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Only the broadcast version
on May 2, 2014
I've never seen Friends on actual TV. Back then I just wasn't into it.
But then I got converted and watched the American Extended DVD Edition over and over again. And on top of that I've got a pretty good memory.
And while the 16:9 picture is really well done I've already stumbled multiple times in the Pilot alone because there was missing a piece like the gang fake-dubbing the Spanish TV program or Joey going after Chandler because he mocked his Pinocchio performance.
As someone who knows the key episodes in their extended version basically by heart, it's like an audio CD with a few scratches and the music suddenly jumps in the middle of the track.
So, if you only know the broadcast version or can't basically sync-speak the dialogue then this may be for you, but me? I'm disappointed because quite frankly I didn't anticipate this.
I've just measured it and compared to the red US DVD box with the extended episodes there's a running time difference of 308 minutes (just the episodes, no extras!). That makes an average of 1 minte, 18 seconds less per episode compared to the extended episodes or roughly 31 minutes per season.
PPS: I've figured out why they used the broadcast version: They wanted to just press one version for all markets. The set includes the German dubbing and said dubbing was only created for the broadcast version. Otherwise they would have to re-cut the audio dub and insert subtitles for the missing pieces.