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… January 15!!

I am – Hercules!!

Here’s “Reno” with news of likely the finest television ever crafted:

Reno here, with a bit of news that just broke over at concerning a street date for the first season of Buffy on DVD. Here's what they had to say -

"On 1/15 (finally!) Buffy The Vampire Slayer fans will be rewarded for their patience. After much delays, Fox unleashes Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Complete First Season. Presented in full frame with English and French 2.0 surround tracks, extras include:

  • a full length audio commentary on "Welcome to Hellmouth" by Joss Whedon;
  • three "Joss Whedon Talks" interviews on six episodes ("Welcome To Hellmouth," "The Harvest," "Witch," "Never Kill A Boy On the First Date," "Angel" and "Puppet Show");
  • an additional interview with Whedon and actor David Boreanaz;
  • a Buffy trailer;
  • the original pilot script;
  • a photo gallery;
  • biographies; and
  • DVD-ROM weblinks.

Retail is $39.95 for the three-disc set." At last.

Also, the first season of MASH will be released the week before on DVD. Reno out.

Did leave anything out? Perhaps our many friends overseas will favor us with a few appraisals …

UPDATED! And so they do! From Adam:

Hey Herc,

In response to your subtle pleas of what people can expect on the 'Buffy Season 1' set, check this out:

  • DVD 1:
  • Interview - Joss Whedon (Creator) and David Boreanaz (Actor)
  • Audio Commentary - Joss Whedon (Creator) (Episodes 1 and 2 only)
  • Original Pilot Script
  • Trailer - Buffy
  • DVD-ROM content - Screensaver
  • DVD 2:
  • Gallery - Photos
  • Music Video - I Quit by Hepburn (4:02)
    DVD 3:
  • Biographies - Cast and Crew

That's pretty much it (outside of some fantastic menus).

Now as for the other side, yes, every episode is here, complete & uncut (unlike the UK versions which have literally been hacked to pieces).

Now, here in Australia we of course get the PAL format on discs, and in all honesty, the picture quality isn't quite what you would have hoped for, and as usual is presented full frame, but the sound mix is undeniably brilliant.

The interview clips provided from Joss Whedon & David Boreanaz are really just very tiny cuts from one of the worst EPK's I've ever seen, and they offer no insight whatsoever into the creative process of the show, but that is made up for by one of the best commentary tracks I have ever had the privilige of listeing to, and the script for said epiosdes further opens up the creative process.

Wheedon explains the ins & outs of every single moment of the 2 part opening, 'Welcome To The Hellmouth' & 'The Harvest', including a very interesting tidbit about which actor in the pilot episode was very nearly a new member of the Scooby Gang.

Box Set 1 is well worth the wait for every 'Buffy' fan out there, and while a little annoying visually (here at least), none the less is 'Buffy' on DVD, and must be bought. Good news?

They get better the further along they go, here's a little taste of Season 2 & 3:

  • Season 2:
  • Scripts
  • Commentary - Reptile Boy - By David Greenwalt
  • Commentary - What's My Line Parts 1 and 2 - By Marti Noxon
  • Featurette-Making Of- x 3
  • TV Spots
  • Trailer
  • Gallery-Photo
  • Biographies-Cast
    Season 3:
  • Script For 'Faith, Hope & Trick'
  • Featurettes - 'Season 3 Overview', 'Special Events', 'Wardrobe', 'Weapons'.
  • Cast Biographies
  • Still Picture Galleries
  • Script For 'The Wish'
  • Commentaries on 'Helpless', 'Bad Girls', 'Consequences', 'Earshot'
  • And of course, Season 3 has the second best episode of 'Buffy' ever, 'The Zeppo'

....Now I just have to wait for Season 4 for the best.... 'Hush'.

Regards, Adam.

I am – Hercules!!

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  • Sept. 26, 2001, 5:17 p.m. CST


    by DomisInnerChild

  • Sept. 26, 2001, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Good lord finally

    by CrowManiac

    That is all I have to say.

  • Sept. 26, 2001, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Crap, no 1/2 hour pilot

    by DomisInnerChild

    Does this mean I have to be raped on eBay for a dub?


  • Sept. 26, 2001, 5:44 p.m. CST

    I know how long...

    by traveler_13

    We've been waiting forever plus 35 weeks!!! WOOO HOOO!!! Finally a reason to buy a DVD player. Regarding the 1/2 hour unaired pilot, you can download it off one of the file-sharing services like Morpheus.

  • Sept. 26, 2001, 6:06 p.m. CST

    I hope the transfers are better than R2.

    by NJP2002

    Some of the episodes are so dark that you might as well be watching a black screen.

  • Sept. 26, 2001, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Buffy The DVD Slayer

    by DyslexicHeart

    First we get "The Simpsons" on dvd and now Buffy. I can't wait for the brilliant 2nd season to be available. Wonder Years and Newsradio DVDs would be really nice, too. A Best of Phil Hartman DVD would be really great. Including highlights from SNL, The Simpsons, other guest spots,etc...

  • Sept. 26, 2001, 7:42 p.m. CST


    by Johnny Smith

    And get some Joe Rogan commentaries, too! That would rule. Also, Paramount, hurry up with thise DS9 DVDs. And I want my damn Batman: TAS dvds. But until then, Newsradio repeats on A&E...

  • Sept. 26, 2001, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Unaired pilot

    by Seemlar

    It was unaired for a reason - it was terrible. Don't mourn it being missing.

  • Sept. 26, 2001, 8:19 p.m. CST


    by Cincy Vigilante

    This will rule. The unaired is interesting,I got mine at a comic book show for 15 bucks. Newsradio? I liked that show but I think they will have a Manimal DVD out before they get a newsradio DVD.(read never gonna happen) Why wouldn't they push that for a pre-Christmas release is beyond me though.

  • Sept. 26, 2001, 8:39 p.m. CST

    About DAMN time!

    by Smugbug

    and that's all I'm gonna say. more thing.... I can now rest peacefully and with a smile on my face.........

  • Sept. 26, 2001, 10:24 p.m. CST


    by mwreed

    i have to say that "Hush" is the best episode of a generally weak season. If I weren't a completist, I wouldn't buy the season on DVD. otherwise, i don't know if I could be any happier about this announcement, but I am afraid that it is going to get pulled for one reason or another. I do hope that since seasons 2+3 are out overseas, this means that there will be less of a wait between releases.

  • Sept. 26, 2001, 10:51 p.m. CST


    by krackato

    I don't know why these have taken so long to come out. Season 5 was probably the best. Sucks that it'll probably take another 5 years to get that on DVD.

  • Sept. 26, 2001, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Buffy DVD Info.

    by Greendude

    Ok, just a few things here. The unaired BtVS pilot can be d/l'd on just about any file sharing program...winmx is pretty good if you have bb. Regarding the transfers/image quality, the R2 BtVS has excellent transfer. The problem isn't the tranfer...the image looks bad because BtVS was shot on 16mm film which results in that grainy effect. It will be like that on all regions of the DVD. The R2 DVD of BtVS was indeed cut. Although not to the extent that Hercules implied. Nothing important has been cut but purists will want the R1 version. An example of a cut...can't remember which episode but something gets decapitated...which is unseen in the R2 version. Finally, the reason the BtVS R1 DVD's release was delayed was because of the fact that Fox owns BtVS but WB makes and airs it. This made things complicated because WB refused to let Fox release it or something...obviously a dispute over money. It was released on R2 because BtVS is distributed by Fox I think. Laters

  • Sept. 27, 2001, 12:11 a.m. CST

    The first two seasons have been out on DVD here in Australia for

    by Cash Bailey

  • Sept. 27, 2001, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Who was "nearly a member of the Scooby Gang"?

    by VarietyWriter

    The actress who plays Darla. She was originally considered for the role of Buffy. This isn't that big of a DVD commentary spoiler as it's been known for a long while now among the Buffy fan community.

  • Sept. 27, 2001, 1:49 a.m. CST

    R2 DVDs

    by Bill Froog

    On the subject of cuts, I'm pretty sure I remember the decapitation scene. I believe it is in Episode 2, when Buffy throws a cymbal 'Oddjob-style'. I think Joss, in the commentary (his commentaries are the best I've had the pleasure of listening to BTW) mentions that it *was* cut on UK TV, but I think it's uncut on the DVD (which has a BBFC '15' rating). Can anybody get an official confirmation on this?

  • Sept. 27, 2001, 2:54 a.m. CST

    according to the bbfc website

    by hideki

    the only cut that has been made by them for the vhs releases was the bit in 'Dead Mans Party' where Buffy decapitates the zombie woman with a spade, presumably this is the only cut that will be carried over onto the dvd releases, there are definitely no cuts in the seasons 1+2 for the actor who was nearly a member of the scooby gang, Joss says in the 'Welcome........' commentary that he originally wanted to do 2 versions of the opening credit sequence, with one of the versions including the character of Jesse, who would die in the 2nd part of the pilot episode, he wanted to do this to give the viewer the impression that no one was above getting killed on this show, they didnt end up doing it due to financial constraints........he goes on to say that he upset a lotta people when he did that very thing on Angel by putting Doyle in the main cast then killing him off in the 9th episode of the 1st season

  • Sept. 27, 2001, 3:54 a.m. CST


    by VarietyWriter

    Ok, but wasn't the actor who played Doyle simply fired because he wasn't getting along with the series' PTB? You'd think Glenn Quinn would have assured fans that his gig was only meant to be a temporary one all along, after Doyle was killed off. But from what I recall he never said anything, and this is a very touchy topic with Quinn and Whedon as to what is the truth. Sounds like Whedon might be trying to cover his ass on the DVD commentary?

  • Sept. 27, 2001, 4:24 a.m. CST

    Looks even better than I expected. [no h.p. here]

    by It's A Duck

    $40 for the full season? Not bad at all. Nice to see there's going to be a commentary track too. Man, that 1st season had some great moments. Every episode managed to surprise and impress me with something I wasn't expecting. I'm going to go home and listen to country music - the music of pain. "I go walking..."

  • Sept. 27, 2001, 5:37 a.m. CST

    I just pre-ordered this baby!

    by gqpenn

    I read this article, immediately went to amazon and there is was for preorder! Too damn sweet. They list MSRP as $59.98, not the $39.98 number. However, I've been waiting so long I could care less about the damn price.

  • Sept. 27, 2001, 6:56 a.m. CST

    No "Last Week on Buffy" -- CRIPES!!

    by David Olstein

    I hope they make an exception for the intro to the 100th episode -- that one was friggin amazing. I'm a little disappointed with the extras -- with all the extra time, they could have topped the R2 versions. They should have taken a hint from the X-Files and done a documentary for each season. And I'm sure there must have been a few deleted scenes.

  • Sept. 27, 2001, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Better not be cut...

    by BurninBullwinkle

    I've been waiting for a looooong time for these. Of course now that FX is showing them it's not quite as big a deal, but only being able to see six of the episodes (the "Joss Talks" were from the video release of select season 1 eps) It'll be nice to finally see the rest of them. And I've probably only seen a quarter of seasons 2&3. I've just about worn my videos out and this will be replacing them in style. Do the extras suck? Pretty much when you compare it to the X-Files or Simpsons discs. But if they keep the price below a hundred bucks for the rest of the sets, I'll deal with it. I will get really pissed if they release a censored version of an episode, though. Surely they can go back and change that for region 1. Hey, 2 questions: 1) Was there anything cut from The Witch last night? I know the episodes were supposed to be cut, but as far as I can tell the first two were intact. Anyone able to catch this one? 2) When will Angel DVDs start to be released? I heard season 1 was going to be rather close in conjunction.

  • Sept. 27, 2001, 9:59 a.m. CST

    UK Cuts ? Correction !!

    by RobinP

    Here in the UK, Buffy is subject to cuts both on the BBC and BSB (BSB to a greatly lesser extent.) Angel on C4 is just not worth watching, being trimmed to a 5:00 pm kidvid spot. The tapes and DVDs thta have been available here for some time now, however, are NOT cut. They are totally unedited.

  • Sept. 27, 2001, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Tears of JOY!!!

    by Psyclops

    I must... I will... have this DVD box set! If I have to hack my way through a thousand Queller demons to get to it... I swear it will be mine!

  • Sept. 27, 2001, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Something fishy...

    by Sparqman

    Has anyone else noticed that the only two sites reporting this (apart from AICN) are DVDFile and Amazon? Nothing from The Digital Bits, DVD Journal, The Big Picture, etc. Even DVD Price Search isn't listing it. It's starting to look like another phantom Amazon release date.

  • Sept. 27, 2001, 5:05 p.m. CST

    UK Uncut

    by Hoopy Frood

    Buffy and Angel are shown uncut on Sky Satelite TV.Buffy is also shown on BBC: Cut on Tuesdays I think it is and then repeated later the following night uncut. Channel 4, normally regarded as a pretty liberal and easy going station had Angel. They cut it so much the TV Consumer Watchdog stepped in. Rather than stopping the cuts however they stopped showing Angel at all. Bolloxes

  • Sept. 27, 2001, 5:19 p.m. CST

    This can't be bogus

    by gqpenn

    I WON'T LET IT BE A PHANTOM RELEASE DATE! Even though most of the places reporting the release reference dvdfiles, surely amazon doesn't base its presells on information obtained from web sites. Surely they would get their information from the distributor? Right? RIGHT???

  • Sept. 27, 2001, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Shannon Doherty on BUFFY!!!!!!!!

    by chase232

    After I read this amazing news I went to IMDB to see if they had anything about it (which they didn't) and it listed Shannon Doherty in the cast list as Sarah Giles????? I mean I not totally up to date but I thought that that would've been mentioned. Someone please fill me in.

  • Sept. 28, 2001, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Yeah, the IMDb...

    by MajorJossFan

    ...are also the ones who had Lacey Chabert as Dawn (pre-Season Five) and Amy and Faith as regulars on "Angel" (before the series aired and before the second season, respectively). Marti Noxon said no Shannon on "Buffy" when this rumor started right after the actress walked off of "Charmed". Plus, why the need for a Giles relative? And who'd buy Shannon Doherty in the part?

  • Sept. 28, 2001, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Correct Buffy Info

    by Greendude

    The R2 Version of BtVS is cut I mean what was oringinally meant to be shown isn't. People are getting confused because the UK airs of BtVS were also cut on all channels to some degree. For example, the decapitation scene is missing. There is footage of this missing scene, however as far as I know, it has never aired in any channel or country. This is classed as a cut in my opinion. The 1st season of Angel is available soon on R2 DVD. If you have a multi-region player, which I recommend, you should probably buy this as it might be awhile before it's released in the US. As far as I know, the character Doyle was always meant to be killed off as a shock that Joss had planned for Buffy but didn't materialise. Why would Joss need an excuse to cover his ass? It's his show and no actor is gonna make him to lie about the situation, let alone a supporting charactor. Lastly, the Shannon Doherty far as I know it's true. Not sure which character she plays or if it's recurring but aparently she's very good friends with Sarah Michelle Gellar. Btw, anyone got any info on the prospect of Willow being this season's Big Bad?

  • Sept. 28, 2001, 3:26 p.m. CST

    R2 cuts

    by srwalker

    The first two seasons of Buffy have been released on DVD in R2, with S3 in October. S1 was UNCUT. Joss' comments on the commentary referred to the editing performed by the BBC for an early evening (6:45) broadcast. S2 was missing the Previously... sections, and had the re-edited Lie To Me that have been used internationally and in all U.S. reruns, but was otherwise uncut. S3, when it is released, is likely to have two cuts to Dead Man's Party, totalling 8 seconds, and that will be all. I (moderately obsessively) maintain a Buffy and Angel cuts site for UK broadcasts and releases. Search on Google for "Buffy cuts" and it should be 3rd site on the list, and has a page for DVD information. I don't think 8 seconds in 56 episodes is "hacked to pieces"

  • Sept. 29, 2001, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Sweet Jesus You Guys Are Dumb...No Offense

    by Greendude

    R2 DVD was cut. In my opinion, if a scene intended to be shown is not shown because of tv censors then this constitutes a cut. The head decapitation scene was never aired on any channel or network in any country but was intended to be seen. Is this not a cut in your eyes?

  • Sept. 30, 2001, 12:10 p.m. CST

    What is a cut?

    by srwalker

    In a sense everything is cut. Eight days of shooting edited down to forty-something minutes of TV. Greendude: You seem to be saying that you know that the decapitation scene has extra footage that was shot, included in the edit by the production company, but was removed by Standards and Practices or some other regualtory body prior to the episode's original broadcast in the U.S. If this is the case then it is not something I have heard anywhere else, ever. Would you share with me the evidence please? If no additional cuts were imposed on the production company by an external agency, then I consider it uncut.

  • Oct. 1, 2001, 3:40 a.m. CST


    by Greendude

    Joss Whedon said it himself in an interview a while back. The shot was too graphic for the timeslot Buffy has.

  • Oct. 1, 2001, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Re: FS

    by srwalker

    Greendude - we know that Buffy is cut to fit the broadcast timeslot, I even run a site about it. What we are discussing here is the DVDs, which are completely separate.

  • Oct. 1, 2001, 12:01 p.m. CST


    by Greendude

    a cut is a cut! ok, things were cut to fit buffy into it's broadcast timeslot...not in terms of run time but to fit the "timeslot" meaning things that the network deemed inappropriate for minors were cut. these cuts should have been replaced for the dvd as it doesn't need to meet the requirements of the network censor.

  • Oct. 1, 2001, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Season 1 DVD

    by thistle has it for pre-order,MSRP-$39.95 for $27.99.