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Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 5 [DVD] [1998]

Sarah Michelle Gellar , Nicholas Brendon , Christopher Hibler , Daniel Attias    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Stewart Head, James Marsters
  • Directors: Christopher Hibler, Daniel Attias, David Grossman, David Solomon, James A. Contner
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Box set
  • 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: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 930 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JY3Z
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,404 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The fifth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is about illusions and the truth that they often reveal; suddenly Buffy has a younger sister, has always had a younger sister. Michelle Trachtenberg as the moody, gawky Dawn achieves the considerable triumph of walking into an established stock company of well-known characters--Xander, Willow, Giles and so on--with the perfect assurance of a long-term member of the cast. Of course, nothing is as it seems; even Glory, the mad brain-sucking beauty in a red dress who is the villain of the year, turns out to be even more than she seems. Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy manages to convey heartbreak, self-involvement and real heroism as her relationship with her emotionally dense soldier boyfriend Riley hits the shoals and the blonde vampire Spike starts to show an altogether inappropriate interest.

This season is also about the hard truth that there are some enemies it is impossible to fight. Even being around Buffy and Dawn is dangerous for their friends, as Glory and her minions proceed by a process of elimination. The eventual confrontation, when it comes, is genuinely shocking. Meanwhile, the vampire Spike's obsessed desire for Buffy takes them both to some very strange places and Willow and Tara have their love tested in the most gruelling of ways. And in the quietly upsetting episode "The Body", the cast produce their most impressive performances yet as they have to deal with another enemy they cannot fight. --Roz Kaveney

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Season 5, Stars 5 29 April 2006
Well , I must say I enjoy Buffy greatly, so excuse this ever so slightly biased review.

Where to begin? I have watched Buffy from the start, and this season is probably my favourite. Better episodes, better effects, although still some dodgy moments where you can easily see that it is not Sarah Michelle Gellar doing the stunts, and better storylines. This is, for any Buffy fan, a must-buy, as it is essential to anyone who enjoys the comedy-horror genre.

Although Season 5 is still comedic, it also has many more serious moments. Not to spoil it for those who have not seen the series yet, two major deaths rock the Sunnydale Slayage Crew. These are excellently handled, and in no way seem like they are tying off loose ends.

The episodes are excellent. From fighting Dracula, to multiple Xanders. Froma new sister, to an old foe swapping sides. This season is excellent.

The first disc houses such gems as the introduction of a sister, without any back story or any clues into why she is there. These facts are revealed slowly through the next disc, with amusing storylines for Spike, clearly an excellent addition to the princpal cast. Anya also comes into her own, and becomes revels in the joys of capitalsim.

Through the next disc a departure of a relatively new character, Riley, hurts Buffy tremendously, whilst the appearance of a troll lightens the mood considerably. The fourth disc includes the funny episode where the Watcher's Council return to Sunnydale, and reveal a shocking secret about the main enemy of this series. Spike also has a choice to make, whether to fall back into the arms of his old flame, Drusilla, or to move on and persue his newest conquest, a source of exasperation for Buffy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
I always think of the second season as being the best year of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," mainly because the grand two-part finale of "Becoming" was the operatic high point of the series. How could Joss Whedon ever top the moment when Buffy kissed Angel, told him that she loved him, and then killed him? The short answer is that it could not be done, but no one can accuse Joss of not trying. Besides, one thing we have consistently seen each season since the second is that if the top is not as high, the bottom and average scores are on the rise.
Having dealt with the Master, Angelus and Acaltha, Faith Mayor Wilkins, and Adams and the Intiative, the ante gets upped beyond vampires and demons to the level of a god for the season's final battle. After the abbreviated first season Whedon always comes up with a first half story arc that combines with the second half story arc for the big finish, but this year Glory shows up in episode five. However, Joss remains true to the formula because the Fifth Season comes down to Dawn and Glory, and even with the appearance of a deranged deity from another dimension, it is the sudden appearance of Buffy's kid sister that defines the season.
Dawn pops up at the end of the season premier episode, "Dracula," the first really comic opening for a Buffy season, and we do not find out about the "Key" until the fifth episode, "No Place Like Home." But then we do not find out that Glory is a god until Quentin Travers drops that little bombshell at the end of "Checkpoint." If anything, I would have liked Joss to have played out the mystery a bit longer, but it was fun to have Buffy and everyone just accept Dawn and the idea that she had always been there. Plus, throwing a bratty kid sister into the Buffy mix is a nice way of shaking things up.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The peak of Buffy 11 Aug 2004
This is the season that got me watching this excellent show, I only caught the tiniest bit of a single episode, but was so eager to find out more that I ended up watching it every week. You MUST buy this DVD, it is the best season of this great show, which is saying a lot. It contains some of the best written, and well acted episodes ever on TV, Fool for Love, The Body, and The Gift, to name but a few. The story arc of this season is so expertly written that it unfolds at exactly the right pace, keeping the viewers on the edge of their seats all the way through. Despite what other reviews say about the season opener, Buffy vs Dracula, this episode is hilarious. It is by far the best season opener of the show, as others attempt to jump staight into the season arc, or concentrate too hard on tying up loose ends from the previous season quickly so they can get on with the main story. This episode is simply a very good stand-alone episode, which simply provides Buffy-style entertainment at its best, taking a cliched story, and twisting it hilariously and stylishly to fit a contemporary audience. It also offers one of the last comedy centred episodes before the main arc of this season takes hold.
The final five episodes of this season are possibly the best end to a season ever, and highlight subtle character developments that have occurred throughtout the season, such as Spikes attempts to get Buffy to trust and appreciate him, turning into real care for her, and Willow's growing power as a witch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bufrfy the Vampire lsayer
Great fun and a good watch. I love this series anyway so I was in my element. Now I have the whole series.
Published 3 months ago by Ms Linda Louisa Dell
4.0 out of 5 stars Depressing season
And so the light begins to fade and all that is left is darkness.

Bye bye Joyce who dies which peed me off greatly because it left Buffy with nobody, just cruel. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Beanie Luck Spud
4.0 out of 5 stars like it
i did not receive this item as got lost in the post. i was refunded my money and will try again to get this season as its the only one i am out standing now. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mandy-ann
5.0 out of 5 stars The most consistent Series
This is by far one of the best seasons of Buffy. Not a single episode is bad and the storylines are all excellent. Read more
Published 6 months ago by obi won kenobi
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I've been a fan of Buffy for a long time and am replacing my VHS with DVD, so knew what to expect. Good quality DVDs.
Published 16 months ago by Janine
4.0 out of 5 stars The weak link
A lot of fans praise this season but i find it a real weak link in a consistantly excellent show. Even in a show that does not follow the reality of life the introduction of Dawn,... Read more
Published 17 months ago by M. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun fab
Loved this as a kid, so thought I'd introduce them to my kids. We have watched them together and all films have been enjoyed by all :o).
Published 18 months ago by Miss Cazzy Bee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great price and fast delivery. Really happy ^_^
Epic season of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Great extras and casing. Very much recommended. Currently watching it again and really enjoying it. Read more
Published on 15 Nov 2011 by Gavvie
3.0 out of 5 stars I love Buffy but not this
I really loved the first four seasons of Buffy, but this series just doesn't have enough 'fun' for me. Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2011 by Domino
3.0 out of 5 stars Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 5
Buffy the vampire slayer is a great sci f show, as in the series, you'll see almost everything from vampires , demon's ghost and gods ! Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2010 by EmmaJBrowning
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