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Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Complete Seasons 1-7 [DVD]

Sarah Michelle Gellar , Nicholas Brendon , Joss Whedon , Charles Martin Smith    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (290 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter, Anthony Head
  • Directors: Joss Whedon, Charles Martin Smith, James Whitmore Jr., Douglas Petrie, John Kretchmer
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 39
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Oct 2006
  • Run Time: 6075 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (290 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AM6NCW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,205 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From its charming and angst-ridden first season to the darker, apocalyptic final one, Buffy the Vampire Slayer succeeds on many levels, and in a fresher and more authentic way than the shows that came before or after it. How lucky, then, that with the release of its box set of seasons 1-7, you can have the estimable pleasure of watching a near-decade of Buffy in any order you choose. (And we have some ideas about how that should be done.)

First: rest assured that there's no shame in coming to Buffy late, even if you initially turned your nose up at the winsome Sarah Michelle Gellar kicking the hell out of vampires (in Buffy-lingo, vamps), demons, and other evil-doers. Perhaps you did so because, well, it looked sort of science-fiction-like with all that monster latex. Start with season 3 and see that Buffy offers something for everyone, and the sooner you succumb to it, the quicker you'll appreciate how textured and riveting a drama it is.

Why season 3? Because it offers you a winning cast of characters who have fallen from innocence: their hearts have been broken, their egos trampled in typically vicious high-school style, and as a result, they've begun to realize how fallible they are. As much as they try, there are always more monsters, or a bigger evil. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, the core crew remains something of a unit--there's the smart girl, Willow (Alyson Hannigan) who dreams of saving the day by downloading the plans to City Hall's sewer tunnels and mapping a route to safety. There are the ne'r do wells--the vampire Spike (James Marsters), who both clashes with and aspires to love Buffy; the tortured and torturing Angel (David Boreanz); the pretty, popular girl with an empty heart (Charisma Carpenter); and the teenage everyman, Xander (Nicholas Brendon).

Then there's Buffy herself, who in the course of seven seasons morphs from a sarcastic teenager in a minidress to a heroine whose tragic flaw is an abiding desire to be a "normal" girl. On a lesser note, with the box set you can watch the fashion transformation of Buffy from mall rat to Prada-wearing, kickboxing diva with enviable highlights. (There was the unfortunate bob of season 2, but it's a forgivable lapse.) At least the storyline merits the transformations: every time Buffy has to end a relationship she cuts her hair, shedding both the pain and her vulnerability.

In addition to the well-wrought teenage emotional landscape, Buffy deftly takes on more universal themes--power, politics, death, morality--as the series matures in seasons 4-6. And apart from a few missteps that haven't aged particularly well ("I Robot" in season 1 comes to mind), most episodes feel as harrowing and as richly drawn as they did at first viewing. That's about as much as you can ask for any form of entertainment: that it offer an escape from the viewer's workaday world and entry into one in which the heroine (ideally one with leather pants) overcomes demons far more troubling than one's own. --Megan Halverson

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132 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid lil investment! 28 Oct 2005
Format:DVD
You know, I only ever used to catch the odd episode of Buffy on TV. Either it was her having some trauma with Angel or something to do with the rather cold inflicted looking Master. As far as I was concerned it was just a bit of fun, pure standalone episodes, to pass an hour or so of my life away. This was, of course, until I stumbled across someone on an internet forum giving a season by season breakdown of the storylines. I'd never realised the links between each episode, each series, that takes young Buffy from a fashion conscious student at Sunnydale right up to being a General figure leading a bunch of potential slayers into an apocalyptic battle against an almost Lord Of The Rings-esque host of feral vampires and the overal essence of evil in the Hellmouth itself.
So I vowed one day to sit down and watch the entire series from start to finish to take in this epic opus. After finishing it I can say its pure class, the thought that goes into structuring the entire flow of the series. Little throwaway lines that pop up referring to events that may have happened seasons ago, little clues dropped in about the appearence of Dawn in Season 5 as early as Season 3. There are episodes that are standalone pieces of amusement (take Xander and the 'all women love me' episode for example) or those that tackle more serious aspects of life such as the rather sombre The Body. There are episodes the pushed the boundaries of normal US TV viewing such as the musical Once More With Feeling, the silent Hush and the surreal Restless, all episodes that I will recommend to friends to check out to show that there is more to Buffy than initially perceived.
I found the DVDs to be absolute quality, Season 4 onwards are presented in widescreen which is a bit of a treat.
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179 of 186 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply a masterpiece 30 Mar 2008
By Ruth
Format:DVD
Buffy is more difficult to sell than 'serious' shows like The Sopranos and The West Wing. The name itself is very silly; the notion of "Buffy" and "vampires" was probably enough to scare off half the population before it even aired. And then there is the main character. Buffy is no cool, serious or attractive man but a blonde, stereotypical teenage cheerleader holding a stake. There seems to be no depth, reality or threat.

But Buffy triumphs in defeating stereotypes and the preconceptions you have whenever a young blonde woman walks onto the screen. From the very first scene where the blonde victim idea is subverted, Buffy establishes itself as the wittiest, funniest drama around. As the season progresses you realise that this show can also be dark and is as innovative as any other, more acclaimed, modern culture.

The writing is consistently brilliant, avoiding predictability and cliché throughout, unlike most drama scripts. Each character is beautifully created. They are always real, tangible, different and three-dimensional. Although there is a sharp sense of morality in Buffy, the fantasy element never leads the writers into the trap of the superhero versus the evil monsters. Buffy and her friends are not perfect and not even always good.

But probably what makes Buffy great, rather than just another sharp witty drama, is the direction. Buffy is a TV show, not a book or film on the small screen. The strengths of the medium are constantly exploited - the uniquely long amount of time TV has to establish character and expand plot are used brilliantly. Look at Buffy over the 7 seasons and it is clearly a cohesive whole, a journey. A journey you are invited to join over a vast period of time.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware the extras 1 July 2008
By Eolake
Format:DVD
The show is even better than I remembered, but beware of the extras, some of them contain spoilers, so save them for the end of each season.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I won't venture to review the show - you doubtless know you like it if you are considering the box set and there are academic journals, internet forums, and books devoted to it. 200 words will not add to the debate.

I bought this and am watching my way through it (nearly finished now) and I love it. My only problem has been with the season two transfers which suffer from compression artefaction. I don't know whether this is common to all versions or simply this full set that I bought. It is particularly noticeable during dark / night / underground scenes i.e. a lot of the time given the nature of this show. It's not quite like looking at it in YouTube but it IS a little irritating. Perhaps the other full series box set does not suffer from this problem.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just the way you remember it.. but.. 6 Jun 2012
By Liz
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This review is less about buffy and the story as most of us who bought it would have known the story, so, no complaints there..
However

The beginning of each dvd is a couple of copyright messages, thats OK, you only need to see those once as the dvd starts, what gets to you if you're watching through is you cant just watch all 4 episodes on a disk, you have to select each episode, then "play each episode" , you get to watch it, then you have to watch 4-5 more copyrights (the same ones after each episode).

I much prefer the dvds where you can play 1 or theres at least a "play all" option.

On some of the series, the menu isnt a list, its one each corner, I ended up looking on imdb to find out the order of the episdoes, after all is it clockwise, anticlockwise, as it turns out its top left, bottom left, top right, bottom right..

So, having sat down for a buffy fest, I am frustrated with the menus, especially as the sound to go with the episode menu is around 10 seconds, so if you have your hands full and it goes to the episode menu, it can get very annoying very quickly...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 10 days ago by mrs K
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
This was bought as a gift for my son's girlfriend and was much appreciated. Not my taste but clearly exactly what she was looking for.
Published 22 days ago by MissT
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth it
I bought these a couple of years ago. Played them to death and still would put them on now from start to finish.
Published 3 months ago by D. L. Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Fangtastic
Having watched recently the Twilight Films I has forgotten how outstandingly good this series was. Considering the film it was based on was SO BAD. Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Buffy The Vampire Slayer Review
Buffy The Vampire Slayer is a TV show made with lots of dedication, risks, love and hard work.
It's simply made for everybody as many people can relate to it in different... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Govi
5.0 out of 5 stars Never watched before
Great price. Live the series, hooked now. Packaged well, received quickly, box sets are the best. Need to watch Angel once Buffy ends.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. L. Fidock-thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This is a must-own for anyone who grew up in the '90s. I didn't watch many episodes back then but now in my mid-twenties, I found a desire to relive that part of my post-pubescent... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. M. G. Dempsey
2.0 out of 5 stars product ok-ish
The carrier tried to deliver the item 3 days earlier than earliest estimated time and nobody was in, they left a card with nothing written on it but a telephone number with digits... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend for anyone
Great show, excellent packaging, come within a few days!! Recently got book 1 and 2 of the buffy comics, and decided to get the boxset. Amazing show!!!
Published 4 months ago by Doris.
4.0 out of 5 stars The very best.
Always been a fan of Buffy so when I had some money spare I had to order the boxset on Monday afternoon. It came the next day at 9AM, super impressed! Read more
Published 5 months ago by C.Y.O.A.
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