Buffy the Vampire Slayer DVDs

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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 dates[edit]

DVD Release date
Region 1 Region 2 Region 2
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 versions[edit]

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 episodes[edit]

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.

Widescreen[edit]

Beginning in season four, the Region 2 and 4 DVDs include the widescreen (16:9) version of the television show. The Region 1 DVDs include the standard format (4:3) version, which is identical to the broadcast 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, because the show was directed and filmed for a 4:3 ratio. The extra material in the widescreen versions is never important for the plot, although it gives additional views of the sets and backgrounds.

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

4% speed difference[edit]

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 taped), 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.

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[edit]

Special features[edit]

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

Disc 2[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

  • "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 3[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

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

Season 2[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Disc 2[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

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

Disc 3[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

  • 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 4[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

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

Disc 5[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

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

Disc 6[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

  • "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 3[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

  • Script for "Faith, Hope & Trick"

Disc 2[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

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

Disc 3[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

  • Script for "The Wish"
  • "Season 3 Overview" featurette
  • "Buffy Speak" featurette
  • Photo stills gallery
  • Cast biographies

Disc 4[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

  • 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 5[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

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

Disc 6[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

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

Season 4[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

  • Script for "Fear, Itself"

Disc 2[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

Disc 3[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

  • 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
  • Still gallery

Disc 4[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

  • Commentary on "This Year's Girl" by writer Doug Petrie

Disc 5[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

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

Disc 6[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

Season 5[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

Disc 2[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

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

Disc 3[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

  • 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 4[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

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

Disc 5[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

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

Disc 6[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

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

Season 6[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

Disc 2[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

  • 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 3[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

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

Disc 4[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

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

Disc 5[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

Disc 6[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

  • 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" featurette
  • Outtakes
  • DVD-ROM Buffy Demon Guide

Season 7[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

Disc 2[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

Disc 3[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

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

Disc 4[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

Disc 5[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

Disc 6[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Special features[edit]

  • 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

Collections[edit]

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 versions[edit]

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 releases[edit]

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.

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