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Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete Fourth Season (Slim Set) (1997)

Sarah Michelle Gellar , Nicholas Brendon , David Grossman , David Solomon  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Head, James Marsters
  • Directors: David Grossman, David Solomon, James A. Contner, Joss Whedon, Michael Gershman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: WB Television Network, The
  • DVD Release Date: May 30, 2006
  • Run Time: 990 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (469 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,282 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Buffy begins college feeling completely overwhelmed. But once the monsters show up, its just like old times. Then she starts dating Riley, a handsome commando battling the same monsters. He's a part of a secret organization called The Initiative and Buffy is all too happy to join the team. But she soon suspects The Initiative maybe more dangerous than the monsters they are supposed to be battling...

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In Season Three of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Joss Whedon and the show's writers proved that the series could survive Buffy killing Angel. For Season Four the task was to prove that "BtVS" could survive losing Angel, Cordelia, and Wesley, who were spun off into their own film noir vampire detective series. The surprising success of their effort is displayed in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Fourth Season," a season that is more impressive with each viewing.

When last we left our heroes most of them had just survived graduating from high school. Now Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Willow (Alyson Hannigan), and Oz (Seth Green) are off to UC-Sunnydale while Xander (Nicholas Brendon) tries to survive in the real world and Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) twiddles his thumbs in his apartment. Instead of the "high school is hell" idea, the underlying symbolism of the season is now the brave new world of college. Buffy has moved out of the house to live in the college dorm (surprising), but with somebody other than Willow (more surprising), and is trying to move beyond Angel (sad, but not surprising). After a dalliance with Parker Abrams (Adam Kaufman), the personification of that horrible "transition" person your friends always warned you about after your first big breakup, Buffy hooks up with clean-cut Iowa farm boy Riley Finn (Marc Blucas), charming psychology graduate assistant by day, Initiative super-soldier by night.

By now we are familiar with the double-story arc structure of a "BtVS" season. For Season Four the first half story arc has to do with the mystery of the Initiative, while the second half is the confrontation with Adam.
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By Sean
When a local TV station in my area first started airing the WB, the only show I wanted to check out was Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I had read good reviews of the show from places like Entertainment Weekly and Cinescape Magazine, and I was searching for something new to watch. I first started watching Buffy around the beginning of the third season, and as you have probably already guessed, it didn't take long for me to get hooked.

During the time the fourth season was airing, I had a routine. I specifically chose a schedule at work where I was off Tuesday through Thursday. I would finish my guitar lessons at the music store where I taught part-time about six thirty or so. Throw my Strat in the trunk, cruise through Tim Horton's for an Iced Cappuchino, and home at eight. Every Tuesday, like clockwork. After half a year of this, I realized something: I was addicted to Buffy in a way no television show had ever managed before.

The fourth season is widely regarded as the worst season of Buffy on the Internet. Because of this, I believe everybody is crazy.

Why? Why do I revere the fourth season above all others, when the majority of my fellow Buffyphiles see it as an embarrassment to be forgotten?

The answer, I think, lies in the very theme of the season - change. The loss of Angel and Cordelia, and later Oz, shook the show's formula to its roots, not to mention the shift from high school to college, from the library to Giles' place, from awkward Xander-piney Willow to blossoming funky-bohemian sexual awakening Willow. We were comfortable with the way things were! After two stellar seasons, Joss was changing everything! If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

But as I think back on it now, The Joss knew what he was doing.
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83 of 89 people found the following review helpful
Let me start by issuing a spoiler alert. It is not customary by Internet etiquette to issue such an alert for shows that have been out for several years, but let me err on the side of caution.

Immediately after offering THE X-FILES in new and cheaper slim-pack editions, they now offer the entirety of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER in similar packaging. The difference is that unlike THE X-FILES, where they cut out enough special features to reduce the original seven discs to six, the BUFFY releases are uncut.

Of the seven seasons that comprise BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, Season Four is the most perplexing. On the one hand, it is almost universally regarded as one of the weakest of the seven seasons, usually ranked with Season Six as the weakest. I personally think that Season One is the weakest followed closely by this one. On the other hand, a lot of BUFFY fans, when they rank their all time favorite episodes, end up putting a disproportionate number of Season Four episodes on the list. Two of the episodes, "Hush" and "Restless," might be consensus picks for the five best episodes ever. How to resolve this paradox? It isn't hard. Although Season Four had a large number of truly great episodes, the overall Season Four arc was probably the weakest of all seven seasons. The introduction of the Initiative and the Frankenstein-like Adam, the season's "big bad," seemed in conflict with the show as a whole. In the earlier seasons and especially Season Five, much of the brilliance of the show and a great deal of the emotional tension derived from the season-long narrative. Season Four almost completely lacked the kind of narrative drama that made Seasons Two and Three so exhilarating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is still better than all the other vampire shows combined
After all these years, the acting, the dialogue, the plot and the writing hold up. It is still better than all the other vampire shows combined. Read more
Published 2 days ago by paris cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The effects are well done even by today's standards.
Published 10 days ago by Irene Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Start of the Buffy nosedive!
Kind of different from the previous three seasons, which I loved! But this season was entertaining, especially those episodes with Spike doing his usual dumb stuff. Read more
Published 19 days ago by S. Mansfield
3.0 out of 5 stars Just kinda there
Eh. Watched them all while folding laundry.
Published 21 days ago by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars It's fun to watch it all over again with her
I watched Buffy when it was on TV and now my daughter has discovered it. It's fun to watch it all over again with her. We love Buffy.
Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoying this show!
Published 27 days ago by Dawn Bennion
5.0 out of 5 stars Any season of Buffy is great.
This transaction went well, fast delivery, and, of course, it is Buffy. Next to X-files, Buffy is the best tv show ever.
Published 28 days ago by E. J. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars It was great!
I love Buffy and the DVDs were really great!
Published 1 month ago by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Got exactly what I paid for..
Published 1 month ago by Christopher Cash
5.0 out of 5 stars fun show
fun show
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This is the new slim designs, they don't make the old version of the slim sets anymore. Studios are cutting packaging costs as much as possible due to the economy. I think it's surprising they are still selling enough sets of this show that they ran out of the old version and went into a new... Read More
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