Apr 252013
 

The second season of “Friends” is actually better than the first with some great storylines, like the Ross/Rachel relationship getting ratcheted up and Monica getting involved with an older man. The comedy is gold and you begin to see how the series would run as long as it did. 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 Second Season (1995-96)


REVIEW NAVIGATION

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

 

Genre(s): Comedy
Warner Bros. | NR – 544 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:
Guest Star Clips, Music Video
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 – 4.5/5

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

Overview (from back cover): Season two serves up plenty of laughs and love as Rachel (JENNIFER ANISTON) attempts to become more than friends with Ross (DAVID SCHWIMMER), Joey’s (MATT LEBLANC) acting career takes off and Monica (COURTNEY COX-ARQUETTE) begins dating a divorced older man (guest star TOM SELLECK).

SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.0/5

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.

Friends of Friends (11:12; SD) features cameo appearances from season two.

What’s Up With Your Friends? (7:50; SD) are a set of clips from the show with each of the main characters. So yeah, it’s pretty pointless.

Smelly Cat Video (1:49; SD)

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 – 3.0/5

Overall, the second season of “Friends” is actually better than the first with some great storylines, like the Ross/Rachel relationship getting ratcheted up and Monica getting involved with an older man. The comedy is gold and you begin to see how the series would run as long as it did. 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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