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Angel Season 1 coming to R1 in February

According to DVD File, Fox have scheduled a Region 1 release of the first season of Buffy spin-off Angel for 11 February 2003. This is much sooner than expected - it was thought that syndication issues in the US would prevent Angel appearing on DVD there for several years, despite its release elsewhere in the world.

Extras will include audio commentaries by Joss Whedon, David Greenwalt and Jane Espenson, and four making-of featurettes - likely to be the same as those included in the Region 2/4 release. What is unclear at the moment is what aspect ratio the show will be presented in. Although the series was filmed in 16:9 from the outset, the R2 DVD release of the first season was in 4:3 (unlike subsequent seasons). Let's hope that Fox manage to source some widescreen masters for the American release.

One final point: retail price will be $59.95. As with Buffy, this is approximately half what we are charged here in the UK.

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