Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Seasons 1-4 (Bilingual) [Import]
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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.
The second season took the romance between Buffy and hunky Angel (David Boreanaz) from ecstasy to agony in a now-classic plot arc that catapulted the show from WB teen drama to true TV greatness. You see, if the cursed Angel ever experiences true happiness for a moment, he'll revert to being an evil vampire again. Buffy found its true momentum during the second season, as Xander fell in love with Cordelia, Willow gave up her crush on Xander in favor of werewolf boy Oz (Seth Green), and watcher Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) began a sweetly tentative relationship with computer teacher (and witch) Jenny Calendar (Robia LaMorte). Mayhem came to Sunnydale, though, in the form of evil vampires Drusilla (Juliet Landau) and Spike (drolly wicked James Marsters), who were more than ready to aid and abet Angel as he turned bad.
The third season was marked by the arrival in Sunnydale of renegade slayer Faith (Eliza Dushku), a moody loner who seemed to like her demon-staking calling just a little too much. While Buffy was always wary of Faith, the two developed a deep friendship and appreciative rapport--that is, until the evil mayor of Sunnydale (Harry Groener) tapped into Faith's dark side and lured her into his plot to take over the world, first as a double agent spying on Buffy, then as out-and-out nemesis. And as the mayor's ascension approached--which happened to fall on Sunnydale High's graduation day--Buffy and Faith's battles got nastier and nastier, as Buffy attempted to wrestle with her dark side (literally and figuratively), save the world and her friends, and keep her lover Angel out of Faith's evil clutches. Chock-full of exceptional episodes, the third season started out with a bang (the superb season opener "Anne," in which a runaway Buffy finally returns to her Slayer calling) and never let up.
Buffy truly hit its golden years in the fourth season--just when you thought this show couldn't get any better, Joss Whedon and his creative team pulled out all the stops and took Buffy and co. into rich new territory. By far, the highlight of the season (and the entire series) was the Emmy-nominated "Hush," a nearly dialogue-free episode in which the creepy "Gentlemen" rob Sunnydale of its collective voice, and Buffy and Riley finally come face to face with each other's hidden identities. Throughout, the entire cast, headed by the unparalleled Sarah Michelle Gellar, worked television magic of the kind rarely seen on the small screen. This is Buffy at its best. --Mark Englehart
Top Customer Reviews
This set is perfect for either of two individuals. For those very small number of Buffy fanatics who for whatever reason haven't been able to afford the previous box sets, this will afford a remarkably inexpensive way of collecting the first four seasons. The list price for the entire set is only twice as much as the cost of the box sets of seasons 2, 3, or 4. This truly is an amazing bargain.
This should never have achieved television greatness, yet it did. When Buffy premiered, it seemed the height of folly to do a low-budget television show based on a mediocre film. It seemed obvious to many that no show produced by a fledgling network (initially the WB and later the even smaller UPN) with the words BUFFY, VAMPIRE and SLAYER in its title could be more intelligent, innovative, and superb than anything produced by the BBC, or HBO, or the broadcast networks. But one of the great things about Buffy is that it almost immediately began destroying all ones assumptions and misconceptions.Read more ›
Being a Buffy the vampire slayer proves to be worth awhile. Not only is this TV show one of the best TV shows ever on TV (it is on the list as TV shows like alias, angel and the X-files); it also stars one of the best actress in a long time.
This was a little genius show kept in the shadows because of its stupid name, with a HUGE star, Sarah Michelle Gellar.
The first show was a fun and light season of the show that really was a season where they tried out what they could do with the show. In my opinion, it's not its nest season, but if you totally love this genius show, then this is worth buying.
The second season was a season that many remembers as the best season of television that year.
Not only did the show have good music that defined the genius of the show, it also proved to be a complex show with brilliant storylines that was ever changing. The characters always changed and seemed so realistic.
This show soon proved to have one of the best writing ever. Even though, it dealt with supernatural forces. It was and is probably one of the most realistic TV shows to date.
Season 2 was the season where the relationship between Buffy Summers and the good vampire Angel, became closer.
This was a romance that would nearly end the world. The powers that be wanted angel to do good, after he was cursed and they new, the slayer could help. Angel was a champion and could be able to do a big differents. Angel who had been one of the most evil Creatures on earth as Angelus, not only would become the hero and champion they wanted, but he fell in love with Buffy, which was a big problem.
Season 3 explores the fact that each of them is meant for something bigger.Read more ›
In any case, the first four seasons of Buffy really display the transition from just campy fun to what I'd like to this is the un-reality of college life - it's not the real world but it's not home either. I don't think seasons 1-3 need to be covered since they've been praised time and again, whereas opinions on season 4 have been divided.
I personally loved season 4 (despite the departure of a few principle... hotties), especially the Tim Burton-esque "Hush" and the impressive "Who are you" in which I was truly impressed by SMG's acting abilities. I also personally very much enjoyed "Restless" though I suspect that many may disagree - it's wonderfully weird, ripe with references (more than usual even), and the cheese man cracks me up everytime.
The only thing I truly didn't care for was Riley, but I think it's safe to say that he can't help being about as interesting and wooden as a lawn ornament, espeically when stacked up against the competition of Buffy's other relationships. Ah well, bully for him.
In any case, if this set at this price ($120) is still available, snatch it up! The series is well worth it - and this comes from someone who had to cough up the extra $20 in tax because she's in Washington.
Long live the Buffy-verse!
Most recent customer reviews
If you are a diehard Buffy fan, watching these dvd's over and over again keeps the spirit alive and they don't stretch like videotapes! Read morePublished on July 25 2004
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my favorite television show and I own seasons 1 - 5 on DVD and I'm planning on buying Season Six and I'm waiting for Season Seven to come out on DVD. Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by Thebookwoman
sweetseb, I sent Amazon.com a notice pointing out their bizarre pricing the day I found out about it, and it's still more than buying the sets indiuvidually. Read morePublished on June 30 2004
This DVD set is a great way to get started if you are a new "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" veiwer. If not, then this set is not the best. Read morePublished on June 30 2004
THIS IS WAY OVER PRICED. YOU CANC GET IT FOR ABOUT 40 DOLLARS LESS AT WALMART.Published on June 24 2004
you are just a moron, don't worry about the price, we can tell them that they should decrease the costPublished on June 22 2004 by sweetseb
The set currently costs more ($182.53) than the COMBINED price you'd pay for buying Seasons 1-4 seperately ($175, and that's after rounding UP). Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by ozymandias88
After scrounging together the necessary cash I came here last week to order the set for the price of $118, only to find that the lovely staff here had jacked up the price to $182. Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by ozymandias88
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