Monday, July 9, 2012

October Release For Shadows Movies on Blu-Ray and DVD

Warner Home Video has announced that all three Dark Shadows feature films will be released this October in Blu-Ray and DVD format. First up, the recent Dark Shadows movie from Tim Burton reaches stores on October 2. The release is expected to include bonus content, though this has yet to be confirmed. 

October 30 sees the release of the two 1970s films produced with the original cast – House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows – in both Blu-Ray and DVD format. It is not yet known if these titles will be available outside of the United States.

As we reported last year, it had been hoped that Night of Dark Shadows would be restored to its longer director's cut for this edition, but the studio has chosen to present the film as originally released in cinemas. Warners have confirmed that both classic movies will include a theatrical trailer as their sole bonus content. Look out for cover artwork and more information soon.

Update: To pre-order both titles at discount prices, click on the hyperlinked titles: House of Dark Shadows DVD, House of Dark Shadows Blu-Ray, Night of Dark Shadows DVD, Night of Dark Shadows Blu-Ray.

In other DVD news, the new edition of the Dark Shadows: The Complete Original Series box set is released tomorrow, collecting all 1,225 classic episodes in a coffin-shaped display case. To order it online at a discount price, click here.

19 comments:

Ron_Daisy said...

Too bad Warner Bros plans to release the films without extras and the planned restoration of NODS. The prices are reasonable, tho. I guess we should be glad what we can get. Its better than nothing.

aj said...

You never lay all your cards on the table at once:)) They will release it over and over with a few new items added each time probably.

DavidN said...

I'd prefer the restored NODS, but was the restoration completed?

13c519f2-b547-11e0-8e0a-000bcdcb8a73 said...

Great news, but I am beyond disappointed regarding Night of Dark Shadows.

Tracy said...

So am I! At the very least, they could have added all the deleted scenes as a bonus feature...even if the restoration was never completeed. I would have accepted black and white footage with sub-par audio as long as it was presented as a bonus feature! Same with the 2004 WB pilot--I have long thought that it would have been included as a bonus feature on one of the movie releases. Oh well! As Ron_Daisy said, "it's better than nothing."

98e6db80-ca17-11e1-8885-000bcdcb471e said...

Very disappointed they won't be releasing the NODS director cut. As someone who has followed the show for a long time even though it aired long before I was born, I've heard a great deal about the deleted scenes and would have loved to seen them added. Dan Curtis would surely be disappointed as well. Hopefully they'll come to their senses and decide to release the restored version!!!

Unknown said...

We need to buy these. Re-releasing strong selling titles is common. If these sell well enough, WB may consider special edition releases. Hell, buy a couple, for the cause.

stimpy said...

it's nice that they FINALLY are putting a release date on them granted, but i could care less about the original version of "night of dark shadows' that cut bores me to death. i was dying to see the uncut version which is finished i believe.

so the film could make well actual sense to me. man this makes me mad

susied said...

Count me in as disappointed as well that we are not getting the uncut version of NODS. What was the point in Warner Bros. getting the dialogue re-recorded by the stars?

Yet another executive Studio decision that just does not make sense.

StuartM said...

Warner Bros. didn't commission the recording sessions that were undertaken to loop the director cut's missing dialogue; these were done independently by Dan Curtis Productions.

Unknown said...

Will these be widescreen versions?

StuartM said...

Yes, both of the original films will be presented in widescreen.

Unknown said...

No word as to why Warner Bros. won't restore "Night...?" Too expensive? Restored footage and new audio not looking right? What was left undone?

I'm really unhappy about that, but yeah, I'm glad they're being put on DVD anyway - my old vhs copies are so worn out.

StuartM said...

No official work was ever completed on the restoration for this release. Audio recordings were done by Dan Curtis Productions over the last decade, but nothing beyond that.

Mario500 said...

Will the open matte versions of the movies be available on the discs?

13c519f2-b547-11e0-8e0a-000bcdcb8a73 said...

I'm disapointed, sure- but happy that the audio recordings are safely in the hands of DCP, so there's still hope of a restoration sometime down the road. But as I recall, sometime around 1999, a slightly longer cut was found- maybe an additional 2 or 3 minutes. (I think the extra seconds intensified the hanging scene, as well as the sequence where Rv. Strack gets trampled.) Does anyone know if that's correct, and maybe if that's the cut we're going to see on the dvd?

Tracy said...

I would even love to see a director's cut of the new Tim Burton movie. From what I understand there is a lot of footage that would go great lengths to develop the father/son relationship of Roger and David. Also, much as I loved the film, I felt the ending seemed a bit rushed and trite....it tried to do too much. The stairs coming alive like wooden CGI snakes, Carolyn as a werewolf, Angelique breaking apart like a mannequin....too much happened that seemed to come out of nowhere. Missing footage could help all of that

Sharon Lynn H. said...

Great news on all counts: I'm looking forward to the new Dark Shadows movie (Director Tim Burton Starring Actor Johnny Depp he & Cast are superb) w/feature bonus (Cast & Crew and D.S.'s legends) and the Classic D.S.'s movies "House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows" to be available through Barnes and Noble also. I really love my DARK SHADOWS Classic Original/Deluxe Box coffin case of 131 DVD's: with Mr. Jonathan Frid's Signature autograph included. We're now on Disc 100 getting into the Parellel times: and just finishing the Leviathins/Jeb Hawkes (Actor Christopher Pennock, so handsome) story line and completed watching the 1897 (go back in time) with Barnabas Collins (Mr. Frid) trying to save Quentin Collins (D. Selby, so handsome) so David Collins (D.Henesy) could be save. What an "awesome" storyline (both, so is 1795, "How Barnabas became a Vampire"). Back in time/1897 Count Petofi (Actor Thayer David: excellent Actor..'All of them are, yet Prof. Stokes is one of my fave!!)..'his/Petofi is a trip/very evil who could ever forget that wicked cut-off hand and those thick glasses and Aristede (Actor Michael Stroka, gorgeous looks like a young J. Frid) is splendid!! Actor Don Briscoe/Chris Jennings (priceless, love him..'rest in peace Mr. Briscoe). Carolyn Stroddard/Actress Nancy Barrett (all that beautiful hair) "shines" as Pansy Faye & Willie Loomis/Actor John Karlan as Carl Collins (when Quentin was in that casket..'the chilly scene unforgetable), Rev. Trask/Actor J. Lacy (getting' walled up) & other Classic roles are amazing. The whole legendary Cast males/females on the Classic DARK SHADOWS totally Rock!! Can't wait to see Gerald (Actor James Storm) and Daphne (Actress Kate Jackson)to come on the scene. Awesome storylines DARK SHADOWS has. Love it!!!! I could go on and on, I love DARK SHADOWS Cast & Crew. Thank you!!!!! Looking forward to all the new releases on DARK SHADOWS.

Mario500 said...

According to the back sides of the DVD cases for the movies, both movies will be the matted versions rather than the open matte versions.