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List of Buffy the Vampire Slayer home video releases

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The Chosen Collection (Seasons 1–7); Region 1, 2005 packaging

DVDs of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer were produced by 20th Century Fox and released beginning in 2000. As well as containing the episodes, the DVD sets have extra features such as: audio commentaries by the show's producers, documentary features, blooper reels, and shooting scripts.

Contents

Release datesEdit

DVD Release date
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
The Complete First Season January 15, 2002 November 27, 2000 November 20, 2000
The Complete Second Season June 11, 2002 May 21, 2001 June 15, 2001
The Complete Third Season January 7, 2003 October 29, 2001 November 22, 2001
The Complete Fourth Season June 10, 2003 May 13, 2002 May 20, 2002
The Complete Fifth Season December 9, 2003 October 28, 2002 November 29, 2002
The Complete Sixth Season May 25, 2004 May 12, 2003 April 20, 2003
The Complete Seventh Season November 16, 2004 April 5, 2004 May 15, 2004

Differences between versionsEdit

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer DVD sets were released in at least three encoding formats:

Aside from the region encoding (and the packaging), the Region 2 and Region 4 DVDs are identical. However, there are several content differences between the Region 1 DVDs and the Region 2 and 4 DVDs.

Scenes from previous episodesEdit

The Region 2 and 4 DVDs include the scenes from previous episodes ("Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer") at the beginning of each episode (except season 2); the Region 1 DVDs do not.

This even applies to the final episode of season five, The Gift, in which the "previously" scenes are a montage leading into the episode itself. This montage was deleted from The Gift on the Region 1 DVDs. This montage was later included as an easter egg on the Season 7 DVD set, even in Region 2 and 4.

WidescreenEdit

The series aired in a 4:3 aspect ratio for all seven seasons in the United States, with the exception of "Once More, with Feeling" which was produced in widescreen. While the first three seasons were shot exclusively in 4:3, beginning with the fourth season the series was shot with a 16:9 safe area, though according to Joss Whedon the series was intended to be shown in a 4:3 ratio, stating "Adding space to the sides simply for the sake of trying to look more cinematic would betray the very exact mise-en-scene I was trying to create. I am a purist, and this is the purest way to watch Buffy. I have resisted the effort to letterbox Buffy from the start and always will, because that is not the show we shot."[1] The extra material in the widescreen versions is never important for the plot, although it gives additional views of the sets and backgrounds.

Beginning in season four, the Region 2 and 4 DVDs include an open matte 16:9 version of the television show. The Region 1 DVDs include the standard format (4:3) version.

The reason for this difference is that the Region 2 and 4 DVDs were released before the Region 1 DVDs, with less involvement from Mutant Enemy Productions. When the Region 1 DVDs were released, Joss Whedon decided that they should not have the widescreen version.

In 2011 Netflix began streaming seasons 4-7 in the 16:9 ratio, but would ultimately revert to the 4:3 ratio. In Nordic Region 2 countries Netflix streams those seasons in 4:3 ratio, despite the local DVDs being in widescreen.

As of August 4, 2016, Netflix (and later Hulu) began streaming all seven seasons in an updated HD version, replacing the original broadcast version. This version of the series is a remaster of the series in HD produced by the studio 20th Century Fox against the wishes of original production team.[2] Many of the original production team, including Whedon himself, and fans have criticized the HD remaster for poor transferring of standard definition to high definition, the poor transition from 4:3 aspect ratio to 16:9 aspect ratio, improper lighting, lack of lens filtering and poorly redone special effects that were either upscaled or redone in HD not true to the original.[3] For all of season 1 each episode had to be cropped, leaving everything in frame looking zoomed.[4] In other instances the 16:9 aspect ratio shows goofs in frame like crew members or filming equipment on screen.[5] 20th Century Fox originally released the HD remaster as a syndicated broadcast on the network Pivot.[6] Currently the HD remaster is not available for purchase on home media.

4% speed differenceEdit

The Region 2 and 4 DVDs play the episodes at 4% faster than the Region 1 DVDs. This reduces the running time of each episode by about two minutes (not counting the "scenes from previous episodes"). It also causes the sound to be raised by two-thirds of a semitone. For example, a C note is raised to a note two-thirds of the way from C to C♯.

The speeds of the different region DVDs match the speeds used during the original television broadcasts in the respective countries. Thus the Region 1 DVD plays the video at the same speed as the American broadcasts (which is the speed at which the show was filmed), while the Region 2 and 4 DVDs plays the video at the slightly faster speed that was used during the original British broadcasts. This effect is not particular to the Buffy DVDs but affects all television shows, because film that uses 23.976 frames per second is sped up for PAL that uses 25 (in the NTSC standard it is telecined and there is no speed variation). But since the signal from a DVD player is ultimately analog, the Region 2 and 4 DVDs will still play at the faster speed when played on an American television with a multi-region DVD.

In Brazil the standard color system is not PAL, but PAL-M which is also 24 frames per second. In addition to that, all DVD releases, despite being Region 4 are in NTSC, so the frame rate is also 24 frames per second.

SubtitlesEdit

In the Region 2 and 4 releases, episodes with commentaries include two English subtitles: the show itself, and the commentary. The Region 1 releases do not offer subtitles for the commentaries.

The Region 1 DVDs also offer a smaller choice of non-English languages subtitles than the Region 2 and 4 DVDs.

Season 1Edit

Disc 1Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

  • Interview with Joss Whedon and David Boreanaz
  • Interview with Joss Whedon on "Welcome To The Hellmouth" & "The Harvest" (Region 1 Only)
  • Commentary on "Welcome to the Hellmouth" and "The Harvest" by creator Joss Whedon
  • Original pilot episode script "Welcome To The Hellmouth" & "The Harvest"
  • Buffy trailer
  • DVD-ROM content, screensavers and Buffy weblinks

Disc 2Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

  • "I Quit" music video (absent in Region 1 release)
  • Interview with Joss Whedon on "Witch" & "Never Kill A Boy on the First Date" (Region 1 only)
  • Photo gallery

Disc 3Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

  • Interview with Joss Whedon on "Angel" & "The Puppet Show" (Region 1 only)
  • Cast biographies

Season 2Edit

Disc 1Edit

EpisodesEdit

Disc 2Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

  • Commentary on "Reptile Boy" by writer/director David Greenwalt
  • Script for "Reptile Boy"

Disc 3Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

  • Commentary on "What's My Line, Parts One and Two" by co-writer Marti Noxon
  • Script for "What's My Line, Parts One and Two"

Disc 4Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

  • Commentary on "Innocence" by writer/director Joss Whedon
  • Script for "Innocence"
  • Interview with creator Joss Whedon on "Surprise" and "Innocence" (Region 1 only)

Disc 5Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

  • Interview with creator Joss Whedon on "Passion" and "I Only Have Eyes for You" (Region 1 only)

Disc 6Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

  • "Designing Buffy" featurette
  • "A Buffy Bestiary" featurette
  • "Beauty and the Beasts" featurette
  • Interview with creator Joss Whedon on "Becoming, Parts One and Two" (Region 1 only)
  • Trailers (UK TV spots, U.S. TV spots, Season 2 DVD trailers)
  • Cast biographies
  • Stills/photos (set designs, monsters, additional photos)

Season 3Edit

Disc 1Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

  • Script for "Faith, Hope & Trick"

Disc 2Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

  • Script for "Band Candy"
  • Script for "Lovers Walk"

Disc 3Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

  • Script for "The Wish"
  • "Season 3 Overview" featurette
  • "Buffy Speak" featurette
  • Photo stills gallery
  • Cast biographies (non Region 1)

Disc 4Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

  • Commentary on "Helpless" by writer David Fury
  • Commentary on "Bad Girls" by writer Doug Petrie
  • Commentary on "Consequences" by director Michael Gershman
  • Interview with creator Joss Whedon on "Bad Girls" and "Consequences" (Region 1 only)

Disc 5Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

  • Commentary on "Earshot" by writer Jane Espenson
  • Interview with Joss Whedon, Jane Espenson, and Doug Petrie on "Enemies" and "Earshot" (Region 1 only)

Disc 6Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

  • "Special Effects" featurette
  • "Weapons" featurette
  • "Wardrobe" featurette
  • Interview with Joss Whedon on "Graduation Day" (Region 1 only)

Season 4Edit

Disc 1Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

  • Script for "Fear, Itself"

Disc 2Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

Disc 3Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

  • Commentary on "Hush" by writer/director Joss Whedon
  • Script for "Hush"
  • "Spike Me" featurette
  • "Oz Revelations: A Full Moon" featurette (Region 1 only)
  • "Buffy, Inside Sets of Sunnydale" featurette
  • "Buffy, Inside the Music" featurette
  • "Hush" featurette
  • Cast biographies

Disc 4Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

Disc 5Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

  • Script for "Who Are You"
  • Commentary on "Superstar" by writer Jane Espenson

Disc 6Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

  • Commentary on "Primeval" by writer David Fury and director James A. Contner
  • Commentary on "Restless" by writer/director Joss Whedon
  • Script for "Restless"
  • "Season 4 Overview" featurette
  • Still gallery

Season 5Edit

Disc 1Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

Disc 2Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

  • Commentary on "Fool for Love" by writer Doug Petrie
  • Script for "Fool For Love"

Disc 3Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

  • Script for "Into the Woods"
  • "Buffy Abroad" featurette
  • "Demonology: A Slayer's Guide" featurette
  • "Casting Buffy" featurette
  • "Action Heroes!: The Stunts of Buffy" featurette
  • Buffy series outtakes

Disc 4Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

  • Script for "Checkpoint"
  • Commentary on "I Was Made to Love You" by writer Jane Espenson

Disc 5Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

  • Commentary on "The Body" by writer/director Joss Whedon

Disc 6Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

  • "The Story of Season 5" featurette
  • "Natural Causes" featurette
  • "Spotlight on Dawn" featurette
  • Still gallery
  • Buffy videogame trailer
  • DVD-ROM Buffy demon guide

Season 6Edit

Disc 1Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

Disc 2Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

  • Commentary on "Once More, with Feeling" by writer/director Joss Whedon
  • Behind the scenes featurette on "Once More, with Feeling"
  • "I've Got a Theory/Bunnies/If We're Together" karaoke music video
  • "I'll Never Tell" karaoke music video
  • "Walk Through the Fire" karaoke music video
  • Easter egg

Disc 3Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

  • Commentary on "Smashed" by writer Drew Greenberg
  • Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Panel Discussion

Disc 4Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

  • "Buffy Gets a Job" featurette on "Doublemeat Palace"

Disc 5Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

Disc 6Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

  • Commentary on "Grave" by director James A. Contner and writer David Fury
  • "Life is the Big Bad – Season Six Overview"
  • "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Television with a Bite" documentary from A&E Network's Biography series[7]
  • Outtakes
  • DVD-ROM Buffy Demon Guide

Season 7Edit

Disc 1Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

Disc 2Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

Disc 3Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

  • "Buffy: It's Always Been About the Fans" featurette

Disc 4Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

Disc 5Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

Disc 6Edit

EpisodesEdit

Special featuresEdit

  • Commentary on "Chosen" by writer/director Joss Whedon
  • "Season 7 Overview – Buffy: Full Circle" featurette
  • "Buffy 101: Studying the Slayer" featurette
  • "Generation S" featurette
  • "The Last Sundown" featurette
  • Outtakes reel
  • Buffy wraps
  • Easter egg

CollectionsEdit

DVD Release Date
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
The Chosen Collection (Seasons 1–7) November 15, 2005
The Complete DVD Collection (Seasons 1–7) October 31, 2005 November 23, 2005

The Region 1 Buffy 40-disc boxed set includes an extra disc (the 40th) with all-new special features:

A repackaged 39-disc version was released on October 12, 2010, excluding the extra disc of bonus features.

Slimmer versionsEdit

The entire series was re-released on DVD in 2006, in a "slimmer" package with the same bonus materials that were featured in the original fold out versions. Even "slimmer" versions were issued in 2008.

Thematic releasesEdit

Two special Region 1 DVD releases contain assorted episodes from various seasons:

  • Spike: Love is Hell (October 2005)
This single-disc release includes four Spike-related episodes: "School Hard", "Lie to Me", "Lovers Walk" and "Fool for Love", as well as a special feature on the character.
  • The Curse of the Hellmouth (September 2006)
A two-disc set that contains eight Sunnydale-related episodes: "The Pack", "Halloween", "Passion", "The Wish", "Helpless", "Fear, Itself", "Hush" and "Same Time, Same Place", as well as a short supplemental featurette.

In Region 2, there have been several single-disc releases named after individual characters from the show, under the overarching title of "The Slayer Collection". Each contains four episodes and a character profile. The Spike-centric DVD contains the same episodes as the Region 1 "Love is Hell" collection. Other discs focus on Willow, Xander, Giles, Cordelia, Dawn, Angel, and Faith.

Two other single-disc Region 2 DVDs have been released. The first is titled "The Very Best of...". It contains these four episodes: "Becoming, Part One", "Graduation Day, Part Two", "Hush", and "The Gift". The second contains the episode "Once More, with Feeling" and a number of special features including a featurette on season 1 of Angel and a featurette titled "Buffy, Inside the Music".

In October 2008, a limited edition bonus DVD was made available exclusively to the retail chain Best Buy. The Region 1 85-minute DVD documents the 2008 Buffy Reunion at the Paley Festival, filmed on March 20, 2008. The DVD features interviews with Amber Benson, Nicholas Brendon, Charisma Carpenter, Emma Caulfield, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Seth Green, David Greenwalt, James Marsters, Michelle Trachtenberg & Joss Whedon. The DVD is available on Amazon and manufactured on-demand using DVD-R media.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Remastered HD Version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Is Full Of Problems (and Crew Members). The Mary Sue. 16 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Reactions: The Original Team". www.facebook.com.
  3. ^ Passion of the Nerd (21 March 2019). "The Great Tragedy of the Buffy HD Remaster". Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  4. ^ SunnydaleArchives (4 March 2015). "What's Wrong with Buffy's HD?". Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  5. ^ Whitbrook, James. "Oh Dear, Buffy's HD Makeover Is A Total Mess". Gizmodo. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  6. ^ Selcke, Dan (24 October 2014). "Buffy The Vampire Slayer marathon heading to Pivot for Halloween". A.V. Club. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  7. ^ Jack Walworth (Director), Bill Mumy (Narrator) (May 14, 2003). Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Television with a Bite. Biography. A&E Network – via Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Season 6) DVD set, disc 6 (region 1 release: May 25, 2004).