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Friday Night Lights: The Complete Series

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When they struggled, we held our breath. When they lost, we felt their pain. And when they won, we cheered them on again and again. Through five extraordinary seasons, the residents of Dillon, Texas, kept viewers captivated with the small-town struggles, victories, and heartbreaks that resonated across America with breathtaking realness, and made Friday Night Lights, a Primetime Emmy award-winning drama, one of the best dramas ever to air on TV. Now, relive the spirit of this small town with a big heart: from the pride and pitfalls of high school football to the intimate relationships between lovers, parents and friends. Every moment of this critically acclaimed dramatic series is featured in this incredible collection that includes 19 discs packaged in a beautiful book filled with striking photography from the series. Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton and an all-star ensemble shine in this American drama series that will never be forgotten. Texas forever…


Season 1:
The first season of Friday Night Lights accomplishes something that few television dramas are able to do: It betters the 2004 film (starring Billy Bob Thornton) on which the series is based. Set in Dillon, Texas, where football--even on the high school level--is everything, Friday Night Lights is a compelling drama with a football subplot. Poignantly and effectively touching on racism, rape, steroids, jealousy, infidelity, and life-changing injuries, the series presents the inhabitants of Dillon as real people who are flawed, but remarkable in their ordinariness. Though the series struggled to find an audience during its inaugural year, it was a critical favorite thanks to some fine acting by leads Kyle Chandler (as Coach Eric Taylor) and Connie Britton (who portrays his wife, Tami). Coach Taylor's career depends on his ability to get the Dillon Panthers to the state championship. If the team suffers a losing streak, he knows his family, which includes daughter Julie (Aimee Teegarden), will no longer be welcome in Dillon. Britton, who also played the coach's wife in the film version, is a phenomenal actress who shares simmering chemistry with Chandler. Not content at just being the coach's wife, she lands a job as a counselor at the local high school. That position plays a pivotal role in the season finale, which leaves viewers wondering whether Eric will leave Dillon to accept a coveted coaching job with a university. Though the majority of the twentysomething actors appear too mature to portray high school students, they have the mannerisms of teens down pat. Gaius Charles is perfect as cocky running back Brian "Smash" Williams, who'll risk his health to make sure he gets a football scholarship to college. Local sweethearts Jason Street (Scott Porter) and Lyla Garrity (Minka Kelly) are the high school's golden couple. When a football injury leaves him paralyzed, he finds strength in what the future holds for him, but Lyla finds herself in a short-lived affair with Jason's best friend Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch). Once the relationship comes out in the open, their classmates' reactions to the "traitors" show that sexual inequality is rampant even in the teen set. Tim's teammates briefly ostracize him, but just as quickly forgive him, especially since he's so valuable on the football field. But Lyla becomes persona non grata to the girls at school who take too much glee in calling the head cheerleader a slut. The hits she takes verbally are no less lethal than the ones the boys take on the gridiron. And the tentative relationship between Julie Taylor and Matt Saracen (Zach Gilford) is the best depiction of teenage love since Angela Chase fell for Jordan Catalano on My So-Called Life. The actors do a wonderful job conveying the sweetness, pain, and hurt of falling in love without really understanding all of its implications. Peter Berg, who co-wrote and co-directed the film, has a strong presence as a writer on the series and evenly distributes the storylines between the kids and the adults. Friday Night Lights is a drama with teenage characters at its core. But the stories are universal. --Jae-Ha Kim

Season 2:
Friday Night Lights is deeply entrenched in the world of football and teamwork, but the series transcends sports and delves into rich, human relationships that at times are heartbreakingly real. A compelling drama, the show also features one of the strongest (and best looking) ensemble casts. The second season fulfills the promise of its debut. Full of drama, heart, and superb acting, the series is set in fictional Dillon, Texas--a town where everyone lives and breathes football. The first season had Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) accepting a college coaching job, while his pregnant wife Tami (Connie Britton) and their 16-year-old daughter Julie (Aimee Teegarden) stayed behind in Dillon. Unfulfilled by his diminished duties and cognizant of the fact that he no longer is the head guy who calls all the shots, Eric returns to the Dillon Panthers. Meanwhile, Julie breaks up with starting quarterback Matt Saracen (Zach Gilford), who ends up finding love with a young nurse's aide. Paralyzed football hero Jason Street (Scott Porter) tries to find his place in the world, moving out of his parents' home and accepting--and then quitting--an assistant coaching job with the Dillon Panthers. And bad boy Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch) gets thrown off the squad and ends up squatting in a meth dealer's home before Coach Taylor temporarily takes him in. But the strongest storyline belongs to Gaius Charles, who is pitch perfect as cocky star runningback Brian "Smash" Williams. Ensured a spot on a university with an elite football program, Williams believes that he is unstoppable. When a run-in with some racist kids turns into a media frenzy, the school rescinds its invitation and Smash finds himself scrambling to get into any school, regardless of its football program. A powerful actor who is equally adept at portraying a strutting football hero as he is a humbled teen, Charles conveys passion as well as numbing reality. Season two also deals with the aftermath of Tyra Collette (Adrianne Palicki) and Landry Clarke (Jesse Plemons), who try to cover up a murder. While the storyline is flawed and implausible, the actors do a stellar job with the material. It is also sweet to watch the couple's relationship--initially based on desperation--forge into a strong friendship and romance. Things don't always end neatly, but that only adds to the drama of Friday Night Lights. Look for series writer Peter Berg to guest star as Tami's former high-school boyfriend and Eric's nemesis. If the finale seems a little disjointed, it is because of the 2008 writers strike, which forced the series to truncate its episodes from a planned 22 episodes to just 15. The four-disc set also includes audio commentary and almost 40 minutes of deleted footage. --Jae-Ha Kim

Special Features

Disc 1:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Behind The Lights: Creating The First Season of Friday Night Lights

  • Disc 2:
  • Deleted Scenes

  • Disc 3:
  • Deleted Scenes

  • Disc 4:
  • Deleted Scenes

  • Disc 5:
  • Deleted Scenes

  • Disc 6:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentary - Last Days of Summer with Executive Producers Jason Katims and Jeffrey Reiner
  • Audio Commentary - Are You Ready For Friday Night with Stars Connie Britton and Aimee Teegarden

  • Disc 7:
  • Deleted Scenes

  • Disc 8:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentary - There Goes the Neighborhood with Stars Jesse Plemmons and Adrienne Palacki

  • Disc 9:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • William S. Paley Television Festival: Interview with Cast and Crew

  • Disc 10:
  • Deleted Scenes

  • Disc 11:
  • Keeping Up Appearances Deleted Storyline
  • Deleted Scenes

  • Disc 12:
  • Deleted Scenes

  • Disc 13:
  • Tomorrow Blues Deleted Storyline
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Tomorrow Blues Commentary with Executive Producer Jason Katims and Co-Executive Producer/Episode Director Jeffrey Reiner

  • Disc 14:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Friday Night Lights... Camera, Action!
  • Peter Berg Intros
  • East of Dillon Commentary with Executive Producer Jason Katims

  • Disc 15:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • New Faces, New Places
  • Playbook

  • Disc 16:
  • Deleted Scenes

  • Disc 17:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Yearbook

  • Disc 18:
  • Deleted Scenes

  • Disc 19:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Lights Go Out
  • Don't Go Commentary with Director Michael Waxman
  • Always Commentary with Executive Producer/Showrunner Jason Katims

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton
    • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • Subtitles: English
    • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
    • Number of discs: 19
    • Rated:
      Not Rated
    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2011
    • Run Time: 3272 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (356 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B005CA4SOM
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,534 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    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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    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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    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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