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Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Season 5 (Box Set 2) [VHS] [1998]


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  • Actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Head, James Marsters
  • Producers: James A. Contner
  • Format: Box set
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Fox
  • VHS Release Date: 20 Aug 2001
  • Run Time: 466 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LM8Z
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,319 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Richard, Gryffindor House on 6 Sep 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Season 5 of Buffy is perhaps the best yet. This second half focuses almost entirely on the main story arcs of the year, with virtually no 'filler' episodes. With the exception of the lamentable "Crush", every one is Buffy at its classic best.
Be prepared for some heart-rending developments. Dawn's discovery of who she really is, the death of a major character in "The Body" and the epic five-part run-up to the finale all make for powerful television. Compared to this, I found the much-hyped ending slightly contrived at first, but it has grown on me during repeat viewings. If you don't know what happens, brace yourself for a shock.
With such heavy drama, some light-hearted fun needs injecting into the proceedings, and this is provided admirably by Glory. The brain-sucking devil-in-a-dress proves herself to be the best baddie to appear on the scene since Spike and Dru first rolled into Sunnydale. Speaking of the Big Bad, Spike has some great scenes with Dawn, and his crush on Buffy (whilst a questionable idea for a plot line) is handled much better here than in the first half of the season.
What this set demonstrates most of all is the maturity of the series. This is an altogether more confident Buffy, unafraid to handle difficult issues and mixing serious drama with comedy and gloriously (excuse the pun!) epic action. Great stunts and effects, top-notch acting all round (special mention for newcomer Michelle Trachtenberg), and gripping story lines. A winner on every level.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jun 2001
Format: VHS Tape
After the disappointing series four Joss proved with the first half of this series that this season was going back to it's mythical roots (just in time too!). The concluding half of this season proves that buffy certainly has come home. This box set contains some of the most emotional Buffy episodes since Angel turned into the big bad. The Buffy cast suffers several surprising fatalalities leaving the audience guessing how on earth Joss can top it all.....but he has promised a season six spectacular so don't be too disheartened. All the episodes are good, though some certainly stand out not only as buffy episodes but also as intensly moving television. Watch out specifically for 'The Body', 'Intervention', 'The weight of the world' and the finale and 100th episode 'The Gift'.
Truly a must see again and again and again (so must buy) series for any Buffy fan
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By lmcnaney14@hotmail.com on 25 July 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Box one was a pure delight but somehow this set manages to be even better. Joss Whedon and Co. know how to treat us to an end-of-year finale and, it has to be said, that this season's is possibly the best ever! I'm not going to give away what happens but, believe me, it's something you never would have expected. Things spiral out of control during the final three or four episodes and there's a sense of mounting tension and fear that makes the final episode (and 100th, at that) a very satisfying conclusion indeed. While there a couple of duds (the majorly overrated Checkpoint and the disappointing Crush, which wastes a great opportunity to make use of a returning character), most of the episodes collected on these three videos are pure brilliance, with The Body head and shoulders above the rest. The death of a major character here results in a deeply moving and inventive adult piece of modern television. There are plenty more surprises - more characters dying or being brain-sucked, a brief but intriguing visit from Angel, a Buffy robot that causes much confusion, Spike's confession of love to the Slayer, and a wedding engagement! However, these are just a few of the brilliant developments thought up by the master (Whedon) and the eps can be appreciated truly in only one way - by buying them and watching them! So do so...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Dec 2001
Format: VHS Tape
The latter half of this series brings some of the best acting I have ever seen in a television series to the small screen. Gellars performance in The Body, for example, was absolutely first rate.
However the issues these episodes tackle - death, mortalilty, sacrifice and responsibilty are taking Buffy in a different direction to seasons one to four. Not because this is the first time they have been dealt with, obviously, but because several elements of the Buffy formula have been removed at the same time. Where is the humour that we have seen in Xander, Spike or Anya? Buffy is essentially an action series but that even element has been reduced.
Now don't get me wrong, I found this series very enjoyable, no thats the wrong word. I found it moving, tragic and deep.But these are not episodes that will appeal to casual viewers or Buffy newbies. And I feel that Buffy may have lost some of its younger fan base because of the direction it has taken.
Buffy has grown up and so have the themes in the episodes. But I hope series 6 is a lot more fun and lot less tragic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 July 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Buffy has always been amazing, but Season 5 is definitely the best of the seasons. And as always, the second half of the season is the better half. There's so many shocks in this, the biggest one definitely being in 'The Gift' and you really need to take notice of all the things in every episode. The best episodes in the season are 'Blood Ties' which gives Michelle Tratchenberg a chance to show her acting skills, 'The Body' which is upsetting and is written amazingly(and there's no music throughout) and,of course 'The Gift'- The best Buffy season Finale ever(and we've had some amazing ones)! You have to have this box set!!!!
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