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|Category||Comedy||Music Video-I'll Be There For You-The Rembrandts|
Warner Home Video
Matt Le Blanc
Ian Christian Nickus
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English (Dolby Digital 2.0, 192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||Yes, occasionally|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, every episode has action during the end credits|
I can't believe that it has been almost two months since I last watched a Friends DVD, but there you have it - time flies when you are having fun, I guess. It was a pleasure to return to this collection of episodes, which keep up the comedic standard set by previous episodes. Interestingly, it seems as if all 8 episodes on this DVD were directed by the same director, Michael Lembeck, in sharp contrast to previous episodes which tended to be directed by a series of directors. Once again, guest stars are prominent, with Adam Goldberg and Charlie Sheen featuring in episodes on this DVD.
The episodes on this DVD are Episodes 17 - 24 of Series 2.
The One Where Eddie Moves In (21:47). Joey has now moved into his new apartment, but he misses Chandler. Chandler also misses Joey, but is convinced to take on a new room-mate, Eddie (Adam Goldberg), much to Joey's chagrin. This particular storyline is very funny indeed and very well written, putting a nice twist on a familiar theme. Phoebe gets to record Smelly Cat, but the music video doesn't quite turn out the way she planned. Ross spends a lot of time in Monica & Rachel's apartment, leading to lots of brother and sister conflicts.
The One Where Dr Ramoray Dies (21:44). As the title suggests, Joey's Days Of Our Lives character is killed off. Meanwhile, Chandler discovers that Eddie is somewhat high-strung and paranoid. Monica, Richard, Rachel and Ross become hung up over how many other partners they have each had.
The One Where Eddie Won't Go (21:51). Joey's extravagant lifestyle catches up with him now that he is out of work, and so he wants to move back in with Chandler. Meanwhile, Chandler demands that Eddie move out, but he won't go, a problem Chandler solves in his own unique way. The girls get hold of a new age book, Be Your Own Windkeeper, and overenthusiastically apply its philosophies to their own lives.
The One Where Old Yeller Dies (21:33). Phoebe sees the end of Old Yeller for the first time, since her mother censored the ending for her when she was younger, and is shocked. Chandler and Joey go out with Richard to a basketball game, initially reluctantly, but later become enthusiastic about their relationship.
The One With The Bullies (22:03). Ross and Chandler are scared away from the coffee shop by some bullies. Phoebe resolves again to meet her father, but plans go awry once again. Monica becomes addicted to the stockmarket, and has to take on a job at a cheesy diner when she runs out of money.
The One With The Two Parties (21:50). Rachel's birthday party turns into two parties when both of her (feuding) parents show up.
The One With The Chicken Pox (21:56). Guest starring Charlie Sheen as Ryan, this episode sees Phoebe's occasional partner return from 8 months at sea. Unfortunately, Phoebe gets chicken pox just as he is due to arrive. Chandler gets Joey a job as a processor, and Joey swings into the part of Joseph the Processor with excessive vigour.
The One With Barry And Mindy's Wedding (21:48). Joey is frustrated because an audition he goes for requires him to kiss another male, so he desperately tries to get as much practice as he can. Barry and Mindy's wedding sees Rachel attend as Mindy's bridesmaid, but steal the limelight, not entirely for the right reasons. Monica and Richard see differently about wanting children. Chandler meets a woman he corresponded with on the Internet, only to find out that she is... I guess you'll have to watch the episode to find out who she is.
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. It is not 16x9 enhanced. Four episodes are present on each side of the DVD, which is not clearly labelled in regards to which side is which.
The transfer is generally quite soft-looking although perfectly watchable. Some minor grain is visible at times in the backgrounds of images, but this never becomes distracting. Shadow detail is limited, as all of these episodes are staged on well-lit sets. Low level noise is not an issue.
As with previously-reviewed DVDs, the colours in this transfer were strongly saturated without ever becoming oversaturated or bleeding.
MPEG artefacts were not an issue for this transfer.
Neither was aliasing nor film artefacts.
The dialogue was clear and easy to understand at all times. Some very slight distortion rarely affects the dialogue without it impacting on intelligibility during The One With Barry And Mindy's Wedding.
Audio sync was marginal at several points during the transfer, such as in Joey's apartment during The One Where Dr Ramoray Dies, from around the 18:00 mark and at the start of The One Where Old Yeller Dies. Other than these points, audio sync was fine.
The score by Michael Skloff and Ian Christian Nickus was mainly limited to the opening theme of the series, but additional musical cues found their way into the score at times, particularly during The One With The Two Parties, which prominently featured party-type music.
The surround channel was not utilized at all, with
this being strictly a stereo mix. Audience laughter and applause and background
music was all that made their way into the left or right channels, with
dialogue being centred at all times other than for a brief and disconcerting
stereo vocal effect during the end credits of The One Where Eddie Moves
In. The subwoofer had nothing to do except during The One With The
Two Parties, where it added substantial and unexpected bottom end to
the party music.
|Surround Channel Use|
© Michael Demtschyna
(read my bio)
24th January 2001
|DVD||Start SD-2010VNK, using S-Video output|
|Display||Loewe Art-95 95cm direct view CRT in 4:3 mode, via the S-Video input. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital AddOn Decoder, used as a standalone processor. Denon AVD-1000 DTS AddOn Decoder, used as a standalone processor. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials and the NTSC DVD version of The Ultimate DVD Demo Disc Platinum.|
|Amplification||EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifier for Left & Right Front; Marantz MA6100 125W per channel monoblock amplifiers for Left & Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer|
|Speakers||Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Hsu Research TN-1220HO subwoofer|