Master of Dark Shadows (2019) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: David Gregory
STARRING: Alan Ball, Nancy Barrett, Michael Brockman
RATED: UR/REGION A/1:78/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM MPI Media Group
Narrated by Ian McShane (Deadwood), MASTER OF DARK SHADOWS reveals the fascinating impact of the ground-breaking Gothic drama Dark Shadows with a compelling blend of rare footage and behind-the-scenes stories exploring the diverse talents of creator-producer-director Dan Curtis. Known as the “King of TV Horror,” the filmmaker created iconic genre favorites including Trilogy of Terror and Burnt Offerings before earning accolades for the epic mini-series The Winds of War and War and Remembrance.
Master of Dark Shadows dives into the world of one Dan Curtis, the wild and creative man that brought the daytime world the Gothic horror soap known as Dark Shadows. This documentary is a look inside the mind and the life of the man and what lead to him creating the show and then keeping it on TV and then eventually branching out into the big screen with the same show. I’ve always been interested in the Dark Shadows TV show and this thought me a whole heck of a lot about it that I didn’t know. We see how it became what it was and we also see how the show’s most popular character managed to make his way onto the show and cause the skyrocket of the show’s popularity. And like most documentaries, we also learn of the downfall of the show as well. Dan Curtis is a guy who had a pretty interesting character and that only works to make this one all the more watchable.
We also learn more about what Dan did besides just his claim to fame, Dark Shadows. The man was also an award-winning director and that is talked about here as well. If you like documentaries, I think something like this will prove to be a good time for folks that aren’t really into the show but just like a good story. Then on the other hand if you are a big fan of the show and its history you’ll probably be the ones who love this thing the most. As far as I can tell everyone including Dan gets their say in here and some even get it by way of archival interviews but it all works for a nice and smooth film about a very creative and often times lucky dude. I totally recommend this for fans of Dark Shadows or documentaries. If you aren’t fans of either, then this one might not be for you.
– Dark Shadows Studio Visit
– Before Dark Shadows: The House
– Vintage TV Spots
– The Dick Cavett Show: Jonathan Frid
– Light & Shadows: David Selby
– Blu-Ray Exclusive Bonus Features: Poe & Shakespeare In The Shadows
– Barnabas at the White House
Quality of Transfer: 88%