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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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  • Actors: Kristy Swanson, Donald Sutherland, Luke Perry, Rutger Hauer, Paul Ruebens
  • Format: NTSC, Dolby, Closed-captioned, Anamorphic, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: May 4 2010
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 151 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0039USJFG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,721 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Fran Rubel Kuzui's 1992 tongue-in-cheek vampire comedy is sugarcoated horror, an unusual mix of the cute and scary, with a splash of postmodern pop nonsense to give culture critics something to think about. Kristy Swanson plays a Valley Girl who learns she belongs to a line of ancient vampire killers. After training under the watchful eye of a mentor (Donald Sutherland), she becomes a spandex-wearing, kung-fu kicking, stake-stabbing babe and the mortal enemy of a narcissistic master vampire (Rutger Hauer). The accent is all on cheery attitude, though the action can be as authentically unnerving as any other halfway decent monster movie. Paul Reubens, formerly Pee-wee Herman, has a small role as Hauer's fanged familiar. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on Jan. 18 2004
Format: VHS Tape
For me, this movie has always been in the guilty pleasure category. I've always been a fan of goofy, campy movies--I just plain loved "Buffy". No, it ain't Oscar material, but who cares? It's not supposed to be taken seriously. When I heard about the "Buffy" series way back when, I was thrilled--until I saw the first couple of episodes. I didn't care for the darkness of it, the inconsistencies from the movie...Sorry Joss!! Now, of course, after being an obsessed fan of the series since season 3, I'm sort of vaguely ashamed of the way I initially rejected it. But I still enjoy the film, as different as it is. Kristy Swanson's athletic training sequences and fight scenes are pretty good--better than season one Sarah Michelle Gellar. And Luke Perry is just plain cute. This movie should never be viewed in context with the series. That way leads to letdowns and hurt feelings. The movie is bouncy, quirky, delightful, zany fun. My only real problem is that Donald Sutherland comes off a bit creepy--not in a good way. What's with the trenchcoat, hat and gloves in every single scene? He's no Giles. But there I am comparing. Oh, well, I still like it.
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I have had this movie for years and just watched it again last Sunday. I think its funny and campy the way it is supposed to be. Sure it doesn't compare to the TV show but its still fun. I love Kristy Swanson. She was the perfect answer to the 80's backlash. She wouldn't have worked in the more serious TV show (besides I could never live without Sarah Michelle's portrayal) but I adore her none the less. And surprisngly, Buffy and Pike (Luke Perry) were wonderful together. I want to see more Buffy stuff. BUFFY FOREVER!
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So as part of My Year of Buffy mission, my completest OCD Geek gene kicked in right away and the power of Joss compelled me to start at the beginning. Or shortly after the beginning. I actually saw this after finishing Buffy season one.

So yes, we now travel way back to the much reviled original movie, which I have not seen since it was in the theatre in 1992. Thanks to the magic of Amazon, a cheap dvd was acquired, and away I went. Now onto my SPOILER FILLED look at this movie.

And wow, this movie sucked. Like, sucked so hard it has its own event horizon. Redeeming qualities are virtually non-existent. I have to wonder why the studio grinded Joss’s vision up, all in order to produce this monstrosity. My guess is that the idiot executives responsible moved on years later and made the Green Lantern film.

The basic plot of Buffy The Vampire Slayer The Movie is that young woman exist all through history and that they are trained by old guys called Watchers, all in order to fight the evil undead. In the present day of 1992, which really feels like some bad 1980′s music video, Buffy is a massively annoying valley girl played by the equally annoying Kristy Swanson. She meets at the mall a creepy looking old man in a flasher trench coat who looks like Donald Sutherland slumming. Into this already crazy mess, Buffy also meets a loser slacker Pike, played by the sleepwalking Luke Perry of 90210 fame. Rutger Hauer and Paul Reubens show up as the villains, namely vampire master and lackey, and cemented my hatred of both actors. Eventually Sutherland convinces Buffy that she is the Slayer and begins a training montage, which culminates with the two bonding, all to evoke awws from us.
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Don't tread on Buffy. She may look like your average valley girl, mallrat, gum chewing, fashion expert. But she's got what it takes to slay vampires like nobody's business. And now that her guide Merrick has finally found her- it's time to do some real damage. Because right as she speaks, and speaks, and speaks some more, the evil Lothos and his right hand henchman Pee Wee Herman (I couldn't resist) are massing an army of undead bloodsuckers to... I don't know- bite people and wreak havoc.
The plot is a little thin, and sad, but the actors do a totally rad job of not depressing the audience just because they're too damn old to be in High School. The effects are mostly physical and a bit stiffly choreographed considering that 90% of all the vamps come off as disposable stunt-persons. That's my one major beef with the movie. That the baddies aren't very convincing. That Buffy's ex-best friend and ex-boyfriend can make out in a parked car, with the top down, less than 6 feet away from snarling, clawing vampires on either side of the lot fence, and not even notice... Yeah, like I said, thin on plot.
What it's rich in, however, is character development. And not quite like on that stupid TV show either. When actors in this movie are being snooty and quippy, they give it all they've got. And that's worth something, in the name of satire. On TV, it's just annoying. Buffy undergoes a certain transformation. She realizes that she is too good to devalue herself by hanging out with a group of sheepish friends who are slaves to popular trends, and don't really care about anything. She learns some very valuable lessons, and comes out fighting all the way. Granted, the extent of the circumstances she faces are slim.
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