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4.0 out of 5 stars Trying to clear up the "cutting" confusion..., November 15, 2012
This review is from: Friends: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
For anyone who thinks that these episodes are cut, please read this review from Gord Lacey at tvshowsondvd(dot)com:

"Alright, let's deal with the "elephant in the room." You may have read, or heard that these episodes are cut. That's completely false. These are the original airings of the episodes (with a couple exceptions, which I'll get to later) that were seen on NBC. If you sat down to watch the show on "Must See TV" Thursdays, this is what you would have seen, except it's in HD (and widescreen). When Warner Bros released this on DVD, years ago, they added material - stuff that was deleted from the episodes for whatever reason. When you create a TV show you log everything - all the shots, the timecode, everything. It's well-documented, and finding the material you need again is a relatively easy task. Unfortunately that wasn't the case with the extended episodes; records weren't kept, timecode didn't exist. That makes the task of finding the material to recreate the extended episodes a daunting task; one that likely would have made Friends on Blu-ray financial unfeasible. I think a good comparison would be what CBS is going through with Star Trek: The Next Generation, except that they're recreating episodes in HD that can bring them other financial revenue streams, while Friends would have to recoup everything from this one set. I think the irony here is that if Warner Bros didn't go to the trouble to create the extended episodes for the DVDs, there wouldn't be any issue with this Blu-ray set. I've gone through the entire set and noted the times of every episode, which you can find at the end of this review (I think I need a new remote now).

There were 4 "Super-Sized" episodes in season 7, and while those longer episodes aren't here in HD, they entire episodes are available as SD bonus material. Those are the only episodes that differ from the "broadcast night" versions."

[Taken from: tvshowsondvd(dot)com]

See, it's not so bad. If they would have gone through to find all the episodes that they extended, it would have taken them much longer and the cost would have been astronomical!

Long story short, amazing to see in HD like on TBS/Nick at Nite. If you already have the series on DVD, then maybe you'd be happier with what you have and not buying this Blu-ray set. However, if you have been like me and waiting for the Widescreen HD episodes, then this does just fine. They are pretty much the same as what you'd see on your local TV station's syndicated version or on TBS/Nick at Nite.
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Initial post: Nov 18, 2012 2:54:05 AM PST
Lizzieeroo says:
if that's the case, how come the UK and France BluRay editions are full extended versions?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 1:05:43 PM PST
Trevane says:
Are they really because the reviews on there say they aren't?

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 2:34:07 AM PST
L. Cheng says:
Extended Edition or DIE!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 8:56:10 AM PST
Trevane says:
Um, what are you talking about?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 10:15:54 PM PST
Gavin02 says:
Actually, according to the reviews provided by users on Amazon's UK website, their version of the blu-ray series also contains the original broadcast versions, not the extended DVD episodes. Amazon's France website doesn't even list Friends as an item for blu-ray, but it does have the DVD-version of the complete series listed as an import item.

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 2:33:48 PM PDT
Thanks for the "true" review. All of the DVD nerds make finding real info in Amazon reviews a chore. If they aren't complaining about the "edits," they're complaining about the box.

Cheers

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 8:50:04 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 5, 2013 8:56:25 PM PDT
D. Leon says:
So, was the episode The One Where Rosita Dies, when the Gellers sell their home and Ross and Monica to to get their childhood stuff and Monica's boxes are all destroyed so Jack gives her the porche, was that a supersized episode? I don't remember if it was, but that episode was cut to pieces on the blu-ray.

Posted on Nov 16, 2013 11:10:19 AM PST
fincherfan says:
I have to call BS on the "it would have cost too much" argument. 1st of all, the network has made many, many, many millions off of this show--and its fans--already. The fans deserve to be treated right and rewarded for loyalty. Many of us have the show on DVD and still watch it on TV when it comes on (giving the studio more money through those advertisers).
2nd: let's assume they wanted to do it right and hire a company (or, you know, the staff they already have) and pay them even as much as $100,000 to find the footage and get it all sorted out. How much would that have effected the final price of the set? They obviously plan on selling thousands. Instead of $200 per set, it might have cost $210? But now a lot of people who actually do care about this would have purchased it. (It probably costs them $25 per set to manufacture/duplicate, by the way.)

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 7:46:37 AM PST
FRIENDSLover says:
So it was convenient and easy to keep all the extended material for the DVD series, but not the Blu Ray? That doesn't make any sense at all.

Posted on Jan 12, 2014 8:48:03 AM PST
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