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DVD Review HTF REVIEW: "Friends" The Complete Third Season (with screenshots)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Friends
    The Complete Third Season






    Studio: Warner Brothers
    Year: 1996-1997
    Rated: NR
    Film Length: 587 minutes
    Aspect Ratio: Full Frame (1.33:1)
    Subtitles: English, French and Spanish




    What happens when six friends live in fabulous
    Manhattan apartments, drink coffee and chat about
    life?


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    Boy, I can't tell you how much I enjoy receiving
    new season sets of Friends. That's sort of
    odd for me to say, as I never watched a single
    episode of the show until I started reviewing the
    discs for Warner Brothers almost exactly 1 year ago.

    Though I don't have the time to watch these season
    sets in their entirety, I do find myself picking
    at particular episodes when I have nothing better
    to watch. Just the fact that I find the time to
    revisit these sets shows how much I have warmed up
    to this terrific series.

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    Friends: The Complete Third Season appears
    in the same manner as the previous releases,
    arriving in a rather lightweight cardboard slipcover.
    Reach inside and you pull out a bulky cardboard insert
    that opens up into a five section gatefold that
    houses 4 discs placed in plastic housing. A total
    of 25 episodes are spread across 4 discs.

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    The outer gatefold panes contain full listings
    of each episode including Director, Writers,
    Guest Star Alerts -- and oh yes -- original
    air date. Intertwined with the episode listings
    are pictures of the cast as well as photos from
    a few memorable episodes.

    So what's new in this Season Three release?
    Ross (David Schwimmer) and Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston)
    romance is put to an end by Ross's jealousy. Phoebe
    (Lisa Kudrow) is reunited with her half brother
    (Giovanni Ribisi) and meets a family friend (Terri
    Garr) who drops some startling revelations about
    her parents. Monica (Courtney Cox) begins dating a
    millionaire named Pete (Jon Favreau). Chandler is
    driven to commit to his relationship with Janice
    (Maggie Wheeler). Joey (Matt LeBlanc) falls for an
    initially scornful theatrical costar.

    This season also boasted the appearance of a handful
    of big-time Special Guest Stars including Billy
    Crystal, Tom Selleck, Robin Williams, Jon Favreau,
    Ben Stiller, David Arquette, Isabella Rosselini

    and Teri Garr.

    For review purposes, I sampled three episodes from
    this set. I was sort of biased in my choices of
    which episodes to review as I went straight to those
    that featured the biggest Guest Star appearances.

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    The one with the Ultimate Fighting Champion
    Monica's boyfriend Pete begins competing to be the
    Ultimate Fighting Champion; he loses... repeatedly.
    Chandler's new boss has a habit of slapping him on
    the behind, which Chandler tries to deal with. Phoebe
    asks Rachel if she can set Ross up with Bonnie; Rachel
    agrees since Bonnie's the girl who shaves her head;
    Later, Rachel finds out Bonnie now has plenty of hair.
    A rather funny, but way too brief Guest Star
    appearance with Billy Crystal and Robin Williams.

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    The One with the Screamer
    Phoebe waits on hold so she can have her phone
    repaired before the warranty expires. The gang goes
    to Joey's play on opening night. Rachel dates Tommy,
    who seems pretty nice... except when he starts
    screaming at people; however, only Ross witnesses
    this behavior and can't convince anyone else. Joey's
    play gets bad reviews, prompting the director to
    break up with Kate; Joey and Kate spend the night
    talking and falling in love. Kate gets a job offer
    in L.A. and decides to leave. Don't miss a Guest
    Star
    appearance by Ben Stiller, as the rather
    emotional boyfriend.

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    The one at The Beach
    Phoebe finds a picture of her parents with their
    friend (also named Phoebe) and looks her up; she lives
    out by the beach, so everyone decides to go to the
    beach for the weekend. Joey tries to initiate a
    strip-poker game, which ends up as a strip-Happy-Days
    game. Rachel and Ross flirt... until Ross's girlfriend
    Bonnie shows up. Phoebe finds out that the other
    Phoebe has no idea where her father Frank is... but
    she has a different revelation to make. Rachel
    convinces Bonnie to shave her head again, which
    results in a confrontation between Rachel and Ross
    in which she reveals she still loves him.


    How is the transfer?


    The transfer is on par with last season's set.
    Presented Full Frame, the show looks pretty
    damn good. While the title and location establishing
    shots have hints of video noise in them, the rest
    of the show looks terrific.

    Reading my review of the Second season, I noted
    that the video looked a little soft. Not so here.
    Picture looks crisp and detailed with color that
    is very solid. A very satisfying presentation.

    Friends is an entirely a dialogue-driven
    show, so you can naturally expect the audio to be
    mostly front-heavy. Audio quality is excellent and
    dialogue is clear and distinct. The surrounds not
    only provide support for audience laughter, but
    various music sequences as well.


    Special Features

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    Producers commentary appear on three episodes:
    The one where no one's ready, The one with the
    morning after
    and The one with the football.
    The producers in question are: Marta Kauffman, David
    Crane and Kevin S. Bright. I listened to the
    commentary on the football episode and found
    it to be really cool! The producers are joined
    here with production designer John Shaffner. Kevin
    Bright (who also directed this show) talks about
    his fear of doing an episode about football, since
    nobody is very comfortable about shooting the show
    outside of its soundstage. What was the solution?
    They went across the lot to an empty soundstage
    where they built an entire park to support the story.
    David Crane knew very little about football, so he
    made sure that the show was easy to understand by
    those who fans who weren't football enthusiasts.
    Shaffner talks about how he turned an empty studio
    stage into a "pocket park." A very lively and
    entertaining commentary, and I imagine the others
    to be equally the same.

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    Disc Three features Tour of Joey and
    Chandler's bachelor pad
    which is an interactive
    map that reacts to your remote control commands.
    For instance, click on The Sofa to learn the
    reason why the Friends sets have a pyramid
    shape to them. Click on the icon in the lower left
    corner to hear more secrets from Art Director
    John Shaffner. Be sure to click on The Foosball
    Table
    and its adjoining icon to watch a super
    match between the Stage Coordinator, Asst. Upm,
    Dimmer Board Operator and The Grip.

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    Friends of Friends is basically a Guest
    Book
    that lists all the guest stars that appeared
    on the show during this season. Click on a name to
    see an extended clip of their appearance.

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    How Well Do You Know Your Friends? takes
    us to the Central Perk where our server introduces
    us to a menu containing the faces of our favorite
    characters. Click on an individual face and be
    treated to a montage of that character's finest
    FRIENDS moments.

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    Ross and Rachel: On a break? is an interactive
    quiz that should be easy for those familiar with
    this season's episodes. Each correct answer is
    rewarded with a clip from the episode. Each wrong
    answer tears Rachel and Ross further apart.

    Although there is also a Cast and Crew list
    featured here, its is rather limited in the fact
    that you cannot click on any individual name to
    access a filmography.


    Final Thoughts


    Another superb season supported by some rather
    cool guest star appearances makes Friends: The
    Complete Season Three
    a nice addition to the
    previously released season sets.

    Still not a watcher of Friends? You really
    have missed the boat!


    Release Date: April 1, 2003


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    They are for illustrative purposes only and do not
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  2. David Lambert

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    I was just telling the wife an hour ago how much I was looking forward to this release next week! I can't wait to fool around with this set on April Fool's Day!!
     
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    Thanks for the fine review Ron, glad to hear the video quality seems somewhat improved from the first 2 seasons. Definitely a purchase for me! [​IMG]
     
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    can't wait to get this set. season 3 has some of my favorite episodes from the entire series. I will pick this up on release day even though i'm only on disc 3 of season 2
     
  5. Joel C

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    Love this show, all nine seasons. Three is great, but I can't wait for four.
     
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    Thanks for the review Ron [​IMG]

    I'll add Season 3 to my collection to go along with my Season 1 and 2 [​IMG]
     
  7. James Costin

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    In relation to these Friends season sets. Can anyone tell me if the Canadian versions feature bilingual covers or are they the same as the American versions?
    Thanks.
     
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    James,

    Warner don't do bilingual covers, so you should be okay.

    Anybody else notice that the menus are now anamorphic?

    I can't wait for this set, I already ebayed my PAL discs a few weeks back and I just love rediscovering my favorite Friends episodes in extended versions.
    And the sudden price drop from $70 SRP to $45 SRP is amazing! Credit where credits is due: Great job, Warner! [​IMG]

    Chris
     
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    Thanks for the info Christian.
     
  10. Ron-P

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    Excellent. Cannot wait to add this to the collection.

    Peace Out~[​IMG]
     
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    The only reason I would buy these is for the additional footage as seen in the previous seasons' releases.

    Is there no additional footage for Season Three?
     
  12. LarryDavenport

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    I'm sure there is additinal footage since there was on the Best of Friends sets. I only wish they (WB) were quicker getting the sets out. Two a year seems awfully slow.

    I should be getting my pre-order with The Beatles Anthology, I might have to play hooky and have a Beatles/Friendsmarathon for a couple days.
     
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    Ah, I can see now on the images of the front cover that this season also says: Now With Footage You've Never Seen

    Never mind.
     
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    And at least there wasn't a big delay before Friends got "good." I like the early Simpsons, but it didn't really kick in until S3.

    It's better than the release rate for Seinfeld, too! [​IMG]
     
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    I bought it for $22.XX at overstock.com. I'm waiting for the price drop to buy seasons 1 and 2. Should I hold off and watch it in order or do I jump right in?

    Also... anyone know when the price drop will come? Will stores like Best Buy and DDDvd drop their prices?
     
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    The price drops for S1 and S2 were originally scheduled to be a week or two after the streetdate for S3...but Warner has sensibly changed them to take place on 4/1 (same day S3 streets).

    The prices should in theory take effect at all chains and e-tailers simultaneously on that date. Actually, price changes are allowed to take place on the Sunday prior, so 3/30 they ought to go into effect. However, your milage may vary as not every chain is on-the-ball. And, often the price changes in the register system but the tags aren't updated until the staff gets around to it (if ever). So, noone can guarantee that Best Buy will get the price drops done "on time".

    Someone asked (either earlier in this thread or perhaps over in the Bargains section, I forget) whether Best Buy would have S3 on sale. Without violating forum rules about naming sale prices before Sunday prior, I think I *can* say that BB's deal for Friends S3 is their typical one for subsequent season sets: Buy only S3, "regular price". Buy S3 and one of the previous ones at the same time, save a little money on the combo purchase. Buy all three, save even more money. Of course, this scheme is only good for BB customers if they take the price reduction first! [​IMG]
     
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    I can wait [​IMG] So Best would -definitely- do a price drop within the next month? It doesn't have to be right on the first.

    Right now BB's price is $60. How much do you think it will drop? to $30 or $40, or will it just drop $10 or so?

    BTW your descripion below your name is accurate [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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