Friday, November 21, 2008

Merry Christmas To Me? . . . .UPDATE!!



It's not on sale this morning!!

It was $69.99 yesterday, and now it's $186.99

OK, I haven't done it, but I probably will.

In this morning's Petulant Rumblings, I saw this nugget.

Do you have any idea how long I have wanted this? And for only $69.99?

Yes, I already have every individual season in the original DVD releases. Yes, this version has one disk of extras, that has some interviews and such, but really, do I need them all in a single package? (40 disks!)

This reviewer, who has a daughter in college thinks so. His reason?

I Quote:

You buy "The Chosen Collection" so your kids will leave your "BtVS" DVDs alone

I mean, that's sensible, right? The kids will be going off to college before you know it, and technically, some of those seasons are theirs, birthday gifts and the like. So what's a Dad to do when the offspring run off with his Buffy DVDs?

I know some of you still haven't jumped on the Buffy Bandwagon.

Do you trust Brave Sir Robin's judgment?

OK - other than in Women.

Would I steer you wrong? This is the perfect opportunity for those of you who have to this point been reluctant to enter the Buffyverse. It's 65% off!!

Still not convinced? (Yes, I know which ones of you aren't), here is the Amazon editorial review:

From its charming and angst-ridden first season to the darker, apocalyptic final one, Buffy the Vampire Slayer succeeds on many levels, and in a fresher and more authentic way than the shows that came before or after it. How lucky, then, that with the release of its boxed set of seasons 1-7, you can have the estimable pleasure of watching a near-decade of Buffy in any order you choose. (And we have some ideas about how that should be done.)

First: rest assured that there's no shame in coming to Buffy late, even if you initially turned your nose up at the winsome Sarah Michelle Gellar kicking the hell out of vampires (in Buffy-lingo, vamps), demons, and other evil-doers. Perhaps you did so because, well, it looked sort of science-fiction-like with all that monster latex. Start with season 3 and see that Buffy offers something for everyone, and the sooner you succumb to it, the quicker you'll appreciate how textured and riveting a drama it is.

Why season 3? Because it offers you a winning cast of characters who have fallen from innocence: their hearts have been broken, their egos trampled in typically vicious high-school style, and as a result, they've begun to realize how fallible they are. As much as they try, there are always more monsters, or a bigger evil. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, the core crew remains something of a unit--there's the smart girl, Willow (Alyson Hannigan) who dreams of saving the day by downloading the plans to City Hall's sewer tunnels and mapping a route to safety. There are the ne'r do wells--the vampire Spike (James Marsters), who both clashes with and aspires to love Buffy; the tortured and torturing Angel (David Boreanz); the pretty, popular girl with an empty heart (Charisma Carpenter); and the teenage everyman, Xander (Nicholas Brendon).

Then there's Buffy herself, who in the course of seven seasons morphs from a sarcastic teenager in a minidress to a heroine whose tragic flaw is an abiding desire to be a "normal" girl. On a lesser note, with the boxed set you can watch the fashion transformation of Buffy from mall rat to Prada-wearing, kickboxing diva with enviable highlights. (There was the unfortunate bob of season 2, but it's a forgivable lapse.) At least the storyline merits the transformations: every time Buffy has to end a relationship she cuts her hair, shedding both the pain and her vulnerability.

In addition to the well-wrought teenage emotional landscape, Buffy deftly takes on more universal themes--power, politics, death, morality--as the series matures in seasons 4-6. And apart from a few missteps that haven't aged particularly well ("I Robot" in season 1 comes to mind), most episodes feel as harrowing and as richly drawn as they did at first viewing. That's about as much as you can ask for any form of entertainment: that it offer an escape from the viewer's workaday world and entry into one in which the heroine (ideally one with leather pants) overcomes demons far more troubling than one's own. --Megan Halverson
Ok - I wouldn't advise you to start with season three, because one of the things Joss does so well, is allow the characters to grow, to mature and to act age appropriately. It's damn fun to watch. Also, the amazing way he presents story arcs over multiple seasons. If you watch closely, he'll drop story hints a full two season ahead of when they actually happen.

This series should be required watching for every television executive, producer or writer, before they're allowed to work in the business. This is how you do it people.

It's not about the monsters, it's not about the special effects, it's not even about a hot chick in a miniskirt. It's about relationships, it's about characters who are real to us, no matter how fantastic their circumstances may be. It's about growing, and learning, and love, and yes, loss.


OK. I was gonna buy myself the new Blackberry . . . . . .


Anonymous said...

I wonder if the Buffy Series will see a resurgence with the Twilight mania.

Jennifer said...

OK - other than in Women.


ouyangdan said...

That is a really good deal. I bought that box set almost three years ago at almost twice that price, and it was still a discount price (which was still cheaper than buying the four seasons I didn't yet own).

The box set is really cool, if you are into cool box sets to look at and ogle. It's all blood splattered and such.

Do it!
Peer Pressure!

Bee said...

Ok, the paragraph that states "it's about relationships" sold it.

I wonder if they are doing this deal in England?

Brave Sir Robin said...

Is Amazon different in England?

It is about relationships.


Anne said...

It is indeed about relationships. As well as, you know, vampires, demons, magic, and growing up.

Bummer the sale is no longer on! Are you going to do it anyway?

Brave Sir Robin said...


I've been eying it for a long time, but at that price, I just can't see it.

It would be different if I didn't already have all the episodes.

But for $69.99 . . . I went to do it this morning, and poof, back to $186.99.

Blackberry Storm here I come.

Bitty said...

That is a very sad story (meaning the ending). However, you inspired me to take action on something I've been eyeing for a while.

Someday I may get into Buffy, especially since you have recommended it. Up to this point, I haven't really respected all that much the taste of those whom I know to be Buffy fans. If you know what I mean.

Brave Sir Robin said...

Up to this point, I haven't really respected all that much the taste of those whom I know to be Buffy fans. If you know what I mean.

Fair enough.

Robin said...

My ex-husband fell in love with Buffy just when we split up, so I kinda refused to watch it. Of course, with Firefly I became a Joss Whedon fan so I need to break down and watch Buffy and Angel. Soon.

True story: I started watching Bones on Fox when it first came out but I didn't know who David Boreanaz had been until the second season. Later still, I found out my ex had coached him in middle school sports. Frickin' small world and I'm oblivious sometimes.

Bummer about the price increase... Was the sale only on for a day or two?