20th Century Fox celebrates Joss Whedon series anniversaries with new releases of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly

Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Buffy Summers is an ageless heroine.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one series you can revisit, find something new, and marvel at the dialogue of Joss Whedon’s greatest character, greatest writing, and greatest production, over and over.  And yet somehow Buffy, the series, turned 20 this year.  Twentieth Century Fox is rewarding fans of the series by releasing a new boxed set of all seven seasons of the series next month.  The 39-disc DVD set contains all 144 episodes of one of the smartest, funniest, and action-filled series, featuring arguably the greatest heroine of all.  Unfortunately, no Blu-ray release appears to be in the works yet.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Series 20th Anniversary Edition DVD Boxed Set will include some extra features, which might entice fans who have purchased previous editions of the series.  It includes a Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic book from Dark Horse Comics featuring an exclusive variant cover and “coloring sheet.”  Seasons 1-7 also include special features material from prior releases.

But Buffy the Vampire Slayer is not the only series from Joss Whedon celebrating an anniversary this year and getting a new boxed set.  Firefly turned 15 this year, and Twentieth Century Fox is issuing a Blu-ray anniversary edition for Browncoats everywhere.  This boxed set will also be released next month and it features some new inserts, including a Firefly poster and collectible character cards.

In addition to all 14 episodes of the series, the Firefly 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Boxed Set, includes a Making of Firefly featurette, a Firefly cast roundtable featuring Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, and Ron Glass, a focus on the ship titled Serenity: The 10th Character, deleted scenes, Alan Tudyk’s audition, Joss Whedon singing the Firefly theme, Joss Whedon touring the set, and a gag reel.

You can pre-order Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Series 20th Anniversary Edition DVD Boxed Set now here at Amazon (currently at a 30% discount as of August 22).  The Firefly 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Boxed Set has not yet listed pre-order information at Amazon (but check here for updates).

Both new anniversary boxed sets will be issued September 19, 2017.

C.J. Bunce

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