Blu-ray, DVD Release: Dark Shadows

Blu-ray Release Date: Oct. 2, 2012, DVD Release Date: Oct. 30, 2012
Price: DVD $28.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99
Studio: Warner Home Video

Dark ShadowsBased on the cult classic TV series, Dark Shadows stars Johnny Depp (The Rum Diary) in yet another Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland) movie.

In their seventh collaboration, Depp stars as Barnabas Collins, a playboy in the 1770s town of Collinsport who breaks the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green, TV’s Camelot). Problem is, Angelique is a witch, and she turns Barnabas into a vampire and buries him alive. When he’s accidentally freed two centuries later in 1972, Barnabas returns to his old mansion in Collinsport only to find a house full of dysfunctional ancestors who are in need of his protection.

Michelle Pfeiffer (New Year’s Eve), Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech), Jackie Earle Haley (A Nightmare On Elm Street), Jonny Lee Miller (TV’s Dexter), Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings movies) and Chloe Grace Moretz (Hugo) also star in the comedy fantasy film, which was the first feature written by Seth Grahame-Smith, who followed the PG-13 movie with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Dark Shadows Blu-ray boxDark Shadows earned $79 million in theaters, but got mixed reviews from critics and moviegoers, who called it silly, long and, as Newark Star-Ledger critic Stephen Whitty said, “not the movie this Dark Shadows fan hoped to see.”

The Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack offers a bunch of special features. Here’s the list:

  • Maximum Movie Mode with nine behind-the-scenes focus points
  • “Becoming Barnabas”
  • “Welcome to Collinsport!”
  • “The Collinses: Every Family Has Its Demons”
  • “Reliving a Decade”
  • “Angelique: A Witch Scorned”
  • “Alice Cooper Rocks Collinsport!”
  • “Dark Shadowy Secrets”
  • “A Melee of Monstrous Proportions”
  • “Dark Shadows: The Legend Bites Back”
  • and deleted scenes
    • “Dr. Hoffman and Elizabeth Discuss Barnabas”
    • “David and Barnabas Discuss Dinosaurs”
    • “Carolyn and Victoria”
    • “Girl Talk”
    • “Police Warn Willie and Barnabas”
    • “Dr. Hoffman Offers Victoria Help.”

The Blu-ray also has instant streaming and downloading of the movie via UltraViolet, redeemable before Oct. 2, 2014.

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.