Friends-Series 8: Collector's Edition (2001) (NTSC)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
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
Featurette-Gunther Spills The Beans
Game-Joey's Game Show Challenge
|Year Of Production||2001|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Multi Disc Set (4)
|Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4||Directed By||
Kevin S. Bright
Warner Home Video
Courteney Cox Arquette
|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|
|Video Format||480i (NTSC)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
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.
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.
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.
|Surround Channel Use|
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.
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.
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.
Friends is great fun - and holds up to many repeated viewings.
The video is fine.
The audio is excellent.
The extras are OK.
|DVD||Yamaha DVR-S100, using Component output|
|Display||Sony 76cm Widescreen Trinitron TV. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD Player, Dolby Digital and DTS. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.|
|Amplification||Yamaha DVR-S100 (built in)|
|Speakers||Yamaha NX-S100S 5 speakers, Yamaha SW-S100 160W subwoofer|