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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete First Season

Sarah Michelle Gellar , Nicholas Brendon , Bruce Seth Green , Charles Martin Smith    DVD
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Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) looks like your typical perky high-schooler, and like most, she has her secret fears and anxieties. However, while most teens are worrying about their next date, their next zit, or their next term paper, Buffy's angsting over the next vampire she has to slay. See, Buffy, a young woman with superhuman strength, is the "chosen one," and she must help rid the world of evil, namely by staking demons. The exceptional first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer introduces us to the treacherous world of Sunnydale High School (where Buffy moved after torching her previous high school's gym). The characters there include "watcher" Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) and the original "Scooby Gang" members--friendly geek Xander (Nicholas Brendon), computer whiz Willow (Alyson Hannigan), and snobbish popular girl Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter)--who aid Buffy in her quest. Those used to the darker tone that Buffy took in its later seasons will be surprised by the lighter feeling these first 12 episodes have--it's kind of like Buffy 90210 as the cast grapples with regular teen problems in addition to saving the world from demonic darkness. Fans of the show will enjoy the crisp writing, the phenomenal chemistry of the cast (already well-established within the first few episodes), and the introduction to characters that would stay for many seasons, including moody vampire Angel (David Boreanaz). Through it all, Gellar carries the series with amazing confidence, whether conveying the despair of high school or dispatching various demons--she's one of TV's most distinctive and strongest heroines. --Mark Englehart

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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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I guess that we are becoming spoiled with HD and Blu-rays. I tried these discs first on our DVD player with analog outputs feeding a Samsung LCD tv. The DVD player (a Philips) had problems to track the menus properly, and then the video quality. Placing over four hours onto a DVD requires a lot of compression, and they pushed it hard on this disc set. On this DVD player, and on a PC codec as well, it resulted into a low resolution image, I'd say like a VHS at good quality settings, lots of banding, background noise, bad black levels (which is quite annoying with Buffy), and most disturbingly there are the faces that distort when they move. I could not believe that such bad quality is allowed to be sold. I've seen such compression artefacts on some StarTreks, but never to that extent. Then I tried it on a Panasonic Blu-ray player and a GT50 plasma set. The blu-ray player did a much better job at responding to the menu system, and also it compensated in a better way to the high compression rates. Instead of distorting the faces and objects, when the information was not detailed enough the frame rate was reduced, so when there are scene changes you can feel the slower image rate during a second or two, but at least the image is worth looking at. To reduce the banding effects, some artificial background noise is introduced (a sort of dithering effect), making it look as if there wasn't enough light for shooting the scenes. But it wasn't annoying to the point of distracting the viewer form the movie itself.
As for the contents, I was totally new to Buffy, after discovering Firefly from the same author. Well, it is really...er...1990s. It starts slowly, the characters are stereotyped, but as the story takes place the episodes do improve in quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Dec 31 2013
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J'adore ces series! Je retourne en enfance! Elle est très bien traduite en francais. C'est la version que j'écoutais plus jeune.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic show! Dec 21 2013
By Yvonne
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The picture is really clear and much better than the VHS I used from when this show aired. Never realized how funny it is, especially Buffy's pop culture references & innocent comments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the series! Oct. 16 2013
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Great series, great price. For all those more traditional vampire fans this is definitely a series to watch. As far as packaging it is in the slim dvd case as shown.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Into every generation a SLAYER is BORN July 7 2004
This is where it all began! The first time we get to see Buffy, Giles, Willow, Xander, Angel and Cordelia. It's amazing to see the beginning of their relationships, and the first glimpses into a world that would last 7 seasons. The special effects weren't as refined, the picture quality was a little less, and there were only 12 episodes to this first season. But the humor and wit were here, the heartbreak, and a good hero's adventure begins! Buffy Summers moves to Sunnydale with her single mom to start a new life - hopefully a vampire-free one. But Sunnydale sits on a Hellmouth, so it attracts vampires and any number of demonic beasts hellbent on world destruction. She's gonna need a whole team of friends and a mentor to help her! It's a great first glimpse into the Slayer's world.
Oddly enough the first season was almost entirely shot on location rather than on sets. So the graveyard is enormous and really spooky! The high school looks impressive, and Sunnydale seems very real. The vampires look a little different as they play with the make-up as the series goes on, and the dusting effects are a little primitive in this season. But the first cut is always the deepest, and this season really sets the stage for everything to come! Buffy is an amazing show with a female hero who relies on others to help her keep the demons at bay. At its core the show is about growing up, and how high school can be hell. Especially if you feel like an outsider - not quite fitting in to the mainstream. Beautifully written and well-acted the show set action/horror cliches on their head and made it cool to be a strong girl who can kick butt and still get her heartbroken! Buffy is a hero because we can relate to her. She hurts as much as we do even if she's a little stronger physically.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Though I'm biased... June 29 2004
By Kathy W
Okay, I love Buffy no matter what, and therefore I am biased. If you want the TV show, you got it! There's not much to complain about. Plus you get all the interviews with Joss and commentaries that are worth something. One sort of negative thing you get with this DVD set is the poorish-picture quality, but you got that in the first two seasons anyway on tv. Also, you only get three discs because this season only has 12 episodes (it wasn't aired the whole October-April season, it was just a summer show that became popular). I'm pretty sure Joss mentions those 2 things in some commentary or other. Anyway, if you're looking for the first season of Buffy, you're not gonna get it any other way unless you want 6 or so VHS tapes that are probably hard to find.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best fantasy/sci-fi series of all time Sept. 28 2001
It's hard to beat Buffy. Now in its sixth season, this series has proven time and again to be one of the best acted, superbly written and well directed drama series of all time.
Finally, fans have a chance to acquire the show on DVD, complete with commentaries from show creator Joss Whedon. Available in Britain for some time, this DVD has been delayed reportedly due to a conflict with the cable network FX, which has just started broadcasting the series in syndication.
For non-Buffy fans, this collection of DVDs is where you start. For Buffy fans, seriously, how can you resist?
The show starts with one of the better premieres of any program, "Welcome to the Hellmouth" and "The Harvest" -- two excellent episodes that introduce Buffy and her loyal companions Xander and Willow, and blow away any comparison to the mediocre movie.
I won't argue that this is Buffy's best season, mostly because it is a show that gets constantly better. And other seasons, like the second and third, have better villains. But this DVD showcases a great start, and lays the groundwork for everything to come.
Included in the DVD is "Angel" which explains the origins of Buffy's true love, and "Nightmares," where everyone's worst fear is realized (and a killer of an episode not least for Buffy's nightmare -- turning into a vampire herself). Last but not least is "Prophecy Girl," where an ancient prophecy reveals that Buffy is fated to die in her war against the Master.
And the show's start even reveals tidbits of information not fully explored until later episodes, and other series. Note that Darla -- Angel's sire and original bad girl of Sunnydale -- gets her start in the first season.
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4.0 out of 5 stars amazing...
This season was very well done and very well anticipated! It layes the foundations for all the future funness that is Buffy which comes after. :)
Published on Oct. 19 2004 by giles_is_hip
5.0 out of 5 stars Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete First Season
This is a great season. It's pretty solid throughout, with amazing episodes like "Puppet Show", "Prophecy Girl", and "Nightmares". Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2004 by Michael
4.0 out of 5 stars great buy!
ok season one isn't the best season(very close but season two wins)but in order to get the other seasons you gotta have season 1. Read more
Published on Sept. 21 2004 by Judith Masotti
4.0 out of 5 stars It had to start somewhere, right?
By far, this is the worst installment in my opinion, of course, that's just matter of taste. Obviously, there are MANY shining moments here, including the double-pilot... Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by Christopher Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars This is magic!
I have never watched one single episode of BUFFY before buying the first three seasons DVD's. The consequence: now I'm addicted, totally addicted! Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by M. Fonseca
5.0 out of 5 stars the coolest show in the world
I am obsessed with the show and have to get up at seven in the morning to catch it. i was tired most mornings and often fell asleep while watching and got up set when i wooke... Read more
Published on July 6 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome To Sunnydale!
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a wonderous gift to the world. It is wonderfully written and provides a much needed dose of girl power and some serious butt-kicking. Read more
Published on June 28 2004
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