Other Sellers on Amazon
Angel - Season 1 (Box Set 1) [VHS] 
|You Save:||£28.99 (83%)|
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Including the following episodes:
In the Dark
I Fall to Pieces
Rm w/a Vu
Sense and Sensitivity
The Bachelor Party
I Will Remember You
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.
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hunky David Boreanaz as Angel the vampire. As well as being action-packed great stories, check out this guys teeth. My 12 year old has the entire box-collection! Read morePublished on 3 Dec. 2010 by Lou
OMG Angel is really good! I like Cordelia, she's really funny, and I liked Doyle a lot too! I love the episode 'I Will Remember You,' but I hate it 2 cos its SO SAD!! Read morePublished on 1 Oct. 2005
Angel boxset 1 is very good. My favourite episode was i will remember you because it was a very emotional episode with buffy and angel i hope everyone else enjoyed watching that... Read morePublished on 15 April 2005
that's all i have to say really cos it IS mint and everyone should own it! it is THE best Angel series and if u haven't seen it then u really should!Published on 8 Dec. 2004
Doyle long gone. Cordelia(for now)shamelessly ignored. Our beloved Hyperion Art-Deco set traded for office space. The Angelmobile gone. Spike inconsequentially brought in. Read morePublished on 9 Oct. 2004 by J. N. Valente
I always think it's a bit suspect when almost all of the reviews have 5 stars but the final season of Angel definately deserves it. A word of caution though. Read morePublished on 24 Sept. 2004 by Mr Adrian T Potter
There are a few dodgy episodes in this box set (mexican fighters???) but don't give up, it certainly improves. Read morePublished on 13 Sept. 2004 by Mrs C.