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Buffy The Vampire Slayer - The Complete DVD Collection DVD

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From its charming and angst-ridden first season to the darker, apocalyptic final one, Buffy the Vampire Slayer succeeds on many levels, and in a fresher and more authentic way than the shows that came before or after it. How lucky, then, that with the release of its box set of seasons 1-7, you can have the estimable pleasure of watching a near-decade of Buffy in any order you choose. (And we have some ideas about how that should be done.) First: rest assured that there's no shame in coming to Buffy late, even if you initially turned your nose up at the winsome Sarah Michelle Gellar kicking the hell out of vampires (in Buffy-lingo, vamps), demons, and other evil-doers. Perhaps you did so because, well, it looked sort of science-fiction-like with all that monster latex. Start with season 3 and see that Buffy offers something for everyone, and the sooner you succumb to it, the quicker you'll appreciate how textured and riveting a drama it is. Why season 3? Because it offers you a winning cast of characters who have fallen from innocence: their hearts have been broken, their egos trampled in typically vicious high-school style, and as a result, they've begun to realize how fallible they are. As much as they try, there are always more monsters, or a bigger evil. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, the core crew remains something of a unit--there's the smart girl, Willow (Alyson Hannigan) who dreams of saving the day by downloading the plans to City Hall's sewer tunnels and mapping a route to safety. There are the ne'r do wells--the vampire Spike (James Marsters), who both clashes with and aspires to love Buffy; the tortured and torturing Angel (David Boreanz); the pretty, popular girl with an empty heart (Charisma Carpenter); and the teenage everyman, Xander (Nicholas Brendon). Then there's Buffy herself, who in the course of seven seasons morphs from a sarcastic teenager in a minidress to a heroine whose tragic flaw is an abiding desire to be a "normal" girl. On a lesser note, with the box set you can watch the fashion transformation of Buffy from mall rat to Prada-wearing, kickboxing diva with enviable highlights. (There was the unfortunate bob of season 2, but it's a forgivable lapse.) At least the storyline merits the transformations: every time Buffy has to end a relationship she cuts her hair, shedding both the pain and her vulnerability. In addition to the well-wrought teenage emotional landscape, Buffy deftly takes on more universal themes--power, politics, death, morality--as the series matures in seasons 4-6. And apart from a few missteps that haven't aged particularly well ("I Robot" in season 1 comes to mind), most episodes feel as harrowing and as richly drawn as they did at first viewing. That's about as much as you can ask for any form of entertainment: that it offer an escape from the viewer's workaday world and entry into one in which the heroine (ideally one with leather pants) overcomes demons far more troubling than one's own. --Megan Halverson

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  • Average Rating for Buffy The Vampire Slayer - The Complete DVD Collection - 4 out of 5


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  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer - The Complete DVD Collection
    STUart D

    Quite easily one of the best TV shows of the 90s. Anyone who has seen this show will know how brilliant it is, and anyone who hasn't should go watch it now.

    A great show that should not be missed by anyone.

  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer - The Complete DVD Collection
    Joe

    In this complete set, relive or why not try for the first time 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' from start to finish. The series will captivate almost any audience who are willing to give it a try. Become engulfed in this thrilling sci-fi set and along with Buffy and friends study the life of a 'Slayer' who holds the weight of the world on her shoulders and fall in love with the entire cast. In a world where vampires roam and unimaginable demons haunt the night, join the gang in the fight against evil. Do not be fooled into thinking that this is just a feel-good, teen action series. You can undoubtedly witness a deeper degree of meaning to the show as different metaphors for life arise episode by episode: high school is hell, power and the responsibility that comes with it, good and evil, innocence and experience, loss and sacrifice. The show can often explore further profound concepts and as much as it is a series about fantasy, it can also be very much about reality: relationships, purpose, solitude, suffering, life's lessons and even fate/prophesy. Many fans of the show will argue that it is also very easy to get emotionally invested in 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' both the characters and the concept and it can be addictive - which some people really like. This set is filled also with bonus features enhancing it, though nothing more than can be found on the single season box sets. The set is also well-presented and the most reasonable way currently to own the entire series. The show ran for an admirable seven seasons and remains mostly fresh, entertaining and exciting throughout. I highly recommend it and feel assured that largely, you will not be disappointed.

  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer - The Complete DVD Collection
    Leigh mcgibbon

    Buffy the vampire slayer is the best supernatural drama showing the srengths of a female heroine. It brings a stunning cast with Sarah Michelle Gellar leading the way as a teenage vampire slayer. The stories are well thought out, exciting, sexy and whitty. We follow the dificult life of a teenager who saves the world from not only vamps but all sorts of demons on a daily basis while dealing with boys, make up and exams! Buffy the vampire slayer brings to the television everything needed for the best show! The varitety of badies such as Dracula and the twists in the episodes are fab. Also the holiday orientated episodes bring a great realism to the show. This is the best Tv show in the world with no competition! This show is absolutly fantastic! The complete collection is the best thing I have bought in my life! I would recommend it to everyone.

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