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Friends - The Complete Eighth Season


Info: DVD Release Date: November 9, 2004 (Warner Bros. Home Video)
Color/MSRP: $44.98
Number of discs: 4
Number of episodes: 23 (24 half hours)
Running Time: 506 minutes
Total Runtime of Special Features: approx. 30 min.
(not counting commentary and trivia game)
Languages and Subtitles: English/French/Spanish; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: Producers commentary on 3 episodes; "Friends of Friends" video guestbook; Gag reel; "Joey's Gameshow Challenge" and "Gunther Spills The Beans"


The 8th season is the season that won FRIENDS the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2002 - the show about six thirty-something friends living in New York complaining about everything from their jobs to their love-lives, or lack thereof. This season kicks off with the conclusion of Monica and Chandler's wedding and the discovery that Rachel is pregnant. The Emmy winning season is now available on DVD and features memorable guest appearances ranging from Brad Pitt to Sean Penn and Alec Baldwin!

Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

For a show like Friends, it's difficult to single out just a few episodes that are considered "memorable" because to its fans, every episode has that one moment that just makes you laugh out loud or tugs at your heart-strings. Some episodes that pop into my mind as memorable are "The One After 'I Do'" in which Phoebe pretends she is the one who is pregnant in order to cover for Rachel. "The One with the Red Sweater" in which Joey, Phoebe and Monica figure out that Ross fathered Rachel's baby. "The One Where Rachel Tells Ross" in which everyone but Ross knows he has a baby on the way. "The One Where Joey Tells Rachel" in which Joey tells Ross about his true feelings for Rachel and finally "The One Where Rachel Has Her Baby" in which Rachel gives birth.

The 8th season of FRIENDS included some stellar guest-stars in the form of Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Alec Baldwin, like mentioned before.


The package is a digipak in which you pull out another box and open it to reveal the four discs. There are four discs in total and contain 23 episodes (really 24 but "The One Where Rachel Has Her Baby" is considered an hour on this set and so it's number 23). Disc one has the FRIENDS logo with a shot of the entire cast. Disc 2 features dual shots of Monica & Chandler. Disc 3 is the same design and showcases Joey and Phoebe. Disc 4 features the same design with Ross and Rachel. The color is different on each disc. It's a nice design - simple and easy. Disc 1 has episodes 1-6; Disc 2 has episodes 7-12; Disc 3 has episodes 13-18 and Disc 4 has episodes 19-23.

Menu Design and Navigation:

The main menu has the FRIENDS theme playing, but with no vocals. There is a PLAY selection, EPISODES selection that leads to a new menu listing the episodes to choose from; a SPECIAL FEATURES selection which takes you to a new listing where you can choose the special features located on the disc; and finally a LANGUAGES selection where you can choose whether you want subtitles or not in English, French or Spanish. It's a nice layout and easy to use.

Video and Audio Quality:

The video quality was fantastic. I saw no glitches or anything. The color was great and it was as good as I expected. The audio was pretty good as well. It wasn't too low like a lot of releases have been that I've done. Every episode runs around 22-23 minutes.

Special Features:

There were several great special features. Discs 1 and 4 have Audio Commentary by Executive Producers Kevin S. Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane is available on the third episode of the season "The One Where Rachel Tells Ross" (on Disc 1), as well as the fifth episode of the season "The One With The Videotape" and finally on the season finale (Disc 4) "The One Where Rachel Has a Baby". Disc 4 contains the bulk of the features. "Friends of Friends" Video Guestbook features interviews with past guest-stars including David Arquette, June Gable, Teri Garr, Debra Jo Rupp, Bonnie Somerville and Lauren Tom where they discuss their stints on the show inter-cut with scenes from their appearances. It runs approx. 19 minutes. The Gag Reel is bloopers from the 8th season and it runs around 8 minutes. "Joey's Game Show Challenge" is a game show that Joey is trying out for with Ross and Chandler's help. It's an interactive game where you can play as either Ross or Chandler and you are asked season 8 trivia questions. It's a really fun game. And finally, "Gunther Spills the Beans About Next Season" in which the character Gunther previews what you can expect to see on the season 9 DVD (it's just a montage of scenes from Season 9 and runs approx. 2 min.).

Final Comments:

Overall, I think this set is great. I especially loved the Bamboozled Game Show you can play. It's really fun. The commentary is always great. Overall, Warner did a great job with the special features and the layout of the discs. Everything about is great. I can't think of a thing I would change or expect on future releases. But I do think original promos before the episode would be a neat feature but itís probably not likely.

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
Overall: 4.5/5

-- Reviewed Shawn Eaton (TVJunkie101) on 11/26/04

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