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Angel - Season 1 [DVD]

David Boreanaz , Charisma Carpenter    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Glenn Quinn, Alexis Denisof, Elisabeth Röhm
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Dutch, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Oct 2005
  • Run Time: 917 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009YVD2Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,859 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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He's hunky, he's brooding, he's a do-gooder, and he was Buffy's first boyfriend. Angel, the tortured vampire destined to walk the earth with a soul, got his own series after three seasons on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and did what any new star might do: he moved to L.A. (the City of Angels--get it?) and set up shop. Angel (co-created by Buffy mastermind Joss Whedon) finds the titular vampire (David Boreanaz) as a kind of supernatural private investigator, fighting evil one case at a time and, like his ex-girlfriend, keeping the world from getting destroyed by vengeful demons and such.

A darker, more film noir version of Buffy, Angel lacked the peppy humour that permeated Sunnydale but more than made up for it in its soul-wrenching gravitas, and it elevated Boreanaz to leading-man status, a role he filled out ably and then some. Initially, the stoic vampire was paired with Irish demon Doyle (the late Glenn Quinn) and fellow Sunnydale transplant Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter), but Angel finally found its footing when Doyle was dispatched (giving his powers of precognition to Cordelia) and replaced by Buffy alum Wesley (Alexis Denisof), a fallen watcher who, like his friends, was hoping for a new start in L.A. However, pesky law firm Wolfram and Hart (a front for the demon mafia, as it were) reared its ugly head and discovered Angel's presence, thus setting the stage for a battle of good and evil--and if you're a regular Joss Whedon fan, you know that it's a never-ending war.

This first season features guest appearances by various Buffy characters, including werewolf boy Oz (Seth Green), rogue slayer Faith (Eliza Dushku), deliciously evil vamp Darla (Julie Benz), and Buffy herself (Sarah Michelle Gellar), all of whom helped get the show off and running in style. --Mark Englehart

Product Description

A box set containing all 22 episodes from the first season of the 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' spin-off. In 'City of', Angel (David Boreanaz) and Cordelia relocate to Los Angeles, where they team up with half-demon Doyle. 'Lonely Hearts' sees Angel hunting a serial killer who strikes at LA's single bars, while 'In the Dark' sees Spike arrive in town, determined to obtain a mystical relic currently in Angel's possession. In 'I Fall to Pieces', Angel helps a young woman who is being attacked by a disembodied stalker, while 'RM W/A VU' sees Cordelia moving into a haunted apartment. In 'Sense and Sensitivity', Kate is forced to undergo sensitivity training when her temper flares once too often, with some strange results. 'The Bachelor Party' sees Doyle reunited with an old flame, while in 'I WIll Remember You', Buffy comes to LA to visit Angel. 'Hero' sees Doyle attempting to help a band of refugees, and in 'Parting Gifts' Angel and Cordelia are teamed with an old friend when they go on the trail of some demonic bounty. Whilst in 'Somnabulist', Angel fears that he may have carried out a series of killings in his sleep. In 'Expecting', Cordelia finds herself immediately pregnant after spending the night with new beau Wilson. 'She' sees Angel on the trail of a demon from another dimension, while in 'I've Got You Under My Skin', Angel and Cordelia try to help a young boy, Ryan, who has become possessed. 'The Prodigal' sees Angel having flashbacks to his human past and the death of his family. In 'The Ring', Angel is hired by a man whose brother has been kidnapped by demons, while 'Eternity' finds Angel a reluctant celebrity after he saves a famous actress from being hit by a car. In 'Five by Five', second Slayer Faith creates chaos when she arrives in Los Angeles and begins behaving in very strangely, while 'Sanctuary' sees Angel caught in a compromising situation with Faith when Buffy arrives unexpectedly. In 'War Zone', Angel and his colleagues help out a billionaire who is being blackmailed for attending a demon club. 'Blind Date' sees Angel doing battle with a blind female killer, and finally in 'To Sanshu in L.A.', Wesley discovers a prophecy of Angel's death in an ancient scroll.

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best TV shows ever... 26 Mar 2006
By Miss VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
If you've yet to see any of Angel, you're in for a treat. I was a massive Buffy fan but I was a bit worried that the spin-off might not be as good. I needn't have been concerned - Angel matches up to (and in my opinion often eclipses) Buffy, and is a complete success. It's aimed at a slightly older audience, and is darker, sexier and more violent.
David Boreanaz does a fantastic job as the tortured vampire Angel, and really comes out of his shell both as a character and an actor. His comedy skills are even put to use on occasion - in the episode 'Sense and Sensitivity', for example, he is laugh-out-loud hilarious. He is supported by Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia, who shines here as she develops from the shallow rich girl that she played in Buffy to a funny, sassy and ultimately very brave character, who I liked much more than I was expecting to.
David and Charisma also have support in the first half of the season from the late Glenn Quinn as the charming, rough-and-tumble, heavy-drinking, half-demon Doyle. He is amazing in the part and sadly missed by everyone. The second half of the season brings back Alexis Denisof as Wesley, who also develops into a much more rounded and likeable character than he was on Buffy, and also gets a chance to be very funny.
The plots of the show are mostly pretty simple in this season, and there is no overarching storyline. It follows the kind of monster-of-the-week format of Buffy Season 1, but it does this very well, and almost every episode is tense, gripping and with fantastic special effects. Also as it's the first season we get to see all the different character relationships emerging, the set-up of Angel Investigations, and the development of the evil law-firm Wolfram & Hart which features heavily in seasons 2-5.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars L.A. story - and what a story it is... 25 Feb 2002
Format:DVD
Angel Season One is 'street' in many more ways than one. The most obvious is that it takes two (three when including Wesley, and three + when including the many crossover stars) out of the sleepy suburbs of Sunnydale and place them in the big bad city, and therefore having to deal with darker and more adult issues - metaphors for post one night stand pregnancies, racial issues, and 'street life' (gangs, drugs, etc.) are just a few of the topics touched up on. However, the way the show is produced is also very streetwise and flashy, separating it entirely from sunny Sunnydale. As the interactive menus prove, this is more cutting edge stuff. While I still prefer Buffy to this day, I feel this is the second best show on TV today and has succeeded in carving its own niche. Therefore, DVD - yay!
First of all, I'll give my view on the season and the series as a whole. David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, and Alexis Denisof all have a chance to shine much more than they did on Buffy - and, during the later episodes, these characters and the cast's performances are what make the show. The writing also compliments them, however. Whilst the comedy ingredient is not as apparent as it is in Buffy, there is a fair amount of gigglesome fun and very sharp wit, blended of course with action, suspense, innovative storylines, horror, and drama. The show plays about with the genre, much like its parent show, and proves it is worthy. Whilst not up to the standard of the second season, as the first eight or so episodes struggle to settle on what the show's format should be, there are many astounding episodes - notably the crossovers, especially Eliza Dushku's appearance as Faith, and all the episodes featuring Wolfram & Hart. Also notable are character studies such as Rm W/A Vu, Eternity, etc.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Uncut and Undead on DVD" - it's a winner 19 Jan 2002
Format:DVD
A chance to revisit the first season of "Angel," including the classic first nine episodes featuring Glenn Quinn as Doyle - how could it go wrong? Although I videotape most episodes, I've been waiting for a long time to get a high-quality DVD release of the first season of "Angel," and the superior video quality of this DVD set was worth the long wait and the inconvenience that it took to be able to view a Region 2 DVD. Jane Espenson's commentary on "Rm w/a Vu" and the close-ups of Glenn Quinn are worth the price of purchase. I'll be watching these discs many times.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars angelic 4 Feb 2008
Format:DVD
Call me crazy but I actually prefer Angel to Buffy, i find it more funny, better written and the characters are more intriging. Particularly Cordelia who has grown as a person while still keeping that attitude that people loved in Buffy. My favourite episode of this series focuses on Cordy and is "Rm w/a Vu" featuring Phantom Dennis (who has some short but memorable mentions later in the series like when Cordy is prgnant or Faith breaks in).

Another standout episode is "I Will Remember You" which is a Buffy crossover and is positivelty heartbreaking as Angel becomes human but gives it back for the greater good.

Another good feature is the recurring villains that are Wolfram & Heart, lawyers to evil!! They are such a good creation and really bring a different dynamic to the good v evil fight.

I also love the way that previous Buffy are characters have been given more depth, I already mentioned Cordelia but Wesley becomes strangely adorable as the series progresses and we get to explore people from Angel's past like Darla & Drusilla.

If you love Buffy then this is a must for you!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
As a past Buffy fan I thiught I'd give the spinoff a shot. I was pleasantly surprised to find thay Angel is equally, if not better than it's parent show. Definitely worth a watch.
Published 14 days ago by Mike King
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good start
This is a brilliantly strong start to what would become an incredible show. This is when the creative juices of the people behind Buffy were at their height and it clearly shows... Read more
Published 2 months ago by obi won kenobi
5.0 out of 5 stars good
it came on time and I can want to get season 4 and season5
of angel and then I will wicth them all
Published 2 months ago by tanya trowbridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
Daughter and I are late converts to Angel as got into it via Bones. Usually buy new but decided to buy used in case we didn't like it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ruftytuftyrider
5.0 out of 5 stars angel
i bought this for my wife and she loved it :-) great purchase will use again highly recommend great deal
Published 3 months ago by cliff
5.0 out of 5 stars great
IF I get bothered to enter rubbish like this all the time then I will not bother with any reviews
Published 4 months ago by Anne (and family) view(s)
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer and have watched Angel from 2002, it goes to much darker places than Buffy. It is a shame neither series are out on blu ray. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Thirsty for more
A darkly dramatic Vamp show, the first series is great because of how underdeveloped it all is. Anyone who liked Buffy will love this.
Published 7 months ago by Chris92
4.0 out of 5 stars gift
It was a gift for my daughter who is a big fan and really enjoys watching it all over and over.
Published 8 months ago by ireneengland
5.0 out of 5 stars I regret nothing
Angel is amazing! If you love Buffy the Vampire Slayer then you will most certainly love this! I shan't give too much away but I believe that if you purchase this, you will be one... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Emma McDonald
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