Old March 28 2012, 01:14 AM   #4
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Re: Dark Shadows, the 131-disc DVD set

FYI: The new issue of Horrorhound magazine (with Barnabas on the cover) has a nice retrospective on the original series, complete with fun photos of most of the original merchandise: games, puzzles, plastic models, Gold Key comics, novels, digests, even the Viewmaster set! (Most of which I remember from my childhood.)
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Old March 28 2012, 01:21 AM   #5
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Re: Dark Shadows, the 131-disc DVD set

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Hopefully this will get it to Netflix. I'd be really interested in watching the show.
I don't think they have 1200 episodes but they do have Dark Shadows on demand. I've been watching them here and there, and being only a half hour (did it get longer later?) they go by pretty quick.
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Old March 28 2012, 03:06 AM   #6
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I've been watching them here and there, and being only a half hour (did it get longer later?) they go by pretty quick.
Nope, it was always a half-hour soap opera.

Every weekday at 4 pm, as I recall.
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Old March 28 2012, 03:38 AM   #7
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They are going to compress the shit out of the episodes.
Probably, but weren't the shot on video in the first place? If so, it won't be that bad (especially since their 30-minutes minus commercials each).
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Old March 28 2012, 03:41 AM   #8
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Re: Dark Shadows, the 131-disc DVD set

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They are going to compress the shit out of the episodes.
Probably, but weren't the shot on video in the first place?
Yep.

And I don't think there'll be much compression. 10 half-hour episodes, less commercials, equals < 5 hours of material per disc. The L&O discs all have four or five (1 hour each, less ads) eps per disc, working out to about the same amount of time, and they look fine.
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Old March 28 2012, 03:42 AM   #9
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i doubt compression will be a problem. the old dvd sets had forty episodes spread over four of five discs. each episode is anywhere from 18-23 minutes long and yes, it was shot on video. the quality isn't all that great to begin with.
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Old March 28 2012, 09:50 AM   #10
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Fascinating. I've never heard of this show before - probably because it was never shown in the UK. I'll probably try to catch the Burton/Depp film. I don't think I'd relish the idea of watching 1,225 episodes even if I did have nostalgic memories of it, which I don't.
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Old March 28 2012, 05:01 PM   #11
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^ AFAIK, the original series has at least a whole season go by before Barnabas even shows up.
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Old March 28 2012, 05:15 PM   #12
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^ AFAIK, the original series has at least a whole season go by before Barnabas even shows up.
Netflix starts with the arrival of Barnabas and I think it's in the 200s.
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Old March 28 2012, 05:44 PM   #13
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Isn't this that horror drama that use to air on Scifi?
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Old March 28 2012, 05:52 PM   #14
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Isn't this that horror drama that use to air on Scifi?
Vampire/Supernatural Soap Opera aired in the late 60s-1970s, I believe, and yes, they did air it on SciFi Channel for awhile
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Old March 28 2012, 06:01 PM   #15
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I am so excited by this news I am so getting it. Dark shadows has everything vampires, witches,ghosts and if corouse time travel. Also looking forward to the movie even though they turned it into a period comedy. I just can't pass on tim burton & Johnny Depp.
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