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Angel - Season 1 (Box Set 1) [VHS] [2000]

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  • Actors: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards, Andy Hallett
  • Writers: David Greenwalt, Joss Whedon
  • Producers: James A. Contner
  • Format: Box set
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • VHS Release Date: 23 Oct. 2000
  • Run Time: 502 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004WA69
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,674 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Including the following episodes:

City Of
Lonely Hearts
In the Dark
I Fall to Pieces
Rm w/a Vu
Sense and Sensitivity
The Bachelor Party
I Will Remember You
Heroes
Parting Gifts
Somnambulist

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Spin-off shows rarely match the success of their parent programmes, especially in the superhero/fantasy genre (cf. The Girl From U.N.C.L.E., The Bionic Woman, The Green Hornet. Characters who were perfectly useful as supporting figures dwindle when forced into the spotlight, and Angel takes a special risk by building an entire series around a character who is: a) supposed to be a mystery man; b) a vampire who once spent half a season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer as a dastardly villain who killed without remorse; and c) played by David Boreanaz, who is well up on handsome and broody but still can't do an Irish accent to save his life and is visibly learning this acting lark as the series progresses. The premise is that Angel, the vampire with a soul, has finally admitted he will never get it together with Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar), unless a reunion crossover episode or two are scheduled. He moves to Los Angeles, a city haunted not only by demons and vampires but lawyers and agents. Angel sets up as a private eye and solves cases with a supernatural aspect, and is partnered with Doyle (Glenn Quinn), a half-demon with a proper Irish accent and the useful psychic ability to know when someone is in trouble (thereby predicting any given week's plot), and Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter), another Buffy refugee here trying to reinvent herself as a struggling big-city single girl. Far less consistent than its parent show, but also not saddled with quite so much of a continuing story arc, Angel has a very different feel, cued by its effective semi-Goth violin theme tune and lots of film noir-ish LA street scenes, with a dose of cynical inside-the-entertainment-industry stuff. It has its share of familiar ideas (like a "fight club" episode) and simply daft premises (a demon-centred show which allegorises the debate about female circumcision, for example). Angel alienated a lot of initial fans by killing off its most appealing regular a third of the way into the run, dusting off hideous English comic stereotype Wesley the Watcher (Alex Denisof) as a replacement. However, it also comes up with some ingenious moments: in a two-parter guest starring sometime Buffy villainess Faith (Eliza Dushku), the show finally delivers something scary and emotionally powerful as Angel proves he can solve cases his ex-girlfriend can't. Meanwhile, the last couple of episodes--which beef up a Satanic law firm as regular foes and resurrect a long-dead character as a major troublemaker for the future--go from promising to delivering. --Kim Newman--This text refers to the whole of the series, not just this box set.


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When production began on season 5, many thought that this would be a new beginning of sorts, what with the introduction of Buffy favourite Spike, and the move to Wolfram and Hart,complete with Angels own mouthpiece from the Senior Partners, Eve to guide him. so it came as quite a shock when the show was axed, and this would in fact be the end for everyones favourite vampire. In terms of qualitiy, the first half of the season suffers from what feels like a lack of cohesion, so prevalent in the story arcs of previous years, and it isnt until we discover Eve's real motives in the runup to the 100th episode that things begin to pull together. The shows strength has always lay in the writing, and the development of its characters, and fans who enjoy the show because of this will not be disappointed. One of my criticisms of the seasonis that Spike is criminally underused, often appearing for the weakest of reasons. Still overall the season is one of the best, with plenty of surprises, and while the first 11 episodes may seem like a disappointment at first, viewed in context they are an essential setup for a supperior series climax.
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To make a entertaining spin-off series from the back of an undoubted number one show such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer is like asking to be publicly heckled. We all know that sequels and spin-offs rarely hit the mark. Yet Angel does, ok there are some slow episodes but 2 or 3 out of 22 for a first series isnt bad (remember people buffy's first series only had 11 episodes). It's good to see that Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt didn't lose touch with Sunnydale and that cast entirly as can be seen from the numerous crossovers and references to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It still retains the link we all know and love but also brings in some refreshing new ... characters like Wolfram and Hart a firm of lawyers, that cater to people that can be described as less than ordinary, and of course there are old favourites Cordy and Wesley (who turns up later on in the series), and a trusty new side kick for Angel the Irish charmer but sometimes almost alcholic Doyle (Glen Quin) who is more than human and has a special gift. Overall the first season is very watchable, I enjoyed most episodes including 2 episodes that I feel personally are tear jerkers that involve a visit from Buffy and another episode which involve a great sacrafice from Doyle. It's one to be watched.
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We all know the average lifespan of the spin-off, but then, those spin-offs weren't a product of Joss Whedon. Angel, by far the character most likely to survive a transition of this kind, benefits from Whedon's experiences with "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", and so finds it's feet quicker than "Buffy" did.
Of course, "Angel" has the added bonus of benefitting from Whedon's genius. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" has long been aimed at a younger audience, despite managing to tackle some more adult themes. With "Angel", Whedon has been able to tackle adult themes on a regular basis, as well as basing the series more in the real world in real-world-city Los Angeles. The joke is probably lost on few, though the younger audience of "Buffy" may find that a number of jokes go over their head, and that little is familiar in this spin-off series. Of course, vampires and demons bound across the city, feasting on the human race, but sadly this is not the only enemy, and the shades of black and white that only rarely fade to grey in "Buffy" are only that dull colour in "Angel"; nothing is ever as easy as it is in the parent-series. Humans are frequently the enemies of episodes, and comments of society are more complex and common in "Angel".
Common in the way that "Buffy" characters are too. Angel, of course, but also Cordelia - who had no role to play in Season Four Of "Buffy", but was too good a character to lose - and guest appearances from the best of the rest.
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To start off with, I hated Angel in Buffy. I thought he was a whiney moody annoyingly broody character (as described by Spike early on in this first season). I avoided this show for a full three years until the show was heavilly recommended to me by various friends, and the box sets were on a special offer. Boy, did I get value for money!
After the first episode, I was already blown away. Angel himself appears to have developed a bit of humour, and David Boreanz shows us that he is actually a very good actor, as he shows us at numerous occassions throughout the series.
But what makes the show is the ensemble cast that is better than in any series I have ever seen (even the A-Team!). Cordellia Chase, the nastiest girl in Sunnydale comes to LA having to face up to a dramatic change in her life, and she soon has to cope with an even more bizarre life as Angels assistant. The new cast member we meet is Doyle, a half demon Irishman who was sent to Angel by the all-knowing powers that be to guide him in his quest for redemption. It may sound a bit serious, but it's not. I've never laughed so much at a show that most thought would be so dark. Okay, the darkness is there, but the hard stuff doesn't really start until the second series.
The three main characters are supported by the evil lawyers from Law Firm Wolfram and Hart, who develop into something more nasty than Skeletor in the long run, and Cordellia's very own ghost, the phantom Dennis. And just wait until Episode ten (I think) and the appearance of a character who was merely a bumbling fool in Buffy. Be warned, this 'bufoon' becomes the greatest character in this show, you'll soon begin to doubt the parent show for it's portrayal of characters, especially when Buffy turns up, she comes over as such an annoying moaner!
Basically, if I was a forceful man, I'd merely exclaim 'Buy This!", but I'm not. But what the hey- Buy This!
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