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Friends : Complete Series 1-10 Box Set - 30 Discs (New design) [DVD]

Jennifer Aniston , Courteney Cox    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (755 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 30
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (755 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WIF4KG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,502 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From Amazon.co.uk

A US sitcom behemoth with a global brand, Friends shot out of the gate in 1994 with snappy writing and an attractive cast. The exploits of sensitive paleontologist Ross Geller (played by David Schwimmer), his obsessive-compulsive sister Monica Geller (Courteney Cox, now Cox-Arquette); Monica's roommate Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston), a spoiled rich girl trying to live on her own; earthy aromatherapist/masseuse Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow); and Monica's neighbours across the hall -- sarcastic Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry) and his struggling actor roommate Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) became a nationwide obsession, spawned pop-culture trends (remember "The Rachel" haircut?) and was a ratings hit for its entire run.

The first two seasons were mostly centered on the on-off saga of Ross and Rachel, and while their relationship remained a strong presence through romantic rivals and even a baby, the other characters eventually moved from sideshow players into a shared comedic lead. But Friends was not without its heart. Most of the cast had dysfunctional relationships with their parents and went through loss, divorce, marriage, parenthood, and love triangles. The emotional pregnancies of Rachel (by Ross) and Phoebe (surrogate to her half-brother's triplets) won the actresses Emmy Awards, and Joey's tender feelings for Rachel in Season 8 won LeBlanc, the most improved actor in the series, a nomination.

Most sitcoms run out of ideas by the fifth season, but Friends gave itself a refreshing jolt the minute Monica and Chandler wound up in bed together. Their budding romance was not only the one of the funniest plot arcs of the series, but one of the most sentimental, as they planned a wedding, struggled to have a child and eventually turned to adoption. By seasons seven and onwards, the characters had each "grown up" from young singletons to thirtysomethings finding permanence in their careers and love lives but never losing the laughs.

Friends featured a parade of celebrity guests, but utilised most of the stars as more than mere cameos: The sextet's parents were all brilliantly cast, particularly Kathleen Turner as Chandler's drag-queen father and Teri Garr as Phoebe's dizzy mom. Everyone from George Clooney to Sean Penn to Julia Roberts to Bruce Willis has appeared on the sitcom, and Tom Selleck certainly enjoyed a career resuscitation after his recurring role as Monica's older man.

Yet, no star power ever penetrated the bond between the six stars and their unmatchable chemistry worked for ten seasons. Even though the show is probably repeated somewhere in the world every day, this boxed set of Friends remains watchable over and over again -- even if that theme song eventually grates on your nerves! --Sally Giles

Product Description

The ultimate collection for every 'Friends' fan, this box set contains every episode ever made of the phenomenally successful US sitcom, which centres around the lives and loves of six attractive 20-something New Yorkers: Ross (David Schwimmer), Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Chandler (Matthew Perry), Monica (Courteney Cox Arquette), Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow). The series began in 1994 with the episode 'The One Where it All Began', where Rachel jilts her man at the altar and comes into the lives of the rest of the gang. And finished with the two-parter 'The Last One' in which Ross is desperate to be with Rachel, but she is set on going to Paris. He and Phoebe chase her to the airport, but accidentally go to the wrong airport. They manage to get to the right airport just in time, and Ross tells Rachel he loves her, but, in a dazed state, she gets on the plane anyway... Chandler and Monica finish packing for their move to the suburbs, and the friends bid each other an emotional goodbye.


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451 of 478 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Received mine and its a MUST HAVE!!!! 29 Sep 2009
By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have owned the single DVDs for each series and collected as I went but decided to splash out on this 15th Anniversary Box Set. I received it yesterday and can honestly say it is money well spent. Not only does it come in a lovely presentation box but there are bundles of extras.

1) All episodes are the extended US versions which means some people who have the single DVD versions won't have this.

2) Each Series box contains 4 single sided DVDs which is a major plus. Previously the series was put on double sided DVDs and the labelling wasn't very clear. Now you get 4 discs per series.

3) In addition to the episodes for each series you get extras on every single disc. I won't describe each one as they are listed on the Amazon product page. However, die hard Friends fans will be pleased to see that you get some great extras such as my favourites which are:-
Gag Reels from series 1-4 and 6-10 (not sure what happened to series 5)
Interactive Trivia game
An hour long behind the scenes documentary
The Friends stars thoughts as the final series comes to a close.

4) You also receive a nice Episode guide book. The book details each episode with a description and pictures. You also get an additional few pages at the back detailing some of the more famous props.

5) The DVDS come with Dutch and English subtitles.

My overall opinion is that this box set is well priced and an absolute must have. The box set isn't too bulky so fits nicely in with other DVDs and also looks particularly nice in its presentation box.

If you are a fan then order yourself one today....you won't regret it!
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78 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love It! 15 Feb 2006
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Clearly, if you are a Friends fan, then this is the perfect product. There are a few things I should point out though. Season eight claims to have 'never before seen footage' - LIE! There is nothing different about those episodes and the original broadcast episodes. Also, season nine has shortened episodes. I don't know how many but I noticed it on 'The One In Barbados (Part 1 & 2). They have cut lots out making each of these episodes just over 20 minutes instead of the usual 22. This may not sound a lot but this is 10% of the original episode - GONE! However, I would say that not buying this product for the sake of 4 minutes is a bit picky so if you want it - BUY IT! ALSO, I got this for £129.99 on Amazon, so make sure your timing is right! If Amazon could afford to have it that cheap JUST BEFORE CHIRSTMAS then they could afford to have it that price again!
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99 of 109 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great to see in HD but...... 15 Nov 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
It's great to see FRIENDS in HD and I have owned FRIENDS on VHS, then on DVD, then I got the EXTENDED DVD boxset now BLU RAY and the picture quality is great but i'm upset because the Blu Ray edition is NOT the extended versions that were released on DVD and I can not understand why. I love FRIENDS but I feel like I have been ripped off. I paid 50 for the EXTENDED DVD's which in my Blu Ray player had good picture quality and now i've paid 90 for this and I only got the original episodes with great quality.
Having FRIENDS in HD is fantastic but you get more for your money on DVD. I am lucky because I only paid 90 for this Blu Ray box set (AMAZON) but everywhere have now raised the price to 120.
I am not trying to discourage anyone from buying this becuase the picture is brilliant especially on season 1 but I wish I had saved my money and stuck with the 15th Anniversary Edition on DVD.
If the Blu Ray had the Extended episodes then this would have 5 Stars but because it hasn't 3 Stars
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80 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only F.R.I.E.N.D.S you'll ever need 26 Oct 2009
Format:DVD
I have the black box edition of this. I was impressed by that but unimpressed by the special features. I bought this for the additional features and am going to sell the Black box edition.
This edition of the Friends Box Set is brilliant. It's the best way of watching Friends. The extra features are brilliant for Friendsaholics.
This isn't much of a review. More me saying that this IS the best Friends box set out there. The Seasons are are inn better cases, single side disks, smaller all season box. In my opinion better box art. Full episodes the ones aired in America. Unseen parts in UK.
If you don't have the 10 season box set and are thinking of getting it. This is the best of the three money will buy you.
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 2 Jan 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Im a huge fan of Friends and as soon as the series finished on TV I was looking to buy the DVD boxsets. I stumbled across this boxset and I ordered it almost immediatly. Im not normally so impulsive, especially with large sums of money.

Im glad I did it, I could not be happier with it. The design of the box is excellent and it's presented very well. I watched all the 236 episodes in sequence and my love for friends has grown considerably. The story-lines are superb and hilarious. The acting never cease's to impress. A truly amazing sitcom.
I am not a huge fan of sitcoms but this one is miles above the rest. If you do like sitcoms this series is essential.
On the last disc there are several documentries and outtake reels which are very funny and informative. They are a must see for fans.
Whether you are a big fan or not I recommend you buy this boxset ASAP. You will not be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bought as a gift for my daughter. She loves it!
Published 3 days ago by Robyn Cain
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and easy to watch
Great price for a series that you can watch over and over again. Buying separately it ends up very expensive, but it really is a great series that I needed after E4 stopped playing... Read more
Published 8 days ago by teenagebooklover
5.0 out of 5 stars good
Friends. Full series good
Published 10 days ago by toots
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy Gold!!
If you want a good laugh and reminisce about the good old days especially the 90's then watch Friends with our favourite characters Joey, Ross, Chandler, Rachel, Monica and Phoebe... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Shirley
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not going to review friends per se..
there must be almost as many column inches devoted to the show as hours spent on the telly airwaves.
The package was adequate. Read more
Published 12 days ago by tencsboc
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Love it! Friends boxset wasn't damaged when received. The discs weren't scratched, defiantly a good buy! Was worth the money.
Published 17 days ago by Lynz
5.0 out of 5 stars dvds
I bought this for my wife and she was delighted with it. a good price too. en excellent purchase. recomended
Published 24 days ago by paul manson
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent box set ! Shame box is damaged
Given a 3 star because box is damaged will cost more to send back so going to keep it. It arrived in the correct time the discs are double sided and are of a good quality. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars I love friends
My husband groaned when i treated myself to this boxset but i love Friends! It is one of those programs that you canwatch over and over and it will always cheer me up!
Published 1 month ago by Jenny McMahon
3.0 out of 5 stars unknown information
The series is great however I would of liked to have known the discs are scratched and they do not run properly.
Published 1 month ago by colette mitchell
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