The good news is that after many rumors, Warner Home Video has finally confirmed it's bringing the TV show Friends to Blu-ray this fall. The (potentially) bad news is that it's going to be an all or nothing affair, with all 236 episodes (90 hours) shoved into a 21-disc BD-50 set with the 17 hours of bonus features from the DVD releases, plus three hours of new special features. While the remastered HD episodes (in case you weren't aware, Friends, like Seinfeld, was recorded on film and has already been reformatted for HD and widescreen while airing in syndication) will feature DTS 5.1 audio, there's also a 32-page episode guide shoved into the case, which features lenticular shifting artwork that can be seen over on TV Shows On DVD. There's no price on Amazon yet but the MSRP will be $279.98 when it ships November 13th -- decide carefully how much having The Rembrandts "I'll Be There For You" video in 1080p is worth.
FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ON BLU-RAY
THE COMPLETE SERIES
AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 13, 2012
FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO
This Ultimate Collector's Set Features All 10 Seasons: 236 Episodes
on 21 Discs, Completely Remastered and in 1080p High Definition
Over 3 Hours of All-New Bonus Features
The Perfect Holiday Gift for the Ultimate Friends Fan
BURBANK, CA (June 19, 2012) - Just in time for holiday gift giving, Warner Home Video will release for the first time ever Friends: The Complete Series Blu-ray on November 13, 2012. This ultimate collector's set for the ultimate fan features over 110 hours of content - including all 236 original broadcast episodes released for the first time in the US, plus 20 hours of special features including over three hours of newly-added special features. New content includes a retrospective documentary with new interviews looking back at the influential 10 years of the series, never-before-released cast appearances, unaired footage, a new gag reel and more! All 10 seasons have been completely remastered in stunning 1080p high definition video with a 16x9 widescreen format and 5.1 audio. The Friends: Complete Series Blu-ray box set is presented in highly collectible new packaging consisting of a lenticular box cover, a hard-cover book that holds 21 Blu-ray discs, plus a 32-page episode guide. Friends: The Complete Series Blu-ray is priced to own at $279.98 SRP.
Friends is an American sitcom about six friends struggling to survive on their own in Manhattan. In each episode, they find the companionship, comfort and support from each other to be the perfect solutions to the pressures of everyday life. The series stars 'The Ones That Were There For You' for ten seasons strong: Jennifer Aniston as "Rachel Green," Courteney Cox as "Monica Geller," Lisa Kudrow as "Phoebe Buffay," Matt LeBlanc as "Joey Tribbiani," Matthew Perry as "Chandler Bing," and David Schwimmer as "Dr. Ross Geller." Friends has also featured many notable guest stars including Tom Selleck, Aisha Tyler, Jon Favreau, Anna Faris, Hank Azaria, Bruce Willis, Reese Witherspoon, Christina Applegate, Sean Penn, Jon Lovitz, Alec Baldwin, and many more. Friends was created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman and aired on NBC from September 22, 1994 to May 6, 2004. The series was produced by Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television.
FRIENDS: THE COMPLETE SERIES BLU-RAY OVER 3 HOURS OF ALL-NEW SPECIAL FEATURES
True Friends: Documentaries: Retrospective documentaries with new interviews looking at the influential 10 years of the show and how it changed the cultural landscape of the 90's and first half of the new millennium
Friends From the Start: Learn how the show was created and the challenges of finding the perfect cast and capturing "lightening in a bottle"
When Friends Become Family: Enter the Writers Room and hear about the inspiration and development of some of the most iconic episodes and favorite moments from various seasons
Legacy of Friends: Learn why the show had to come to an end, its influence on pop culture, and the legacy that it left behind
The Original Producer's Cut for 'The One Where Rachel Tells Ross': 'The One Where Rachel Tells Ross' is re-assembled back to its original form. An introduction by Kevin Bright will set up the episode and explain why it was ultimately edited before air.
The Original Script for 'The One Where Rachel Tells Ross'
Friends On The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (2005)
Friends Visit The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2004)
The Ones With More Friends: The original extended broadcast episodes
The One with the Never-Before-Seen Gags: Originally for the cast and crew, this never-before-seen gag reel has all the laughs that were too funny to include on the DVD
The Rembrandts - "I'll Be There For You": Official music video featuring the cast of Friends
OVER 17 HOURS OF SPECIAL FEATURES FROM THE ORIGINAL FRIENDS DVD RELEASES
Friends Around the World: Explores the Friends phenomenon around the globe
On Location in London: Cross the Atlantic for a whirlwind English visit with Friends
The One That Goes Behind the Scenes: The full hour-long Discovery Channel Documentary
Behind the Style: The Look of Friends: Costume Designer Debra McGuire, Hair Stylist Jonathan Hanousek, and Makeup Artist Robin Siegel offer an inside look at Friends fashion, hair and makeup over the years
The Flaming Lips - Phoebe Battles the Pink Robots music video featuring Lisa Kudrow and directed by Kevin S. Bright
Friends Final Thoughts: The cast and producers reflect during their final days at work and after series production ends
Never-before-seen uncut version of Smelly Cat
Matt LeBlanc Joey Joey music video
Commentaries From 31 Episodes
Friends of Friends video guestbook
Gag reels from multiple seasons
FRIENDS: THE COMPLETE SERIES BLU-RAY
Street Date: 11/13/12
Audio - English Dolby Surround 5.1, Brazilian Portuguese, Castilian Spanish, German, Japanese, Parisian French
Subtitles - English SDH, Brazilian Portuguese, Complex Chinese, Castilian Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Japanese, Latin Spanish, Norwegian, Parisian French, Swedish
Presented in 16x9 widescreen format
Running time: Approx. 90 Hours (episodes)
Over 20 hours (special features) - Including 3 hours of all-new special features
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