Friends-Series 3-Volume 2-Episodes 9-16 (1996)

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Released 9-Oct-2000

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Music Video-I'll Be There For You-The Rembrandts
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 1996
Running Time 175:34
RSDL / Flipper Dual Sided Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Kevin S. Bright
Terry Hughes
Robbie Benson
James Burrows
Studio
Distributor

Warner Home Video
Starring Jennifer Aniston
Courtney Cox
Lisa Kudrow
Matt LeBlanc
Matthew Perry
David Schwimmer
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $29.95 Music Michael Skloff


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
French
Finnish
Danish
Swedish
Norwegian
Dutch
Icelandic
English for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, opening credits continue over action

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Plot Synopsis

    This is the second volume of Friends episodes from Series 3. I reviewed the first volume of this series a little while back; you'll find that review here. This volume also contains 8 episodes. The episodes on this disc are:

    The closing double episode is a bit sad, particularly the ending, but there are some classic moments amongst this lot. Phoebe gets some good moments - her concern over Christmas trees not getting a chance to fulfil their destiny; her date with Sergei, the diplomat with a translator; her confrontation with her former singing partner (who left her to write advertising jingles). Joey has his share, too: lying on his resume about his dancing skills, and consequently being asked to demonstrate them; putting books in the freezer when they get too scary; chatting with Chandler about the possibility of sharing a girl. Then again, all of them get moments - I wonder if they have a roster?

    These are some classic episodes, and there are good laughs in each one.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    Just like the first volume of this series, the video quality is not fabulous. Shot on video in 1997, it is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced. That's the original aspect ratio.

    The image is soft, but acceptable. Shadow detail is not bad at all. There's no visible low-level noise. There was a hint of edge enhancement on one or two shots, but you really had to look to notice it.

    There is some noticeable aliasing, but it is not bad enough to annoy. There are no other MPEG artefacts, and no film artefacts.

    Colour is fine - well-saturated, with the merest hint of colour bleed on a bright red jumper Joey wears in the sixth episode.

    There are subtitles in several languages. I only checked those in English; there are standard English subtitles, and English subtitles for the Hearing Impaired. I looked at both, and there is very little difference between the two. The font used is clear, and the subtitles are in white with a black border, making them easy to read against any background. Their placement varies a lot. While most of them are towards the bottom of the picture, there are some placed high, and others in the middle - I've not seen that before, and it looked a bit odd, but it worked OK.

    The disc is double-sided and single-layered with four episodes on each side. No layer change. I'd rather they used a single-sided dual-layer disc, because those are easier to handle, but it's no biggie.



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Audio

    There is only one soundtrack, which is English in Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo.

    Dialogue is clear and comprehensible, which is critical on such a dialogue-driven show. I didn't see any problems with audio sync.

    The music is by Michael Skloff. We don't watch this show for the music - it's mostly limited to a bar or two between scenes. 

    The surrounds and subwoofer are not used by this soundtrack.



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Extras

    Oh, excitement! We have the same extra on this disc as on the previous one. And again we have it twice (once on each side of the disc). 

Menu

    The menu system is static and silent. It is simple and easy to use, but not exciting.

Music Video

    Gosh, the music video of the Rembrandts performing the theme song, "assisted" by the cast - where have I seen that before? Oh, yeah, on the previous disc. Something new, something fresh, might be nice...

R4 vs R1

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

    Let's be glad we live in Region 4, where we have Buffy on DVD, and where they release entire seasons of a show. In Region 1, as far as I can tell, they have only "The Best of Friends" discs, containing selected episodes, and thus missing out on the slow development of multi-episode plot elements.

Summary

    These are good episodes. I'd recommend getting the first volume, first, though.

    The video quality is fair, not fabulous.

    The audio quality is fine.

    There is the same extra, twice, again.

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© Tony Rogers (bio-degrading: making a fool of oneself in a bio...)
Monday, September 03, 2001
Review Equipment
DVDArcam DV88, using Component output
DisplaySony VPH-G70 CRT Projector, QuadScan Elite scaler (Tripler), ScreenTechnics 110. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationDenon AVC-A1SE
SpeakersFront Left and Right: Krix Euphonix, Centre: Krix KDX-C Rears: Krix KDX-M, Subwoofer: Krix Seismix 5

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