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Friends: The Complete Fifth Season (4 Discs) [Import]
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Starting in London, finishing in Las Vegas and bookended with weddings in both places, bet on this deluxe 4-Disc Set of the fifth season of the smash-hit television comedy series, FRIENDS.
Divorce number 2 is immediately on the cards as the fifth season opens with "The One After Ross Says Rachel." As of this point, Ross's character undergoes some extreme personality changes (which apparently lost David Schwimmer many female fans). His incessant whining drives all the Friends to distraction, especially in "The One Where Ross Moves In" with Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Joey (Matt LeBlanc). Later things get uncomfortable both at work and at home when he goes through a period of rage ("The One with Ross's Sandwich"). While all this downplays his failed relationship with Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), the real idea is to allow focus on the secret pairing of Chandler and Monica (Courteney Cox) after a night of passion in London. This made for a return to the show's appealingly silly atmosphere as poor Joey is caught in the middle of everyone's secrets. Building to "The One Where Everybody Finds Out," the silliness pauses for some genuinely touching interplay between Perry and Cox. The previous year's semi-serious thread about Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow) birth gets forgotten fast: to distract the viewer she's introduced to Gary (Michael Rapaport) in "The One with the Cop." This leads to some hilarious parodying with Phoebe interrogated about apartment hunting, and the guys excited and then scared in "The One with the Ride-Along." She's more than over him by the time of the two-part finale, "The One in Vegas," though, especially since she missed out on London. Just in case fans thought Chandler and Monica had permanently stolen the spotlight, a cliffhanger shocks expectation again with Ross and Rachel bursting out of a chapel.... --Paul TonksSee all Product Description
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Season five contains possibly the best episode throughout the course of the series, "The One With All The Thanksgiving," where everyone relives Thanksgiving day horror stories from their past. Other notable events from this season are the fallout from Ross' and Emily's botched wedding, Phoebe's birth to her brother's triplets, and the evolution of the Chandler-Monica angle.
The four-disc DVD, obviously including all seaosn five shows, is very well-done. The audio/video transfer, which some people have questioned, is fine. I don't see how people could complain about its quality.
The menu's are easy to navigate, and snazzy at that. Next to each episode title, there's a coffee cup. If you click it, you can watch a preview of the episode. It's a great way to decide which shows you want to watch and when.
The extras, while not as good as they should be, are sufficient. There's commentary show higher-ups on three shows, a 45 minute Discovery Channel documentary on what it takes to create a Friends episode, Friends on location in London, an easter egg, and Guther's preview of season six.
Friends has had good seasons before, and after, season five... but none better than season five.
Chandler: Pheebs? Flying a jet? Better make it a spaceship so that you can get back to your home planet! And Ross, phone call for you today, Tom Jones, he wants his pants back! And Hornswoggle? What are you dating a character from Fraggile Rock?!
In their audio commentary and in the "Behind the Scenes" documentary, the show creators reflect on the earlier years saying that perhaps they played out the Ross & Rachel love story too soon. But I, for one, disagree. The most interesting (and fun) part of the Ross & Rachel story has been the ongoing tension between them as they continue to forge their friendship in the shadow of their broken romance.
Besides, happy endings are boring.
For anyone who criticized "Friends" for being nothing more than a Ross & Rachel soap opera, they certainly were eating crow as the Monica & Chandler love story unfolded. Even the show's creators admitted that if it hadn't been for the rapport between Courtney Cox and Matthew Perry, that story never would have grown as it has. Kudos to the show's writers for paying attention to what was staring them right in the face!
While other series begin to lose steam by the fifth year, this one only gains momentum. And the farcical madness and touching finale of "The One Where Everybody Finds Out" is just one shining example.
This set is, by far, the best gift I've received this holiday season (with no disrespect meant to my friend Bill who gave me the Gideon thermometer - I like it, I really do!).
...I'm humming the show's theme song right now!!
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"Friends" is my all time favourite TV series and now I can watch it whenever I want! Excellent price too - only $10! Thank you SO much Amazon!Published on June 13 2014 by Crystal Romaniuk
Any fans of Friends will love owning the show on DVD. Funny to look back and watch all your favourite episodes! Great for a rainy day!Published on Jan. 17 2014 by Kristy Spencer
Friends is my all-time favourite comedy. I can't tell you how many times I have watched re-run after re-run and it is still hilarious. They don't make comedies like this anymore.Published on Sept. 25 2013 by Donna Jewell
I love the show Friends, and although I saw it as a kid, I wasn't old enough to get the humour of it. So glad I bought every season!Published on July 7 2013 by Rebecky
This completes the collection for the girlfriend and she loves it. It is a really funny show with great characters and awesome guest stars. Read morePublished on May 1 2013 by van Oos
The price was amazing and the item arrived within a week. No hassles. Completely satisfied with this purchase. I bought this DVD with two other Friends seasons.Published on Jan. 27 2013 by Moe Betta
I don't watch TV a lot unless it's really good, funny and entertaining. Friends has all these qualities and more. Read morePublished on May 1 2007 by D. Landry