The Best of FRIENDS Vol. 1 (A J!-ENT DVD Review)
September 27, 2003 by Dennis Amith
MOVIE COMPANY: WARNER VIDEO
CAST: Starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox Arquette, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer
DIRECTED BY: Gail Mancuso, Kevin S. Bright, Michael Lembick and more.
TYPE OF TV SERIES: Comedy
DURATION: 151 minutes per DVD
Volume 1 includes some of the best of the Ross-Rachel episodes. Their star-crossed relationship is set in motion in the “Pilot,” in which runaway bride Rachel moves in with Monica. “The One with the Two Parts” features guest appearances by Helen Hunt and George Clooney, not to mention Marcel the monkey. Lovelorn Ross tries not to be a nice guy but throws in the cards in “The One with All the Poker.” “The One Where Ross Finds Out” and the great flashback episode “The One with the Prom Video” finally bring Ross and Rachel together. Volume 2 contains “The One Where No One’s Ready” and “The One with the Embryos.” The two-part “The One with Ross’s Wedding,” in which Ross famously blurts the wrong name at the altar, launched Monica and Chandler’s secret affair, a subplot that revitalized the series. Two gems from season 5, “The One with All the Thanksgivings” and “The One Where Everybody Finds Out” (about Monica and Chandler), illustrate why Lisa Kudrow won the ensemble’s lone Emmy.
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Box set
• Full-screen format
• Never before seen footage
• The Rembrandt’s music video of “I’ll be there for you”
KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): None that I could find.
(The best of) Friends is the 2-volume DVD series featuring the top 10 Friends videos voted by fans. That’s so difficult because every Friends fan has their own favorites and there are over a 100 episodes to choose from and they chose these top 10.
Some of the episodes that were selected are my favorites but some were not my favorites but good nonetheless.
The only people who will be buying this DVD are true FRIENDS fans and you also get a very few featurettes and the music video of the song you either love or hate by now. Oh, and the show is remastered in Dolby Digital 5.0.
So, kick back and watch your favorite Friends DVD’s (my personal favorite is volume 2 btw…).
THE MOVIE: A-
THE DVD EXTRAS: C-
THE DVD OVERALL: B
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