Apr 252013
 

The first season of “Friends” is funny and has some great storylines. Often times, when series with ensemble casts start, they have a difficult time devoting time to each character but in this case the premiere was fantastic and the success continued through the season finale. The Blu-ray is light in features but the video and audio transfers are on the acceptable level and are on par with what’s seen on TBS syndication.

 

 

 


“Friends”: The Complete First Season (1994-95)


REVIEW NAVIGATION

The Movie
| Special Features | Video Quality | Audio Quality | Overall

 

Genre(s): Comedy
Warner Bros. | NR – 542 min. – $25.98 | April 30, 2013

MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Various
Writer(s): David Crane & Marta Kauffman (created by)
Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox-Arquette, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer

DISC INFO:
Features:
Pilot Commentary, Guest Stars Clips, Season 2 Trailer, UltraViolet
Number of Discs: 2

Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C


THE SEASON – 4.25/5

To read my thoughts on the series, click here for my review of “The Complete Series” Blu-ray.

Overview (from back cover): Revisit the first year in which Rachel (JENNIFER ANISTON), Monica (COURTNEY COX ARQUETTE), Phoebe (LISA KUDROW), Joey (MATT LEBLANC), Chandler (MATTHEW PERRY) and Ross (DAVID SCHWIMMER) charmed audiences worldwide.

SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.5/5

This release comes with a side-opened slip cover. It is a standard 2-disc case and inside is a download code for the UltraViolet Digital Copy.

Episode Commentary by Executive Producers Kevin S. Bright, Maria Kauffman and David Crane on ‘The Pilot’ (or ‘The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate’)

Friends of Friends (8:33) cover the various guest stars that appeared throughout the first season from Hank Azaria to George Clooney to Fisher Stevens. Nothing particularly interesting as it’s just clips of the guest stars (in full frame mode).

The One with the Trailer of Season 2 (1:17) is just that, a preview for the second season DVD release. Much to fans schagrine, the announcer also mentions the “never before seen” footage which, well, isn’t included in this set.

VIDEO – 3.5/5

Originally aired on television in 4:3 full frame, the series received a spiff and nifty 1.78 widescreen remaster which has been airing on TBS for many years. Now “Friends” makes its debut on Blu-ray with a not-so-pristine transfer but it’s no doubt an upgrade over its DVD counterpart. The picture here doesn’t look great but is certainly more than acceptable even if the detail levels aren’t the sharpest.

AUDIO – 3.0/5

I’ve got good news and bad news, which do you want first? Alright, I’ll give the bad news: the episodes only get standard Dolby Digital 5.1 lossy tracks rather than DTS-HD MA. I assume the reason is the audio couldn’t get much better and as such, a DD5.1 track would be sufficient. And there’s the good news because it is sufficient.


OVERALL – 3.25/5

Overall, the first season of “Friends” is funny and has some great storylines. Often times, when series with ensemble casts start, they have a difficult time devoting time to each character but in this case the premiere was fantastic and the success continued through the season finale. The Blu-ray is light in features but the video and audio transfers are on the acceptable level and are on par with what’s seen on TBS syndication.

 

 

Published: 04/25/2013

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