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Friends Season 2 Blu-ray

Friends Season 2 Blu-ray

Friends continues fast and furious right on the heels of Season 1 with the continued comedy and fun of Friends Season 2 on Blu-ray.

Film making 5/5
Video 3/5
Audio 3/5
Bonus Features 1/5

Recommendation 4/5 Stars

Friends Season 2

Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, Courtney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow and David Schwimmer return for Friends Season 2 on Blu-ray as a standalone purchase. Friends is now out on Blu-ray for a complete series but to buy it with less of an upfront cost you can purchase it by the season on Blu-ray.

Friends is a sitcom from the mid to late 1990’s where season 2 concluded in May of 1996 with TV Guide placing Friends as 31st on their list of televisions 100 all-time greatest seasons. Season 1 ended with Ross leaving for China and Rachel finding out that Ross was in love with her without expressing his feelings for her.

Friends Season 2 has Rachel anxiously awaiting Ross’s return to tell him she loves him only to see Ross walk off the plane with Julie on his arm. Ross has met an old friend while in China and they are now a couple but Rachel is waiting in the wings for Ross because she now sees him as irresistible.

Rachel gets mad at Ross because Chandler convinced him to list the pros and cons of Rachel and Julie trying to weigh the good and bad of each person but Rachel finds the list. Rachel sees the list she is mad at Ross until an old video shows Ross intending to take Rachel to the prom in high school when her original date was late.

Other season long stories include Joeys burgeoning acting career and the general friendships between the six friends but Chandler still cannot find love and falls back on Janice again and again. While there are enough season long plots the shows individually are fun and definitely laugh filled but a few serious topics creep in from time to time.

Friends Season 2 on Blu-ray continues the odd audio and video quality probably more due to the source than to editing problems but it does look like the transfer was a quick and dirty one. Blu-ray looks fine for the most part but color and clarity suffers at times with some grain a bit too pronounced here and there.

Mostly it looks like they just did a quick transfer and simply put it to disc without correcting any problems or even checking for any. Audio is a similar story as it looks like they continue to have a bit of a problem again with too loud a laugh track and ambient noise that is added to highlight specific scenes.

When you hit these scenes like several times in the Central Perk café the ambient track added to make it sound like their actually in a crowded scene is too loud. At times the laugh track is actually overwhelming the sound field and it sounds like they’re actually in a stadium instead of a small café.

Voice is mostly clear but at times you may miss a few words because of this so the audio is not exactly perfect but it works well enough to not take away from the enjoyment too much. Audio and video quality are alright and not enough of an improvement over the first season to make any change to the rating for both.

Bonus features for Friends Season 2 on Blu-ray is about as non-existent as you can get with one exception, the Smelly Cat video by Phoebe. The bonus feature Friends of Friends is a quick look at recurring guests while What’s Up With Your Friends is a set of clips featuring each character of the show.

Both of these extras are really a waste of disc space but the Smelly Cat video is, well Smelly Cat so at least there is something worth watching on the Friends Season 2 edition. Friends Season 2 on Blu-ray continues the hit sitcom with comedy that just still resonates today and is well worth a purchase even with its smaller problems.

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Friends Season 1 Blu-ray

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
Video 3/5
Audio 3/5
Bonus Features 0/5

Recommendation 4/5 Stars

Friends Season 1 Blu-ray

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.

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