Angel DVDs

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Angel Complete Series DVD packaging.

DVDs of the television show Angel were produced by 20th Century Fox and released beginning in 2001. These sets contained not only the episodes, but extra features, such as: audio commentaries by the shows makers, documentary features, blooper reels, shooting scripts and so on.

Release dates[edit]

DVD Original release date
Region 1 Region 2
The Complete First Season February 11, 2003 December 10, 2001
The Complete Second Season September 2, 2003 April 15, 2002
The Complete Third Season February 10, 2004 March 3, 2003
The Complete Fourth Season September 7, 2004 March 1, 2004
The Complete Fifth Season February 15, 2005 February 21, 2005

Differences between versions[edit]

The Angel DVD sets were released in at least three encoding formats:

  • Region 1 (United States and Canada), in NTSC format
  • Region 2 (United Kingdom and Europe), in PAL format
  • Region 4 (Australia and New Zealand), in PAL format

Unlike the Buffy the Vampire Slayer DVDs, the choice of widescreen versus standard screen does not vary by region. In all regions, season one of Angel is presented in the standard format (4:3), and seasons two through five are presented in widescreen (16:9). This matches the way the show itself was broadcast from seasons 3-5, although in the U.S. season 2 was presented as standard format but was changed to widescreen for the DVD. This change did lead to some issues on the season 2 DVD release, such as instances where objects that would have remained outside of the broadcast image on the standard format become apparent, creating evident mistakes (e.g. Angel's usually-invisible reflection being visible in the extremities of a number of shots in the first episode).

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 episodes[edit]

The Region 2 and 4 DVDs (except Season 1) include the scenes from previous episodes ("Previously on Angel") at the beginning of each episode; the Region 1 DVDs do not, except in Season 5.

Subtitles[edit]

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 1[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

Episodes

Special features

Disc 2[edit]

Episodes

Special features

Disc 3[edit]

Episodes

Special features

  • Featurette: "Season 1"
  • Cast Bios
  • Still Gallery

Disc 4[edit]

Episodes

Disc 5[edit]

Episodes

Special features

  • Script for "Five by Five" and "Sanctuary"

Disc 6[edit]

Episodes

Special features

  • Featurette: "I'm Cordelia"
  • Featurette: "Introducing Angel"
  • Featurette: "The Demons"

Season 2[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

Episodes

Special features

  • Commentary on "Are You Now or Have You Ever Been" by writer Tim Minear

Disc 2[edit]

Episodes

Special features

  • Script for "Darla"

Disc 3[edit]

Episodes

Special features

  • Featurette: "Making up the Monsters"
  • Featurette: "Inside the Agency"
  • Still Gallery
  • Blue Prints

Disc 4[edit]

Episodes

Disc 5[edit]

Episodes

Special features

  • Script for "Disharmony"

Disc 6[edit]

Episodes

Special features

  • Commentary on "Over the Rainbow" by director Fred Keller
  • Featurette: "Stunts"
  • Featurette: "Season 2 Overview"

Season 3[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

Episodes

Disc 2[edit]

Episodes

Special features

Disc 3[edit]

Episodes

Special features

  • Commentary on "Lullaby" by writer/director Tim Minear and Mere Smith
  • Deleted scenes from "Birthday" with commentary by Tim Minear and Mere Smith
  • Featurette: "Darla: Deliver Us From Evil"
  • Angel Series Outtakes

Disc 4[edit]

Episodes

Special features

  • Commentary on "Waiting in the Wings" writer/director by Joss Whedon
  • Deleted scenes from "Waiting in the Wings" with commentary by Joss Whedon

Disc 5[edit]

Episodes

Disc 6[edit]

Episodes

Special features

Season 4[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

Episodes

Special features

Disc 2[edit]

Episodes

Special features

Disc 3[edit]

Episodes

Disc 4[edit]

Episodes

Special features

Disc 5[edit]

Episodes

Special features

Disc 6[edit]

Episodes

Special features

  • Commentary for "Home" by writer/director Tim Minear
  • Featurette: "Prophesies: Season Four Overview"
  • Unplugged: Season Four Outtakes"
  • Featurette: "Last Looks: The Hyperion Hotel"
  • Featurette: "Fatal Beauty and the Beast"
  • Featurette: "Malice In Wonderland: Wolfram & Hart"

Season 5[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

Episodes

Special features

  • Commentary on "Conviction" by writer/director Joss Whedon
  • "Hey Kids! It's Smile Time" featurette

Disc 2[edit]

Episodes

Special features

Disc 3[edit]

Episodes

Special features

Disc 4[edit]

Episodes

Special features

Disc 5[edit]

Episodes

Special features

Disc 6[edit]

Episodes

Special features

  • Commentary on "Not Fade Away" by co-writer/director Jeffrey Bell
  • Featurette: "Angel: The Final Season"
  • Featurette: "To Live & Die in L.A.: The Best of Angel"
  • Featurette: "Halos & Horns: Recurring Villainy"
  • Featurette: "Angel Unbound: The Gag Reels"

Collections[edit]

The complete series box set of Angel (seasons 1-5) was released in the UK on October 30, 2006. They have also been released in Australia, in 4 episode, half season, full season, and complete series box sets.

The Angel season box sets were also re-released in the UK at a lower price point and in cheaper plastic boxes. Seasons 1 and 2 were released on October 3, 2005; seasons 3 and 4 on March 6, 2006; and season 5 on May 8, 2006.

The Region 1 Angel Collector's Set was released on October 30, 2007,[1] with a newly packaged re-release following on October 12, 2010.[2]

As with the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Region 2 character-based releases, several Angel DVDs, based around individual characters have been released, under the banner "The Vampire Anthology." This collection includes DVD's themed around Cordelia, Wesley, Gunn and Fred.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • The DVD sets themselves

Release dates[edit]

Specific references[edit]