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A barebones collection. The US version is better
on 25 February 2014
As a Friends fan, in past years I've collected most of the series on DVD, buying the boxed sets from Amazon.com. Those editions are of great quality: 4 single sided discs, elegant slipcase made of paper and plastic including plot summaries of every episodes, and a good quantity of extras. A short preview of every episode, commentary of a few special ones, and other material like interviews, trivia challenges, "Gunther's corner", and so on. Finally, the DVD interface is slick, with music and animation.
Now, I recently decided to complete the collection, and I bought the missing seasons from Amazon.co.uk (since I can receive them faster): 6, 7 and 10. I thought "hey, they'll be just the same in region code 2!". Was I in for a disappointment!
The collection is comprised of three double-sided discs, which feel quite cheap, since this way they don't even have a regular label. They are contained in three separate plastic shells, with no particular decorations. Furthermore, there are no extra, no commentary, and the interface is pretty basic, without even music.
Fortunately, the episodes themselves are fine. There is something different from the US version, but I can't quite put my finger on it (difference in tv standards between nstc and pal?). Anyway, this part is good, and I think they're still the full, unedited versions.
Overall, the product is surely functional, but it's too basic. I'll just buy the US edition and give this boxset to a friend.