Buffy the Vampire Slayer- The Complete Series DVD Collector’s Edition Review

Buffy the Vampire Slayer- The Complete Series DVD Collector’s Edition ReviewBuffy the Vampire Slayer– The Complete Series DVD Collector’s Edition looks great but is it really worth it?

  • Overall Rating: 88%
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  • Product description:  This collection contains all seven butt-kicking seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on 39 discs. This “Buffy the Vampire Slayer 39 Disc DVD Collector’s Edition” has some enjoyable bonus features for Buffy fans such as cast commentaries, season overviews, looks behind the scenes and outtakes. You can enjoy this supernatural drama with English or Spanish subtitles.

Product specifications

  • Actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, Nicholas Brendon, David Boreanaz, Anthony Stewart Head
  • Format: DVD, Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), French (Dolby Surround),  Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Number of discs: 39
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Film Country: USA
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2010
  • DVD Region Code: 1 (US, Canada)

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Product Review

Pros & Cons

Pros

Box & storage

  • The box is very stylish and the design looks great.
  • The 39 discs are stored in 7 DVD cases with disc cards.

DVDs/cases

  • All the DVD cases and the DVD have great designs on them.
  • Staring season 5 the design of the DVD menus look even better.

Video & Audio

  • Quality of the video is better than the ‘remastered’ version on Netflix. They look the same as what was originally aired on television

Cons

Box & Storage

  • The DVD Box is stable enough to contain the DVD cases but the cover is not thick enough and will not survive if your children decide to play with it.

DVDs/DVD cases

  • For Blu-ray lovers, you will not find that in this set.
  • You have to play every episode. It takes you back to the menu where you have to then click each episode, click play, and go through a small animation.

Video & Audio

  • The quality of the videos is the same as I remembered when I watched it on TV years ago but some videos in the first seasons look darker.
  • Not all videos have the same quality. Some of the bonus features (for example the outtakes in season 5 & 6) have a lower video quality than the episode videos.
  • The full frame of all DVDs is 1:33.1 which is supposed to be Traditional television & computer monitor standard but on my flat screen (which has a 1:85.1 full frame) I don’t see it full screen.

Personal experience

I bought this product in 2013 on Amazon for $79.76 (plus $13.98 shipping & handling costs). It was Amazon’s Black Friday and I was just excited to watch the series again on my own terms so I decided to buy it then. It was on “sale” and I thought why not? My friend has this set and I was familiar with it. The difference is that she bought hers on ebay. After I excitedly told her I bought it she started asking me all these questions: did I check the seller? Was there free shipping? What was the status of the product? So many questions I had no immediate answer for.

Finally I got my set. It was wrapped but the box had a little dent in one corner at the back (and the wrap was slightly torn). All DVD cases were sealed with security strips. I watched the whole series but then I noticed one of the videos on the DVD disc season 6 skips a lot when you watch. I thought to send it back but the cost to ship it back would be too expensive so I just borrowed the one from my friend. 4 years later the discs are still in great shape (except for that one in season 6) and the box is a little worn out.

Moral of the story: do your research when you’re buying your beloved products. Cheap doesn’t mean Good.

The Product

Here are a few pictures of my current set:

As I can’t show you how I unwrap it (well it’s been 3 years) but I still want you to see it for yourself.  I found a youtube video that shows the unwrapping of the exact same product I have:

Amazon vs ebay

Amazon and ebay are the 2 most popular online shops and I did a little research on this product on both. I found when searching for this DVD set on both Amazon and ebay that there is a mix up  with the Chosen One collection in the description- and review section.

The Chosen One collection is a DVD box set that was on the market before The Complete series edition. The Complete series is a newer version of it. The Chosen One Collection is not produced anymore however it is still sold on both Amazon (US) and ebay  (as used products).

The sellers that used to sell the Chosen One Collection just didn’t take the time to update the product information and just change the picture and the price which leads many buyers to believe that the complete series edition is the Chosen one Collection.

This is the case on Amazon (US). The only seller that sells this the Complete series edition as new on Amazon is Amazon.com LLC. In the reviews, you will see people mentioning the Chosen One collection and giving reviews since 2004. The Complete Series edition came on the market in 2010. And it is the most recent Buffy DVD set on the market in Canada, US, Mexico, The Caribbean, Central & South America (that I know of). So it’s a little bit difficult to find the reviews helpful if I don’t know which specific product they are referring to.

Final Overview

I’m taken a few points for the quality of the cover in general. I have taken good care of it so its still in a good condition but I shouldn’t have that concern at all. Box & Storage final rating: 90%

The DVD cases and the DVDs have great designs on them and I appreciated the investment in the design but I just wish I could play the episodes continuously instead of going through them one by one. DVDs/DVD Cases final rating: 95%

As you may have noticed in my review I had a few issues with the videos but I am not sure who to blame.It’s true that I get to see it as I remembered it and I have no issues with that but at least ensure that all the bonus features are of the same, or better quality as the episodes. Further, I had no issues with the audio. The surround sound is great. Video & Audio final rating: 80%

The final overall rating for this product is 88%

Even with its few shortcomings, this product is a must-have for Buffy fans who don’t own any Buffy DVDs yet: a great gift for all Buffy watchers. Besides being funny, exciting, smart, touching and thought-provoking due to great acting, directing and writing, this is a  sci-fi horror TV show that you can re-watch over and over again.

Recommendation

There are different prices for this product on Amazon starting from $85 to $195 and ebay starting from $45 to $175. You can find both brand new and second hand (used) versions of this product. In the end, you should make the choice that suits you best but just make sure you read all the information provided by sellers online.

As I know many of you don’t have time to perform much research here is one recommended seller from ebay where you can buy a Brand New DVD set:

 

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I hope you enjoyed this review and if you have any questions about this DVD box set or want to leave your own personal review of the box set, leave a comment below.

 

14 thoughts on “ Buffy the Vampire Slayer- The Complete Series DVD Collector’s Edition Review

  1. Such a thorough review, I love Buffy! I’m having a look now for my own set. The price on eBay can be so good at times, but when it comes to quality I would trust other markets like Amazon. Thanks for the info on this!

    1. Glad you like it Manika-Nia! Actually there are good prices at Amazon and ebay but as I said not everything that is cheap is good. Both Amazon and ebay have unsatisfied customers on this product but again it all depends on the seller’s reputation (both Amazon and ebay have different type of sellers for this product). Just be careful and read all information about the seller on whichever market you choose.

  2. Thanks for the great review! A lot of my friends love Buffy, but I never watched it! I like the idea of this set and I could actually get it at a great price. I’ve been given a lot of reasons as to why I should start watching it, and your review of the set is very convincing. I’ll look into it!

  3. I consider it as a collector’s item. Which makes me prefer not to play it unless it was not aired on TV anymore. I remember watching some of the episodes on a channel called Star World. Like any other tv shows, it is bothersome and annoying with the adverts. So, watching here on with a comprehensive set, a marathon, it sure recreates the scene just like back in the days. I would get it in mint condition, rather than second hand. Splash some money but I am sure it is satisfactory.

  4. Hi Dira,
    I really enjoyed reading your review as I used to be a huge Buffy fan way back when. I had no choice but to watch it as it was my Son’s favorite show, so lucky that I also enjoyed it.
    I like the way you covered every aspect of this series and I am thinking about buying it for my Son whose birthday is coming up soon.
    I did a little research and found that your price was the best I could find, so thank you for also offering value.
    Kerry

  5. Great layout for your review! Very thorough. I really liked the cleanliness of the site and the use of colors, which wasn’t overly done or detracting from the content.

    I personally have always been more partial to Ebay, although I have bought a few items from Amazon every once in a while. I do agree with you in saying that you should read the description of the seller thoroughly before buying it. Thanks for the article!

    1. Hi Juan,

      Thank you for your comments. Whether its ebay, Amazon or any other market one should be aware of the conditions of the seller.

  6. Hi Dira,

    Excellent review! I like the design of the DVD collector’s edition. It looks stylish and for a die hard fan of the show, this is a must-have.
    Too pity that the ordering and the shipment are a bit complicated for non-US citizens.

    1. Hi Asen,
      Glad you like it!
      Yes, unfortunately that is true. Especially for collector’s items only available in the US you will have to make some effort in order to get the product you want. Some are definitely worth it (others not so much).

  7. nice and thorough review. i am from india, we and my friends really liked the show back then . looking forward to buying the set and gift it to one of my friend on his birthday. can’t wait to see look on his face.

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