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

Sarah Michelle Gellar , Nicholas Brendon , Bruce Seth Green , Charles Martin Smith  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Head, James Marsters
  • Directors: Bruce Seth Green, Charles Martin Smith, David Semel, Ellen S. Pressman, John T. Kretchmer
  • 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: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: WB Television Network, The
  • DVD Release Date: May 30, 2006
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (823 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EHSVKK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,514 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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INTO EACH GENERATION A SLAYER IS BORN. Now you can own the entire first season of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. All 12 classic episodes are available for the first time in this exclusive 3-disc collector's edition. From "Welcome to the Hellmouth," "The Harvest" and "Angel" to "Nightmares," "Out of Mind, Out of Sight" and "Prophecy Girl," these Season One episodes are a must for every true Buffy fan.

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5.0 out of 5 stars "The music of pain." (or at least adolescence) November 7, 2000
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For a first time screenwriter, Joss Whedon's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" was a good effort for a feature film. I thought for sure the series was going to tank. When I started watching halfway through the first season, I quickly found that I was wrong. "Buffy" simply blossoms on television. I've been hooked ever since.
For the first time, Whedon has provided us with all the terrors of high school (remember those?) in a horror genre setting. Not only that, but he provides a confident, cool FEMALE character to trounce the bad guys. Whether you're a fan of the genre or a teenage feminist, Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) provides a niche for the unpopular misfits in high school, but looks upon them as heroes. Were you as uncomfortable as Xander (Nicholas Brendon)? As geeky as Willow (Alyson Hannigan)? As quick with an aphorism as Oz (Seth Green)? The series proves that high school is indeed survivable no matter who you are, even if you're cliquish Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter). And in the end, the more unpopular you were - possibly the more important you were to your teenage community.
Mix in your favorite teacher (or librarian) played by Anthony Stewart Head (who should play "Doctor Who" after he's done with "Buffy") to be the requisite horror genre British pseudo-scientist, and Buffy's single mom (Kristine Sutherland) and you're all set to go with the most intelligent sci-fi TV series possibly written for this age group. (The next closest thing being the intelligent, yet non-sf "Freaks & Geeks".)
I'm not kidding. It's amazing how quickly these characters grow in the first season and their responses remain true to life despite the extraordinary situations they're thrown into.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time! November 13, 2001
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Finally, the complete first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is available on DVD (rather than the boxed set previously available that contained only half of the episodes). While a little uneven in quality compared to later, more polished seasons, the series' trademark wit and pathos are in fine form in this set.
The set begins with the two-part series premiere, "Welcome to the Hellmouth" and "The Harvest." These episodes introduce Buffy, a sophomore in high school and the Slayer chosen to fight the forces of darkness; Willow, the shy technology-savvy redhead; Xander, the goofy regular guy who happens to have a serious crush on the Buffster; Cordelia, the shallow queen always ready with an acerbic comment; and Giles, the staid school librarian and Buffy's watcher. Some important secondary characters are also introduced, like Angel, Buffy's future boyfriend, and Darla, Angel's vampiric ex-flame. The storyline involves the plans of the Master, a vampire, to escape his prison and wreak havoc at the same time that Buffy has just transferred to a new school (after being kicked out of her old one for burning down the gym). Naturally, she and her friends avert the catastrophe.
"The Witch" is a great episode, looking at both mother/daughter relationships and being pressured by parents to succeed. When the cheerleading squad meets various mystical "accidents," one-by-one, Buffy has to investigate. The trail apparently leads to Amy Madison, a gawky girl turned second-string cheerleader. She's moving up the ranks as her competitors go down... One of the best episodes in the set.
"Teacher's Pet" features Xander, as he and all the other guys go gaga for a new substitute teacher.
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Surely the legions of fans of the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" television series appreciate the irony that now that the show is in syndication, the First Season (1997) is finally coming out on DVD. This still puts us behind the fans in Europe who can already get last season on video tape, but we will try to be patient, hard as that might be (But it was still a big mistake NOT to include "Prophecy Girl" in the first set of videotapes). Now that "BtVS" is into its Sixth Season and the Slayer is on her third life, this might be a good time to re-evaluate that first season. I therefore offer the following points for contemplation:
(1) The most important factor that gives the television series more depth than the movie is clearly the character of Angel (David Boreanaz), although the creation of the Scooby Gang is huge as well. But even more impressive than the fact that a vampire with a soul is in love with the Slayer is the fact that Joss Whedon holds off on this revelation until the seventh episode ("Angel"). For the first six episodes Angel was Mystery Guy, Stealth Guy, Cryptic Guy, and then in the first truly memorable moment of the series, Buffy learns the truth as Angel's face morphs in her bedroom. Creating these star-crossed lovers is where this television series start an operatic story arc that culminates in "Becoming: Part II," the show's zenith. (2) Related to this is the Master (Mark Metcalf) story arc that defines the first season. Each subsequent season of Buffy has similarly been defined by a pair of story arcs, usually dividing the season in half: Season 2 starts with Spike & Dru and then Angelus takes over in the second half. Of course, this helps set up the thrilling season finales each year as the Master/Angelus/Mayor/Adam/Glory meets their fate.
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Slim Sets
Yes, absolutely. These are the exact same as the original, "giant" sets as far as the dvds and content go. The only differences are that they don't take up a ton of real estate on your mantel and that these are missing much of the "artwork" that is printed on all of that... Read More
Jun 5, 2010 by M. Sanges |  See all 2 posts
buffy is the best
Well, to me, both count as one as they were both created by Joss.
Mar 25, 2007 by Matthew R. Olson |  See all 5 posts
Is Buffy Season 1 Video On Demand higher picture quality than the DVD?
NO. Unless you ever read specifically that an episode, season, or series has been remastered to include better quality, then this is the exact same process that was used in the original. This goes for all video media. Extracting the original source material and upgrading it to a better state is a... Read More
Jun 5, 2010 by M. Sanges |  See all 5 posts
how come is this cheaper than the slim set?
Probably because the slimset came out later. You know, marketing fluf.
Nov 22, 2006 by G.G. |  See all 2 posts
help please - what is the difference?
The actual DVDs are identical in content; what you lose in the slim set is the collectible booklet with episode synopses. Instead, the episode titls and synopses are listed on the backs of the slim DVD cases in the slim set sleeve.
Sep 22, 2007 by Kris Weberg |  See all 2 posts
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