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Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 2 [DVD] [1998]

Sarah Michelle Gellar , Nicholas Brendon , Bruce Seth Green , David Greenwalt    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Stewart Head, David Boreanaz
  • Directors: Bruce Seth Green, David Greenwalt, David Semel, David Solomon, Deran Sarafian
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 930 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005A0Z7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,555 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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After the first season of Buffy The Vampire Slayer became a ratings success the show was renewed with a bigger budget and twice as many episodes. Seeds are sown through the early episodes for many of the stunning plot developments later in the season: there's a slow burn for the relationships building between Buffy and Angel (no surprise), Giles and Jenny (nice surprise), and Xander and Cordelia (huge surprise). Most importantly, we're introduced to important semi-regulars Spike and Drusilla ("School Hard"), Oz ("Inca Mummy Girl") and fellow Slayer Kendra ("What's My Line Part 1"). Their appearances tackle youth issues such as sibling rivalry, sexual maturity and rejection.

But nothing that came before it prepared audiences for the latter half of season 2. In the extraordinary double act of "Surprise" and "Innocence" every aspect of the show grows up in a big hurry: the result of Buffy sleeping with Angel is a series of tragedies everyone is powerless to predict or prevent, a piece of powerful storytelling conveyed with pared-down dialogue and remarkable performances from the young cast. All of these threads are tied together then torn apart by the two-part finale "Becoming". With a cliffhanger ending to rival The Empire Strikes Back, the second chapter of Buffy The Vampire Slayer closes in tantalising style leaving everything at stake. --Paul Tonks

On the DVD: The computer-animated menu opens this gorgeous box set in style with a tour through a dark and oppressive cemetery, a lavish display of graphics that's all the more impressive when compared to the uneventful DVD for the first season. Most of the extra features are concentrated on the last disc, which includes the obligatory biographies, trailers and TV spots that add little value to hardcore fans but serve as a good introduction to the world of Buffy for non-adepts. The three featurettes are captivating: "Designing Buffy" offers a wealth of information about the set designs, and even includes a walk through of Buffy's home; "A Buffy Bestiary" features every monster from the second season, and "Beauty and the Beats" explores the make-up artistry and special effects. There are also brief cast interviews, in which James Masters ("Spike") reveals his American accent. All in all the extras make a worthy accompaniment to the spectacular season 2 episodes, though one might regret that Joss Whedon did not offer a commentary on the double bill season finale "Becoming". --Celine Martig

Product Description

The complete 2nd season of Buffy; 6-disc DVD set.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Buffy 15 Jan 2004
Format:DVD
Many would say that the second series of BtVS is the most important and well-written. I would be inclined to agree in many ways - the season contains significant story arcs and events which are often mentioned in later seasons. The major events of this season are, obviously, the entry of Spike and Drusilla, Kendra, Ms Calendar; and the whole Angel thing which is, in my opinion, the most important storyline in Buffy history. Minor storylines are also introduced which become of more relevance in later seasons: Willow dabbles with Wicca, Xander starts to move on from Buffy and Giles is shown to feel human emotions! (No offence Giles!)
As well as being important for the serious fan's collection, Season 2 is great for the casual viewer as it provides simple entertainment as well as th plotlines, something which became more lax in the later seasons as the plot took over entirely. Brilliant stand-alone episodes include "Halloween", "The Dark Age" and "Bad Eggs".
The season is beautifully written, especially the final Buffy/Angel face-off which is very poignant and moving. A brilliant season of drama, action, comedy, sci-fi and great all-round entertainment!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'High school is hell!' The Best Season by Far 14 July 2007
By Customer VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Season 2 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is quite possibly the best season of the bunch. While the series peters off rather a lot during its final two years the first few seasons truly remain emotionally resonant, beautiful, complicated and well written metaphors for the emotional trials of becoming an adult. Season 2 is by definition, where things get darker and more complex, this was the season that really made Buffy an unpredictably smart series. The beginning of the year starts off a little unsteady with several episodes that aren't really all that well formed. Yet despite a few shaky plots these early stories contain a lot of interaction between the main characters -- fun moments that really give the show its character-driven quality. The latter half of the season contains the best arc ever conceived in Buffyverse history with the emergence of Angelus. The season opens with 'When She Was Bad' which deals with the fallout of Buffy's momentary death in the previous year one finale; this episode, whilst not my favourite is appropriately handled and sees Buffy acting rather out of character after returning from her summer away from Sunnydale. The preceding episodes are a fun affair and help the viewer to settle back into the rhythm of the series with various episodes focusing upon certain characters. The 'Big Bads' of the season appear early on and come in the form of Drusilla and Spike, the former being a rather off-her-rocker vampire and the latter a bleached, leather wearing, cocky undead Englishman! As villains they are a lot of fun and help to shape season 2 as something unique and well constructed. However, come the end of the year things are considerably shaken up in terms of 'the Big Bads', with the appearance of Angelus. Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great content, so-so quality, mixed presentation 18 Jun 2001
Format:DVD
I agree with other reviewers comments about the physical nature of the set - the disks are difficult to get out of the cardboard sleeves, and you do feel as if they could get scratched (I've bought a 3rd-party wallet to hold these and my series 1 disks). As regards the quality of the images/playback, I wonder if some of it down to the fact that the original media for seasons 1 & 2 was 16mm film? - they went onto something better for the later seasons. I agree that it's not the crispest DVD I've ever seen, but it doesn't seem any worse than the series 1 disks, and is certainly better than basic TV or VHS tape.
Of course, the content is excellent - there was a freshness and fun in these early seasons that has gone in the later ones, and the acting is excellent. Nicky Brendon really found his feet in this season, they find something to do with Cordelia, and you see the first sight of occasional characters such as Jonathan. But where's Harmony?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Jonathan Rowe VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
In Season 2, Buffy the Vampire Slayer transformed from a cutesy tongue-in-cheek horror-fantasy romp into a TV milestone. Certainly, the show subsequently may have managed to equal highlights from this season but it has never managed to exceed them. Stand-out episodes are too many to mention, but the stellar quality comes from the slow-burning backplot of surprise reversals, unexpected deaths and an apocalyptic series finale. The ratcheting-up of tension, drama and moral seriousness never tips over into long-faced solemnity (as it does in later series) and the crisp, exciting storyline elicits a new calibre of performance from the young cast. This is the season that got us hooked on Buffy in the first place and it stays fresh, funny, alarming and provocative after many repeat viewings.
Cannot be praised highly enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars of masterpiece proportions 18 Jun 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Season 2 is the real beginning of Buffy and has the honour of containing some of the best written, acted and made episodes of the whole series: Whats My Line parts 1 and 2; Surprise and Innocence, Passion, and the Becomings. In retrospect, which is what the majority of young fans will be watching in since they probably became fans in the later Spike years, the episodes are even sweeter with the knowledge of future seasons and episodes.
Briefly though, the reason I gave it just four stars is because every episode is not brilliant or even relevant--namely (in my opinion) Ted, Bad Eggs, and Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered. These eps and ones like them hark back to the simplistic monster of the week formula from season 1--not that this formula is bad it just doesn't compare to episodes like Becoming, Part 2.
The fact that Joss Whedon got no major awards for the writing and direction in these episodes is criminal. The way he builds up the storylines and suspense and then mixes them all into two episodes is really stunning. The episodes mentioned above contain more excitment, action, surprises and brilliant storytelling then the whole of season 4 put together, (which was the shows lowest point). The season finale, becoming parts 1 and 2, are I think the two best episodes ever. Buffy simultaneously tells Joyce who she is, gets expelled and arrested, gets kicked out of home, is lied to by Xander in a crucial moment, forges her first bond with Spike (in a hilarious scene which sees Spike sitting with Joyce in the house politely making conversation) and Buffy forced to send her boyfriend to hell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 day ago by Robyn Connor
3.0 out of 5 stars DVD Set-up
Let me start of by saying that Buffy is one of my favourite all time shows and season 2 is my favourite season so if based on the show alone, this would have got 5 stars BUT the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joanne
5.0 out of 5 stars great condition and timing
these dvds are in perfect condition and came within 2 days of ordering them. the case is very nice as well. Read more
Published 5 months ago by LaLa
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite season
Love the new packaging, its the same size as any DVD. Fits with the rest of my DVD's easily, Definitely my favorite season!!!!!
Published 6 months ago by Miss k Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars good
i have got this season 2 because i need it and it is a good dvd to watch :) and that i have watched it twice already, great quick
Published 6 months ago by Vanessa
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the Best Series...
This is a bit of a strange series in that it was a bit of a transition series. The first half of the series was similar to the first season in that the episodes were slightly... Read more
Published 9 months ago by obi won kenobi
3.0 out of 5 stars Dont waste your 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
Published 10 months ago by jeromy
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as series one
Still hooked on Buffy, watching the characters develop is fascinating. It's possible to believe that vampire do exist!
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. Jane Ea Hawthorn
5.0 out of 5 stars i love buffy the vampire slayer
hello my name is poppy. i love buffy Joss whedons writing and story lines.i think the stunts are super cool. i love xander wilow and Giles. Read more
Published 13 months ago by poppy dana doo
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Buffy
Good to catch up on the old series. Thought about buying the whole set. but decided season at a time is best. Next - season 3
Published 13 months ago by Mike Wilkie
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