Terry Morrow: 'Friends' gets incomplete treatment

Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry and Courtney Cox reunite — at least on Blu-ray — for "Friends: The Complete Series."

Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry and Courtney Cox reunite — at least on Blu-ray — for "Friends: The Complete Series."

Arguably there are minor quibbles to be had with the massive "Friends: The Complete Series" Blu-ray box set, released last week for a hefty $279.

But at that price tag (you could get it for far less on Amazon.com and other online sites), any complaint should be loud and clear.

Die-hard fans are mad over the editing of the episodes, with several lines of dialogue being edited out. What you'll get is more like an edited down version, much like the episodes that can be seen now in syndication.

So, in that sense, "The Complete Set" is a little incomplete.

There's nothing taken out that would actually alter plot. If anything, these cuts merely steal away little gems — though fans deserve to have in the given the cost of this box set.

Also keep in mind such an extensive set is really for the ultimate fan since it has all sorts of goodies aimed for them.

More than 110 hours of content — 90 hours of features and 20 hours of bonus content — puts together 236 original broadcast episodes.

The set has 21 discs and a 32-page episode guide, including content from the Warner Bros. archives.

The best feature for the super friends fan is having all the episodes in high-definition, Blu-ray format.

Those extended episodes that some fans long to own on Blu-ray will have to wait a bit longer.

"The Complete Series" does have its advantages.

The set features new content such as a retrospective documentary with new interviews looking back at the influential 10 years of the series, never-before-released cast appearances, unaired footage and a new gag reel.

Despite the price tag, "The Complete Series" on Blu-ray is far from an empty visit from "Friends."

Score: HHHH (out of 5)

Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or morrowt@knoxville.com.

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