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Friends: The Complete Series on November 13, 2012

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http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Friends-The-Complete-Series/17109

FRIENDS: THE COMPLETE SERIES BLU-RAY
Street Date: 11/13/12
21 BD-50s
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
SRP: $279.98
post #2 of 24
So only 2 discs per season? Come on, Warner, even Mill Creek used four discs for That '70s Show season 1.
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cool.gifsmile.gifcool.gif My favorite sitcom at last in high def and 16x9!!!!!

Could I BE more happy?wink.gif
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Originally Posted by Morpheo View Post

cool.gifsmile.gifcool.gif My favorite sitcom at last in high def and 16x9!!!!!
Could I BE more happy?wink.gif
May you could be more happy if it wasn't cropped?!?!
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Originally Posted by BIG ED View Post

May you could be more happy if it wasn't cropped?!?!
It is not cropped. It is completely reframed and most scenes have more information on the sides.
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Originally Posted by BIG ED View Post

May you could be more happy if it wasn't cropped?!?!

Friends was shot in Super35...
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Originally Posted by Morpheo View Post

Friends was shot in Super35...
yep and bar the few sd scenes it looks stunning in hd, must buy when the price comes down.
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yep and bar the few sd scenes it looks stunning in hd
Upon what are you basing that? Is it being shown in HD syndication somewhere like Seinfeld, or are there screen shots/trailers available already?
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Upon what are you basing that? Is it being shown in HD syndication somewhere like Seinfeld, or are there screen shots/trailers available already?

Comedy Central did the whole series in the UK and now does themed episode days.
Most episodes are 100% HD and look like they were made yesterday, there are a few shots that are in SD however but are mostly seconds long a a few odd episodes
post #10 of 24
WB is really, really bad about episode cramming and low bitrates. Especially for their TV shows.
post #11 of 24
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After posting the Friends Blu-ray press release we've had a few readers email us to double-check exactly what episodes would be on the set. The press release mentions "all 236 original broadcast episodes released for the first time in the US," but fans weren't sure whether these mean "as aired on TV," or the extended cuts that previously appeared on DVD.

We double-checked with Warner Home Video and confirmed that 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. The good news is that you'll have the original broadcast cuts in HD (on Blu-ray), and the extended cuts in SD (on DVD).

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http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Friends-episode-questions-answered/17124
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Could I BE more happy?wink.gif

Well i guess you could BE more happy if they were the extendeds. biggrin.gif
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Not in the original aspect? Sets a bad example imho.
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Not in the original aspect? Sets a bad example imho.

the original aspect IS 16x9. It was cropped for 4:3...
post #15 of 24
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Not in the original aspect? Sets a bad example imho.

As morpheo said + this was already answered in post 5. rolleyes.gif
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As morpheo said + this was already answered in post 5. rolleyes.gif

The word you are looking for is apologized for. barf.
post #17 of 24
I certainly don't mind being correctED; especially when I'm wrong! eek.gif
"Friends", even in '94 (too the best of my new found knowledge) was being shot 1.78:1.

My apologies.
I've seen some of "Friends" on HD cable (Comcastic tho) & it does look good.
As does "Seinfeld"; which was all so 1.78:1.
post #18 of 24
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the original aspect IS 16x9. It was cropped for 4:3...
Really. A TV show had the prescience to shoot for a TV format that wouldn't be in wide use for more than a decade after it first aired (well, I suppose HDTV broadcasts predate mainstream HDTV adoption by quite a few years but certainly in 1993 16:9 wouldn't be anyone's primary consideration)? Source please.
Edited by 42041 - 6/21/12 at 10:18pm
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Really. A TV show had the prescience to shoot for a TV format that wouldn't be in wide use for more than a decade after it first aired (well, I suppose HDTV broadcasts predate mainstream HDTV adoption by quite a few years but certainly in 1993 16:9 wouldn't be anyone's primary consideration)? Source please.

This was common practice by Warner Brothers Television in 1994. ER, Babylon 5, and Friends all premiered that year and were safeguarded for a future 16:9 presentation. (Though B5 had post-production issues)
post #20 of 24
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Really. A TV show had the prescience to shoot for a TV format that wouldn't be in wide use for more than a decade after it first aired (well, I suppose HDTV broadcasts predate mainstream HDTV adoption by quite a few years but certainly in 1993 16:9 wouldn't be anyone's primary consideration)? Source please.

The HDTV (ATSC) standards were being drawn up as early as the late 1980s. By the early '90s, before Friends premiered, the 16x9 (1.78) aspect ratio had already been chosen.
post #21 of 24
Also, HDTV started in 1997, not 2004. The earliest shows produced in widescreen were 1994 and I think the last hold-outs switched in 2009 or 2010. However, I don't think it's fair to say 1.78 is the original AR. It was shot that way, but they were primarily thinking of 1.33 TV when they framed it. Occasional cameras and lighting rigs creep into the sides of the frame on the 1.78 version, plus the usual framing problems. That 70s Show was shot the same way. Take a look at these screen caps. A lot of shots have big empty spaces on the sides of the frame. I'd like a subtitle track that mattes off the sides. This would cost almost nothing and let them have it both ways. I'd also like the extended episodes. Since the necessary materials are apparently not available, they could present the extra scenes in SD as deleted scenes or, better yet, upscale them and insert them.

As to the compression, this is a half-hour show. It sounds like they are doing twelve episodes per disc, which is equivalent to 6 episodes of an hour show. It's about four and a half hours of material. Plenty of releases have put this much on one disc. Blu-ray can hold more than DVD before you start seeing noticeable overcompression.
post #22 of 24
I had a 16/9 TV already in 1994. 16/9 wasn't born in 2010 !
post #23 of 24
Ross' reaction when he heard that the extended cuts are not going to be included in the Blu-ray set >>>

post #24 of 24
I can't believe these won't be the extended cuts. That is unacceptable. mad.gif

So we'll never have an ultimate version of this series. I'll always want to watch the DVD versions. frown.gif
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