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Buffy: The Vampire Slayer: Season 8 (Motion Comic) BD+DVD [Blu-ray]

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Let Down Jan. 12 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Dido on the animation quality and the confusing voice-overs. The BIG let down is the fact that the product is listed as "Season 8" when it's only the first half. I assume we'll have to wait for Season 8.5
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars excellent idea, but wasted Jan. 5 2011
By Harmony K. TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I did like this "season 8" show. I don't regret buying it.

However, there are a bunch of unprofessional things about it that make it less enjoyable.

The good news:
- there are subtitles and closed captioning, for those who want them
- packaging is just fine

None of the original cast from the show is present here. Voices are provided by Kelly Albanese (Buffy), Natalie Lander (Willow), Whitney Thompson (Faith), Anthony McCarthy (Giles), etc. They're doing a good job, but it's hard sometimes to figure out who is talking since they are all new voices. It doesn't help that the person talking and the one who listens are both standing still with their mouths shut. LOL at the animation quality, Disney was already doing better 50 years ago. This is not animation, it's a slideshow.

What's up with the double-sided DVD? I was hoping never to see such things again. By the way, my review applies to the standard DVD. I haven't tried the Blu-Ray version.

If you've already read the "season 8" comics, there will be nothing new in this show. Also, it only covers volumes 1 to 4, even though there are 7 volumes out and another already available for pre-ordering.

The whole thing consists of 19 "issues" of about 12 minutes each (actually, more like 10.5 minutes each if you don't count all the credits). By the way, I wish they'd just put the credits at the beginning and/or end and avoid the frequent interruptions. If the real Buffy show could go 40 minutes in a row without credits, why does this show have to have 4 parts of 12 minutes each with pauses for end credits and start credits every 10 minutes?

There's a tiny comic book in the package. You need excellent vision to read the text in it. No worries anyway, since you get exactly the same thing by watching issue 1 of the 19 on disk. I bet they could have added a PDF file with all 19 issues for less money than it cost to add one issue on paper.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disapointed Jan. 9 2011
By Lou14
Format:Blu-ray
I agree with the comments made by the other reviewer. I love the product but am very disappointed that the disc only featured 19 of the 40 issues. I was expecting it to be the complete season 8.

I also was disappointed that none of the original cast from Buffy stared in this compilation.

Although I am happy with my product, I wish I would have known that only 19 issues were featured on this disc. Also haven't looked at the Blu-ray disc but suspect the quality is not much different from the standard disc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fulfills its purpose. No more. No less. Dec 22 2010
By Alfred Borden - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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. If even 50% of the cast tried as hard as the actress who played Faith did then I would've been happy. The Xander comes in at a far second. Willow and Andrew miss the mark the most. The Whedon voice, which is on the page, just doesn't shine through. I've found myself rethinking most of the lines as if the actor I know would have said them. It's a bit frustrating and takes an "issue" or two to get used to but rethinking and interpreting how lines should sound is actually a perfect re-creation of reading a comic, right? Not so sure that's a plus to a motion comic with voice actors.

When it comes down to it though, would I rather have the actors from the series or the writers? I'd go writers. And you get `em. These 19 motion issues were written by staff writers Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard. Comic writer and "LOST" alumni Brian K. Vaughn makes his first visit to the Buffyverse in this motion comic. Unfortunately, issues by Buffy/Angel writers Jane Espenson, Steven S. DeKnight, Drew Greenberg and Doug Petrie were not produced or included here as they are from the second half of Season 8. Joss and Co. haven't forgotten the voice and soul of the show--even if the limitations of a comic, a MOTION comic and "fake" versions of our characters don't always allow it to come through.

"'Limitations of a comic?' What are those?" It's tough to tell who's talking sometimes. This is due to both the actors AND the images. While it's a stylistic choice, the artwork is not always detailed enough to figure out who's talking when you don't recognize the voice. It's quite easy to mix up Willow, Dawn, Buffy and random slayer soldiers.

Now, in some ways "limitations" was a poor word choice since there are NO limitations in comics. But some people may not like that. This isn't exactly like the show you know and love. The monsters and situations are bigger and odder. Because we never saw creatures/situations like that on broadcast television, they seem a bit out of place here. It's a different world than the one we knew before. And some of that is actually due to the events in the series finale. So, while it works for the comic medium, you should not expect to see something exactly like you're used to.

In my opinion there are two really involving and satisfying arcs. Arcs where I was able to ignore all the negatives and just get into the story. Oddly, they each contain one of my favorite and least favorite characters from all the Buffy-verse. Character appearance SPOILER ONLY... Those two arcs are Faith's "No Future For You" and "Wolves at the Gate," which features the return of Dracula. He's the character I never liked. I love the last moment of his episode but otherwise found it to be disposable and a wasted opportunity. Here he is funnier and just all-around more interesting than in Season Five's "Buffy vs. Dracula."

EDIT: Since first writing this review, I've read the rest of Buffy: Season 8-- issues 20-40 and 2 one-offs.

It's really a shame they haven't committed to producing the other issues in this format. While the story only gets odder and more divisive among fans, there are 2 or 3 more arcs I'd love to see done this way. But this release does what it's supposed to do. It tells you half(-ish)the story of Buffy: Season 8. The actors aren't perfect, the story/action doesn't always make the most sense-- and for that matter neither does the source material-- but it's an entertaining story starring great characters whose lives didn't stop just because production did.

FOX has done something very stupid with the packaging on this release. Something which I believe was done on the Dollhouse: Season One sets. There is a fairly nice quality artwork slip on the front of the packaging. NOT the Blu-Ray case. The PACKAGING. It's on top of and glued to the shrink wrap. I guess maybe this was a last minute addition? And oh, yeah... the artwork DOES NOT fit inside the Blu-Ray case. The all-around inclusion, placement and size of that artwork is just another nonsensical choice from FOX on this release. A mini version of Buffy: Season 8, Issue #1 is included, though. I'm unsure if it will be included with every release of this set or just the first printing.

If you haven't read the comics, can put up with different voices and want to catch up with characters you loved for seven seasons then this is for you. Just have realistic expectations about what you're getting and think of this as a radio play with pictures-- which, by the way, look great in HD despite the lack of detail provided by the artist. Unfortunately, you must be willing to accept an incomplete release. Had it contained all 40+ issues on 2 or 3 Blu-Rays, then it would be a no-brainer of a "yes." Sadly, the story is incomplete and purchasers should be prepared for a re-release or Volume 2 in the future.
59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Technically, The Title is Bogus Jan. 8 2011
By Nathan Butler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
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.
36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading and incomplete Jan. 5 2011
By Neal J. Wertanen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
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.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the full season. Jan. 4 2011
By Amanda - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
I was unaware at the time of purchase that this isn't the entirety of season 8. No where in the product description does it say this.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just what I didn't know I wanted! July 30 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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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