Thursday, October 14, 2021

Dark Shadows and Beyond: The Jonathan Frid Story


Dark Shadows and Beyond: The Jonathan Frid Story from MPI Media Group has an MSRP of $24.98 DVD and $29.98 Blu-ray. Soon after its debut on ABC-TV in 1966, Dark Shadows gained devoted fans, which thrilled to the eerie goings-on at the haunted Collinwood estate in Maine. The series broke the rules of traditional soap operas by blending stories of gothic romance, horror, and the supernatural.

Storylines centered on ghosts, witches, demonic possessionand time travel. The breakout character was Barnabas Collins, a 175-year-old vampire, who; after being unintentionally released from his chained coffin, arrives at Collinwood to begin a new life.

Frid’s portrayal was a key reason the series, which ran until 1971, became must-see TV for 20 million daily viewers. Dark Shadows, which spawned two theatrical films starring its original cast as well as 2012 reimaging with Johnny Depp has been cited as a key influence for contemporary genre films and series such as TwilightTrue Blood, and The Vampires Diaries. Almost six million DVDs of the original series have been sold and or over four decades Dark Shadows fan conventions have been held nationwide.


This first documentary devoted to Canadian-born star Jonathan Frid covers the fascinating life and career of the Shakespearean actor, who became a TV icon in the role of Barnabas Collins. The feature-length film reveals the man beneath the vampire’s cloak, exploring Frid’s personal and professional struggles, artistic triumphs, and rise to fame in part through his personal letters read by actor Ian Buchanan.

My Opinion: I found this DVD interesting as it shows a show I watched briefly and the actor who played Barnabas Collins which I find the life they lead and roles they play intriguing.

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