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Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Chosen Collection

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Amazing 7 Year Ride

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered as a midseason replacement on the fledgling WB network in the Spring of 1997. The series instantly garnered rave reviews from critics and established a small but loyal fan base. Sarah Michelle Gellar stared as Buffy, a teenage girl torn between the isolation inherent in her role as the slayer and her desire to maintain normalcy and a social life. More than about fighting vampires, the show was ultimately about combating inner demons, with the corporeal monsters serving as metaphors for those which lie within. The supernatural element quickly became a vehicle for metaphor and symbolism and, as a result, the series was able to explore growing up (along with many other themes) with an originality rarely seen on television. Another of the series strong points was the sense of community developed by Buffy and her friends over the years (the self-proclaimed Scooby Gang). These interpersonal relationships were among the best on television most of the characters that populated Sunnydale were dynamic, interesting, and ultimately realistic (I know, shocking for a show called Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The show's dialogue is witty and original, and the arcs are all engaging and entertaining, but the writers' pinnacle achievement is their ability to tell long, careful, meticulously crafted stories in an episodic format. All 144 episodes of the series are self-contained yet they also contribute to an overriding season arc, and ultimately, these seasons compile to illustrate the slayer's full journey. Joss Whedon, series creator and executive producer, was also able to use his creation to explore many genres of cinematic storytelling: Buffy successfully ventured into silent film, musical, and harrowing drama. The standout episodes that were produced from these experiments (Hush, Once More with Feeling, & The Body) receive the most consistent praise, but the series' true strength comes from its ability to routinely juggle drama, comedy, and horror. Buffy ran for seven seasons, and in retrospect it has become the standard by which many genre shows are measured. This series is commonly affecting, genuinely entertaining, and has become an important part of pop culture. These DVDs contain an amazing 7 year ride that I encourage you to investigate or revisit.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The entire series...

    The perfect way to just lose yourself in funny, engaging, Vampire Slayage for lots of hours. This series is great for when you sick, or just bored and want some easy-to-watch entertainment.

    I'd have to say, too, these folks are getting better with the packaging, realizing people don't have endless shelf space. This one box contains all 40 discs in the set.

    My only complaint is that sometimes the video transfer isn't the best (but I've a feeling the original aired version wasn't much better), and on some of the discs, the chapter settings are such that you can't just skip the credits by jumping forward to the next.

    But if you like Buffy & the Scoobs -- this is the set to get.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Fantastic Adventure

    I am so glad I bought this box set. I wasn't really able to follow the show while it was on TV, but I rediscovered it on Hulu and fell in love. It continues to get more and more interesting and exciting with each passing season. The packaging is very cool and useful. I also love all the special features! Definitely a must-buy for old and new fans alike.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2010

    Some of the Best TV You'll Ever See

    Earlier this year, I decided to give this show a go since I'd heard nothing but rave reviews. I found it a little hard to believe, especially considering the title and basic plot elements, that a show like this could be as great as everybody makes it out to be. Well, shock horror, it IS. I bought Season 1 and 2 in their individual cases, and before I even made it through Season 1 (one of the weakest seasons of the show), I bought the entire Chosen Collection, a purchase I definitely don't regret. If you make it through Season 1 thinking the show is pretty much crap, don't worry, by the end of Season 2, the Whedon & co. show what they can really do in some of the series' best episodes. And it only gets better from there.

    The packaging itself is quite nice and compact. It doesn't take up much less space than the individual season cases, but if you're a sucker for special packaging, like me, then this is a good'un. The bonus disc included also has some nice features and videos with the cast and crew.

    Buffy is my absolute favorite show. Don't let the title fool you into thinking it's anything short of brilliant.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Greatest show ever

    I was a big Buffy fan back in the days, but never actually saw all seasons, until a couple of months ago, I realized what a huge mistake I had made and immediately acquired this neat box set.
    First off, Buffy is based on such a simple little idea, yet it has depth, humanity, humor, morality, friendship, love, cool plotlines, good acting, and it is plain unforgettable. Once you start watching, you can`t stop. There are those tiny details, that convince you that this is top-notch, first-rate work.
    The Chosen Collection is a must-have for all old and new Buffy fans.
    The dvd collection has some extras, which are good, but frankly, I just go for the actual series all the time.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    ONE OF MY FAVORITE SHOWS

    JUST PROVES THAT JOSS WHEDON IS A GENIUS.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Best TV Ever

    Go Buffy! Woo-hoo!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Best show ever on TV (at least I think so)

    This show had it all: humor, excitement, great characters, and lots of heart. I only with it lasted a few more seasons.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Truely, The Best of Television

    The story of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is mystery to no one. This TV show was truely spectacular. In my opinion Buffy and Angel was an era of the greatest television making so far of my generation. Still, 3 years after they sign off, The release of the Chosen Collection has been eagerly anticipated. It was released about a year ago for about 2 months, but it was torn off of the market just as everyone was hearing about it. I am glad to have the Chosen Collection now. If you have not seen Buffy before, where have you been for the last 10 years? Trust me it is worth every penny. Also check out Angel, the Buffy spin-off.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Buffy Freak

    By far the best television show to hit the airwaves. Joss Whedon is a genius who has created an incredibly rich and imaginative show that will have you laughing and crying at any given moment. Sarah Michelle Gellar is fantastic as the title character and this show highlighted her acting ability. The girl can act!! Thanks Joss for 7 years of goodness!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great Show

    Buffy is one of the greatest shows for teens, or even one of the greatest shows in the last 20 years. The action is sweet and the comedy is even better. I have definately enjoyed this show and i think everybody will. It is easy to get hooked on.

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