This has to go because I am moving out with the girlfriend and I bought 1 for her and 1 for me, so now we just need between us :)
I played 1 disc to test it, but it has never been used other than that, and has been on display in a glass cabinet.
Cost £100 from the USA to import, and you always get stung for customs from Amazon USA since they changed distribution , so it ended up costing £130 :-( However, this was IMO better than paying £100 for the inferior UK version. Official retail is $300 However, Amazon are now currently doing it for £93 delivered, though you will get hit for £27 customs, making your cost £120.
It has a number of benefits over the R2 release including.
1) No flipper discs
2) 7 episodes per disc instead of 4 per side (so no constant changing of discs) (40 discs instead of 30 double sided)
3) No 4% speed up of pal
4) R2 releases are often cut short with bits missing
5)The pack also has a neat little book which has quite a lot of stuff in it.
6) Also has a HUGE amount of features, most of which are not on the R2, including games, documentaries etc..
Features [1 A Peek At Central Perk: An Interactive Map With Insider Stories From The Crew
[1 How Well Do You Know Your Friends?: Trivia Game
[1 The One With The Trailer Of Season 2
[1 Audio Commentary For The Pilot Episode With Executive Producers Kevin S. Bright, Marta Kuffman & Davis Crane
[1 Audio: English Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.0 Surround Sound
[1 Cast Profiles
[1 Featurette: Friends Of Friends - A Video Guide To Season One's Special Guest Appearances
[1 Subtitles: English, French, Korean, Spanish
[10 Additional Scenes
[10 Audio Commentary
[10 Music Video
[2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.0 Surround Sound
[2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
[2, 3, 8 Selectable Audio Commentary By Executive Producers Kevin S. Bright, Marta Kauffman & David Crane
[2 DVD-ROM Features: Take In An Open House At Monica & Rachel's Place With Our Interactive Map; Leaf Through The Friends Of Friends Guestbook; Learn What's Up With Your Friends; Match Wits On The How Well Do You Know Your Friends? Trivia Quiz With A DVD-Exclusive Video: The Never-Before-Seen Uncut Version Of Smelly Cat
[3 DVD-ROM Features: Take In An Open House At Joey & Chandler's Bachelor Pad With Our Interactive Map; Leaf Through The Friends Of Friends Guestbook; Learn What's Up With Your Friends; Match Wits On The Ross & Rachel: On A Break Trivia Quiz
[4, 5, 6, 7, 9 Producer Audio Commentary On 3 Episodes
[4, 6, 8 Interviews: Friends Of Friends Video Guest Book
[4 What's Up With Your Friends Video Cast Biographies
[4 Who Know's Who Best Ross's: Ultimate Triva Challenge Game
[4 Documentary: Friends Around The World
[4 Subtitles: English, French, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish
[5, 6, 7, 8 Guther Spills The Beans: Promo For Next Season
[5 Deleted Scenes: Episodes With Never-Before-Seen Bonus Footage!
[5 Documentary: The One That Goes Behind The Scenes
[5 DVD-ROM Features
[5 Easter Eggs
[5 Featurette: On Location In London - Cross The Pond & Join Your Friends
[6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Gag Reel
[6 Casino Challenge Trivia Game
[7 Monica's Wedding Book Challenge Game
[7 Interviews: Friends Of Friends Part II Video Guest Book
[8 Joey's Game Show Challenge Game
[9, 10 Interviews
[9 Who's Your Best Friend?: Menu Based Challenge
[9 Documentary: Behind The Style, The Look Of Friends - A Retrospective On Fashion, Make-Up & Hairstyles Through The Years
[9 Music Video: Phoebe Battles The Pink Robots
Pics of my pristine set below http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q81/smashed_photos/PICT2248.jpg?t=1164537721http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q81/smashed_photos/PICT2252.jpg?t=1164537798
[U A link with more pics below: http://www.dvdactive.com/news/releases/friends8.html?page=2