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post #91 of 111
WMYD-DT TV-20 in Detroit now also has Friends in HD.
post #92 of 111
And what of TBS?
post #93 of 111
KVVU the fox affiliate in Las Vegas has it in HD as well. I will check on TBS tonight but I am guessing that they are still stretching it to death.
post #94 of 111
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Originally Posted by Ken H View Post

WMYD-DT TV-20 in Detroit now also has Friends in HD.

Cool, thanks for the heads up, I will have to check it out tonight @ 6:30.
post #95 of 111
WGN 9 "The CW" in Chicago is airing it in HD @ 14 Mbit 1080i.

The quality is pretty awful. No fine grain at all. It looks like it's been scrubbed of all fine detail. I don't remember Two and a Half Men on this channel looking this bad; in fact I thought the quality of those airings was starting to approach Blu-ray quality.

Have they DNR'd the new syndicated versions?



This looks to be beyond typical bitrate-starved MPEG-2 artifacts... as if it's a problem with the source.
post #96 of 111
They're in HD on TBS, I was shocked to see it the other day. They're better than Nickelodeon's slightly sped up chipmunk sounding versions. Hopefully blu rays are around the corner.
post #97 of 111
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Originally Posted by scorpiontail60 View Post

This looks to be beyond typical bitrate-starved MPEG-2 artifacts... as if it's a problem with the source.

These are about DVD quality. There's no excuse for static scenes like that.
post #98 of 111
I guess I was wrong about TBS they are airing it in HD its a nice thing to be wrong about.
post #99 of 111
WPIX CW 11 in NYC has it in HD now. Dont know how long they've been doing it but it looks great.
post #100 of 111
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Originally Posted by Aero 1 View Post

WPIX CW 11 in NYC has it in HD now. Dont know how long they've been doing it but it looks great.

Not long, probably a few weeks like the other local stations.
post #101 of 111
HD on WNUV in Baltimore, don't know how long.
post #102 of 111
KTLA in Los Angeles has it in HD. Looks kinda soft to me.
post #103 of 111
post #104 of 111
From a French website (using Google Translate):
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"Friends are the most popular television series of all time and its success has never wavered," said Rosemary Markson, VP of Warner Home Video, which publishes this package. "Friends we miss, but the Collector's Edition will allow us to rediscover the gags and love stories in this series in optimal conditions of viewing and sound quality." This collector's box Blu-Ray discs offer 21 in all and for all 110 hours of programs. First the 236 episodes of the ten seasons (fully remastered in High Definition 1080p quality in VO and VF), and other 20 hours of extras, including more than three hours of unreleased extras. Below, you will also discover the full content of this box set Blu-Ray:

UNPUBLISHED BONUS (3:00):

  • True Friends: Documentary on the series, punctuated by new interviews of ten years prominent in a series that has shaped the cultural landscape of the 90s and the first half of the 2000s.
  • Friends From The Start: To learn how the series was created and know the difficulties in finding the perfect cast.
  • When Friends Become Family: To enter into the intimacy of writers and discover what inspired some of the most famous episodes and some key scenes of several seasons.
  • Legacy of Friends: To discover why the series has stopped, its influence on the "pop culture" and its legacy.
  • Original mounting of the episode "He who discovered his paternity." This episode is back as it was originally designed. Kevin Bright places the episode in context and explains why he had been released in another version.
  • Original screenplay by "He who discovered his paternity."
  • Special broadcast "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (2005) around FRIENDS
  • Special broadcast "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (2004) around FRIENDS
  • The Ones With More Friends: Episodes aired in long version
  • The One With The Never-Before-Seen Gags: Originally designed for actors and crew, this novel was too hilarious bloopers to be part of the DVD!
  • The Rembrandts - "I'll Be There For You": Music video official FRIENDS bringing the entire cast.


BONUS FROM THE PREVIOUS OUTPUT DVD (17 hours):

  • Friends Around the World: To learn more about the phenomenon FRIENDS worldwide
  • On Location in London: cross the Atlantic to find the actors in England.
  • The One That Goes Behind the Scenes: Documentary one-hour broadcast on the Discovery Channel
  • Behind the Style, The Look of Friends: The costume designer Debra McGuire-chief, the chief hairstylist Jonathan Hanousek and makeup artist Robin Siegel chief evoke the changing style of dress, hairstyles and makeup over the years.
  • Video clip Phoebe Battles the Pink Robots Flaming Lips Group, with Lisa Kudrow, and directed by Kevin S. Bright
  • Friends Final Thoughts: The actors and producers talking to each other during the last days on set and after filming.
  • New version in its original mounting, Smelly Cat ("You stink the Cat")
  • Video clip of Matt LeBlanc Joey Joey
  • Comments of 31 episodes
  • Guestbook Friends of Friends video
  • Several seasons of bloopers
post #105 of 111
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Originally Posted by chestnu1 View Post

Apparently it is coming to Blu-ray http://www.tvguide.com/News/Friends-Comes-Blu-Ray-1048974.aspx


WB issued this press release today. Street date is November 13. SRP is $279.98.

http://www.thewb.com/blog/friends-the-complete-series-available-on-blu-ray
post #106 of 111
They're charging almost triple the going price of the DVD set? ...and they wonder why Blu-ray isn't catching on as fast as they hoped. Studios continue to grossly overestimate the value of a few extra pixels to the average viewer. HD is nice, but it isn't worth such a premium. Hopefully sites like Amazon will knock off half the MSRP like they're doing with the DVD set to make the price more realistic.
post #107 of 111
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Originally Posted by Aleron Ives View Post

They're charging almost triple the going price of the DVD set? ...and they wonder why Blu-ray isn't catching on as fast as they hoped. Studios continue to grossly overestimate the value of a few extra pixels to the average viewer. HD is nice, but it isn't worth such a premium. Hopefully sites like Amazon will knock off half the MSRP like they're doing with the DVD set to make the price more realistic.

You're looking at SRP on the Blu-Ray and comparing it to the going rate for the DVDs. Not even really a common going rate, Amazon's price is $150 so it's not even twice as much for the blu-rays. SRP on the DVD set is still around $200, so their setting the blu-ray for $80 more, only $8 per season. That's really not that bad. What remains to be seen is what kind of discount retailers will offer off SRP. I'm hoping Amazon will set the pre-order for around $180-200, if so I might pick it up since I never got around to buying the DVD box set.
post #108 of 111
+ after its release its only 2 weeks to black friday !!

the real question is it all the extended episodes that are on the dvds ?

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& of course they arent:

"These are the NBC broadcast versions, not the extended episodes. The extended cuts were special versions created for the DVDs and no longer exist in a form that could be used for a Blu-ray release."

....well now thats a major bummer.


Taken from: http://tvshowsondvd.com/n/17124#ixzz1yStFMcE2

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http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Friends-The-Complete-Series/17123
Edited by dcowboy7 - 6/21/12 at 2:20pm
post #109 of 111
they could re-cut them if they wanted to, they just don't want to pay to do it. And because of that, I won't buy the blu-ray. Honestly it's terrible. The DVD versions are the best versions because of all the extra scenes and lines - and now there will never be a nice HD version of the best versions of the show. Travesty.
post #110 of 111
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Originally Posted by b_scott View Post

they could re-cut them if they wanted to, they just don't want to pay to do it. And because of that, I won't buy the blu-ray. Honestly it's terrible. The DVD versions are the best versions because of all the extra scenes and lines - and now there will never be a nice HD version of the best versions of the show. Travesty.
Honestly, while I liked the extended versions, there was a part of me that thought it was a shame that the original versions of the episodes were unavailable on home video. Now they are, albeit in a reformatted version.

We'll see an HD reissue of the DVD versions on Blu-ray or another format when and if Warner Bros. decides such a venture would be profitable.
post #111 of 111
It's interesting seeing that some of the scenes weren't shot on film, as they aren't shown in HD, but stretched SD, and don't look as good. Namely the Phoebe double scenes with her twin.

Also, last night Joey put in his tape of the commercial he shot in Japan for men's lipstick, and they zoomed in on the TV and us viewers were shown the commercial in full screen - but in full HD, kind of implying that the VHS tape is capable of showing HD video!
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