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Friday Night Lights: Seasons 1-5 (Complete Series) (2011)

Kyle Chandler , Connie Britton  |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Gaius Charles, Zach Gilford, Michael B. Jordan
  • Producers: Brian Grazer, Peter Borg, Jason Katims
  • Format: Widescreen, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, DVD
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 19
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • Run Time: 3346 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0056Q0V98
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,242 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

From executive producers Peter Berg (The Kingdom) and Brian Grazer (The Da Vinci Code) comes the critically-acclaimed series Friday Night Lights. Inspired by the best-selling book and theatrical film, Friday Night Lights provides a compelling look at life in the small town of Dillon, Texas, thanks to the talented ensemble cast led by Kyle Chandler (King Kong) and Connie Britton (24). A consistent critical darling, the series has Variety noting its "Sharp cinematography, strong editing and feature-quality feel," and Time calling it "The fall's best new series.".

Customer Reviews

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148 of 152 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose! July 20, 2011
It's not about football... it's about life. I've lost track of how many times I've uttered this phrase to family and friends, imploring them to watch Friday Night Lights. When I find someone who is a regular FNL watcher then I know I've found a kindred spirit and will probably get along with that person just fine... unless they hate on Landry. Hate the game baby... not the playa. Ya heard? This show can be difficult to recommend because people tend to make assumptions about the subject matter and/or themes. It also just FEELS different from most shows. Some would say more authentic, or genuinely emotionally charged than typical prime time fare. One big reason is that this show is produced and shot in a way that most others aren't. Cameras are all hand-held and actors are allowed to improvise not only dialogue but even their marks and set direction so if the script reads "... walks to the edge of field and turns..." the actor can choose to instead head for the top of the bleachers and the camera operator will adjust mid-scene. The other BIG element that adds authenticity is the fact that all five seasons of FNL were shot in Austin, TX and Pflugerville, TX. No sets or sound stages replicating things. This may seem like a lot of extra work for the crew but that sweat (and blood and tears) shows up in the final result on screen.

All of the actors involved throughout all five seasons seem to really flourish in this environment. Every scene seems like a first take because it all just feels fresh and very immediate... like these people and things are real and if you drive deep into the heart of the great state of Texas, Tim Riggins might cut you off at an intersection on his way to save someone he loves from a terrible fate or to deliver one to someone who has wronged him.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A show worth every penny. October 24, 2011
This summer I asked one of my friends to suggest to me some new television shows I should watch. The first words out of her mouth were "Friday Night Lights." I rolled my eyes and immediately dismissed her. I had never been interested in watching Friday Night Lights. I thought it was just a show about football and teenagers crying over their insignificant high school problems. But my friend insisted it was much more than that and I took her advice. Within the first ten minutes of watching the pilot, I could see that I had been completely wrong.

Friday Night Lights created by Peter Berg, is based on the book Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, And A Dream written by H.G. Bissinger. The book takes place in Odessa, Texas where Bissinger spent a year observing the football-obsessed town. But Friday Night Lights, the television series, takes place in the fictional small town of Dillon, Texas, where football reigns supreme and winning is everything. Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and his Dillon Panthers seem to be on the way to a state title once again with their star quarterback Jason Street (Scott Porter) and their cocky but talented running back Brian `Smash' Williams (Gauis Charles). But during the first game of the season, Jason Street is paralyzed from the waist down. The entire town is shaken to its very core and everyone must learn to cope with the changes Jason's injury has brought to the team as well as the lives of those around him. From there, Friday Night Lights delves into the lives of the people of Dillon and their complex relationships with one another and themselves. Yes, football does play a big part in the telling of the stories, but it really acts as more of a vehicle for the tragedies and triumphs the characters experience.
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose... August 16, 2011
By tchr76
I am a native Texan. I am Hispanic. I am a woman. And I LOVE football! I first read the book...then watched the movie...and when I heard there were going to make a TV show, I was a bit skeptical. But from the first episode, I was hooked on a wonderfully written and acted and filmed series. The show depicted life in small-town Texas realistically, and the relationships between parent and child and student and athlete were skillfully fleshed out. Not EVERY episode was perfect...but you knew that the following week, there would be a gem of a story. It's NOT all about football...or Texas...or teenagers. It's about families, and friends, and the good and bad things that happen in life. I will miss seeing this show on TV and I'm SOOOO happy the entire series will come out in October! I am definitely buying this box set, and every Friday (except during football season!)I will sit in my living room, pop a DVD in, and relive those Friday Night Lights. If you weren't a fan, rent the first'll be hooked, too. Then buy the series, one at a time or the whole series. Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose!
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing series, amazing price, very poor quality video December 20, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is one of my very first reviews, hopefully it will be helpful to someone out there!

First, I would like to clarify that my rating reflects 3 areas:

1) Quality of the series - 9/10

- Friday Night Lights is an amazing television series. I personally am not a football fan, so I did not think I would be interested in the series. I am, however, an elementary school teacher (male) and I found I could relate strongly to the main protagonist - coach Taylor. I watched the first episode out of boredom, the second out of moderate interest, and by the third I was hooked. The series addresses many real life issues and situations that affect nearly every person at some point in their lives. The only part of the series where I took issue was the episode where Mrs. Taylor offered to direct a young girl to information that would help her have an abortion. I do not believe that was the right direction to take the character considering her faith and what Christianity teaches. You may have a difference of opinion, and I accept/respect that. (She is indeed a guidance councilor, but she was working outside the confines of her job.)

2) Value for the price - 10/10

At the time of my purchase the series was selling for $42.50 This is an unbelievable price. The series season dvds retail for about 15 to 20$ each which would be between 75 to 100$ total not including all the bonuses that come with the dvd bundle. At ~40$ this deal is a steal! However, before buying please heed the last category - video quality!! (See below)

3) Quality of the video / dvds - 3/10

Unfortunately, the actual video quality of these dvds is very poor. I own many different dvd series and of all of them this is by far the lowest quality playback.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars favorite show of all
the baddest dvd set ever, cant complain, cant wait to have it digitized for my laptop. favorite show of all time
Published 3 hours ago by j wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Ready for 5 more seasons (please?)
To all the people considering/wondering/hesitating/second guessing as they stare at this page, do yourself a favor and BUY THIS. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Ryan M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy review. However
The series is 5* all the way. Easy review.
However, the quality of the set itself not so much. Read more
Published 4 days ago by NC-West
5.0 out of 5 stars So so good!
Best show ever!
Published 9 days ago by chris wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific series with insightful writing and standout performances that...
Terrific series with insightful writing and standout performances that in many cases sneak-up on you as they're building over the narrative arc. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Duane V
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT....JUST BRILLIANT
I didn't watch the show when it was airing on TV. I thought it was about Texas high school football. Texas high school football is the secondary story as far as I am concerned. Read more
Published 11 days ago by BAC
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Packaging
Bought this as a gift for a huge fan of the show. She absolutely loved the packaging as well…pics and other fun tidbits.
Published 13 days ago by Jennifer Achterberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
I am now watching this for the fourth time. The characters are so well written; the acting is terrific; the story lines are great.
Published 15 days ago by Amy Wilen
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best TV shows ever
You live with these characters as if they are your family.
They are so real. Wonderful acting. And very affecting.
Published 19 days ago by Susan R. Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Added to the others.
this series was one i watched through with great joy and surprise i had to add the series to my collection a must have.
Published 1 month ago by peter oldenburg
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