Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Chosen Collection

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Chosen Collection

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Director: Alan J. Levi, Bill L. Norton, Bruce Seth Green, Charles Martin Smith

Cast: Alan J. Levi, Bill L. Norton, Bruce Seth Green, Charles Martin Smith

     
 

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Daniel Craft
Season 1
Easily transcending the box office disappointment of its feature film source, TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer will go down in history as one of the few truly successful big-to-small-screen adaptations. Writer-director Joss Whedon's teen-horror series' 12-episode first season began in 1997, favoring character development and tongue-in-cheek wit over the film's outright farce, and it quickly spawned a legion of devoted fans. Sarah Michelle Gellar's Buffy is emotionally honest and, when the line's there, really funny. She makes Sunnydale's slayer believably torn between her calling and all things teen: school, boys, family, and her friends. Led by her Watcher/school-librarian Giles (Anthony Stewart Head), Buffy's "Scooby Gang" includes nerdy Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and lovelorn Xander (Nicholas Brendon), with some comic friction supplied by ditzy cheerleader Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter). Add Buffy's rocky romance with brooding Angel (David Boreanaz), who unfortunately happens to be a vampire, and the show has all the trappings of a soap opera, but with a refreshing ironic bite. From the series' pilot episode, "Welcome to the Hellmouth," which explains away Sunnydale's improbable location on a direct door to Hell, to the season finale, "Prophecy Girl," featuring Buffy's big confrontation with The Master, there's an awful lot at stake in Season 1. Other ongoing concerns include Xander's crush on Buffy and the recurring threat of Spike -- the Billy Idol-meets-Nosferatu villain portrayed by James Marsters. Fans will enjoy revisiting Buffy's rookie year, while newcomers are prepared for the many changes still to come. Since one of the show's strengths is its attention to continuity, this set first set is an effective Genesis of Buffy lore.
Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
Season 2
After craftily translating its big-screen origins into small-screen success, Buffy the Vampire Slayer enters its second run with zeal, confidently whupping demonic tail, introducing new characters, and developing some serious soap-opera drama. Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) returns for her junior year of high school with an understandably nasty attitude -- she had died the previous spring, after all, however temporarily. Familiar friends like Willow (Alyson Hannigan), Xander (Nicholas Brendon), Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter), and Oz (Seth Green) welcome a few fresh faces to Sunnydale -- namely nasty vampires Spike (James Marsters) and Drusilla (Juliet Landau), and a new slayer, Kendra (Bianca Lawson). Additionally, Buffy consummates her forbidden love for Angel (David Boreanaz), an act that causes the broody vamp to turn evil, putting a big strain on their affair and endangering the lives of many, including our blonde heroine. Milking the two-part cliff-hanger format with three engaging conflicts, the 22-episode season builds nicely to a winning double-episode finale, "Becoming," which is refreshingly bloodcurdling. Stand-alone highlights along the way include "Halloween," in which the Scooby Gang actually become their All Hallow's Eve costumes; "Phases," which finds Oz getting in touch with his inner wolf; and "Ted," an enjoyable romp guest-starring John Ritter. By the season's end, fans new and old can see in which direction creator Joss Whedon is heading -- faster and smarter, approaching even higher peaks for the controversial Season Three. The six-DVD Season Two set includes all 22 episodes plus numerous audio commentaries, interviews, and featurettes.
Barnes & Noble - Patricia Kim O'Cone
Season 3
High school can be hell -- but for Buffy Summers and her friends, it's a Hell Mouth. In its third season, Joss Whedon's supernatural soap opera took a walk on the dark side. As her senior year unfolds, Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) attempts to pass biology, save the town from evil, and score the keys to the car. For the barely legal slayer, this year is full of challenges, hard choices, and shocking surprises: her vampire soul mate, Angel (David Boreanaz), returns from the netherworld; the impulsive new slayer, Faith (Eliza Dushku), proves to be more than a handful; and Mayor Wilkins (Harry Groener) has a plan that's more diabolical than political. Season 3 experienced programming troubles during its 1999 run: After the tragic events at Columbine High School, the episodes "Earshot" and "Graduation Day Part 2" were held back from broadcast because of their coincidentally controversial content. Fans carped as the latter episode, the cliff-hanging season finale, was postponed for several months. Nonetheless, viewers were treated to one of the best-yet seasons of this ever-maturing show.
Barnes & Noble - Cree McCree
Season 4
When Angel Season 1 came out on DVD, fans had one small beef. They thought it should have been co-released with Buffy Season 4 in order to savor the crossover episodes between Angel (David Boreanaz) and the Slayer (Sarah Michelle Gellar). Well, the wait is over: The pair's doomed erotic reunion on Angel is foreshadowed by the "Pangs" Angel suffers on Buffy. And in a season marked by change, Buffy's vampire soul mate was far from her only loss. Cordelia (Charisma Carpenter) also decamped to the spin-off. The werewolf Oz became an endangered species when Seth Green opted to make movies. Even Sunnydale High was left behind as Buffy and Willow entered college. Yet despite all these changes -- ­­and a weak central arc involving an X-Files-style cabal of covert government demon hunters­­ -- Season 4 delivered some of Buffy's best-ever episodes. Top of the list are "Hush," a dark fairy tale in which demons steal voices to silence screams; and "Restless," the season finale, which plants clues for the future in the REM movements of interlocking dreams. Both were written and directed by series creator Joss Whedon, whose pithy commentary digs deeper than on previous DVD releases. Seth Green has a last hurrah in the poignant "New Moon Rising," while the witty Buffy-and-Faith two-parter gives new meaning to the term "body double." Season 4 also boasts what many consider two of Buffy's worst-ever episodes: "Beer Bad" and "Where the Wild Things Are," both set (where else?) at frat-house parties. The Slayer gets a little sloppy, but hey, freshmen will be freshmen.
Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Season 5
The 2000-01 season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer was tumultuous, bringing change not only to the roster of characters but also to the show's basic story line. In this season, the responsibilities Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) has as a Slayer exact more of a toll on her personal life, and the twin themes of love and loss are explored with surprising seriousness. Now she's a sophomore at UC Sunnydale, which continues to be the scene of clashes between feisty demons and feistier humans. Little sister Dawn (Michelle Trachtenberg) becomes a more active cast member, and romantic interest Riley Finn (Marc Blucas) exits mid-year with nary a word to his former companions. Also this season, Clare Kramer enters the series as Glory, a comely yet gruesome goddess who will eventually affect Buffy's fate. In the season opener, Buffy tangles with none other than Dracula himself, a shape-shifting vampire with powers far beyond those of her typical adversaries. A multi-episode story arc focuses on the mysterious illness contracted by Buffy's mother, Joyce (Kristine Sutherland), whose eventual death devastates the Summers girls. The much-touted season finale -- also the series' 100th episode -- puts Sunnydale at the center of an apocalyptic struggle that climaxes with the unthinkable. Series creator and chief writer Joss Whedon does some of his finest work in these 22 installments, which give plenty of time to supporting Scooby Gang characters Xander (Nicholas Brendon), Willow (Alyson Hannigan), Anya (Emma Caulfield), and Spike (James Marsters). They build to an effective, emotionally wrenching close to the series' run on the WB network (to be continued on UPN), and no Buffy fan can afford to be without them.
Barnes & Noble - Christina Urban
Season 6
Considered by many fans to be the darkest in the series, the sixth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer marked changes not just to the show's network (it went from the WB to UPN) but to Buffy's character as well. After sacrificing herself in Season 5 to save the world, Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is resurrected from the dead by Willow (Alyson Hannigan), who thought Buffy was in a hell dimension. What the Scoobies don't know is that Buffy believed she was actually in heaven, and after being ripped from a peaceful existence she now considers her life hell on earth. The depressed Slayer secretly turns to someone who knows about death -- a Buffy-obsessed Spike (James Marsters) -- and the two begin a twisted relationship. This season also introduces the Trio, a group of geeks who want take over Sunnydale and play a large part in the season finale, and it features the exit -- and eventual triumphant return -- of Anthony Stewart Head as Giles. Easily one of the best Buffy episodes of any season is "Once More with Feeling" a musical that has the characters singing what they feel, allowing Buffy to finally tell her friends the truth about her return. Series creator Joss Whedon wrote the episode's score, songs, and lyrics, all to fantastic effect. The complete musical only aired on TV once, so fans are sure to enjoy all the uncut songs here on DVD, as well as the behind-the-scenes commentary and a documentary on the making of the episode. The season is rounded out by the hilarious "Tabula Rasa," wherein Willow's memory spell goes awry; the return of Riley (Marc Blucas) in "As You Were"; Anya (Emma Caulfield) and Xander's (Nicholas Brendon) wedding in "Hell's Bells"; and the devastating season-ending story arc of "Seeing Red," "Villains," "Two to Go," and finally "Grave" -- in which a grieving Willow attempts to destroy the world, and Spike seeks to prove to Buffy how much he really loves her.
Entertainment Weekly - Ken Tucker
Give series creator Joss Whedon credit: No other show balances so many elements as deftly, without a trace of corniness or melodrama.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/19/2006
UPC:
0024543212904
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox

Special Features

Introduction by Joss Whedon; Back to the Hellmouth: A Conversation with Creators and Cast; Breaking Barriers: It's Not a Chick Fight Thing; Love Bites: Relationships in the Buffyverse; Evil Fiends; Buffy: An Unlikely Role Model; Buffy Cast and Crew: Favorite Episodes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kaarina Aufranc Nancy
D.B. Woodside Principal Robin Wood
Emma Caulfield Anya Emerson
Jack Sundmacher Actor
Mark Metcalf the Master
Sarah Michelle Gellar Buffy Summers
Alyson Hannigan Willow Rosenberg
Amber Benson Tara Maclay
Andrew J. Ferchland The Anointed One
Eliza Dushku Faith
Hinton Battle Sweet
Nicholas Brendon Alexander "Xander" Harris,Xander Harris,'Xander' Harris
Tom Lenk Andrew
Adam Busch Warren
Camden Toy Ubervamp
Christopher Wiehl Owen
Danny Strong Jonathan
Iyari Limon Kennedy
Kali Rocha Halfrek
Ken Lerner Principal Flutie
Kristine Sutherland Joyce Summers
Marti Noxon Parking Ticket Woman
Andy Umberger D'Hoffryn
Anthony Head Rupert 'Ripper' Giles,Rupert Giles
Brett Wagner Trucker
Charisma Carpenter Cordelia Chase
Clara Bryant Molly
David Fury Mustard Man
Dean Butler Hank Summers
Geoff Meed Andrew Borba
James Marsters Spike,William the Bloody/Spike
Marc Blucas Riley Finn
Ryan Browning Richard
Seth Green Oz,Daniel 'Oz' Osborne
Casey Sanders Mr. Harris
Daniel Weaver Handsome Young Man
David Boreanaz Angel,Liam/Angelus/Angel
Indigo Rona
Julie Benz Darla
Paul-Felix Montez Mysterious guy
Steven W. Bailey Cave Demon
Brian Thompson Luke
Elizabeth Anne Allen Amy
Alexis Denisof Wesley Wyndam-Pryce
Michelle Trachtenberg Dawn Summers
Emma Caulfield Anya

Technical Credits
Alan J. Levi Director
Bill L. Norton Director
Bruce Seth Green Director
Charles Martin Smith Director
Chris Hibler Director
Daniel Attias Director
David Fury Director
David Greenwalt Director
David Grossman Director
David Semel Director
David Soloman Director
David Solomon Director
Deran Sarafian Director
Douglas Petrie Director
Ellen S. Pressman Director
James A. Contner Director
James Grossman Director
James Whitmore Director
John T. Kertchmer Director
John T. Kretchmer Director
Joss Whedon Writer,Director
Marita Grabiak Director
Marti Noxon Director
Michael Gershman Director
Michael Lange Director
Michael N. Grossman Director
Nick Marck Director
Regis Kimble Director
Reza S. Badiyi Director
Rick Rosenthal Director
Scott Brazil Director
Stephen Cragg Director
Stephen L. Posey Director
Tucker Gates Director
Turi Meyer Director
Bruce Seth Director
Seth Green Director

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Chosen Collection 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Technowitch More than 1 year ago
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.
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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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bought as a gift for a buffy fan who was thrilled to have such a nicely packaged boxed set. when i bought it from b&n with an online coupon, i thought it was a great deal (the best i'd seen in a year of tracking prices) but soon after found it very deeply discounted at a big box store. kept the b&n purchase, but would have liked a better price.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The TV series was great, however the DVD's are a little darker which makes it hard to see what is happening. Overall good buy, however alittle pricey.
FEDX1284 More than 1 year ago
JUST PROVES THAT JOSS WHEDON IS A GENIUS.
Scribbles-A-Lot More than 1 year ago
Go Buffy! Woo-hoo!
Ash84 More than 1 year ago
Great series to own and be able to watch again. My only issues are that some of the DVDs do not play correctly on several episodes (this has happened on at least 5 DVDs that I have seen so far). The show itself is great, but some of the menus to get to the episodes are repetitive and annoying to click through if you are watching a few in a row.
Aglaia More than 1 year ago
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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