Alejandro Jodorowsky is one of world cinema's most fabled iconoclasts. Often venerated as the ultimate cult film director, the Chilean artist shot to prominence as a 1970s counter-cultural icon thanks to the masterful movies presented on this collection: Fando y Lis, El Topo and The Holy Mountain. These extraordinary films, presented here alongside his stunning new film Psychomagic, bedazzled audiences with their unique aesthetic, contrasting violence and beauty; the sublime and the sacrilegious; the mystical and the macabre... Jodorowsky's first feature, Fando y Lis, tells of young Fando and his paraplegic sweetheart Lis's journey through a series of surreal scenarios to find the enchanted city of Tar. An acid-western' packed with vivid imagery, El Topo stars Jodorowsky as a master-gunfighter who duels with four sharp-shooting adversaries on his journey across a desert dreamscape. In The Holy Mountain, Jodorowsky plays The Alchemist, a guru who guides a troupe of pilgrims on a quest to ascend the Holy Mountain in search of spiritual enlightenment. Jodorowsky's new cinematic experience, Psychomagic, A Healing Art, explores the directors' radical therapeutic work. Influential, controversial and endlessly fascinating, Jodorowsky's surreal masterpieces are presented here in stunning new 4K restorations, accompanied with a wealth of illuminating extras, and new writing. LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS New 4K restorations of Fando y Lis, El Topo and The Holy Mountain approved by Alejandro Jodorowsky Blu-ray premiere of Jodorowsky's new film Psychomagic High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations Original 1.0 mono audio and optional 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio Newly translated English, Spanish and French subtitles Six collector's postcards Double-sided fold-out poster Limited edition 80-page hardbound book featuring new writing on the films by Virginie SÃ©lavy, Michael Atkinson, Bilge Ebiri, Mark Pilkington and archival articles Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly designed artwork by Matt Griffin FANDO Y LIS Audio commentary by Alejandro Jodorowsky Jodorowsky Remembers Fando y Lis, new interview filmed in Paris Newly filmed introduction with Richard PeÃ±a, Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University La Cravate, Jodorowsky's compellingly surreal 1957 adaptation of Thomas Mann's The Transposed Heads La Constellation Jodorowsky, Louis Mouchet's feature-length documentary featuring interviews with Jean Mobieus' Giraud and Peter Gabriel Trailer Image galleries EL TOPO Film presentation in both 1.85:1 and 1.33:1 original theatrical aspect ratios for the first time Audio commentary by Alejandro Jodorowsky Jodorowsky Remembers El Topo, new interview Newly filmed introduction with Richard PeÃ±a A Conversation with The Son of El Topo, a newly filmed, extensive interview with Brontis Jodorowsky who stars in El Topo The Father of Midnight Movies, an archival interview with Jodorowsky filmed in 2007 Original trailer Image galleries El Topo Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD THE HOLY MOUNTAIN Audio commentary by Alejandro Jodorowsky Jodorowsky Remembers The Holy Mountain, new interview Newly filmed introduction with Richard PeÃ±a Pablo Leder: Jodorowsky's Right Hand Man, Jodorowsky's personal assistant remembers acting in El Topo and The Holy Mountain and his time spent with the director The A to Z of The Holy Mountain, a new video essay by writer Ben Cobb Deleted scenes with director's commentary The Tarot, a short film in which Jodorowsky explains the secrets of the cards Original trailer Image galleries The Holy Mountain Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD PSYCHOMAGIC, A HEALING ART Blu-ray premiere of Jodorowsky's new film Original trailer
The original hero in a half-shell returns! For the first time ever worldwide, all twelve tales of the adventures of everyone's favourite titanic terrapin are collected together in one deluxe Blu-ray boxset. This limited edition collectors' set traces the decades-long evolution of Gamera, from the friend of all children in his more light-hearted earlier films, to the Guardian of the Universe in the groundbreaking 1990s reboot series, often hailed as three of the best kaiju films ever made. Limited collectors' edition packaging, housed in a large-format rigid box, fully illustrated by Matt Frank All twelve uncut original Japanese versions of the films in high definition, with lossless Japanese and English audio 4K restorations of the critically acclaimed Heisei trilogy (Gamera the Guardian of the Universe, Gamera 2: Attack of Legion, Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris) Hours of new and archive bonus features, expert commentaries (including August Ragone, David Kalat, and Steve Ryfle & Ed Godziszewski), interviews with cast and crew, and the worldwide Blu-ray premiere of Gammera The Invincible (the American theatrical version of the first film) Hardback 120-page comic book including a full-color reprint of the four-issue Gamera comic series originally released by Dark Horse Comics in 1996, and the first-ever English-language printing of the prequel comic The Last Hope by Matt Frank and Joshua Bugosh Perfect-bound 80-page book including a new retrospective on the series by Patrick Macias, kaiju X-ray illustrations by Jolyon Yates, and much more! FINAL SPECS TO BE CONFIRMED SOON
STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE-SEA.01(92/93)-; STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE-SEA.02(93/94)-; STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE-SEA.03(94/95)-; STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE-SEA.04(95/96)-; STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE-SEA.05(96/97)-; STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE-SEA.06(97/98)-; STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE-SEA.07(98/99)-
Embark on the ultimate search for the truth with Seasons 1-11 of the worldwide TV phenomenon known as THE X-FILES. Dive into all 218 episodes spanning a quarter century of mind-bending intrigue that stretches the boundaries of trust, faith and belief. Join FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) as they investigate unsolved cases that defy explanation, uncovering deadly conspiracies, alien encounters and other paranormal mysteries along the way. The truth may be out there, but the key to unlocking it is here in the definitive collection of THE X-FILES! Features: Audio commentary on selected episodes Deleted scenes Documentaries Featurettes Special effects sequences Interviews with Chris Carter and cast Gag reels Implanted Memories: 25 Years of The X-Files
Batman 4-Film Collection 1989 - 1997 includes Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992), Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997), plus hours of special features, including must-see profiles, documentaries, making -of featurettes, director commentaries by Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher, theatrical trailers and music videos. Special Features: Includes Director Commentaries
The Complete Collection of Shadowhunters
This is what you've all been waiting for: the complete Star Wars saga is finally coming to Blu-ray! See the ice planet Hoth and Mos Eisley Spaceport in beautiful high definition for the first time. Featuring all 6 films and over 30 hours of extras and an, this box set is a force to be reckoned with. Titles Comprise:Episode I - The Phantom Menace: The opening chapter in the fabled Star Wars saga: two Jedi knights, Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), must rescue the young Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman) and help her save her home planet, Naboo, which is under blockade by the ruthless trade federation. When the federation attacks, the Jedi spirit the queen away to relative safety on the desert planet of Tattooine. It is there that Qui-Gon discovers a boy, enslaved by evil gambler Watto, who has the potential to become the most powerful of the Jedi. His name: Anakin Skywalker.Episode II - Attack Of The Clones: Anakin Skywalker disobeys the strictures of his Jedi training, embarking of a forbidden affair with Padme Amidala while his teacher Obi-Wan Kenobi's investigation of assassination attempts against the Senator leads him to the distant planet of Kamino and into the middle of a separatist plot which brings the Galactic Republic to the very brink of civil war...Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith: As the Clone Wars rages on, the rift between Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) and the Jedi Council widens. Young Jedi Knight, Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), is caught in the middle, his allegiances torn. Seduced by promises of power and the temptations of the dark side, he pledges himself to the evil Darth Sidious and the Sith Order, becoming Darth Vader. Together, the Sith Lords set in motion a plot of revenge against the Jedi, in an attempt to destroy them all. Jedi Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), refusing to believe that Anakin is lost to the Sith, tries to turn his old Padawan learner back to the light side, leading to a climactic lightsaber battle that will shape the fate of the galaxy forever.Episode IV - A New Hope: Luke Skywalker, a young farm boy from Tatooine, is thrust into the struggle of the rebel alliance when he meets Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has lived for years in seclusion on the desert planet. Obi-Wan begins Luke's Jedi training as Luke joins him on a daring mission to rescue the beautiful rebel leader Princess Leia from the clutches of the evil Empire. Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: Three years later, Imperial forces continue to pursue the rebels. After the rebellion's defeat on the ice planet Hoth, Luke journeys to the planet Dagobah to train with Jedi Master Yoda, who has lived in hiding since the fall of the Republic. In an attempt to convert Luke to the Dark Side, Darth Vader lures young Skywalker into a trap in the Cloud City of Bespin... Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi: In the epic conclusion of the saga, the Empire prepares to crush the rebellion with a more powerful Death Star while the rebel fleet mounts a massive attack on the space station.
Protecting a world that doesn't know they exist. Mutant X: a team of human mutants who possess extraordinary powers as a result of genetic engineering. Like hundreds of other unsuspecting subjects, these people were altered in secret experiments conducted in a covert government project. Realising that events have spun out of control, the organization that created them is now hunting them down in an urgent product recall. Mutant X's mission is to seek out their fellow new mutants, to help them come to terms with their astonishing abilities and protect them from their creators.
Log Horizon S1 & S2 Collector's Edition Blu-ray All 50 episodes on 8 blu-ray discs! The online fantasy game Elder Tales is a worldwide phenomenon, immersing millions of players in its intricately conceived virtual world. However, the release of the game's twelfth expansion pack makes that immersion all too literal, as players from around the world are suddenly pulled into the game's no-longer-fictional universe! Now, eight-year ET veteran Shiroe, his friend Naotsugu, the beautiful assassin Akatsuki, and 30,000 other players are faced with the daunting task of learning how to deal with an entirely new reality, one where the Non-Player Characters are actually alive, and the tips and tricks learned while playing with a keyboard no longer apply. Flesh and blood replace avatars and stat lists, and an entire world stands on the brink of Apocalypse in the ultimate LOG HORIZON.
Enjoy all 97 episodes of this groundbreaking Sci-Fi adventure series now fully restored and in hi-definition! This complete collectors edition contains all the original music, which was previously missing in the previous DVD release. Get ready to journey back in time with Dr Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula) and his holographic guide Al (Dean Stockwell) in this 5 time Emmy Â® Award-Winning Series. Bonus Material A KISS WITH HISTORY: REMEMBERING QUANTUM LEAP: Series stars Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell, along with creator Don Bellisario share stories about creating their groundbreaking series Episode introductions from Scott Bakula Scott Bakula on the fans
The second series of the camp TV sci-fi classic Lost In Space literally starts with a bang as the Jupiter 2 blasts off into space and into full colour for the very first time! The Robinson family Dr. Smith and The Robot visit a variety of alien planets and encounter a whole host of strange beings in the course of this action-packed adventure series from the imagination of legendary film producer Irwin Allen. The box set release includes the fans' favourite episode The Golden M
Introducing Leslie Sansone – fitness expert and leader of the world’s No.1 walking programme. Leslie Sansone is a recognized US fitness expert and creator of the Walk at Home programme. Leslie’s energy is contagious. Her enthusiasm for walking and life is unmatched. She’s a walk guru on a mission: to promote healthy lifestyles to ward off illness associated with obesity and sedentary lifestyles and to improve public health one stride at a time. Her philosophy is simple: Leslie believes our bodies were made to move and we can walk our way to health and wellness. And what’s more it really works! Just ask a few of her 70 million US walkers.... This Total Body Blasting Workout Programme gives you the tools you’ll need to walk your way to fitness: Easy-to-follow step-by-step workout plans for incredible results on five DVDs: Belly Blasting Walk Walk It Off and Tone It Up Walk And Work Your Hips And Thighs 4 Mile Power Walk and Ultimate 5 Day Walk Plan Includes 3 walking aids – toning band fit cuffs and 2 x 1lb handweights to boost your workout Accessible for all fitness and ability levels tailor your workout to suit you Belly Blasting Walk Belly Blasting Walk is the complete package... cardio & strength movements in ONE workout Includes 2 miles of cardio walking Includes “belly trimming” moves such as core rotations and standing curls Includes a floor session of belly–shaping exercises to tone and tighten the abs Floor session includes 2 segments – “flexion” and “extension” movements for upper and lower abs • Core movements hit areas such as waist lower back & glutes • Tighten the tummy in less than an hour a day! Walk it Off & Tone It Up Targets specific areas of the body for toning and is easy to customise your workout Includes toning band which can boost muscle activity while you walk Toning band helps you to tone specific areas of the body and do any number of strength training exercises such as bicep curls Multi muscle movement workout – compound exercises for boosted intensity Gentle ‘warm up walk’ to get you ready for whatever workout you choose to do ‘Cool down walk’ to complete your exercise programme Stretch exercises for a healthy end to your walk Walk & Work Your Hips & Thighs Focuses on toning your lower body Workout uses the Fit Cuff booster to intensify your session Fit cuff targets the lower body Fit cuff attaches around your ankles to provide resistance Features 2 mile power walk – a fun and fast workout with Leslie’s classic walking moves This session targets the inner and outer thighs and glutes 4 Mile Power Walk Don’t just walk... POWER WALK!!! DVD offers three workout options: 4 Mile Power Walk 2 Mile Classic Walk 2 Mile Power Express Workout offers low impact walking exercises and higher intensity options Include aerobic combinations and higher-impact cardio intervals Introducing Leslie’s new move – Power Surges – higher intensity moves to maximise your workout Add hand weights to intensify your workout Ultimate 5 Day Walk Plan Get your body moving every day of the working week Each daily workout includes a brisk daily walk workout Choose a longer workout session for weekend days Menu options allow you to combine any of the segments to play together Options allow you to choose from sessions for abs arms legs chest and back and full body stretch workout End your workout session with daily strength training for specific areas of the body Create a 2 3 4 or 5 mile walk workout session Add hand weights to intensify your workout
All the episodes from the award-winning time-travel series. Scientist Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula) gets trapped inside his own 'Quantum Leap' experiment, and leaps into the bodies of people whose problems only he can solve. Joined by the hologram projection of his wise-cracking adviser Al (Dean Stockwell), Sam has to help each person he leaps into before he can leave, all the while hoping that the next leap will get him home. Season 1 episodes are: 'Genesis: Part 1', 'Genesis: Part 2', 'Star-Crossed', 'The Right Hand of God', 'How the Tess Was Won', 'Double Identity', 'The Color of Truth', 'Camikazi Kid', and 'Play It Again Seymour'. Season 2 episodes are: 'Honeymoon Express', 'Disco Inferno', 'The Americanization of Machiko', 'What Price Gloria?', 'Blind Faith', 'Good Morning, Peoria', 'Thou Shalt Not', 'Jimmy', 'So Help Me God', 'Catch a Falling Star', 'A Portrait For Troian', 'Animal Frat', 'Another Mother', 'All Americans', 'Her Charm', 'Freedom', 'Good Night Dear Heart', 'Pool Hall Blues', 'Leaping in Without a Net', 'Maybe Baby', 'Sea Bride' and 'MIA'. Season 3 episodes are: 'The Leap Home: Part 1', 'The Leap Home: Part 2', 'Leap of Faith', 'One Strobe Over the Line', 'The Boogieman', 'Miss Deep South', 'Black On White On Fire', 'The Great Spontini', 'Rebel Without a Clue', 'A Little Miracle', 'Runaway', 'Eight and a Half Months', 'Future Boy', 'Private Dancer', 'Piano Man', 'Southern Comforts', 'Glitter Rock', 'A Hunting We Will Go', 'Last Dance Before an Execution', 'Heart of a Champion', 'Nuclear Family' and 'Shock Theatre'. Season 4 episodes are: 'The Leap Back', 'Play Ball', 'Hurricane', 'Justice', 'Permanent', 'Raped', 'The Wrong Stuff', 'Dreams', 'A Single Drop of Rain', 'Unchained', 'The Play's the Thing', 'Running for Honor', 'Temptation Eyes', 'The Last Gunfighter', 'A Song for the Soul', 'Ghost Ship', 'Roberto!', 'It's a Wonderful Leap', 'Moments to Live', 'The Curse of Ptah-Hotep', 'Stand Up', 'A Leap for Lisa'. Season 5 episodes are: 'Lee Harvey Oswald: Part 1', 'Lee Harvey Oswald: Part 2', 'Leaping of the Shrew', 'Nowhere to Run', 'Killin' Time', 'Star Light, Star Bright', 'Deliver Us from Evil', 'Trilogy: Part 1', 'Trilogy: Part 2', 'Trilogy: Part 3', 'Promised Land', 'A Tale of Two Sweeties', 'Liberation', 'Dr. Ruth', 'Blood Moon', 'Return', 'Revenge', 'Goodbye Norma Jean', 'The Beast Within', 'The Leap Between the States', 'Memphis Melody' and 'Mirror Image'.
All nine films in the science-fiction franchise thus far. In 'Planet of the Apes' (1968) a group of astronauts, led by George Taylor (Charlton Heston), crash-lands on a strange planet where mute humans are treated as slaves by intelligent apes. Taylor is hunted down and captured by horse-riding gorillas and then taken for experimentation by chimpanzee Dr Zira (Kim Hunter). When Zira discovers Taylor's intelligence, she and her fiancé Cornelius (Roddy McDowall) appeal to the governing council on his behalf, but the appeal fails, leaving the astronaut no choice but to go on the run. Fleeing for his freedom, Taylor soon makes a shocking discovery about the provenance of this strange planet. In 'Beneath the Planet of the Apes' (1970) astronaut Brent (James Franciscus) is on a special mission to rescue George Taylor. After travelling to the ape village where he was imprisoned, he meets Dr Zira and learns that Taylor was last seen in the Forbidden Zone. Setting off in pursuit he soon discovers that his colleague has been taken prisoner by an underground society of telepathic mutant humans who worship an atomic warhead. In 'Escape from the Planet of the Apes' (1971) Dr Zira, Cornelius and Dr Milo (Sal Mineo) escape the nuclear devastation of Earth by travelling back in time in Taylor's spaceship, arriving in Los Angeles in the year 1973. They are initially held in captivity in a zoo, where Milo is attacked and killed by a savage gorilla. When Zira and Cornelius prove their intelligence they are released and hailed as celebrities, but some resent the apes' arrival, seeing them as a threat to human supremacy. In 'Conquest of the Planet of the Apes' (1972) the year is now 1991. Caesar (McDowall), the son of Zira and Cornelius, has been sheltered for 18 years by circus owner Armando (Ricardo Montalban). Following a plague which wiped out all cats and dogs, apes have been adopted as pets by humans, but when Caesar sees them being treated as slaves, he leads his fellow simians i
Now you can own the entire adventures of The X-Files in this bumper DVD box set. every episode from all 9 seasons of this multi-award award-winning show are available for the first time in this exclusive Collector's Edition. Don't miss the opportunity to see how the phenomenon all began back in 1993 and how it came to a close 9 years later!
The Complete Collection of Shadowhunters
For centuries man has searched the skies for signs of intelligent life.What if they were already here? For park ranger Russell Varon (Eddie Cibrian) a divorced father of two who is expecting a third child with his new wife a devastating hurricane proves to be merely the beginning of a long journey into the unknown. As the tiny town of Homestead Florida struggles to rebuild itself Sheriff Tom Underlay (William Fichtner) - who is married to Russell's ex-wife - suspicious
Anybody who has written him off because of his string of stinkers--or anybody who's too young to remember The Goodbye Girl --may be shocked at the accomplishment and nuance of Richard Dreyfuss's performance in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Here, he plays a man possessed; contacted by aliens, he (along with other members of the "chosen") is drawn toward the site of the incipient landing: Devil's Tower, in rural Wyoming. As in many Spielberg films, there are no personalized enemies; the struggle is between those who have been called and a scientific establishment that seeks to protect them by keeping them away from the arriving spacecraft. The ship, and the special effects in general, are every bit as jaw-dropping on the small screen as they were in the theater (well, almost). Released in 1977 as a cerebral alternative to the swashbuckling science fiction epics then in vogue, Close Encounters now seems almost wholesome in its representation of alien contact and interested less in philosophising about extra-terrestrials than it is in examining the nature of the inner "call." Ultimately a motion picture about the obsession of the driven artist or determined visionary, Close Encounters comes complete with the stock Spielberg wives and girlfriends who seek to tether the dreamy, possessed protagonists to the more mundane concerns of the everyday. So a spectacular, seminal motion picture indeed, but one with gender politics that are all too terrestrial. --Miles Bethany, Amazon.com
A disappointment after the superb two previous seasons, the final run of Babylon 5 found Claudia Christian departed and Ivanova replaced by Captain Elizabeth Lochley (Tracy Scoggins), who in a soap-opera twist turned out to be Sheridan's first wife. Sheridan was promoted to President of the Interstellar Alliance and the action moved to a group of telepaths seeking sanctuary from the PSI-Corp on B5. Giving a prominent role to Patricia Tallman's Lyta Alexander, a love story for her was woven with the leader of the telepaths, Byron (Robin Atkin Downs). Meanwhile the aftermath of the Shadow War was explored as the origin of human telepaths became clear in "Secrets of the Soul," and the appearance of PSI-Corp's Bester (Walter Koenig) brought the plight of the refugees to a powerful close in "A Tragedy of Telepaths" and "Phoenix Rising." This was immediately followed by a rare episode not written by J. Michael Straczynski. Much was expected of "Day of the Dead," penned by Neil Gaiman, the British creator of DC's landmark Sandman comic and graphic novel series. Yet despite a change of tone including a guest appearance by Penn & Teller as 23rd-century comedy favorites Rebo & Zooty, the story proved an incongruous side trip into an unexplained twilight zone of fantasy. As usual the season picked up toward the end, with a string of fine political episodes leading to "The Fall of Centauri Prime" and the haunting "Objects at Rest," in which Sheridan and Delenn leave Babylon 5 for new quarters on Minbar. The final episode, "Sleeping in Light," was directed by J. Michael Straczynski and made an epilogue to the series. Set 20 years later, after all the sound and fury this quiet, elegiac tale is the apotheosis of the love story that proved the balance to the tragedy of the preceding darkness. A personal story resolved against a background of the epic, at once transcendent, deeply human, and profoundly optimistic, "Sleeping in Light" is as moving as any hour in the history of television drama and a thoroughly satisfying conclusion to one of the greatest series ever made. --Gary S. Dalkin
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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