The Good

Five episodes with three commentary tracks is a pretty good deal for consumers.

The Bad

It would have been nice if the commentary tracks would have included some of the cast members, too.

Comprised of five episodes the Friends: The One with All the Babies DVD is a quick assort of episodes dealing with guess what? Babies. I think the biggest joke of all was seeing these self absorbed characters have to deal with young children. While I am sure that Friends fanatics are going to appreciate this five episode DVD, I am wondering if people that are such devoted fans wouldn't be better served just coughing up some more money and buying each individual season?

On the whole, for the fan's that don't need every episode, I think Friends: The One with All the Babies should tide them over just fine.

Features

Commentary Tracks

There are tracks on here for three of the episodes. They done by Executive Producers Kevin S. Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane and they are on "The One Hundredth" episode, "The One Where Rachel Has A Baby" and "The One With the Male Nanny." The producers discuss doing lots of "birth" shows, the actors and they even laugh at their own jokes. I give them credit for admitting that certain things that made it into the show didn't work, yet they still stand behind what went in.

Video

Standard Version presented in a format preserving the aspect ratio of their original television exhibitions. The lighting is pretty standard on this show (I don't know that I could ever see Friends using shadows to create character), but I feel that there was is something extra sharp about how these show were compressed. Something tells me that only having five episodes on a disc might have something to do with it.

Audio

Dolby Digital - English: Dolby Surround 5.0. Nothing too special about the audio but Friends always seemed to have a biting wit to it. In fact, I found that as I watched this show I always waited for a character to say something that would invoke the other characters to jump all over them.

Package

The front cover features Rachel and Ross as Rachel prepares to have a baby. Above them is a cast shot that seems like it was taken from another box set. The back cover features shots from each episode, a listing of the five episodes that make up this disc, a "Special Features Listing" and a technical specs list.

Final Word

I am thinking when they start playing these shows on TV Land will be about the time that I get into this show. It isn't that I don't think that it's good, I just have never understood what all the hoopla was about in Friends. In fact, I always got the impression from the episodes I saw, or the people I heard discussing the show that the creators were always trying really hard to be ahead of the curve, instead of just being the curve.

Friends was released .