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Buffy The Vampire Slayer - The Complete Seasons 1-4 (1997)

Sarah Michelle Gellar , Nicholas Brendon , Bruce Seth Green , Charles Martin Smith  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Head, James Marsters
  • Directors: Bruce Seth Green, Charles Martin Smith, David Greenwalt, David Grossman, David Semel
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: WB Television Network, The
  • DVD Release Date: December 2, 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CEODG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,639 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Buffy The Vampire Slayer - The Complete Seasons 1-4" on IMDb

Special Features

  • The first four seasons on 21 discs
  • Commentary by cast and crew on selected episodes
  • Interviews with Joss Whedon
  • Featurettes
  • Scripts
  • Photo galleries
  • Cast bios

Editorial Reviews

Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) looks like your typical perky high-schooler, and like most, she has her secret fears and anxieties. However, while most teens are worrying about their next date, their next zit, or their next term paper, Buffy's angsting over the next vampire she has to slay. See, Buffy, a young woman with superhuman strength, is the "chosen one," and she must help rid the world of evil, namely by staking demons. The exceptional first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer introduces us to the treacherous world of Sunnydale High School (where Buffy moved after torching her previous high school's gym). The characters there include "watcher" Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) and the original "Scooby Gang" members--friendly geek Xander (Nicholas Brendon), computer whiz Willow (Alyson Hannigan), and snobbish popular girl Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter)--who aid Buffy in her quest.

The second season took the romance between Buffy and hunky Angel (David Boreanaz) from ecstasy to agony in a now-classic plot arc that catapulted the show from WB teen drama to true TV greatness. You see, if the cursed Angel ever experiences true happiness for a moment, he'll revert to being an evil vampire again. Buffy found its true momentum during the second season, as Xander fell in love with Cordelia, Willow gave up her crush on Xander in favor of werewolf boy Oz (Seth Green), and watcher Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) began a sweetly tentative relationship with computer teacher (and witch) Jenny Calendar (Robia LaMorte). Mayhem came to Sunnydale, though, in the form of evil vampires Drusilla (Juliet Landau) and Spike (drolly wicked James Marsters), who were more than ready to aid and abet Angel as he turned bad.

The third season was marked by the arrival in Sunnydale of renegade slayer Faith (Eliza Dushku), a moody loner who seemed to like her demon-staking calling just a little too much. While Buffy was always wary of Faith, the two developed a deep friendship and appreciative rapport--that is, until the evil mayor of Sunnydale (Harry Groener) tapped into Faith's dark side and lured her into his plot to take over the world, first as a double agent spying on Buffy, then as out-and-out nemesis. And as the mayor's ascension approached--which happened to fall on Sunnydale High's graduation day--Buffy and Faith's battles got nastier and nastier, as Buffy attempted to wrestle with her dark side (literally and figuratively), save the world and her friends, and keep her lover Angel out of Faith's evil clutches. Chock-full of exceptional episodes, the third season started out with a bang (the superb season opener "Anne," in which a runaway Buffy finally returns to her Slayer calling) and never let up.

Buffy truly hit its golden years in the fourth season--just when you thought this show couldn't get any better, Joss Whedon and his creative team pulled out all the stops and took Buffy and co. into rich new territory. By far, the highlight of the season (and the entire series) was the Emmy-nominated "Hush," a nearly dialogue-free episode in which the creepy "Gentlemen" rob Sunnydale of its collective voice, and Buffy and Riley finally come face to face with each other's hidden identities. Throughout, the entire cast, headed by the unparalleled Sarah Michelle Gellar, worked television magic of the kind rarely seen on the small screen. This is Buffy at its best. --Mark Englehart

Customer Reviews

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77 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely astonishing DVD bargain October 5, 2003
Many media and television critics have labeled BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER the new Star Trek, and there is a very real sense in which this will prove to be true: like Star Trek, Buffy is about to have as big or bigger an existence as when the show was in first run. There is a very, very simple reason for this: a gigantic number of people have mindlessly and dismissingly ignored Buffy, wrongly thinking it is just a show for teenagers. In fact, it is unquestionably one of the intelligent, funny, engaging, and brilliant shows in the history of television. Even at its peak, Buffy was able to catch only a very small amount of the viewing audience. All of this means: there are a lot of potential Buffy fans out there.
This set is perfect for either of two individuals. For those very small number of Buffy fanatics who for whatever reason haven't been able to afford the previous box sets, this will afford a remarkably inexpensive way of collecting the first four seasons. The list price for the entire set is only twice as much as the cost of the box sets of seasons 2, 3, or 4. This truly is an amazing bargain.
This should never have achieved television greatness, yet it did. When Buffy premiered, it seemed the height of folly to do a low-budget television show based on a mediocre film. It seemed obvious to many that no show produced by a fledgling network (initially the WB and later the even smaller UPN) with the words BUFFY, VAMPIRE and SLAYER in its title could be more intelligent, innovative, and superb than anything produced by the BBC, or HBO, or the broadcast networks. But one of the great things about Buffy is that it almost immediately began destroying all ones assumptions and misconceptions.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing show, fantastic bargain! October 13, 2003
By Furiae
Forgive me for coming across biased, but Buffy the Vampire Slayer was one of the best series ever to grace television. For some reason, a stigma stuck with it that it was a kid's show, and watching it was a guilty pleasure of adults, but mark my words, there are more adult fans of Buffy out there than kids and teenagers.
I remember watching my first episode of Buffy seven years ago. I was against it from the beginning because I had watched the movie and Kristen Swanson looked more, well, 'Buffy-ish' because of her physical build. Sarah Michelle Gellar was so tiny, I couldn't fathom the show taking off as an action show like its predecessor movie. After that first episode, I realized that Buffy wasn't just an action show. Action took a second seat to the drama. There was also lively dialogue, wit, intelligence, charm, and very funny comedic bits.
Basically, here's the plot: In each generation, a slayer is born and that slayer is always a girl. She's basically a superhero, and she hunts vampires, demons, evil-doers, etc., until she dies and the next slayer is called into action. A slayer is overseen by a 'watcher,' who is essentially a guide/tutor/mentor/trainor to the slayer. Buffy Summers is this generation's slayer. (I'm not going to delve too much into detail about backstory, because I'm sure the other reviewers have and will do a much better job of it.)
The absolute genius behind the success of Buffy is it's one of those spectacular shows where you feel like you're in the middle of the drama- right in the thick of the action with the characters. Even with the dialogue's rapier sharp wit, you never feel as if the show is talking down to its audience; they assume you know what they're talking about.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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What kind of stupid game is Amazon playing with the prices?

I had been saving for months for - the complete seasons 1-4 - and even had my DVD player made zone free because I wanted the American version. Just when I was about to order, the price changed from 118 to 182 dollars!

After a while the price changed back to 118 dollars and just when I was ready to order it again, the price changed back to 182 dollars. Again!

I am very disappointed and angry.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars yeah, don't bother with any reviewer, ozy June 22, 2004
By A Customer
you are just a tattletale, denny is doing fine
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for show itself; 1 star for "deal" September 27, 2004
Where is the "deal" here? If you buy all four seasons individually on Amazon you pay slightly *less* than the price advertised here for all four at once. Strange. Just two days ago the cost for this Complete Seasons 1-4 was $118. Now it's about $182. I don't understand the sudden drastic price hike. Buy the seasons individually!
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars shut up ozy you retard June 22, 2004
you are just a moron, don't worry about the price, we can tell them that they should decrease the cost
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great deal, if you haven't already bought the first 4 September 15, 2003
By A Customer
If, for whatever reason (only recently converted, haven't been able to scrape up enough money until recently, etc), you haven't bought the first 4 DVD's already, this is a considerable deal, but then, if you can count, you already know this.
So, box-set or no questions aside, there are still the basic questions of whether you want to own it at all.
Reasons to buy Buffy on DVD:
1. Watch any episode, or any scene of any episode, whenever you want, however many times you want.
2. View with the higher visual and audio quality that DVD provides over VHS.
3. Get the special features, which should (if they're the same as the other DVD sets) inlcude interviews, commentaries and more.
Buffy is a show that is very rewatchable. Not just because the episodes retain their entertainment value after repeated viewings (some do and you may find that some don't hold up as well), but because Buffy is a show that exists on so many layers that everytime you watch you may pick up new things that give a whole new meaning to what you've been watching. From jokes and pop-references you may have missed the first time or more, to long-running, subtly (and sometimes not so subtly) placed themes that are deeply woven into the narrative. If you are a fan of Buffy, you may become an even bigger fan for the benefit of having it at your disposal.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy The Complete Series Set Instead! It Has Seasons 1 -7
Buffy The Vampire Slayer is an awesome show but it's ridiculous to buy this set that only has seasons 1 - 4 when you can buy the set that has the complete seasons? Read more
Published on July 1, 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta have it, Just GOTTA have it ;)
Buffy the vampire slayer... the name in it self has a nice "si fi" ring to it. I don't know how many times I have heard people think its silly, on the name alone. Read more
Published on May 7, 2005 by Polexia
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZON WHAT GIVES WITH THE PRICE???
If you are a Buffy fan, these are a must see dvd collection. But what's with the price? I was on Amazon last night (12/7) and they were $115, now they're a whole lot more. Read more
Published on December 8, 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy!!
It's cheaper again! Buy it while you can. I don't like the way the price keeps going up and down on this. They should leave it at $115.
Published on December 7, 2004 by Karin Oldenkamp
5.0 out of 5 stars in addition to Maz
first off Buffy is my favorite TV show of all time. i hope everyone will enjoy the joy/laughter/drama of Buffy & the Scoopies. Read more
Published on December 5, 2004 by R. J. Smerigan
5.0 out of 5 stars Regarding the prices
I've noticed the prices changing for the past 6-8 months from 118 to 182 over and over again. I ordered it 3 weeks ago at 118. Read more
Published on October 29, 2004 by MaZ Modestou
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
I am the biggest Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan ever. I couldn't wait to order the DVD's. The show is addictive and I have NO problem watching a show more the once.... Read more
Published on September 12, 2004 by Chloe
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible value for an incredible show
The first four season are filled with great episodes and buying them together makes the price cheaper. Look. If you need me to tell you how great these DVD's are then...uh... Read more
Published on July 30, 2004 by LA
5.0 out of 5 stars 78 episodes right here for ya!
OK, Amazon has been playing see-saw with the prices on this so...the stars are based on the contenet of the show and DVD's. Hopefully they decided on a good deal... Read more
Published on July 23, 2004 by Therabbitssing
4.0 out of 5 stars It's been over a month since the price increase
sweetseb, I sent a notice pointing out their bizarre pricing the day I found out about it, and it's still more than buying the sets indiuvidually. Read more
Published on June 30, 2004
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