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Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 1 [DVD] [1998]

Sarah Michelle Gellar , Nicholas Brendon , Bruce Seth Green , Charles Martin Smith    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Head, James Marsters
  • Directors: Bruce Seth Green, Charles Martin Smith, David Semel, Ellen S. Pressman, John T. Kretchmer
  • Format: PAL, Box set
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Dutch
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 528 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004YWJE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,280 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Vampire-slayer Buffy Summers moves to Sunnydale, a Californian community located above the "Hellmouth", a phenomenon which explains the local graveyard's overpopulation of vampires and other supernatural beings. Angel, a mysterious loiterer, starts flirting with Buffy and gives her helpful tips on how to cope with the local nasties. However, he turns out to be a vampire, which complicates the future of their relationship. Buffy makes friends with school outcasts Willow, a computer nerd, and geeky Xander. But she excites the enmity of high-school princess Cordelia. The season's prime villain is the Master, a Nosferatu-looking vampire lurking under the town. Giles, Buffy's mentor, looks things up in books and demonstrates the exact same look of puzzlement actor Anthony Head used to demonstrate in those horrifying instant coffee ads. --Kim Newman

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3-Disc set with Episode Guide for the entire Season.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Introduction - Who Watches "Buffy" and Why?
First, let me say that "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is the most influential and significant TV show of the last decade. It is the darling of critics and audience alike; it has become a worthy field of academic study (there are two published journals on the show, and here at the University of Oxford, there are many unofficial professors of Buffy Studies); and it will easily retain this crown for years to come.
Review - Why Buy this Collection?
If you already know much about Season One and wish to know about the DVD specifics, please scroll to the section below.
For those of you who are new to "Buffy", you're in for a treat. Season One, while not the best example of "Buffy", at least lays the foundations for the largest character development and plot arcs of any show in the world. What make Buffy good are those long threads of story that stretch for seasons, occasionally intertwining, or being left only to be picked up again years later. Added to this are snappy, culture-reference-laden dialogue, some extremely witty observations on life, and more allegory, metaphor and symbolism than Proust or Joyce.
The Episodes
While they tend to be monster-of-the-week, Season One's episodes are necessary in understanding character motivation. The show was a mid-season replacement, after all, so 12 episodes allow insufficient space to develop huge storylines. The budget was also half that of subsequent seasons, so do not take the sometimes-corny effects as standard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vampire slaying at its coolest 4 Sep 2003
I am a relatively new Buffy fan starting at the beginning, with no real sense of the direction future seasons may have taken. The first twelve episodes of Season One certainly provide a wonderful introduction to the subject at hand, succeeding fabulously even when storylines wander into really weird places. Few television shows could grow and prosper with such plot points as a substitute teacher who is actually a giant praying mantis, a girl who takes the concept of being invisible to everyone around her much too far, and an ancient demon who comes backs to life via the Internet. In Sunnydale, a town residing directly over the Hellmouth, anything can happen and be accepted for what it is by both the characters as well as the audience.
There are many strengths to this show: Joss Whedon’s vision, commitment, and talent; sharp writing by all concerned with different writers all moving seamlessly in a fictional world larger than themselves; excellent special effects; a genuinely unsettling atmosphere wrapped around a seemingly bright and sunny one; etc. The greatest strength of the show has to be the actors, though. Sarah Michelle Gellar is gorgeous as well as exceedingly believable in her role as the Slayer; Alyson Hannigan is captivating as the quiet, demure Willow Rosenberg; Nicholas Brendon brings an incredible amount of humor and teen-based reality to everything that happens as the Chandler Bing-ish Xander Harris; Charisma Carpenter is the quintessentially vain prom queen whose character Cordelia Chase really only begins to belie her stereotypical image toward the end of the season. Topping them all, though, is Anthony Head in the role of Rupert Giles, the Watcher whose job it is to train and prepare Buffy in her role as the ordained Slayer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rejoice - Buffy's made it onto DVD! 5 Jan 2002
This boxset made its way into my Christmas stocking and I have absolutely relished it since! I've been a fan since the beginning and this is the best way to watch Buffy - on DVD! While the picture is grainy at times and dark episodes such as Angel don't look as good as they could have, this is probably due to the lower budget and, hence, the lower quality film used. It's not an issue to be dwelled on, as the episodes look better than they do on video or on transmission. The sound is also definitely better than the VHS copies, meaning the DVD wins hands down (not surprisingly). Of course, there are also a (leniant) number of extras too. If you're a fan who purchased the 'Welcome To The Hellmouth/The Harvest' video, then you'll already be familiar with the fun little trailer and the brief interviews with Whedon and everyone's favourite Angel, David B. There's also a fun-to-watch-a-couple-of-times-but-never-again music video in the shape of the cheesy Hepburn track 'I Quit' (which would have been better included on the Season Three or Four DVDs, as the clips and sets are from this era), as well as a nice little photo gallery, cast biographies (which are more interesting than you may think but contain info you'll only skim through once or twice), and the scripts for the first two episodes - while these are handy to see what the actors see on the page, while also giving us a glimpse at what was cut and what was changed, they're not very well put together and a big chunk of what happens on screen is missing from mine (maybe all copies, I'm not sure). There's also a slim little guide to the first season which is a rather cool addition, yet a little pointless if you already own the first Watcher's Guide book. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Product arrived on time and was a great price. DVD sleeve was a little damaged.
Published 7 days ago by Nikki Randall
4.0 out of 5 stars Old School TV Prog, still very watchable.
Bought it after a bit of a flashback, someone mentioned it and I bought this because I used to come in from school and watch it. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Jimi
5.0 out of 5 stars Just fantastic funny,witty well Written a show by Joss Whedon lasted 7...
The complete series as a whole is fantastic but I can understand why some people feel this is the weaker of the 7, First of all this season was given the go ahead pretty late into... Read more
Published 25 days ago by wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by pete arnison
5.0 out of 5 stars Gothic horror for softies, ie not too scarey
A favourite series of mine -am sure I'll watch this many times.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Jane Ea Hawthorn
4.0 out of 5 stars good
My daughter loves it do that can only be good and that's brownie points for me and I liked it so I get quality time with her but ordered season 3 and did not come
Published 4 months ago by james
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite brilliant just yet
We all now how amazing BtVS is, but unfortunately that greatness isn't achieved until it's second season. Read more
Published 6 months ago by obi won kenobi
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 8 months ago by Anne (and family) view(s)
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic first season of an iconic show
Fantastic quality DVD of a great show's premiere season. Great special features and performances all around from the talented cast.
Published 9 months ago by Chris Haigh
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated and waste of time
i dont want to kill anybodies nostalgia but this show is dated and I cannot recommend it to anyone who didnt watch in the 90s in the first place. Read more
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