Friends Season 1 Blu-ray
Friends Season 1 introduces Joey, Chandler, Ross, Rachel, Monica and Phoebe with a season long adventure of comedy and, well Friends just getting by and enjoying each other’s company.
Film making 5/5
Bonus Features 0/5
Recommendation 4/5 Stars
One liners like “Lets just say that my Curious George monkey is no longer curious” abounds in Friends Season 1 and the Blu-ray first season has plenty of them. Friends is a ten season long comedy series that ran from 1994 to 2004 with Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow as Rachel, Monica and Phoebe.
Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer play Joey, Chandler and Ross with an impressive list of guests like Morgan Fairchild, George Clooney and Jennifer Grey throughout season 1. The show starts with the five friends sitting in Central Perk enjoying a cup of coffee and Rachel Green enters wearing a wedding dress.
She could not go through with her wedding and turned to her best friend from high school who she did not invite to the wedding for consolation. Rachel winds up moving in with Monica when her father cuts off her money just because she doesn’t want to marry her fiancé.
24 episodes later we are fully introduced to the world of the six friends and their everyday happenings just getting along with a humorous slant in just about everything they do. The show is replete with one liners and short jokes as the half hour episodes do not allow for any lengthier setup so mostly one liners are the main fare for the humor.
Friends started out pretty good and got better for several seasons with relationships developing as the actors develop their characters. Friends Season 1 is a classic sitcom and will go down in history as a great one that fans and many others enjoyed throughout the years.
The Blu-ray edition of Friends Season 1 has all 24 episodes with some pretty good video and audio but problems crop up constantly to remind you that this is not a great Blu-ray transfer. Video is often very erratic with color and grain at times being a bit off but for the most part video looks pretty good but not great.
Audio is more the problem with voice being good but laugh tracks and ambient noise like chatter in specific scenes getting an odd treatment. Many scenes like inside Central Perk are treated with a specific track that is supposed to add ambiance but this track is mostly too loud and just sounds off.
Audio winds up being a bit of a mixed bag just like video but in the end the show is funny so audio and video quality do not take away from the show all that much. Both video and audio are good but not great while the bonus features follow along with this trend with very little in the way of extras.
Bonus features on the Friends Season 1 Blu-ray edition include an audio commentary for the Pilot episode, 9 minutes of guest star clips and a trailer to season 2 of Friends. Audio commentary that pushes the regular commentary of an episode is usually not interesting and boring which is exactly what happens with the audio commentary for the pilot episode of Friends.
The star clips are just the clips of film with the various stars such as George Clooney to show off these parts of the show while the trailer is just a glimpse into season 2. The bonus features are really not worthwhile to even look at once much less go to them a second time so bonus features are a disappointment.
If you missed buying the complete Blu-ray edition of Friends Season 1 due to availability or cost buying the individual seasons makes a lot of sense and is a good way to cut down on the expense at one time. The individual seasons are great but buying either the full series or the individual seasons really doesn’t matter from a standpoint of bonus features or quality.
Friends Season 1 on Blu-ray is a fun comedy series that is a great buy and well worth purchasing but season one does not have much in the way of extras or great quality.