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Friends: Season 1 [Blu-ray] [Import]

4.7 out of 5 stars 152 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, German, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: German, English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: April 30 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 152 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B005SJGIV8
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This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. As its ratings following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, illustrated, Friends has matured into television's most beloved comfort show. The peerless ensemble--Jennifer Aniston, a pre-Arquette Courtney Cox, Emmy winner Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer--makes a lasting first impression in the first season's 24 episodes, which are presented chronologically on four discs. The perky "Pilot" introduces unlucky-in-love Monica, runaway bride Rachel, sad sack Ross, New Age ditz Phoebe, wise guy Chandler, and womanizer Joey. The focus of the first season is Ross's unrequited love for Rachel, but we have these moments to remember: the arrival of Marcel the monkey ("The One with the Monkey"); Monica, Rachel, and Phoebe's "cleansing ritual" ("The One with the Candy Hearts"); the escalating game of shower peek-a-boo ("The One with the Boobies"); Joey as Al Pacino's butt double ("The One with the Butt"); Ross taking lessons from Joey in how to "talk dirty" ("The One with the Stoned Guy"); former "Must-See TV" stars Helen Hunt and George Clooney ("The One with Two Parts"); and Chandler spilling the beans to Rachel about Ross's feelings for her ("The One Where Rachel Finds Out"). Though its devoted fans can recite these episodes chapter and verse, Friends maintains its sparkle through repeat viewings, a testament to the sharp writing as well as the cast's lightning-in-a-bottle chemistry and lived-in performances. The episodes are presented uncut and extended, with previously unseen dialogue and scenes. And those who hate Friends and would like to drown the characters in the opening credits' fountain are directed to the episode "The One with the Boobies," in which guest star Fisher Stevens hilariously nails the "dysfunctional group dynamic ... co-dependent, emotionally stunted, sitting in your stupid coffeehouse and you're all like, 'Define me, define me.'" --Donald Liebenson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Special Features

Among the set's special features are an informative "Pilot" episode commentary by the show's creators, who at one point reveal that Monica was originally conceived as a Janeane Garafalo type (how's that for a road not traveled?). More obsessed fans can take a virtual tour of coffee shop Central Perk, the center of the Friends universe, or match wits with the "How Well Do You Know Your Friends?" trivia quiz. --Donald Liebenson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: DVD
I don't watch TV a lot unless it's really good, funny and entertaining. Friends has all these qualities and more. I am so glad they came up with all the seasons on DVD so that I can sit and watch them whenever I please.

This is by far the best sitcom ever created, plus they're not expensive to buy compared to other box sets. You will get hours of laughs guaranteed with all the cast members of Friends!

Don't hesitate to buy this season or any of the seasons for that matter. You will not regret your decision, I know I didn't.
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I'm going to be honest. I did not start watching Friends until the 4th season. I kept hearing people talk about the show and I got curious and decided to catch a few episodes. When the show came on in syndication I tried to catch the shows I missed. Which is why I'm excited the show is on DVD as full season sets. I keep seeing people post that it's a waste of money to buy a show on DVD that you can see on TV in syndication. I thought so too at first, but when you end up seeing the same episodes in syndication over, and over, you begin to miss episodes that are not shown on television. Having the show on DVD means I can see certain episodes when I want, and see them COMMERICAL FREE.
Rachel, Monica, Joey, Chandler, Phoebe and Ross will be allowed into our living rooms for the rest of our lives. It's fun to watch the series from the beginning, and watch how the characters evolve, and their styles change. Ross spent season 1 being depressed about his wife being a lesbian, and facing the facts he would share parenting roles with the ex and the lover. You watch the show, and you laugh more and more with each episode.
My SUPER favorites episodes are(because I enjoy all of them):
1. The one with the East German Laundry Detergent
2. The one with the boobies
3. The one with the fake monica
4. The one with two parts
5. The one with the poker
6. The one with the birth - no matter how many times I see this episode I always cry at the end.
I gave season 1 a 4 because as it good as season 1 is, it just gets better as the seasons go on. This show is a lot of fun, and I hope to eventually own all the seasons on DVD.
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Last year, I moved into my new place the day of an ice storm, and cable installation was delayed for about one month. The videos of the "Best of Friends" helped out when I was home stranded, so this year I stocked up on the entire season series.
It's different to just watch it from DVD's, one show after another. For one thing, I had forgotten how funny the first season was, it was like a bowling game full of strikes. Also, when the show began it was establishing itself among other NBC comedy hits such as Seinfeld, Mad About You, and Frasier. Watching it on TV every week among the other shows created a different atmosphere, but Friends did more than rise to the challenge, they raised the bar themselves.
The commentary was interesting too, apparently the writers had initially envisioned Monica and Joey becoming the big couple, not so much Ross and Rachel. This is a great series to own. The only thing missing was the Rembrandt's video of the theme song, I enjoyed that from the videos.
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When the pilot first aired, I was in kindergarten. Though at the time I wasn't old enough to stay awake past the time it aired, I remember my mom always raving about Friends.
I have since caught most of the episodes in syndication, on primetime reruns, and via the "Best Of Friends" DVDs. I'm thrilled that the entire seasons are, at last, making it to DVD.
What is one of the funniest shows ever, Friends should be a part of anyone's DVD collection. In fact, I'd say that these DVDs are basically worth buying a DVD player. Whether your an old fan embracing the nostalgia provided by the discs, a new fan trying to catch up on old storylines, or someone who until now was unaware the show even existed, you will love these DVDs.
Every Friends episode is utterly perfect. When you watch the Pilot and then watch an episode from the current (and final) season, you will see what I mean. The characters are already there in the very first episode. It's as if these actors were walking along, waiting to find Ross, Monica, Chandler, Rachael, Phoebe, and Joey. The characters never develope because they were just there in the beginning. How many other shows can you say that about?
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With this 5 words,began an amazing journey.
For those few of you, who don't know, "Friends" (are there really people who don't???") is a hit Tv series that spins over 10 years, and it's already a classic.
Friends is a phenomenon. It tells the story of 6 friends, three men and three women, who live in NYC. They are best friends, and they face everything together, failed marriages, sex problems, career issues and above all friendship. Because as the people of NBC say in the official Friends site: "When you are young and in the city, your friends are your family!"
It's the most suitable series to watch when you are down, or when you want to laugh, or when you want to cry, or when you have friends come over ,or even when you want to just sit back in your sofa and chill.It's virtually a show to watch at any time, of any day.
The script is one of the best-written ever in the history of TV, and it wouldn't be irrelevant to note here that Friends have been nominated 44 times for several Emmys, and have won 11 times.
The first season is the beginning of this joyfull journey.Rachel (Jeniffer Aniston) walks in Central Perk ( the favorite coffee house of the gang) wearing her wedding dress, to find Monica (Courtney Cox), a childhood friend,her brother Ross (David Schwimmer), who has just split up with his newly-out-of-the-closet lesbian wife and her ex-roomate Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), a semi-crazy 90's hippy. There she also meets Chandler (Matthew Perry), Ross's best friends since high school, and Joey (Matt Le Blanc), Chandler's Casanova-like roomate. And that's the beginning of a relationshiop that has had its ups (and never its downs!! :-) ) and the first step of a big stair called "Having someone to turn to".
Buy the whole collection, but especially the 1st season, because after all we can all identify with the lyrics "when it hasn't been your day, your week, or even your year!"
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