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Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete Third Season (Slim Set)
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All 22 classic episodes are available for the first time in this exclusive 6-disc collector?'s edition. From ?"Faith, Hope & Trick,?" ?"Band Candy?" and ?"Bad Girls?" to ?"Consequences,?" ?"Enemies?" and ?"Graduation Day, Part Two,?" these Season Three episodes are a must for every true Buffy fan.

The third season of Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer was marked by the arrival in Sunnydale of renegade slayer Faith (Eliza Dushku), a moody loner who seemed to like her demon-staking calling just a little too much. While Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) was always wary of Faith, the two developed a deep friendship and appreciative rapport--that is, until the evil mayor of Sunnydale (Harry Groener) tapped into Faith's dark side and lured her into his plot to take over the world, first as a double agent spying on Buffy, then as out-and-out nemesis. And as the mayor's ascension approached--which happened to fall on Sunnydale High's graduation day--Buffy and Faith's battles got nastier and nastier, as Buffy attempted to wrestle with her dark side (literally and figuratively), save the world and her friends, and keep her lover Angel (David Boreanaz) out of Faith's evil clutches.

Chock-full of exceptional episodes, this third season started out with a bang (the superb season opener "Anne," in which a runaway Buffy finally returns to her Slayer calling) and never let up. Among other highlights, the season introduced former vengeance demon and soon-to-be regular Anya (Emma Caulfield), fleshed out Angel's tortured character (and readied him for his own series), and featured a hilarious doppelganger Willow (Alyson Hannigan), a vampire from a parallel universe, who in Willow's own words was "evil and... skanky... and kinda gay!" (Total foreshadowing there, folks.) The season's pi¨¨ce de r¨¦sistance, though, was the two-parter "Graduation Day," wherein Faith tries to kill Angel, and the students of Sunnydale High prepare to do battle with a mutated mayor and his army of demons. Aside from the series' exceptional writing and acting, this compelling year of Buffy was anchored by the consistently excellent Gellar, as well as Dushku's complicated Faith, a girl you truly love to hate. By the time you finish these episodes, Faith will have cast a spell on you that you'll find very hard to shake. --Mark Englehart

Customer Reviews:

  • Buffy gets stronger.
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete Third Season is another stellar season of this cult classic. Sarah Michelle Gellar continues to flex her Buffy muscles, she is probably the only actress who could play this tough-as-nails vixen. The only gripe about this season is the introduction of the character Faith played by Eliza Dushku, I am not a fan of that character in any way. Another great season, check it out sometime!...more info
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Three
    It was very good. The CDs were not damaged. The original paperwork was still in the box, even....more info
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season Three
    Show: Buffy leaves Sunnydale. Angel is banished to hell. The Scoobies are left on their own? Where do we go from here? After the brilliance of season two, where would "Buffy" go next? The answer lied in season three, not only the best "Buffy" season ever, but the finest season of ANY television show EVER! Yes, season three was that good! The brillaince is still here in spades. Season three had everything any televsion show could ask for. Buffy still continues to slay vampires, Angel returns from hell, Willow is becoming more serious about her magic studies, Xander is still Xander, and Giles is still Giles. This season also sees the introductions of Wesley Wyndham-Price (Alexis Denisof), Anya (Emma Caulfield) and THE MAYOR. Last, but certainly not least, FAITH (Eliza Dushku) makes her debut. This season also contains some of the series' finest hours, including "Amends," "The Wish," "Faith, Hope, And Trick," "Lovers Walk," "Bad Girls," "Consequences," "Doppelgangland," and "Graduation Day (Parts I & II)." We also see the departures of Angel and Cordelia as they head off into spin-off land. The season comes to a thrilling climax when the entire school battles the mayor in "Graduation Day Part II," followed by Buffy destroying Sunnydale High. This is an amazing season, and should not be missed. These lines sum it up:

    Oz: "Take a moment to reflect. We survived."

    Buffy: "Yeah, that was a pretty tough fight."

    Oz: "No, we survived high school."

    Here each episode will be rated. A star (*) means that episode is a must-see. (Ten Million/5)

    1. Anne - (4.5/5)
    2. Dead Man's Party - (4.5/5)
    3. Faith, Hope, & Trick - (6/5)*
    4. Beauty and the Beasts - (4/5)
    5. Homecoming - (4.5/5)
    6. Band Candy - (5/5)*
    7. Revelations - (4.5/5)
    8. Lover's Walk - (6/5)*
    9. The Wish - (6/5)*
    10. Amends - (6/5)*
    11. Gingerbread - (4.5/5)
    12. Helpless - (6/5)*
    13. The Zeppo - (5/5)*
    14. Bad Girls - (7/5)*
    15. Consequences (10/5)*
    16. Doplegangland - (10/5)*
    17. Enemies - (6/5)*
    18. Earshot - (5/5)*
    19. Choices - (4.5/5)
    20. The Prom - (5/5)*
    21. Graduation Day (Parts I & II) - (20/5)*

    Overall: This is the finest season of any television show ever. So, just buy this! Now, onto Season Four.......more info
  • One of the best
    This season, along with the first two, were the best of the show. The other fourth seasons lost some of the magic and made things just to complicated.
    p.s. I didn't like at all willow's change...more info
  • movin' up, but my feelings are mediocre at best
    Buffy is moving more and more towards maturity. there are some great episodes in this season such as Anne, revelation, amends, the wish etc. but Buffy is still "growing" there isn't much I can say about this season only that I don't see much deeper meanings other than you know the obivious: slayer duty or normal life? choices we make matters etc.
    my big complain, like many others, is obiviously Angel. Although Buffy and Angel are really perfect for each other but alot of times Angel is a waste of time. I think the writers are trying to make Angel a part of the show but at the same time not to make Buffy look too dependent of the need of protection. Alot of times when Buffy is in danger and you expect Angel would show up and save her but he just almost never did. In season two Angel has almost the same waste-of-time-ness but because Angel turned evil and thus appeared our favorite villain Angelus who could complain? Angel in most of Buffy just doesn't seem very heroic. the only episode where Angel isn't a waste is Amends. I guess even the writers know that Angel just have to go, he is much better in his own show though. Like I said, what a waste of DB's good youth to be wasted on Buffy when he can start young in his own show. ...more info
  • I'm in love with Faith!!
    This is probably one of my favorite seasons because of the addition of Faith, a good slayer gone bad. She is one of the most capable, interesting, most well developed characters in the whole Buffy series... and she's hot. Haha!! I loved the storyline about the mayor trying to become a powerful force to take over Sunnydale.
    My favorite episodes were "Slayerfest '98", where Cordilia (which this is her last season in Buffy) and Buffy get trapped in a deadly game for survial on prom night.
    The one with the mask at the art gallery that brings people back from the dead was one of the best episodes of the series.
    Also, there is the introduction of Anya, the vengence demon, who throws them into a reality world where there is no Buffy.
    Amazing season!! ...more info
  • An original and uniquely entertaining TV series...
    The brainchild of writer Joss Whedon, Buffy The Vampire Slayer originally entered American pop culture as a full-length feature film, starring Kristy Swanson, in 1992. But creator Whedon felt that the project never quite did justice to the full scope of his vision, so he managed turn the film into a television series in 1997. The result of Whedon's increased artistic freedom is a series that has enjoyed both critical acclaim and audience notoriety. Nominated for 14 Emmy's during its seven year run, the show managed to win only two (both in 1998 for Outstanding Makeup and Outstanding Music Composition in a television series). Yet, the true success for Buffy The Vampire Slayer is indicated by the massive success of the show's long run, strong DVD sales, and the overwhelming success of the series spin-off Angel...

    Sarah Michelle Gellar plays the title role of Buffy Anne Summers, a teenage girl who stands alone among her generation as the "chosen one" able to "stand against vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness. She is the Slayer..." But Buffy is not alone in fulfilling her destiny as a slayer of vampires. She also receives help from the high school librarian, Rupert Giles (Anthony Stewart Head), who is a Watcher - the one chosen to train and guide slayers on their developmental path. In addition, new friends Willow Rosenberg (Alyson Hannigan - of American Pie fame) and Xander Harris (Nicholas Brendon) quickly uncover the truth of Buffy's destiny, and they often aid her in defending the world against evil forces...

    The Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Season 3) DVD offers a number of exciting episodes including the season premiere "Anne" in which Buffy moves to L.A. and becomes a waitress hoping to forget her old life as a vampire slayer, but when she runs into some old friends, they end up trapped in an alternate dimension ruled by demons. Meanwhile, Willow, Xander, and Oz are doing their best to fight off the vampires in Sunnydale, but without Buffy's powers, they experience only moderate success. When Buffy escapes the alternate dimension, she returns to Sunnydale... Other notable episodes from Season 3 include "Homecoming" in which Cordelia and Buffy become rivals for the title of Homecoming Queen, and "The Wish" in which Cordelia wishes that Buffy had never moved to Sunnydale (when a demon grants the wish, Cordelia's world is turned upside-down)...

    Below is a list of episodes included on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Season 3) DVD:

    Episode 35 (Anne)
    Episode 36 (Dead Man's Party)
    Episode 37 (Faith, Hope, and Trick)
    Episode 38 (Beauty and the Beasts)
    Episode 39 (Homecoming)
    Episode 40 (Band Candy)
    Episode 41 (Revelations)
    Episode 42 (Lover's Walk)
    Episode 43 (The Wish)
    Episode 44 (Amends)
    Episode 45 (Gingerbread)
    Episode 46 (Helpless)
    Episode 47 (The Zeppo)
    Episode 48 (Bad Girls)
    Episode 49 (Consequences)
    Episode 50 (Doppelgangland)
    Episode 51 (Enemies)
    Episode 52 (Earshot)
    Episode 53 (Choices)
    Episode 54 (The Prom)
    Episode 55 (Graduation Day: Part 1)
    Episode 56 (Graduation Day: Part 2)

    The DVD Report...more info
  • After Season Two's Perfection...

    ...comes another great addition to the saga of Buffy Summers. While it isn't as emotional or dramatic as Season Two--(How could it be, Buffy had to kill the only man she ever loved!)--it definitely does not disappoint.

    I believe that Season Three was all about challenges. I mean, everyone assumed that Buffy and Angel would live happily after once he came back, soul in tact... Wrong. Everyone believed that the Buffy and Giles dynamic would remain as it was... Wrong. All Slayers are good and fight evil? WRONG. Now, we all knew this one--Xander will remain a virgin forever... WRONG!

    The thing that kept this Season alive was a lot less corny monsters (Ms. Praying Mantis from Season One, anyone?) and a lot more real drama. The focus of the Season was pretty much on the antagonistic relationship between two Slayers, Buffy and Faith, and how one of them plunges into the darkness to help a demon "ascend" to it's true power.

    And that demon was the bad guy that this Season needed: Mayor Richard Wilkins III. This guy was on the surface a warm man, a nice fellow, and that made his true evil so disturbing. His relationships and actions seem so human, and it truly shows that villains have hearts too: Which is a scary thing.

    We'll have a lot of treats in this season. A slayer fight, a love square (no, not triangle, but square in the very LEAST), a betrayal, a false betrayal, a death or two, and a reappearance from Spike.

    Amazing season.

    PS: Don't let Spike's picture on Disc Six fool you. He's only in one episode in the season.

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  • Keeps getting better
    The third season of Buffy was the best yet. The season-long story arc concerning the Mayor of Sunnydale's preparation for his ascension to full demon-hood was full of twists and turns and benefitted enormously from Harry Groener's exquisite performance, which combined the pseudo-innocence of a 50s sitcom character with the ruthless ambition of a modern Faust. The rocky relationship of Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Angel (David Boreanaz) was developed further and brought to a touching conclusion. New characters that would figure importantly in the future were introduced: rival slayer Faith (Eliza Dushku), erstwhile Watcher Wesley (Alexis Denisof), and vengeance demon Anya (Emma Caulfield). The regulars of the Scooby Gang--Willow (Allison Hannigan), Xander (Nicholas Brendan), Oz (Scott Green), and the Watcher Giles (Anthony Stewart Head)--took turns in the spotlight as their characters underwent important changes as well. With so much going on and all of it so well conceived, there is scarcely a dull moment in this exceptionally strong season.

    Standout episodes include "The Zeppo" (Xander, suffering an inferiority complex, has his own stand-alone adventure while the writers have fun lampooning a typical Buffy-saves-the-world scenario), "The Prom" (despite the lame hellhounds, this touching episode handles teen love and angst better than John Hughes ever did), and "Graduation Day, Parts 1 & 2" (a suitably cataclysmic and emotional end for a great season).
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  • a little to serious
    22: The Zeppo = 6.6/10
    21: Band Candy = 6.9/10
    20: Dead Man's Party = 7.4/10
    19: Choices = 7.6/10
    18: Revelations = 7.7/10
    17: Helpless = 7.9/10
    16: Doppelgangland = 8.4/10
    15: Faith, Hope & Trick = 8.6/10
    14: Bad Girls = 8.8/10
    13: Graduation Day part1 = 9.3/10
    12: Homecoming = 9.4/10
    11: Anne = 9.9/10
    10: Gingerbread = 9.9/10
    09: Concequences = 10/10
    08: Enemies = 10/10
    07: The Wish = 10/10
    06: The Prom = 10/10
    05: Graduation Day part2 = 10/10
    04: Lover's Walk = 10/10
    03: Beauty and The Beasts = 10/10
    02: Earshot = 11/10
    01: Amends = 15/10

    2 episodes above the 10
    this season isn't as strong and magical as the second one.
    it's just more what taste someone has, this was to me a little to real. a little to serious.
    but still it had the magic and non under the six
    it's about Buffy growing up and graduating, very recommended. ...more info
  • Very Good Season of Buffy
    not as good as seasons 1, 2 and 4, but still super!...more info
  • the season that started my addiction
    my roommate...oh so many years ago...first got me hooked to the rediculous 'buffy the vampire slayer'.... are you kidding? people actually watch that show who are over the age of 12? Yes. And I am one of them. the convert....more info
  • "A proper bit of violence."
    It always warms the cuckles of me non-beating heart to watch Buffy's Third Season. I've always thought the 56 episodes which have our heroes based out of Sunnydale High School were the best this great series produced, because amidst all the humor and horror and high drama the show's writers always managed to pack in the everyday details of life at 17: the painful (and usually unsuccessful) quest for popularity and acceptance; the awkwardness of being almost-but-not-quite-grown up; the struggle to define your identity; the feeling that the system is stacked against you now and e'er shall be; and the love-triangles that inevitably stick a pointy end in somebody's ticker. The truth is always the best fiction, and while your high school may not have had vampires prowling the hallways, five will get ya ten it had Cordelia.

    What distinguished Buffy from most other TV shows was its consistency. During these early years nearly every episode is an A and even the very occasional clunker usually has enough shiny moments to get a wink and a nod. In Season Three, only one outing really rang false for me - the forced and desultory "Dead Man's Party" - and even that its moments.

    Of course no discussion of S 3 would be possible without talking about its twin heavies, Faith and Mayor Richard Wilkins III. As the unstable and vicious renegade Slayer, Eliza Dushku brings the kind of scene-stealing negative chemistry which the show's best story arcs always thrived on. Harry Groener, on the other hand, gave a brilliant and hilarious performance as a sort of evil Ned Flanders, whimsically gollying and aw-shucksing his way to demonhood. These two had a fine chemistry and an almost touching father-daughter dynamic which mirrored that of Buffy and Giles.

    The best of the best:

    "Homecoming" - Feeling like she's failed to make her mark at Sunnydale High, Buffy challenges Cordelia for the tiara unaware that a posse of mercenary killers is planning to make trophies of her and the newly-arrived Faith. Charisma Carpenter, whose character had softened somewhat while dating Xander, dusts off her hilariously cruel A-game bitchiness in response, and Xander and Willow finally, finally lock lips in a beautifully written and acted scene that caps two years of subtly increasing tension. This episode has the funniest ending since the "Oedipus" bit at the end of S 1's "The Puppet Show."

    "Band Candy" - Writers use the term "Maguffin" to describe a plot device which furthers the story. In this case the Maguffin is possessed cocco-riffic chocolate bars which make adults revert back to their adolescence. The scenes between the dippy gum-chewing Joyce and a cigarette-smoking, Cockney-speaking Giles are absolutely hilarious. Armin Shimmerman is also great playing Snyder as the kid everybody loved to ditch.

    "Lover's Walk" - James Marsters was in only one episode of this season, yet managed to wreak two seasons worth of havoc. By the time Spike leaves town, drunkenly bellowing out the lyrics to the Clash's rendition of Sinatra's "My Way", the relationship of every couple on the show is in ruins. This show has superb writing even by BtVS standards: Spike's cruelty, his drunken self pity and his surprisingly brilliant observations about love are all first class.

    "The Wish" - This is a fantastic episode which, thanks to Cordelia, has our heroes living in an alternate universe where Buffy never came to Sunnydale and the Master reigns supreme. Mark Metcalf always played this character with a kind of whimsical genius and he's on the top of his game as the playfully evil supreme vampire. Nicky Brendon and Allyson Hannigan are scene-stealing as leather-clad vampire versions of their regular-world selves. Also the first appearance of Emma Caulfield's Anya.

    "Amends" - The ghosts of Angelus' past victims, including Robia LaMorte's Jenny Calendar, show up to torment him on Christmas Eve, but all is not as it appears. I loved the showdown scenes between David Boreanaz and Anthony Head and also the tearjerker between Boreanaz and Sarah Gellar on the bluffs outside of town. Most Christmas episodes descend into schmaltz, but this one avoids that fate. Also marks the first appearance of, well, the First Evil, which returns as the Big Bad in Season Seven.

    "The Zeppo" - Xander is probably my favorite character in the B-verse, and this clever episode, which intertwines real and red-herring plots, reminded me of why. Struggling to be taken seriously by his super-empowered friends, we follow Xander through "one of those days" that could only happen in Sunnydale.

    "Doppelgangland" - A sort of sequel to "The Wish" has the alternate-universe Willow show up in Sunnydale to wreak havoc and make her alter-ego very, very uncomfortable. Great work by Allyson Hannigan as the God-isn't-it-great-to-be-evil sexually depraved vamp.

    I also thought "Anne", "Helpless", "Earshot" and "The Prom" were very fine pieces of work, but really the season has too many great moments to list. The additions of Caulfield and Alexis Denisoff as Wesley Wyndam-Price were icing on a very big cake. So leave it to Oz to come up with the perfect epitaph for the first three seasons: "Guys, take a moment to deal with this. We survived."

    Buffy: "It was a hell of a battle."

    Oz: "Not the battle. High school."
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  • Season 3 is great!
    I found season three of Buffy to be addicting. This season concludes the Buffy/Angel chapter and the "big bad" was one of the "scooby gang". It had episodes that made you want to cry and others that wanted you to join the fight such as "prom" and "graduation part one and two". This season shows Buffy becoming more of an adult and the difficult decisions she must make. I think this is one of the best seasons...more info
  • Buffy
    I was a late comer to this series and this was the season that got me terminally hooked....more info
  • Good but for the merchandise itself.
    I received my 3rd set of Buffy in the mail a day before it was do, which impressed me. However, last night, as I was going through it, I noticed that, while disks four and five have different artwork, they are the same. I don't know how I would go about having this problem fixed, since I no longer have the shipping sheet. Overall, I'd give amazon a 5, but the slim-set a 3, making it a 4...more info
  • Buffy the Vampier Slayer
    Two of the disk were bad, one had scratchs and would not play. We thought the DVD set was new there was no indication that they had be used before. Not happy, I will not order DVD' or CD's from Amazon again...more info