Judge David Johnson is looking forward to the next release, Friends—The One with All the Sarcastic Retorts. It's like 12 discs long.
Our reviews of Friends: The Complete First Season (published June 11th, 2002), Friends: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray) (published May 7th, 2013), Friends: The Complete Second Season (published September 16th, 2002), Friends: The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray) (published May 7th, 2013), Friends: The Complete Third Season (published June 18th, 2003), Friends: The Complete Fourth Season (published August 8th, 2003), Friends: The Complete Eighth Season (published February 2nd, 2005), Friends: The Complete Ninth Season (published May 18th, 2005), Friends: The Complete Tenth Season (published November 28th, 2005), Friends: The Complete Series (Blu-ray) (published November 26th, 2012), Friends: The Complete Series Collection (published January 24th, 2007), Friends: The One With All The Babies (published April 26th, 2006), and Friends: The One With All The Weddings (published May 10th, 2006) are also available.
"I think, you know what, listen, listen…a pigeon…no, no,
wait, an eagle flew in, landed on the stove, and caught fire! The baby, seeing
this, jumps across the apartment to the mighty bird's aid! The eagle, however,
misconstrues this as an act of aggression, and grabs the baby in its talon!
Meanwhile, the faucet fills the apartment with water! Baby and bird, still
ablaze, are locked in a death-grip, swirling around the whirlpool that fills the
Here we have another batch of similarly-themed Friends episodes from Warner Brothers, giving us the misadventures of Rachel (Jennifer Aniston, Derailed), Monica (Courtney Cox), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), Chandler (Matthew Perry), Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Ross (David Schwimmer). These bite-sized compilations offer six episodes at a time, all of which gain membership because of their respective subject matter. The common thread this go-round? Birthdays! Let us commence:
• "The One with Two Parties"
• "The One Where Chandler Can't Remember Which
• "The One Where Rachel Smokes"
• "The One Where They All Turn Thirty"
• "The One with Phoebe's Birthday Party"
• "The One with the Cake"
All in all, a nice cross-section of episodes. I'm still not sure who the precise target audience is for these releases, but I have a feeling it can broken into two groups: 1) rabid, Friends enthusiasts or 2) casual fans unwilling to fork over the moolah for the complete sets. Maybe there's another demographic floating around out there; if they do indeed exist, I think they'll enjoy this selection of sharp sitcom wit.
Unfortunately, the presentation is lacking. On the technical side of things, the full frame and 5.0 surround mix are up to the task, but AWOL extras hurts. The last one of these discs I reviewed (The One With all the Babies) featured episodic commentary by the creators. Nothing of the sort here. The disc case does make mention of previously unaired footage, but it must have been only a negligible handful of minutes.
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