Director Tim Burton brings the cult classic series "Dark Shadows" to the big screen in a film featuring an all-star cast, led by Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter.
In the year 1750, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from England to start a new life in America, where they build a fishing empire in the coastal Maine town that comes to carry their name: Collinsport. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy...until he makes the grave mistake of falling in love with a beauty named Josette DuPres (Bella Heathcote) and breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death—turning him into a vampire, and then burying him...alive.
Nearly two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972, a stranger in an even stranger time. Returning to Collinwood Manor, he finds that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin, and the dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets.
Family matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) is the one person Barnabas entrusts with the truth of his identity. But his rather odd and anachronistic behavior immediately raises the suspicions of the live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), who has no idea what kind of problems she's really digging up.
As Barnabas sets out to restore his family name to its former glory, one thing stands in his way: Collinsport's leading denizen, who goes by the name Angie...and who bears a striking resemblance to a very old acquaintance of Barnabas Collins.
Also residing in Collinwood Manor are Elizabeth's ne'er-do-well brother, Roger Collins, (Jonny Lee Miller); her rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Chloë Grace Moretz); and Roger's precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins (Gully McGrath). The longsuffering caretaker of Collinwood is Willie Loomis (Jackie Earle Haley), and new to the Collins' employ is David's nanny, Victoria Winters (Bella Heathcote), who is, mysteriously, the mirror image of Barnabas' one true love, Josette.
BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS
“Dark Shadows” Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:
· See how the brilliant imaginations of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp created Dark Shadows with nine behind-the-film Focus Points.
1) BECOMING BARNABAS - It takes more than just a set of prosthetic fangs! Get the scoop from directly from Johnny Depp on his reimagining of this infamous and undead cult character.
2) WELCOME TO COLLINSPORT! - Explore every strange nook and peculiar cranny of the most spectacularly detailed city to never exist!
3) A MELEE OF MONSTROUS PROPORTIONS - Join the fight and experience the thrilling final battle sequence in a way that only Tim Burton and Johnny Depp could imagine.
4) ANGELIQUE: A WITCH SCORNED - Johnny Depp and Eva Green reveal the lurid details of their character's centuries old lascivious and tumultuous relationship.
5) RELIVING A DECADE - From groovy bell bottoms to classic rock & roll, strut through the Collinsport of the 70s and discover the topsy-turvy world that Barnabas finds himself in after centuries in the grave.
6) DARK SHADOWY SECRETS - Watch out for exploding buildings and all manner of bizarre, supernatural occurrences as Tim Burton's spectacular props and special effects wizards bring this eccentric world to crazy life.
7) THE COLLINSES: EVERY FAMILY HAS ITS DEMONS - Become scarily familiar with this creepy cast of quirky characters as Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and their co-stars reveal their unique working relationship.
8) COOPER ROCKS COLLINSPORT! - Shock rock the night away with the master of musical horror himself, Alice Cooper, as Johnny Depp and the cast invite him to rock the roof off of Collinsport Manor.
9) VAMPIRES, WITCHES AND WEREWOLVES, OH MY! - Uncover the method behind Tim Burton's madness as he twists and tweaks his favorite classic movie monsters for the gothic universe of Dark Shadows.
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“Dark Shadows” Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:
· THE COLLINSES: EVERY FAMILY HAS ITS DEMONS - Become scarily familiar with this creepy cast of quirky characters as Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and their co-stars reveal their unique working relationship.
Dark Shadows available on Blu-ray Combo pack, DVD and for download 10/2!
I wanted to see this movie when it was out in theaters but I didn't get the chance to so when I jumped to the chance to review this movie. I am a huge Johnny Depp fan and a Tim Burton fan so you can imagine how excited I was to watch and review Dark Shadows.
Anyways, I watched it on Friday afternoon and I have to say that I liked this movie but it was not as good as I expected it to be. It is not exactly like the old tv show which I wasn't surprised .It was dark with a few parts you will get a few little chuckles. It wasn't one of the best movies I have seen but it was good enough to watch again in the near future.
I give this movie 3 1/2 stars out of 5
I give this movie 3 1/2 stars out of 5
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Thanks for the review! As a huge Johnny Depp fan as well I was pretty upset at first that I missed this film in theaters, but now that I've been hearing a lot of mixed reviews, I'm kind of glad I waited. Usually I wouldn't give a mixed review movie a chance, but because of my loyalty to Mr. Depp I'm going to watch it anyways. I added it to the top of my Blockbuster @Home queue, so I'll get it in the mail in a couple of days to see for myself. I’ve never seen anything from the Dark Shadows series either, but I know a lot of people, including some coworkers of mine at DISH, that agree it wasn’t really on par with it. While I’m at it I might as well add a couple seasons of that to my queue as well! :)ReplyDelete