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Buffy Vampire Slayer: Season 1 [DVD] [1998] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: WB Television Network, The
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005221I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,136 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By G. J. Coulter on 13 May 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Sept. 2003
Format: DVD
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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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By "lmcnaney14" on 5 Jan. 2002
Format: DVD
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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