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Victoria Liss
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« on: April 09, 2014, 12:13:33 am »




April 8, 2014


The Official "Dark Shadows" Published Newsletters
The Official Dark Shadows Online News Updates

Marcy Robin's Cyberspace "Dark Shadows" News Updates

An Official Internet Publication of SHADOWGRAM


Each of these SG News Updates is initially posted through the ShadowGram Yahoo Group.  Joining the Group is free.


To receive a Yahoo Group invitation, or to learn more about the ShadowGram Official Dark Shadows Published Newsletters by postal mail subscription, or if you have any questions, please directly contact Marcy Robin at the following email address:


You also can join the SG Group directly at:




Update Number 315

April 8, 2014




Hello, Dark Shadows Fan,


ShadowGram (SG), The Official Newsletter & News Source for Dark Shadows (DS) announces the following key breaking news in this Official DS News Online Update "bulletin."


**** MPI Home Video asks SG to please report the following notification.


“FROM MPI HOME VIDEO, the exclusive authorized distributor of the original 1966-71 DARK SHADOWS on DVD:


Dear Customer,


It has come to our attention that there are counterfeit sets being sold and distributed for Dark Shadows: The Complete Series Deluxe Edition (MPI item # DVD7991). These counterfeit sets appear nearly identical to the authentic sets. If you are experiencing playback issues with your discs, it is possible that you have purchased a counterfeit set. If so, please alert us as to where you purchased the set. The more detail you can provide us (seller, links, pictures, etc.), the more it will help us put a stop to this illegal distribution of the Dark Shadows Complete Series.


Below is a list of ways you can tell you have purchased a counterfeit set:


--- The authentic set is wrapped in a plastic polybag whereas the counterfeit set is shrink wrapped


--- The authentic set has a thread that prevents the coffin lid from opening too far. The counterfeit set will open all the way (i.e. no thread).


--- The colors are much purer on the authentic set (stronger reds and blacks)


--- The pages in the booklet are a thinner/poor quality whereas the authentic set is a thicker glossier stock


--- The box corners of the set might be banged up on the counterfeit set


--- MPI used eco-friendly trays in the plastic amaray cases that hold each DVD disc. The MPI cases have holes in them to save on plastic where the counterfeit sets have solid black plastic backing behind each disc.


--- The picture quality of the actual program will be poorer. The counterfeit sets use a single layer disc compressing the quality onto one disc whereas the authentic version contains dual layered discs


--- The counterfeit set will have defective discs whereas the authentic set should not


Below is a video of the authentic set which also explains the differences between the two:


MPI is not responsible for the purchase or quality of counterfeit sets. If you have purchased an illegal set, we recommend contacting eBay and putting a claim against the seller of the counterfeit set. We also encourage you to make your purchases through established retailers such as eBay is not a recommended outlet for this item, and MPI does not sell this item via eBay.



MPI Home Video”


If you have any questions, please contact MPI directly at:


MPI Media Group, 16191 S. 108th Ave., Orland Park, IL 60407.  1-800-323-0442. (In Illinois: 708-469-0555)


---- For a description and full details about the MPI authorized coffin box set, “Dark Shadows: The Complete Original Series Deluxe Edition (DVD::



**** The huge Double SG # 122-#123 is the newest Official DS Published Newsletter. Jonathan is remembered with photos, biographical information, and career highlights. He also is fondly and gently saluted by MARIE WALLACE (DS’ Eve, Jenny, Megan). Her unique perspective extends outside DS, as they were longtime friends. Jonathan directed a college stage production of “The Lion in Winter” in Milledgeville, Georgia, in which Marie starred. He earned a Masters in Fine Art in directing from the Yale School of Drama


The Double SG also features news and information direct from the DS cast/crew about their projects and activities, the DS Festival, and others involved in DS today. There are photos, announcements, reports, publicity materials, media coverage, and updates for recent / upcoming DS guest/fan gatherings, plus all the DS news and plans.


To subscribe / renew to the complete ShadowGram Official Dark Shadows Newsletters:


--- US & Canadian First Class subscriptions: $12.00 for 4 issues, $24.00 for 8 issues.
---Overseas Air Mail subscriptions: US $20.00 for 4 issues, US $40.00 for 8 issues.


Please send your subscription / renewal payment by check or money order, payable to:


Marcy Robin
P.O. Box 1766
Temple City, CA 91780-7766


Subscription/renewal payments also can be made via Paypal to:


When your subscription / renewal arrives, I will send you SG #122-#123 and future issues as they are published.


As always, SG invites and encourages fans to please share any DS-related materials you find at any time: on-air, in print, and online,  international, nationwide, or local, media publicity, articles, reviews, interviews, commentaries, etc.


Please send hard copies (newspapers, magazines, program books, flyers) when possible.

You can send all photos as a  peg  at high resolution to SG's e-mail address. You also can send hard-copy pictures and items to SG's postal-mail address.


Please always include your full name and the source name and date. Send to:


Marcy Robin / ShadowGram

P.O. Box 1766

Temple City, CA 91780-7766




You will be named as a Contributor in the published SG newsletter. You may receive a complementary Contributor's Copy for major donations of photos, information, funds, postage stamps, supplies, publicity, assistance, etc. Thank you in advance for your support and sharing.


All such items are important to the ShadowGram Newsletters, the actual complete published Official DS Newsletter & News Source. Subscribers of all ages are across the US and worldwide. I send complementary copies of every issue directly to many of the DS cast and crew. They share their news with me for SG, and they enjoy learning about their DS colleagues in SG's pages.


Your materials help SG readers share with you and the DS cast/crew through SG. Thank you in advance!


The release of each SG published newsletter is announced in a SG Online Update via the SG Yahoo Group.


---- These SG Online Updates briefly premiere-announce, report, and provide confirmed DS-related news, much of it provided directly to me by those involved with DS then to now. All the information is expanded and explained in the published SG Official Published DS Newsletters and through the SG Official Online News Updates via the SG Yahoo Group.


Joining the SG Yahoo Group is free. You do not need to be a SG postal-mail subscriber to join the Group.


To be a member of the ShadowGram YahooGroup, go to


To receive an invitation – which makes it even easier to join the Group – please directly email Marcy Robin at


You can read past SG Online Updates once you're a member of the group by clicking on the "Messages" tab.


If you'd like more information on how to become a SG YahooGroup member, orif you have any questions, please e-mail Marcy Robin at


**** PLEASE NOTE: The brief email Updates like this one are * NOT * the actual Official DS Newsletter. The published SG print issues provide and report in depth, with pictures, quotes, and more.


These breaking-news Official DS Online News Update "bulletins" are officially posted through the ShadowGram Yahoo Group.


This Update is posted to the ShadowGram Yahoo Group and is dispersed by interested people to various lists, boards, websites, groups, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, LiveJournal, Tumblr, in personal emails and other online / print communications.


PLEASE include ShadowGram's complete e- and postal- mail addresses and subscription information in all of your online sharing.


SHADOWGRAM (SG) is the * Official * "Dark Shadows" Newsletter. Much of its news is directly provided by the show's personnel and those involved in the 1966-71 TV series and the 1991 TV series. Established almost 35 years ago in April, 1979, SG works directly with the cast /crew and related individuals, companies, and others involved in DS' creation, distribution, promotion, merchandise, etc. SG print issues usually are published 2-3 times during the year.


These brief Update bulletins are posted through the ShadowGram Online "Dark Shadows" News Updates Yahoo Group. See subscription information and contact addresses above.


For more newsletter information or if you have any questions, please send a SASE (Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope) to these postal- or e- mail addresses:


Marcy Robin

ShadowGram Editor / Publisher

P.O. Box 1766

Temple City, CA 91780-7766


Yahoo Group e-mail:


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