Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Friday Night Lights: The Complete Series DVD

Friday Night Lights: The Complete Series DVD

Mill Creek Entertainment


Running Time
55 hours 18 minutes

Number of Discs


Where to Purchase

When they struggled, we held our breath. When they lost, we felt their pain. And when they won, we cheered them on again and again.

Coach Eric Taylor is the newest hire at a small town high school in Dillon, Texas. After a series of events leading to his release, Taylor is forced to build a football team from the ground up at the rival high school. His wife Tami, high school principal, faces scrutiny of her own as she takes constant blame from angry parents. But even through the hardships at work, challenges at home with teen daughter Julie, and endless drama, only one thing matters: Friday night.

Through five extraordinary seasons, the residents of Dillon, Texas, kept viewers captivated with the small-town struggles, victories, and heartbreaks that resonated across America with breathtaking realness, and made Friday Night Lights, a Primetime Emmy® award-winning drama. Relive the spirit of this small town with a big heart: from the pride and pitfalls of high school football to the intimate relationships between lovers, parents and friends.


My Thoughts

Friday Night Lights is one of those series that I intended to watch during it's original run on television, but for some reason or another I never got around to doing so. That being said, I was excited when I received "the complete series" set on DVD at the end of September to review. I knew I wasn't going to have time to watch the series right away, so I added it to this year's Holiday Gift Guide.

Developed for television by Peter Berg, the series is inspired by the 1990 nonfiction book of the same name by H.G. Bissinger, which was also adapted as a feature film in 2004. The series aired on NBC from 2006 to 2011 (the last three seasons premiered on DirecTV's 101 Network first), and centered on a high school football coach Eric Taylor (played by Kyle Chandler), his wife Tammi (played by Connie Britton), and their teenage daughter Julie (played by Aimee Teegarden). The first three seasons involved Coach Taylor coaching the Dillon, Texas high school football team, the Panthers. 

The episodes also centers around the teenager characters - Jason Street (played by Scott Porter), the high school star quarterback who becomes a paraplegic after being injured in the pilot episode; Matt Saracen (played by Zach Gilford), the teams new quarterback who later dates the coach's daughter; Landry Clarke (played by Jesse Plemons), Matt's best friend; running back Brian "Smash" Williams (played by Gaius Charles); fullback Tim Riggins (played by Taylor Kitsch); Billy Riggins (played Derek Phillips), Tim's older brother; Lyla Garrity (played by Minka Kelly), Jason's girlfriend throughout the first season, and later becomes Tim Riggin's girlfriend; Tyra Collette (played by Adrianne Palicki), a teenager who's desperate to get out of Dillon; and Buddy Garrity (played by Brad Leland) as Lyla's father, who's also the head of the Dillon Panthers' Booster Club. 

Season four and five centered on Coach Taylor coaching the Lions football team for the East Dillon High School. New cast-members included Michael B. Jordan, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Madison Burge, and Matt Lauria.

No, this isn't the first time Friday Night Lights has been released to DVD, but it's the first time Mill Creek Entertainment has released the series on DVD. It's also available on Blu-ray, which happens to be the first time it's been released on the format. There are no extras or special features on the 13 disc DVD set.

The picture and sound quality are excellent on all the discs. 

Overall, I've enjoyed watching the series. It took me a few episodes to get into the series, as I'm not the biggest football fan. Once I started watching it, I realized the series is more about "family" than it is about "football."  The entire cast gives good performances, well, except Connie Britton, who I believe overacts in anything she stars in. The scripts are well-written, which made the series addicting for me. It's definitely a binge worthy series!

*Note - I received a complimentary copy from Mill Creek Entertainment. All opinions are my own.

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