Pros: These episodes are worthy of the "Top Ten List"
Cons: Featurettes are disappointing
After years of waiting, fans and fanatics alike are
now able to purchase a collection of "Friends" episodes for
their very own home.
I admit it. The minute I saw this collection, I bought
it. I think this will be true for most hard core fans
of the show. But, never fear: NBC and the writers and
creators of "Friends" (apparently, the actors were not
allowed to vote for their favorite episodes) carefully
chose episodes that are entertaining for everyone. Not
only are we rewarded with some very "aww" moments (and
there are quite a few), such as when Ross and Rachel
finally get together in "The One with the Prom Video," but
there are some genuinely funny, lovably random "Friends"
moments, such as when Chandler and Joey team up against
Rachel and Monica in a game of "Who Knows Who Better."
There is a nice selection of earlier episodes, such as "The
One with all the Poker" (Volume 1), and later ones after
Monica and Chandler get together (Volume 2). Best of all,
previously cut lines and scenes, which add more laughs and,
on more then one occasion, add a new twist to the story,
are included in all of the episodes.
I bought this collection for the episodes, plain and
simple. Those who purchase the gift set for the "behind the
scene" features or the (repeated) Rembrandts's video will
be sorely disappointed. In addition to being extraneous,
these featurettes, as they are advertised, appeared to be
scripted !! Or so it seemed from the blank expression
on the faces of the actors. These extra features are located
in Volume 2 (DVD version). I was very surprised that the
outtakes episode was not included in this collection.
I suppose the compilation wanted to highlight the true
stars of the show, the writers, and does so successfully.
This collection of episodes is very entertaining from start
to finish and left me wanting more. I hope this excellent
gift set, overall, is a sign of more to come. But next
time, more episodes and less "special" features.
The Pilot Episode
The One With Two Parts (featuring actors from "Mad About
You" and "ER")
The One With All the Poker
The One Where Ross Finds Out
The One With the Prom Video
also includes: the Rembrandts's video
The One Where No One's Ready
The One With the Embryos
The One with Ross's Wedding (two parts)
The One With the Thanksgivings
The One Where Everyone Finds Out (about Monica and Chandler)
also includes: two featurettes about the episode in London
and the Rembrandts's video