20th Century Fox has announced that they will release the horror comedy favorite Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Blu-ray. The film, which was written by Joss Whedon (Firefly), stars Kristy Swanson as Buffy, a high school girl who is chosen to protect her town from vampires. The 1992 catalog title also features appearances from Luke Perry, Donald Sutherland, Paul Reubens, David Arquette, Hilary Swank and Rutger Hauer.
Joss Whedon would go on to adapt the concept into a successful TV series of the same name. The show starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy and aired on The WB/UPN from 1997 to 2003.
Expect to see Buffy on Blu-ray on September 13th. Special features and pricing have yet to be announced.
The movie is actually pretty good. it's uneven due to producer interference but it's still a good film, and while Whedon has said the film isn't "canon" with the television series, you can still kind of look at it as a prequel to Welcome to the Hellmouth.
As for the series, the first three probably wouldn't benefit from a Blu-Ray upgrade. The only thing that would make me definitely want to buy them on Blu-Ray would be if they got everyone together to do commentaries on every episode.
Pee-Wee Herman as a vampire! Gotta hand it to Joss Whedon for giving Paul Reubens work after his "scandal." The movie is not perfect, but was enjoyable. If I hadn't enjoyed the movie, I never would have given the show a chance.
The first few seasons were shot on 16mm, but that doesn't mean with a little love (see: Aliens) that they couldn't look great. But still, HD masters probably would have to be made, effects might have to be re-done if they were done on video (see: Star Trek TNG). I don't see this happeneing anytime soon, but it would be a nice surprise. It's the same with Stargate SG-1.
I'd also be surprised if this has any features. It seems like a cash grab by Fox, the disc will sell on the brand name alone even though it's not the thing most people think when they hear 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'.
Ugh... where'd the original cover art go? Just awful. I'll be this as a Joss Whedon fanatic and since the film was semi-alright. Doesn't hold a candle to the TV series, though. I'm sure Fox is just releasing this since they're now working on the Whedon-less remake.
I still dont get why people always claim buffy wouldnt recieve any benifit being on bluray. you act like it was shot in 480p SD video, when The first few seasons were shot super 16mm.
which has a hi
16mm can look incredible on bluray as well, just look at the HD restoration of Metropolis as a great example.
on a side note i have been a fan of this movie since its theatrical release, a early1990s Kristi Swanson as cheerleader fighting vampires whats not to love.
I also find it funny that Seth Green, also was in the original movie along with the TV series.
Looking forward to picking this up, now if only fox would get around to releasing the power rangers films on BD
I love the original artwork and the should reconsider using it. This movie came out when I was 12 and I loved it quite a bit so I am excited to see this coming out on Blu. I also am patiently waiting for the series on Blu as well.
Yes, the movie sucked. The headline here is super unfair! And it's not fair to call this Joss Whedon's movie. He disowned it and the studio did what they wanted with it. (Actually, the studio did what they wanted and then Whedon disowned it.) The TV series was Whedon's attempt to save his original idea and make something that he wanted to make all along. So the reason we had the TV series was because the movie sucked and Whedon hated it as much as everyone else did! (Okay, not "everyone," but most people.)
Agreed with comments saying the first season (or two?) could look great despite being shot on 16mm... this is because firstly, 16mm can look great on blu-ray, and second of all even if it wasn't that great FOR Blu-ray, it would be a darn sight better than those murky digitised SD versions available on DVD... the upgrade would be well worth it. But yes, of course the likelihood of it ever happening is low due to the amount of work needed to be done.
Never liked the movie really, don't have any interest in owning it. Plus I don't really want to support the producers/director of this who botched up Whedon's vision, and were then credited as producers on the show despite no creative involvement, and, last time I checked, are using their legal rights to the name to do a spin-off without Whedon's involvement.
All of the special effects for the television show were rendered at 480p SD. They would have to completely redo those effects to make a release of the television show on blu worthwhile. Would I buy it if they do that? Sure. Do I expect them to do that? No. Granted most of the effects are very short but with over 100 hours to go through I doubt it will happen. That is unless the movie reboot happens and the studios want to profit off it.
@fdm - the movie really did suck. Joss Whedon himself says it's nothing like his original vision. He wrote the script and then some foreign backers came in and produced/directed it and made it something completely different. He isn't a fan of the film. At all.
dreamworks21 heres the thing, he might not have liked what was done with it, but with out that movie, the tv show would have never come to light.
Joss Whedon is just a one hit wonder (with buffy and angel) who has an ego the size of a small planet and the fact that he hasnt had a succesful film or tv project since buffy proves that.
Firefly while it has a cult following was bomb on both tv and on the big screen.
I wonder if all those who hate the movie & love the TV series first saw & became fans of the TV series & later on heard there was a movie & watched it on TV & thought ... Hey, that isn't Buffy, this is different. It sucks.
I like the movie.
I noticed a similar thing with MASH. Many people watched & loved the TV series & later saw the very different movie on TV or VHS & didn't like it. I like the movie & dislike the MASH TV series.
Firefly bombed because Fox didn't know what to do with it, and he stupidly went BACK to Fox for Dollhouse, which was shakey at first but it got good once it was actually canceled. i think he works better with an end, and not just having to leave it open. i'd say some of the best story arcs in Buffy came after it was going to end (not episodes in general)
i doubt the TV show will ever be on Blu-ray because Joss said they were shot in fullscreen on purpose, the only episode shot in widescreen was Once More With Feeling.. plus they're all in SD.. if Smallville can't do their first few seasons on Blu-ray then Buffy sure can't
and the movie wasn't that bad, but i don't think it's something i'd ever want to own. i've only seen it twice on TV after i saw the TV show, but i think i knew OF the movie before but i knew it wasn't directly related, just the same basic plot
The only thing I'd like to see on it is Seth Green's deleted scene. Yes, Seth was in it. He was a nerdy vampire that turned that one basketball player. A photo from his cut scene can be seen on the back of the VHS sleeve.