Excerpt: In the late 18th Century, Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) spurned the love of the witch Angelique (Eva Green) who cursed him, turning him into a vampire and having him buried alive. In 1972, his coffin is found and opened and he returns to his beloved mansion Collinswood where his descendants still live and he discovers the world has changed a lot in the 200 years he was gone, although Angelique is still alive and trying to ruin the Collins’ business and name.
Conclusion: The films of John Cassavetes belong in every serious collection. Shadows , the first film in Criterion's upcoming John Cassavetes: Five Films box set, looks very good in high-definition. Also included on this release is Charles Kiselyak's outstanding two-hundred-minute documentary "A Constant Forge". HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Did you find this review helpful?
Excerpt: When Barnabas is unearthed 200 years later, he returns to find his family manor in disrepair and occupied by his distant and dysfunctional relatives. Of course, it’s now the early 1970s and Barnabas is experiencing a significant degree of culture shock. Much of the film’s humor plays on the classic fish-out-of-water story line. The scene that afforded me the biggest laugh was when Barnabas stares erotically transfixed at a bubbling red plasma-like lava lamp.
Excerpt: Director Tim Burton resurrects the cult classic TV show Dark Shadows in the feature film that begins in the year 1752 where Joshua Collins (Ivan Kaye) and his lovely wife Naomi (Susanna Cappellero) leave their native England for the shores of America with their Barnabas in tow. As times goes on, however, the Collins family curse soon afflicts the man who Barnabas (Johnny Depp) would become.
Summary: Shadows might seem a little rough around the edges in spots but that’s half of its charm right there. The film remains an interesting snap shot of the New York City that no longer exists, and has stood the test of time as an important milestone in the early years of independent filmmaking in North America. The BFI’s Blu-ray debut is a good one, offering up the film in very nice shape and with some great extras too.
Excerpt: For years, Johnny Depp wanted to make a feature film version of Dark Shadows , Dan Curtis’ gothic horror soap opera. Once he recruited frequent collaborator and BFF Tim Burton to direct, it seemed as though everything was in place to make a great, quirky horror-comedy. But for a passion project that was made with nothing but enthusiasm and the best intentions, the resulting movie is curiously flat.
Excerpt: Our reviews of Dark Shadows: DVD Collection Two (published March 16th, 2005), Dark Shadows: DVD Collection Three (published April 6th, 2005), Dark Shadows: DVD Collection Four (published November 24th, 2003), Dark Shadows: DVD Collection Five (published July 21st, 2004), Dark Shadows: DVD Collection Eleven (published July 15th, 2004), Dark Shadows: DVD Collection Twelve (published June 22nd, 2004), Dark Shadows: DVD Collection Thirteen (published August 26th, 2004), Dark...