Friends-Series 8: Collector's Edition (2001) (NTSC)

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Released 31-May-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-Episode Preview
Audio Commentary-The One Where Rachel Tells, The One With The Videotape
Audio Commentary-The One Where Rachel Gives Birth
Listing-Cast & Crew
Featurette-Friends Of Friends Part III
Outtakes
Featurette-Gunther Spills The Beans
Game-Joey's Game Show Challenge
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 500:00
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Sided
Multi Disc Set (4)
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4 Directed By Kevin S. Bright
Sheldon Epps
Gary Halvorson
David Schwimmer
Studio
Distributor

Warner Home Video
Starring Jennifer Aniston
Courteney Cox Arquette
Lisa Kudrow
Matt LeBlanc
Matthew Perry
David Schwimmer
Case Gatefold
RPI $49.95 Music None Given


Video (NTSC) Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 5.0 (448Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 480i (NTSC)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
French
Spanish
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Could we analyse Friends any more? Could we attempt to dissect why it was so popular, particularly after 9/11 and it became the TV version of comfort food? Could we ask ourselves any more about how it was that Ross became increasingly annoying, how Rachel managed to have great hair all the time, how Chandler and Monica managed to fall in love in spite of his dry wit and her neuroses, and how Phoebe managed to be...Phoebe? I really don't think so.

    It is generally accepted that at the halfway mark of the show's record-breaking ten seasons the quality began to fall. I sometimes think that it is necessary for people to claim shows decline in quality at some point near to their conclusion, even if there is no real reason to. Sure the freshness goes, but most shows evolve (as Friends did) and become safe and comfortable viewing for the fans.

    The biggest 'one with' in this season is the twofer finale where Rachel has Ross' baby, but there are plenty of laughs from beginning (the aftermath of Chandler and Monica's wedding) to end. Season 8 might not be as brilliantly sharp as earlier seasons (some think it is the weakest link in the chain) but it is still a lot of fun.

Episode List:
 

  • The One After "I Do"
     
  • The One With The Red Sweater
     
  • The One Where Rachel Tells...
     
  • The One With The Videotape
     
  • The One With Rachel's Date
     
  • The One With The Halloween Party
     
  • The One With The Stain
     
  • The One With The Stripper
     
  • The One With The Rumor
     
  • The One With Monica's Boots
     
  • The One With The Creepy Holiday Card (a.k.a. The One With Ross's Step Forward)
     
  • The One Where Joey Dates Rachel
     
  • The One Where Chandler Takes A Bath
     
  • The One With The Secret Closet
     
  • The One With The Birthing Video
     
  • The One Where Joey Tells Rachel
     
  • The One With The Tea Leaves
     
  • The One In Massapequa (a.k.a. The One With The Zesty Guy)
     
  • The One With Joey's Interview
     
  • The One With The Baby Shower
     
  • The One With The Cooking Class
     
  • The One Where Rachel Is Late
     
  • The One Where Rachel Has A Baby (1)
     
  • The One Where Rachel Has A Baby (2)
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    Transfer Quality

    Video

        As expected, the video quality of successive seasons improves quite significantly, with this eighth season looking the best of the lot. It is presented at its original aspect ratio of 1.33:1, obviously without 16x9 enhancement. This is an NTSC transfer!

        Sharpness levels are uniformly good without being fantastic, with commendable levels of shadow detail.

        Colours are well controlled and look terrific. Skin tones look good.

        There are some instances of grain but nothing like in earlier seasons. Compression artefacts are also kept to a relative minimum.

        Aliasing and other film to video artefacts are also limited.

        Film artefacts are absolutely minimal.

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    Audio

        There is one audio track on offer, English Dolby Digital 5.0.

        Audio sync is terrific.

        Dialogue is clear and easy to understand.

        There were no dropouts, clicks or other audio blemishes to speak of.

        The surrounds and subwoofer don't get much to do at all apart from offering some music.

    Audio Ratings Summary
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    Extras

    Producer's Commentary on Three Episodes

        3 commentaries with executive producers Kevin S. Bright, Marta Kauffman, and David Crane. "The One Where Rachel Tells Ross" (Disc 1), "The One with the Videotape" (Disc 1), and "The One Where Rachel has a Baby" (Disc 4). They are interesting and energetic, but it would have been nice to have the cast members do one.

    Friends Of Friends Video Guestbook

        In keeping with tradition - short clips of interviews with actors in supporting roles on the show. Runs about 20 minutes and is good fun.

    Gag Reel

        9 minutes of unscripted fun and games. You wish you worked on a show like this.

    Joey's Game Show Challenge

        A game that is way too much effort to play - especially after watching all the episodes.

    Gunther Spills The Beans About Next Season

        A fun little two minutes where Gunther offers a few little tidbits.

    R4 vs R1

    NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

        This is identical to the Region 1 release, so opt for the cheaper version.

    Summary

        Friends is great fun - and holds up to many repeated viewings.

        The video is fine.

        The audio is excellent.

        The extras are OK.

    Ratings (out of 5)

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    © Scott Murray (Dont read my bio - it's terrible.)
    Wednesday, March 29, 2006
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    DVDYamaha DVR-S100, using Component output
    DisplaySony 76cm Widescreen Trinitron TV. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable.
    Audio DecoderBuilt in to DVD Player, Dolby Digital and DTS. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.
    AmplificationYamaha DVR-S100 (built in)
    SpeakersYamaha NX-S100S 5 speakers, Yamaha SW-S100 160W subwoofer

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