Warner Bros. sent me a copy of Dark Shadows Blu-ray Combo Pack for review on my dad blog. The movie is about a playboy (Barnabas Collins) who was turned into a vampire and then buried alive for almost two centuries. When he returns to the living, Barnabas has to adjust to the modern world. I enjoyed Dark Shadows, but I thought the story fell apart at the end. Even though the ending was a bit disappointing, I think most people will still enjoy the film. You can own Dark Shadows on Blu-ray Combo Pack or Digital Download on October 2nd (Tuesday).
The 411 for Dark Shadows Blu-ray Combo Pack
|The story||An imprisoned vampire is set free and returns to his ancestral home 200 years later|
|Appropriateness for children||Probably OK for older kids, but not a good film for younger kids. There is violence, sexual content and bad language.|
|Release date||October 2, 2012|
|Rating||Rated PG-13 for comic horror violence, sexual content, some drug use, language and smoking|
Every family has its demons
The movie starts off in the late 1700’s. That’s when the Collins family moves to America from England. After a couple of decades, the family becomes so successful that a town (Collinsport) is named after them. But Barnabas Collins ticked off the wrong woman (witch), and she places a curse on him and turns him into a vampire. And then she gets the town to bury him alive. After about 200 years, Barnabas is set free. He has to adjust to the modern world. Barnabas also finds out that the witch who turned him into a monster is still alive and has ruined his family’s business. As if that is not enough, Barnabas discovers his family is dysfunctional with secrets of their own.
Humorous, but not hilarious
The movie is humorous, but not laughing out loud funny. I found some of the out-of-time elements funny, but at times the gags seem disconnected from the story.
The story falls apart at the end
I was enjoying the movie until the big finale. That’s when the story falls apart. The ending was unexpected, but I thought some of the revelations came out of nowhere and didn’t really connect with the story.
Eva Green stood out
The only person that really stands out in Dark Shadows is Angelique Bouchard. She plays the part of Angelique Bouchard (the witch who turned Barnabas into a vampire). I didn’t like her voice (didn’t seem to match the face), but she’s wickedly evil in Dark Shadows. Two of my favorite actors, Johnny Depp and Chloë Grace Moretz, play the parts of two very subdued characters. As a result, their performance seemed bland. Dark Shadows also features Michelle Pfeiffer (Elizabeth Collins Stoddard), Helena Bonham Carter (Dr. Julia Hoffman), Jackie Earle Haley (Willie Loomis), Jonny Lee Miller (Roger Collins), Bella Heathcote (Victoria Winters / Josette DuPres), Gulliver McGrath (David Collins), Ray Shirley (Mrs. Johnson), Christopher Lee (Clarney), Alice Cooper (Alice Cooper), Ivan Kaye (Joshua Collins), Susanna Cappellaro (Naomi Collins), and Josephine Butler (David’s Mother). The film was directed by Tim Burton.
Dark Shadows Blu-ray Combo Pack Features
The two-disc combo set includes Blu-ray, DVD and UltraViolet streaming. Special features on the Blu-ray include:
- Becoming Barnabus
- 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
- 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