Monday, March 29, 2010

Comics Collection Delayed

The first reprint edition of Dark Shadows comic books, originally due out this month, has been temporarily delayed. Dark Shadows: The Complete Series Volume 1, collecting the 1960s Gold Key strip stories, will now be released on May 28. To pre-order the book from Amazon at a discount price, click here. Volume 2 is still on track for release in July.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Australian DVD Release

Dark Shadows is set to receive some new exposure down under, as the show's original episodes receive their first release outside of the US. Under a new distribution deal, Australian company Madman is to offer the first two Dark Shadows DVD collections as a combined box set in new packaging. Dark Shadows Collection 1 & 2 will be available as an 8-disc set from May 5 and can be pre-ordered here.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Dark Shadows Movie Set to Film in England

As press coverage of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland continues, a few more details about the director's upcoming Dark Shadows feature film have emerged. Speaking to FilmShaft, the project's producer, Richard Zanuck, reveals:

"I’m going to be doing Dark Shadows with Johnny [Depp] and Tim later towards the end of the year... But we’re shooting over here [London] even though the movie is set in Portland, Maine (sic). We’ve got the stages at Pinewood lined up."

Located in Buckinghamshire, England, Pinewood Studios is probably best known as the home of the James Bond movies; Tim Burton previously filmed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Sweeney Todd at the studios. To read the full interview, click here.

Half Price DVDs

Amazon are having another sale on Dark Shadows DVDs, with prices slashed to half price for a limited time. Most of the box set episode collections are reduced to $27.49, and last year's two compilation titles, The Vampire Curse and The Haunting of Collinwood are now just $9.99. Here are ordering links:


Dark Shadows: The Beginning (pre-Barnabas episodes):

Dark Shadows DVD Collections (episodes from Barnabas' arrival onwards):

Monday, March 15, 2010

It's a Wrap!

It's a wrap! Recording on Kingdom of the Dead, the new series of full-cast Dark Shadows audio dramas concluded in Los Angeles yesterday, bringing the mammoth two-month production to a close. From left to right: Director Darren Gross; actors Jerry Lacy, Lara Parker, David Selby, Kathryn Leigh Scott, James Storm, John Karlen, Jamison Selby and Andrew Collins; with series co-writer Eric Wallace.

Kingdom of the Dead is available from July and can be pre-ordered on CD by clicking here.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Audio Dramas in Studio

The cast of Dark Shadows have been busy in studio, as Big Finish Productions continue recordings for this year's slate of audio dramas. Here are some photos from the recent sessions...

Alec Newman and Lysette Anthony recording guest appearances for Kingdom of the Dead, the new four-part miniseries, available from July. Alec played Barnabas in the WB's 2004 Dark Shadows pilot, while Lysette played Angelique in the 1991 Dark Shadows remake. Both play new characters in the new series. But who is Dr. Rankin, and what is the secret of her patient?

Lisa Richards (Sabrina) recording Blood Dance, a new dramatic reading. The story features Quentin embroiled with a mysterious nightclub in Prohibition-era Chicago and is due out in April.

Andrew Collins and Jerry Lacy (Trask) recording Kingdom of the Dead. To pre-order upcoming titles on CD and download, visit the Big Finish website.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Actor News

  • Barbara Steele (1991 Julia) has filmed a new horror movie, The Butterfly Room, marking her first major role in several years. Fangoria has published some photos from the project, which can be seen here. Barbara also recently recorded a commentary for a new DVD edition of The She Beast, available now from Amazon.
  • Fans of Jerry Lacy (Reverend Trask) can keep abreast of his latest activities on Facebook, at the Friends of Jerry Lacy group, featuring news and many rare photos from Jerry's career. Pay a visit by clicking here.
  • Marie Wallace (Eve) will be performing on stage during March in Where's Sheila?, part of the New York City's Emerging Artists Theatre's Spring Eatfest. For more information, visit Marie's website.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Burton and Depp Speak

Tim Burton and Johnny Depp have been busy promoting their new film, Alice in Wonderland, and have spoken about the upcoming Dark Shadows feature film, slated to begin shooting in 2011.

On the BBC's Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, the pair were in high spirits, explaining the Dark Shadows concept to the UK audience. “It was on TV in the afternoon," said Burton enthusiastically. "It was like a supernatural soap opera... and it was just the weirdest vibe of any show I’ve ever seen." Johnny Depp: "Yeah, a gothic soap opera."

"There were some of the worst camera moves you’ve ever seen in your life," Burton joked. "And strangely a lot of flies landing on actors’ faces, and them still trying to act through it — it was amazing. We’re gonna fill the room with flies... and make the actors pretend that they’re not there!”

Speaking for, Depp revealed: "I was obsessed with this character, Barnabas Collins... I came to find out many years later that when he was a kid, Tim ran home like I did to watch that Gothic soap opera. It was a very strange thing back then.” Speaking about developing film, Depp said: “We looked at ways to go, story-wise. We’ve started to come up with something interesting. If all goes well, I will jump into that toward the end of this year.”

Update: BBC America are screening this edition on Friday March 5 at 10pm ET/PT.