Buffy The Vampire Slayer

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After moving to Sunnydale, California, Buffy Anne Summers just wants to be a normal teenager. Back in Los Angeles, her first Watcher had died; she inadvertently burned down the gymnasium at her old high school; and her parents got a divorce. The move to Sunnydale is supposed to give both her and her mother, Joyce, a clean slate. But then she meets the school librarian, Rupert Giles, and quickly learns there is no escaping her destiny. With Giles as her new Watcher, she reluctantly steps back into her role as the Slayer. But this time she is not fighting alone. She now has an inner circle of special friends-- Willow, Xander, Cordelia, and a mysterious young man named Angel-- ready to join the fight and drive in a stake or two if need be.
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Sarah Michelle GellarNicholas BrendonAlyson Hannigan
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English [CC]Español
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Welcome to the Hellmouth
    March 9, 1997
    44min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    Buffy Summers, a high school sophomore, faces her destiny as a slayer of the undead.
  2. 2. The Harvest
    March 9, 1997
    45min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    Buffy and her friends encounter a powerful vampire bent on opening a portal to a dimension inhabited by demons.
  3. 3. Witch
    March 16, 1997
    45min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    A witch attempts to eliminate Buffy from a cheerleading competition.
  4. 4. Teacher's Pet
    March 23, 1997
    45min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    Buffy's biology teacher is killed by a giant praying mantis that assumes the form of a beautiful substitute teacher.
  5. 5. Never Kill a Boy on the First Date
    March 31, 1997
    45min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    While Buffy awaits the arrival of a warrior vampire, she dates a boy who is attracted to her exciting lifestyle.
  6. 6. The Pack
    April 6, 1997
    45min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    Xander and several other students are possessed by the spirit of a demonic breed of hyenas that wreak havoc at the high school.
  7. 7. Angel
    April 13, 1997
    45min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    Buffy discovers Angel's horrifying secret.
  8. 8. I, Robot, You, Jane
    April 28, 1997
    45min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    Willow unwittingly unleashes a powerful demon that takes refuge on the Internet.
  9. 9. The Puppet Show
    May 4, 1997
    45min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    Buffy suspects that a ventriloquist's dummy may be harvesting organs from classmates performing in a talent show.
  10. 10. Nightmares
    May 11, 1997
    45min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    Buffy and her friends discover that their worst nightmares have become reality.
  11. 11. Out of Mind? Out of Sight
    May 18, 1997
    45min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    As the May Queen election approaches, an invisible force attacks Cordelia's closest friends.
  12. 12. Prophecy Girl
    June 2, 1997
    45min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    Giles discovers an ancient book foretelling Buffy's death at the hands of the Master.

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ArthurReviewed in the United States on November 27, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Disney/Fox have ruined a great show through "remastering"
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I could reiterate all the problems, but look up "What's Wrong with Buffy's HD Part 1" and read the article by Adobe Spark. In short, a misguided attempt to "modernize" this show while pursuing the cheapest and laziest ways to do so have resulted in a significant loss of quality. The show is practically unwatchable because it looks like a bootleg reupload from Russia that's been manipulated to avoid copyright claims.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was shot in 4:3, like many other acclaimed shows such as The Wire and Star Trek The Next Generation. This "remaster" puts in in 16:9 by zooming in on the frame and losing significant elements of every scene. Additionally, the production studio handed color correction over to computers so the gothic atmosphere is completely gone.

The results would be hysterical if they weren't so upsetting. I highly recommend you check out the article I referenced which includes a number of screenshots. The biggest problem is there is no option to purchase the original version of the show. If you purchased this digital version years ago... you have lost the original versions because Amazon's servers have been replaced with the remaster (since 2014).

Totally pissed I've been tricked into buying this crap. Wish I could get a refund.
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Trevor HolmesReviewed in the United States on April 25, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
It sounded too goofy to be good. But it's simply the best series I've ever seen.
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I've enjoyed--I admire--"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" more than anything I've ever seen from television.

I was slow getting around to "Buffy." It sounded too silly (cheerleader? vampire slayer? really?) to be worth watching. That was until I took my teenage kids to see "The Avengers"--eight times, and I confess the last three were my idea. It was the quality of the performances (directing and acting), and even more than that the script, which never condescended to its audience, and the obsessive attention to quality, for which no detail was too small, that kept me coming back. I admire artists who have the self-confidence to take "escapist" forms seriously, by which I mean not that they hang them with Ingmar-Bergman-style crepe (I'm talking about you, DC), but that they are willing to give them every measure of their skill, intelligence and commitment, without apology or reserve. With "The Avengers," Joss Whedon won my admiration for all that and more. So when the much-earlier Buffy (his first major project) showed up on Prime, I gave it a try.

I'd never binge-watched anything in my life (who has the time, right?). I was a little surprised, then, to find myself streaming Seasons 1 through 7 every moment I could find until several weeks later, when I reached the end of Season 7. And started all over again.

That was a couple of years ago. I recently went through the whole series again, and find myself having to pay homage to Whedon's extraordinary achievement. It's extraordinary for being his first major project. It's extraordinary because he manages to elevate a premise as silly as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" to a level of narrative complexity, emotional power, and conceptual depth that places it above anything I've ever seen on television, and above most feature films as well. The time I've spent watching "Buffy" is simply the most rewarding I've spent in front of a small screen.

What is it about "Buffy" that has me raving this way? It's difficult to do it justice without spoiling the plot or just becoming a bore, but here are a few things that come to mind. First, there's that seriousness thing. In a medium where success too often demands the least effort necessary to attract the least common denominator, Whedon's whole-hearted commitment (along with the rest of the cast and crew) makes "Buffy" by turns moving, thrilling, thought-provoking, memorable, and consistently hilarious. That's another thing I like about it: for all his commitment, Whedon keeps the plot and dialog consistently funny, in a way that never undercuts the emotional impact of the story. The writing--dialog, characterizations, plotting--is so good that it keeps you riveted even when the material is just ludicrously goofy: in Whedon's hands, goofy becomes art, and as the narrative arc bends toward Big and Important Questions, Buffy reaches toward the sublime. Whedon does things with that narrative arc--twists it and bends it--that are so daring, so breathtakingly imaginative, that you would think you were watching the work of a seasoned craftsman at the top of his form. OK, there is perhaps one season where the goofiness of the premise burdens the story perhaps a little more than it should, but even at its weakest the story never loses sight of where it's going. The progression from beginning to end is skillfully controlled, assured, and in the end overwhelmingly powerful. The characterizations--writing, direction, performance--especially Buffy and Spike, but the entire cast (with perhaps one exception, a lapse in casting that does not last through the series), are consistently convincing at the level of "I know that person." Or "I wish I knew that person." The characters are so good that, after you finish the last episode, you miss having them in your life. Finally, I mentioned Big and Important Questions. A lot of film and video offerings address questions of moral responsibility, duty, mortality, what it means to be human. Whedon attacks these and more--and the complex relations among them--with the honesty, energy and intelligence they deserve. And rather than being some kind of decorative intellectual bric-a-brac, these questions arise inevitably from the unfolding of the story, and are a crucial part of the emotional matrix that makes this series so deeply memorable.

If you haven't seen "Buffy," if, like me, you dismissed it simply because the premise is (and it really is) so completely silly, give it a try. You won't regret a minute of it. Except, of course, that it has to end.
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LREReviewed in the United States on December 19, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
CONTAINS A MALWARE PROGRAM
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This disk and all the others, seven in all, contain a malware program that only allows the audio to play if FOX is connected to your computer. This is the very definition of malware. Why this situation exists after the show has been canceled after a couple of decades and more, can only be for nefarious purposes. Since the Disks for BtVPS have no independent audio, they are not really DVDs. Amazon will quickly remove this review because I have said nothing about content of the DVDs and the FAUX DVDs like just about everything having to do with with FOX is fake . There are about half a dozen good episodes each season where there are only possibly three in season one. But unless you allow the FOX the access to your computer, you will see none. So unless some one else gets control of this property any copy of BtVPS will be useless to anyone careful of their privacy.
24 people found this helpful
Russell SReviewed in the United States on June 2, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the great TV shows
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Buffy and the gang were such a great concept for this show and not only that but the combination of fun and horror and suspense are so well done that it achieved such a high fan base and deservedly so. Joss Whedon is without a doubt one of the most talented writer/directors in the business today. He gathered the perfect team for each and every episode. He also managed to attract the greatest cast you could imagine. I will recommend this to any and all who want to enjoy a perfect show.
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DolliMamaReviewed in the United States on August 29, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Eh...
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We kept being told by people whose opinions we trust that we were missing out by not watching Buffy when it first aired, so we decided to give it a try. It was uneven and somewhat predictable--definitely dated by today's standards. And it wasn't enough to keep us hooked to continue past about one or two more episodes into the second season. Maybe we just didn't "get it"--but we didn't care enough to go on binging.
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Jaclyn SutherlandReviewed in the United States on March 15, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A wonderful and relevant show for our age and many more to come. ***light spoilers***
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of those shows that, at first glance, is about one thing (a girl who kills "vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness"), but in reality is about so much more. Each episode, particularly in the first few seasons, deals with a major problem in society today. Whether that means bullying ("Out of Sight, Out of Mind," a girl literally becomes invisible because she was ignored, which is a type of bullying), the dangers of sex before you/your relationship is ready for it (pretty much the entire last half of season two, beginning with "Surprise" and "Innocence"), the dangers of online dating ("I Robot, You Jane," where the person on the other end of the computer screen isn't quite what was bargained for), or the fact that a someone is planning to set up a gun somewhere and start shooting up the school ("Earshot," Buffy gains the ability to hears the thoughts of others), there is much more going on in this show than just a girl that beats up the things that go bump in the night. This is part of the reason why the show has such a deeply devoted following, even after having been off air for nearly twelve years, and continues to be relevant to this day regarding the issues it talks about.
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D. R. BryantReviewed in the United States on February 28, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the Best!
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of my favorite shows in the history of television - so it's not like I'm biased or anything. It has everything you could ask for out of a TV show - action, romance, drama, comedy, and at times poignant life lessons. Oh, and it has tons of vampires and demons, which puts it heads and shoulders and various unnatural bodyparts ahead of most of the rest of other shows that promise all that Buffy offers, but fail.
Most of the show revolves around the title character Buffy Summers, who is the Slayer, the Chosen One who kills vampires and fights off the forces of evil. Even though the subject matter is good vs. evil and humans vs. demons, the show approaches religious matters at a slant. The characters act based on moral grounds, not religious dogma, and this gives the show a lot of freedom to explore a blurred, fuzzy line between what Good really is, and what Evil really is.
Frequently the show will throw in a Life Lesson episode, such as what it means to be true friends, or the importance of self-sacrifice. Thankfully, these episodes are counter-balanced by a number of purely spoofy and just outright fun episodes, such as when all the adults in town revert to their teenage personas, or when the entire cast of the show breaks into song. There's something to learn from every episode, however, and that's something that makes Buffy the Vampire Slayer an instant classic in my eyes.
11 people found this helpful
J.S.Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love this show
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It's hard for me to be even remotely objective when judging this show, since I love it so much. It's an almost perfect mix of horror, humor, teen-angst, razor-sharp wit and clever dialogue. This show really hits it's stride in season 2, and never slows down, but season 1 is worth watching to see how it all began. But even in these early episodes, Joss Whedon's trademark wit and eye for detail can be evidenced. He loves to take every tired cliché and turn it on it's head, and then mock the cliché that he's putting his unique twist on. You almost have to watch to understand it, however.

But, reviewing this at the tail-end of 2013, and looking back, I can see now that some of it is a little bit dated. The video quality, especially in Season 1 can look a little grainy, compared to the gorgeous HDTV we are all accustomed to nowadays. The show is definitely set in the late 90's, early 2000's, so the music, clothing and hairstyles probably don't look current (I wouldn't know, since I'm notoriously clueless when it comes to fashion -- just ask my wife, she'll happily agree.) There are little things that look odd to me now, like, why does no one have a cell phone? But this was filmed right before cell-phones became ubiquitous.

Still, don't let such minor quibbles deter you. If you like intelligent horror, strong female leads, clever dialogue, and witty humor, then you've come to the right place. Welcome to the Buffyverse.
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