Friends - The Complete First Season

Friends - The Complete First Season

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Friends - The Complete First Season

Warner Home Video, having succeeded far better than expected with its Best of Friends collection (which highlighted some of the best episodes from the sitcom's first six seasons), went ahead and released the entire first season in a four-disc collection. This was a bold move, and superficially, at least, one of dubious wisdom -- the series was all over local television and basic cable, stacked in both television realms on a daily basis, so there was no shortage of episodes on most peoples' viewing list. It pays off for the fans, however, thanks to the pristine transfers, which look gorgeous, and the extras, the best of which is the commentary track over the unedited pilot, featuring the series three creator/producers: Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman, and David Crane. They explain a lot about the development of the series and the changes that they were forced to make as the series went on -- most notably the reduction in the number of ancillary, non-story-driven jokes -- and even such matters as the color scheme of Monica's (Courteney Cox) apartment, which was deliberately made brighter than the norm for network sitcoms. Among the interesting information offered about the cast is the fact that David Schwimmer was the only actor for whom one of the characters was specifically written; that Lisa Kudrow's character, Phoebe, was adjusted to make her the twin sister of Kudrow's Ursula character on Mad About You (which was in the time slot immediately ahead of Friends), opening up a whole range of range of comic possibilities for the actress and the writers; and that Courteney Cox was originally approached about playing Rachel rather than Monica. The producers also discuss such matters as the way in which they resonate to the characters, the relationship between the series and their personal experience as twentysomethings, and the evolution of the title-theme and the back-and-forth with the Rembrandts over whether or not to release a commercial version of the theme. The only complaint about the discs is that each show is given a single chapter reference number, not that breaks are essential in what, except for the pilot (which was re-edited to include material that was shot for it but dropped from the original broadcast), are 24-minute episodes. The mastering on this disc is very careful, to the point that, when a song comes up in a scene, the volume boosts up slightly. The fourth disc also includes a trivia contest that incorporates clips from the show in its interactive functions, as well as a gallery of guest stars from the first season.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/30/2002
UPC: 0085391780427
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 9:47:00

Special Features

Pilot episode producers' commentary; A Peek at Central Perk: interactive map; "Friends of Friends": Memorable guest-star moments; "How Well Do You Know Your Friends?" trivia quiz; "The One With the Trailer of Season Two"; Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.0; Interactive menus; Cast career highlights; Subtitles: English, Français, Español, & Korean

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Friends - The Complete First Season 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great comedy show. You laugh because the characters are so human. We only recently started watching the show, but we are hooked. We look forward to purchasing the complete second season.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Buy all seasons! It's the best show! If this show wasn't good, they won't have so many seasons!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every show was enjoyable. When I need to unwinded and just have a great laugh, This is the prefect remedy. There funny and loveable but it just helps to let you escape for awhile and laugh a little.
FrancsecaC More than 1 year ago
Even the first season never gets old! I love this show so much. It is hilarious, emotional and just all around fun. This is a great show for anyone about 12 or 13 and above. The character's are unforgettable and the cast just works so well together. Fifteen years later and this is still the best show in the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great show! The first season is great! It's fun watching them since I was only four when the first season came out, but I love the show now! Too bad it's ending now!It's the best show ever! I can't wait for the second season!
TaylorRae More than 1 year ago
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this season is not very good compared to others so i would go for another season.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am on my way to buy it. I just know it will be awesome! I already have them but on VHS. Does anyone know if the one where Joey has his head in a turkey is on this one?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing season. I originally chose this one becasue a.) I love Friends and b.) I wanted to see the first episode. It's great, don't miss out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first season of this superve and outstanding sitcom is with readiness and freshness. I currently own seasons one through nine on DVD, and the comedy is brilliant and uplifting. Season one is not one of the best seasons, but the comedy increases througout season two (down a bit in three and five) but is remarkable for the sixth 1999-2000 season. Friends runs dry and rather tasteless in season seven, but peaks to its high in the eighth 2001-2002 season. Season nine continues with laughter, slowly winding down and plots drying up and getting cheesy. But this hillarious sitcom has remained strong throughout all ten years, and the six have always been there for you. I will be honored when season ten comes out so I can one of the best sitcoms of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh. My. Gosh. You don't even have to own this to know that it rocks. Because if you watch Friends you'll just KNOW it's awesome. I actually own it, and have seen it like 5 times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our entire family still loves watching Friends, whether it's re-runs or the rare show we haven't seen yet. Friends never gets old. It's one of those shows that'll be loved for generations. If you want to relax and forget about your day, just sit back and watch a couple of Friends episodes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was great... very funny and the best part was no commercials!!!!!! LOved it! Buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the first season was great also the second was good too but does anyone know when season 3 will come out so i can buy it cause 1 is out and so is 2
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
this show made me laugh i love Joey he's so funny and very very cute i love Matthew Leblance he's the reason why i enjoy this tv show Friends is a must see show its cool funny and great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I own FRIENDS seasons 1-5 on DVD. I LOVE FRIENDS! I am recomending this season (season 1) to EVERYONE who has NOT seen FRIENDS because where's a better place to start watching a show than at the begining of it all. This season has classic episodes, and lets you get to know the wonderful personalities of Chandler, Monicia, Rachel, Joey, Phoebe and Ross. ENJOY!!!BUY IT!BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!!
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