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Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete Fifth Season (1997)

Sarah Michelle Gellar , Nicholas Brendon , Christopher Hibler , Daniel Attias  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Emma Caulfield, Michelle Trachtenberg
  • Directors: Christopher Hibler, Daniel Attias, David Grossman, David Solomon, James A. Contner
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Box set, 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: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: WB Television Network, The
  • DVD Release Date: December 9, 2003
  • Run Time: 990 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (476 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AQS18
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,929 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete Fifth Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 22 episodes on six discs
  • Scripts for 'The Replacement,' 'Fool for Love,' 'Into the Woods,' and 'Checkpoint'
  • "Buffy Abroad" featurette
  • "Demonology: A Slayer's Guide" featurette
  • "Casting Buffy" featurette
  • "Action Heroes! The Stunts of Buffy" featurette
  • Series outtakes
  • "The Story of Season 5" featurette
  • "Natural Causes" featurette
  • "Spotlight on Dawn" featurette
  • Still gallery
  • Interactive video game trailer
  • DVD-ROM: Buffy Demon Guide

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The fifth season of Joss Whedon's hit series started out in excellent form as slayer extraordinaire Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) did battle with the most famous of vampires (that Dracula guy) and then went on to spar with another nemesis, little sister Dawn (Michelle Trachtenberg). Wait--Buffy has a teenage sister? Where has she been the past four years? And why is everyone acting like she's always been around? Turns out that young Dawn is actually "The Key," a form of pure energy that, true to its name, helps open the gates between different dimensions. To protect said key from falling into the wrong hands, a group of monks gave it human form and sent it to the fiercely protective Buffy for safekeeping, creating new memories of Dawn for everyone as if she'd existed... well, always. Why all the super secrecy? There's this very, very, very bad girl named Glory (Clare Kramer) who wants the key very badly, and will do anything to get it. Oh, and by the way, Glory isn't just a run-of-the-mill demon... she's way worse.

Some fans will tell you that Buffy "jumped the shark" with the introduction of Dawn, when in actuality this season was the pinnacle of the show's achievement, as there was superb comedy to be had ("Buffy Vs. Dracula," the double-Xander episode "The Replacement," the introduction of the "Buffybot" in "Intervention") as well as some of television's best drama. The Whedon-scripted and -directed "The Body" remains one of Buffy's best episodes, when the young woman who faces down supernatural death on a daily basis finds herself powerless in the wake of her mother's sudden passing. The first third or so of the season was a bit choppy, but once the evil Glory came into her own, Buffy was a television force to be reckoned with. Kramer was the show's best villain (after the evil Angel, natch), and the supporting cast was never better. But as always, it was the superb Gellar who was the powerful center of the show, sparking opposite lovelorn vampire Spike (James Marsters) and wrestling with moral dilemmas rarely seen on television. With this season, Buffy Summers became, like Tony Soprano, one of television's true greats. --Mark Englehart

Product Description

After an unsettling encounter with the Dracula, Buffy asks Giles to once again be her Watcher. Luckily he agrees, for Buffy is about to face mortal problems far more threatening than the undead: the sudden appearance of a sister named Dawn, her mother’s mysterious illness and Spike’s undying devotion. Then an undefeatable demon appears, forcing Buffy to turn to an ancient Spirit Guide who tells her that love is her greatest gift — and power.

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141 of 155 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The fifth season is as stunning and original as any August 30, 2003
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One of the most extraordinary things about BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER is that in Season Two they managed to produce one of the greatest seasons in the history of television, and then managed to pretty much equal it for the entire run of the show. Amazingly, each year they did this by taking the show in completely different directions. In the season opener Buffy meets and defeats the most famous of all vampires, Dracula, but the show demonstrated its willingness to take extraordinary risks by ending the episode with the startlingly revelation that Buffy has a sister. Buffy, of course, is an only child, but the brilliant thing was the way the show continued for several episodes as if Dawn, Buffy's new sister, had always been a part of the family. Moreover, Dawn isn't just a part of her immediate family: all Buffy's friends have their own relationship with Dawn, and she is clearly completely integrated with everyone in the community.
There are Buffy fans who like and dislike nearly every aspect of BUFFY. Some did not care for the addition of Dawn to the cast, but I loved it, partly for the virtuosic manner in which they integrated her in the cast, and partly for the astonishing story line that developed out of who she truly was. Dawn, an entity of pure energy that is a key to a demon portal, was created by monks as a real human being, a real sister to The Slayer, in order to guarantee that Buffy would protect her with her life. I love the way that all the Scooby Gang completely accepts her, and the profound questions it raises in Dawn herself, as she desperately attempts to come to terms with the knowledge that she isn't who she remembers herself to be.
Old subplots are resolved and new ones emerge. Buffy's romance with Riley, nearly universally loathed by Buffy fans, thankfully ends.
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95 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Difference between boxed sets June 16, 2006
Format:DVD
Hi there, I own this slim boxed set and it has:

6 DVD in 3 boxes (i've shared images of this)

subtitles and spoken in spanish, english and french

It also contains closed Caption.

No cuts from the original boxed set. IT'S THE SAME!!! but in other package.
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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly great show at its very best May 1, 2006
Format:DVD
Although spoiler warnings are not normally required by Internet etiquette for shows that ended several years ago, let me offer one anyway. In other words, Spoilers ahoy!

Although Season Five of BUFFY isn't considered by most to be the shows best year (Season Two probably would get the nod by more), I personally consider it to be the most impressive of the seven seasons of the show. This was a season with few or no weak episodes, the most unified central story line, a host of superb lesser plot lines, several brilliantly written episodes, and an absolutely stunning season finale. When I saw Season Two I was convinced that it would long stand as the single finest season of any show I knew, but Season Five changed my mind.

By Season Five BUFFY was a mature show. It never achieved a large audience, and much of the early hype had started to fade, though critics and fans continued to celebrate it as one of the most brilliantly written shows in the history of TV. Had it ended at the end of its fourth season, its status as one of the most crucial shows in the history of the medium would have been assured. But no one familiar with the show was surprised when they pulled out all the stops and somehow, improbably managed to top all that had gone before.

Season Five begins with a doubt planted in Buffy by none other than the most famous vampire of them all, Dracula, who had traveled to Sunnydale to meet the Slayer. Although in many ways the weakest episode of the season, the Count's encounters with Buffy caused her to question who she was and what she was all about.
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135 of 160 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Buffy Season July 23, 2003
Format:DVD
I'm a huge fan of this show and have watched it since the very first episode aired and in my opinion season five of Buffy is the best season of the series. As a whole, the show has had a lot of fine moments and many of them have been in season five. This is the season where Dawn is introduced as Buffy's sister, Riley leaves, Glory is the Big Bad (one of my fav's) and Spike falls in love with Buffy. The scoobie gang experiences a lot of loss in this emotional and heartbreaking season,(episodes The Body and The Gift, trust me have a box of kleenex by your side for these episodes). The episodes in this very powerful season are:
1. Buffy .vs. Dracula: 9.5/10
2. Real Me: 9.5/10 (Harmony is back)
3. The Replacement: 9/10
4. Out of My Mind: 8/10
5. No Place Like Home: 9/10
6. Family: 9/10
7. Fool For Love: 10/10 (watch with Angel's "Darla" episode)
8. Shadow: 8/10
9. Listening to Fear: 8.5/10
10. Into the Woods: 8.5/10 (Riley leaves)
11. Triangle: 8/10
12. Checkpoint: 8.5/10
13. Blood Ties: 9/10
14. Crush: 10/10 (Harmony and Drusilla are back)
15. I was made to love you: 8/10
16. The Body: 11/10
17. Forever: 9.5/10 (Angel pays a visit to Sunnydale)
18. Intervention: 9/10
19. Tough Love: 9.5/10
20. Spiral: 10/10
21. The Weight of the World: 10/10
22. The Gift: 11/10
...."you think you know what's to come...you haven't even begun."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vamps Dusted
This is a fun and quirky kinda vampire show. It dances to it's own beat and has it's own style.
Published 5 days ago by Dan Hangen
5.0 out of 5 stars Wry
An entertaining series. The wry humor makes it priceless! Buffy v. Dracula is a refreshing take on an old story.
Published 12 days ago by Garrett Jeter
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE BUFFY!
i love Buffy and the fact that i can get all seasons on Amazon and instant video makes it all the better! i can watch my favorite episodes over and over! its wonderful!
Published 21 days ago by pugmama
5.0 out of 5 stars Come on it Buffy
You can't go wrong with this series everyone already know that or do you? LOL this cover the world of the slayer people you'll find it funny but amusing what more can you ask:-)
Published 27 days ago by Timpee
5.0 out of 5 stars Buffy Is Awesome
One of the BEST TV series there has ever been and so much better then the so called movies!!
Full of drama, action, love, family, and surprises, keep you entertained for sure... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Brystal L. Mccloud
5.0 out of 5 stars Buffy Rocks
Cause it's Buffy, duh. She saved the world, a lot. And it helped the time to fly by at work.
Published 1 month ago by Shani
5.0 out of 5 stars great product. love it. just what I needed. couldn't ask for better....
great product. love it. just what I needed. couldn't ask for better. worth every penny. best of the best. perfect.
Published 1 month ago by Jeffrey Korn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars for Fifth Season
I purchased this 10 years ago, and am only now coming back to review this. Lawlz. Love Buffy. Love Spike. Love this show. Yeh yeh. Money well spent, a decade ago.
Published 1 month ago by AHyer
5.0 out of 5 stars great show
this is an all time classic for me. i don't know how many times i've seen this but like star gate it never gets old. Read more
Published 1 month ago by nanamonster
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Gift
My wife loves the Buffy series, so this was a great gift for Christmas. Pick up the rest of the series.
Published 1 month ago by Canaan Manley
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Slim Set?
The only difference is the package, all the rest is the same. See my review and my images.
Jun 16, 2006 by Mitchel Videla Calderon |  See all 5 posts
What the heck?
You got the newest version of the set. Fox (I guess?) is putting alot of their shows out in these. I have all the Buffys and Dark Angels in these new sets. Alias and Angel are the same way.
Jun 11, 2009 by rikraq |  See all 5 posts
Subtitles?
Yes it does.
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