Halloween Home Entertainment Preview: House of Dark Shadows, Night of Dark Shadows

Editor’s Note:  1/10/12 This post has been updated with a note about the image.

Today is our final installment of our Halloween Home Entertainment Preview.  Be sure to check out our previous updates for all of the great deals on disc this Halloween season!

The News:

House of Dark Shadows starring Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Kathryn Leigh Scott and Joan Bennett will be released on October 30.  Night of Dark Shadows starring David Selby, Lara Parker and Kate Jackson will debut on the same date.

The Views:

Many of you have probably heard that the original films based on the popular supernatural TV series, Dark Shadows, will be coming to DVD and Blu-Ray disc for the first time on October 30.  And while this is great news in and of itself, it isn’t as wonderful as it seems.  While House of Dark Shadows, the more popular of the two movies, is a must-have release for your collection, the release of its sequel, Night of Dark Shadows, is rather disappointing — not because Night is a bad film, but because Warner Bros. has decided not to release it in its fully-restored state.

Night of Dark Shadows was originally a rather lengthy picture, but MGM, the studio that originally released it, had it cut down significantly right before its debut.  What is left of the movie may seem garbled or confusing to many.  But fans still enjoy it for what it is.

For years now, one Darren Gross has been working on intensive restoration efforts for both Dark Shadows films.  And he managed to recover a good amount of lost footage from Night of Dark Shadows in the hopes that it could eventually be released in a form closer to the original vision of Dan Curtis.  For reasons which have not been disclosed, Warner Bros. turned down the project and we are left with the standard release, which, to many is rather confusing and incoherent.  Regardless, it is good to see the film make its disc debut, along with House of Dark Shadows, but it’s upsetting that we won’t get to see all of the hard work put into the restoration.

*Note: The “Ad” image in this post is fan-created.

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4 thoughts on “Halloween Home Entertainment Preview: House of Dark Shadows, Night of Dark Shadows

  1. Hi! Where did the “DS” ad come from? The title was, of course, changed to HOUSE of DS just before it was released, but I’ve never seen an ad with the pre-release title. I’d love to know what magazine or trade publication this came from. Thanks! – Darren Gross

    • Darren,

      First, let me say that it is an honor that you took the time to drop by our little blog. Thank you for all of the fantastic work you have done on behalf of DS fans everywhere. We are all rooting for you and fully support everything you have done and continue to do.

      Now, some news that may bum you out… The ad is actually fan-created. We only like to use photos that we own or images that we create ourselves for all of our posts. So this was an artistic endeavor that I, personally, took on. I wanted to create something that looked like it could have appeared in Famous Monsters or one of the other magazines of the time, but was distinctly inauthentic, hence why I went with Dark Shadows instead of House of Dark Shadows, knowing that the film was never promoted simply as DS, at least in graphic form. So I hope that clears up any confusion. I should have put “fan-created image” in the caption box to avoid potential disappointment.

      Again, we appreciate you stopping by. And thanks again for everything you have done.

  2. Thanks for responding so quickly and for the very kind words.

    You did a nice job on the fan-created ad. I must admit, you fooled me. I thought it may have been in a trade-show journal or a sales brochure MGM might have sent out to promote the current year’s lineup in the months prior to release, as the title wasn’t changed to “House of…” until shortly before release. Would have been neat…

    • Alas, it would have. I must admit I have looked for promotional art that didn’t include the “House of” part, but have never found any, so I assumed none existed. Thus, I decided to make my own. I tried my best to match the fonts, size, and style. I take it as a great compliment that I fooled Darren Gross! Thank you for the kind words, and — again — sorry for not posting that info in the original write-up.

      Keep us updated if anything changes on the restoration front. I know I’d personally love to see your amazing work.

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