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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 Motion Comic (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

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Proving once and for all that you can’t keep a good Slayer down, Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight Motion Comic picks up where the smash hit TV show left off!  Based on the Dark Horse comic book series, these eye-popping motion comic adventures breathe new life into the Buffyverse for long-time fans and new “watchers” alike.
 

The Hellmouth may have been destroyed, but the world still needs saving and Buffy Summers is back at her butt-kicking, demon-slaying best to do the job. She’s relocated her base of operations to a castle in Scotland to lead the Scooby Gang, including hundreds of newly activated Slayers  scattered around the world to battle the supernatural forces of evil. But in the wake of Sunnydale’s destruction, the U.S. government thinks Buffy and her legions of followers have grown too powerful and are now terrorist threats. Meanwhile, a seemingly unstoppable group of Japanese vampires hatch a nefarious plot, while the biggest, baddest Big Bad of them all, Twilight, is on a mission to destroy every Slayer on Earth!


Special Features

Disc 1:
  • Under Buffy's Spell
  • The Buffy Trivia Experience
  • Comic Book Covers and Art Gallery
Disc 2 DVD Side A:
  • The Buffy Trivia Experience
Disc 2 DVD Side B:
  • Under Buffy's Spell
  • The Buffy Trivia Experience
  • Comic Book Covers and Art Gallery
  • Create Your Own Graphic Novel

Product Details

  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 275 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003WJRW9I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,893 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This review comes from the perspective of an a) Buffy/Angel fan and b) a non-comic reader-- except for the Angel: After the Fall (aka Angel: Season 6) run.

I bought this set because I wanted to know what became of the characters I spent 7 (12 if you count 'Angel') seasons with. Which is the same reason I bought the printed Angel: After the Fall volumes. Unfortunetly, I just couldn't get into those volumes all that much. The artwork was interesting, the writing is Whedon-esque and all but the story just didn't hit me. And that's probably mostly due to my hang ups/weaknesses as a comic reader. The non-sequential nature of comics leave me wondering how what I'm reading fits into the overall story. There are side stories, spin-offs, one-offs and time jumps that make the plot hard to follow. I had hoped to avoid some of that confusion with Buffy: Season 8 by going the motion comic route.

The most important thing you need to know about this product is that it only features 19 motion comic "issues." Season 8's printed comic run is 40+ issues. Why this is being promoted as "Season 8" when it's really less than 1/2 of Season 8 is beyond me. There's no reason FOX couldn't have slapped a "Volume One" below the title. Fans and nerds would get it. I mean, it's not like they're ripping us on the content. Each motion comic "issue" runs between 10 and 15 minutes. That's A LOT of Buffy. Nerds have waited months between seasons, years between movies... They can take being told what they're about to buy is only "Volume One."

Once you've swallowed that pill...

The voice actors--Faith being an exception--don't sound anything like the real actors. Worse than that, often they don't try to read the lines the way I believe the writer intended.
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Overall, what you get here is what it sounds like: A motion comic version of the Season 8 comic series with adequate (though not exceptional) voice acting. However, the title of this set is misleading. This is NOT the entire "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8" series as motion comics. Instead, this is the first 19 issues (out of 40 total) in that form, up through the "Time of Your Life" storyline. In other words, you get about 1/2 of the series here (19/40 issues or 4/8 collected editions), rather than the entire "season." The packaging does not make this obvious at all, unless you happen to know that the series runs 40 issues so that you recognize the big red flag that emerges when it says "All 19 Issues" on the packaging. It's an okay set, but it is not what it purports itself to be in the way that matters most: being the full season.
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While most Buffy fans will jump at the chance to get the Season 8 comic book as a motion comic blu ray and DVD, definetly look into it a bit closer before you do. Firstly, its NOT the entire Season 8 comic book series, which ran 40 issues. This is essentially Part 1 of the season, only the first 19 issues. Second, the characters are NOT voiced by any of the actors from the Television show, which while not surprising, is still monumentally disappointing. The actors hired for the voicework often don't come close to the character they are voicing, especially Andrew and Willow. Also, in typical motion comic fashion, frames from the comic are often repeated several times to "piece together" a scene, which can be annoying, especially since its done so often. Lastly, the "Season Play" (or "Play All") function still stops inbetween chapters, forcing you to view the beginning and end credits to every single episode as you go. What is nice is that it at least remembers where you were, an all too uncommon feature on most Blu-Rays, so when you restart the disc, it will ask if you want to resume or not. The music is from the show, mostly, but they heavily use the segments of music they chose, so it gets repetitive. All in all, it was quite disappointing, especially for the price ($25+) is way too much for 1/2 a "season" of a comic book with some music put to it, in my opinion.

But you get what you're paying for, just be aware of what that is.
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I'm not a huge comic fan, but I used to be a fan when I was younger. The last few years I've read a few comics here and there, including some of Buffy Season 8. The comics were great, but I was kind of disappointed that I couldn't share them with my wife, who I managed to convert to Buffy years ago, but have failed to convert to comics -- they just aren't her thing.

I'd never heard of a motion comic before, but when I saw an Amazon suggestion for this, I had to come and try it out. I have to say, I'm pretty impressed that they can do this.

Here's what to expect:

1. It's NOT like normal animation. They take comic stills and pan and zoom through them, usually animating some parts of the drawing. But the facial expressions don't change within a shot, and the characters don't talk.

2. The voice acting isn't fantastic. I found the differences in the voices and line readings offputting, especially at first. But after I got sucked into the storyline, I mostly forgot about it and enjoyed the show.

3. It's way shorter than a Buffy TV episode. 11 minutes, I think? It was disappointing that it was short, but it still felt like a complete story (well, except for the part where it's episode 1 of a season-long storyline).

4. Despite all of the above, it still felt totally like Buffy to me once I got used to the style. Joss's writing was great, I really liked the artwork, and I love the fascinating new season 8 world with a whole bunch of slayers working together under Buffy. Monsters, mysterious symbol, new castle headquarters, government plot, surprise ending -- the story is made of win.

Overall, I got the impression that this was a no-budget production, and kind of a flyer to see if there's a market for this. If this becomes popular, we may get even get more Buffy, maybe even wiht a budget. Either way, I'm amped to watch the rest of S8.
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