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Friends: The Complete Edition - Blended Uncut and Blu Ray together. (Released)

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Over the quarantine period I took it upon myself to start a huge project. I loved the Blu Ray quality of the tv show Friends, but if I wanted to watch the Full show uncut I would have to just watch the uncut dvd versions. I thought if I put all the work in to blend them together now, I could get the best of both worlds for every re-watch here after. I didn’t think it would be too difficult but I felt like a Director and an editor at the same time as it went along. There were so many alterations that came down to my choice but I’m extremely proud of what I accomplished. One part to note is I got used to ignoring the multiple credits as I wanted to keep as much of the HD version as possible, and it does swith the aspect ratio from widescreen to full screen anytime the uncut footage was used.

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I would love to see these as they are available. I’ve ALWAYS wanted the HD of friends, but also wanted the uncut versions from the DVD’s as the cut material usually removes material for either new jokes or is able to show the reason why something was said/done later. I never did buy the excuse from WB that they just didn’t have the material in HD, that it was just “lost”. I hope that you are able to complete this project. If you need any help, I’ll be glad to do what I can.

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This sounds great, am currently going through the uncut DVDs slowly. Could I get a link if available? I’d rather watch these than the DVDs. Sounds like a definitive version.

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This is great timing for me. I’ve been planning on watching the entire series just before the reunion special.

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I started watching these yesterday, and I think you’ve done a great job in terms of audio here, the transitions are seamless. However, I found the constant switch between 16:9 and 4:3 a bit jarring. Have you considered cutting the BR footage to 4:3 so the switch between BR and DVD footage is less noticeable?

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Heavysyde said:

I started watching these yesterday, and I think you’ve done a great job in terms of audio here, the transitions are seamless. However, I found the constant switch between 16:9 and 4:3 a bit jarring. Have you considered cutting the BR footage to 4:3 so the switch between BR and DVD footage is less noticeable?

I wouldn’t want that. Besides, from my understanding, the 16:9 are cropped 4:3 anyways, so it still would be rather noticeable

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heathen3017 said:

I wouldn’t want that. Besides, from my understanding, the 16:9 are cropped 4:3 anyways, so it still would be rather noticeable

I’m not sure what you mean by “the 16:9 are cropped 4:3 anyways”. On a 16:9 laptop monitor or TV, the BR footage is full screen, whilst the DVD footage has black bars on the left and right (as it is 4:3). The switch between BR and DVD footage is therefore quite noticeable. As there’s no way to make the DVD footage 16:9 (has not been released by NBC or whoever made Friends), the only way to make the output image ratio consistent would be to crop the BR footage. Ofc, OP can do what he likes, just my thoughts on this.

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I understand how not everyone would be a fan of the aspect switching, My wife and I watched it through as I made them and found for us it got less noticeable, but people can feel differently about that part of it. I like the widescreen for the majority of it so I chose not to alter that, you may feel free to alter it for yourself if you want to put in that amount of work. Thanks for noticing the audio transitions that took an awful lot of time to get right and found helped make the aspect change that little bit less jarring.