TV on Blu-ray: The Complete Friends Collection
Chandler, Monica, Joey, Phoebe, Ross and Rachel made up the hugely successful sitcom, Friends which ran from 1994 till 2004. With 236 episodes, 90 hours of laughs, 21 Blu-ray discs, and 17 hours of bonus features, The Complete Series on Blu-ray is just in time for the holiday season.
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox. Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer gave us some of the best moments in sitcom history. The One with Joey’s Bag, The One with Ross’ Teeth, The One with the Holiday Armadillo, and The One with Joey’s New Brain are all included in this highly anticipated Blu-ray collection. Friends will always be remembered for having such a stellar cast with unforgettable TV moments.
Additional Bonus Features: Disc 21
1) Friends from the Start (HD, 28 minutes): The first of three high definition documentaries, “Friends from the Start” finds crucial members of the crew and a handful of supporting actors — executive producers Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane, director James Burrows, network executive Warren Littlefield, former president of Warner Bros. Television Leslie Moonves, producer Todd Stevens, art director John Shaffner, costume designer Debra McGuire, and actors Elliott Gould, Christina Pickles, Melora Hardin and James Michael Tyler — coming together eight years after the end of the series to discuss the genesis of the show, its development, sets, storylines, characters and more. It’s a great retrospective, but the main cast is sadly MIA. No Aniston, Perry, Cox, Kudrow, LeBlanc or Schwimmer, except in the endless clips that litter the proceedings.
2) When Friends Become Family (HD, 29 minutes): Bright, Kauffman, Crane, Burrows, Littlefield, Stevens, Shaffner, McGuire, Gould, Pickles, Hardin and Tyler return — along with writer Greg Malins, audience warm-up artist Jim Bentley and actors Maggie Wheeler, Bonnie Somerville and Alexandra Holden — to cover the show’s runaway success, its ongoing evolution, and the secret behind its endurance and influence. Still no sign of the main cast, though, which would have rocketed the 21st disc’s documentaries to heights unknown.
3) The Legacy of Friends (HD, 11 minutes): “If you know it’s the end, you’re writing toward a finish line.” This tenth and final season retrospective brings satisfying closure to the documentaries, although without any fresh faces. Even so, it’s a nice, heartfelt trip back through time.
4) Friends on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (SD, 22 minutes): Jay sits down with Schwimmer, LeBlanc and Matthew Perry (in Central Perk no less) moments after the actors watched the final episode for the first time. A few minutes later, he invites Aniston, Kudrow and Courtney Cox into the spotlight. Finally, with six minutes to spare, the entire cast shares the stage.
5) Music Video (SD, 3 minutes): “I’ll Be There for You,” courtesy of The Rembrandts.
6) The One Where Rachel Tells Ross (SD, 23 minutes): Shortly after 9/11, a pre-recorded scene with a bomb joke left the producers with little choice but to alter the episode in which it appeared. For the first time, see the original producer’s version of “The One Where Rachel Tells Ross” and read the original script.
7) Gag Reel (SD, 7 minutes): “The One with Never-Before-Seen Gags.”
8) Friends Visits The Ellen DeGeneres Show (SD, 16 minutes): Daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres welcomes Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer (separately but in good spirits).
The official press release can be seen here.
With the holiday season approaching, expect to see more special editions of your favourite TV shows, movies, and concerts on Blu-ray.
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