Release: Mar 22, 2013 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: DaxRider123 - external link: IMDB - more from this series
Comparison between the TV Version (taken from the Blu-ray) and the Extended Version (taken from the British DVD)
- 15 differences, 8 of these with alternative footage
- Difference in time: 146.2 sec (= 2:26 min)
Almost every episode of this sitcom classic were released in an extended version on the US DVDs. For TV some cuts were done in order to trim the episodes to the usual format, however, some censoring can be found as well. In Great Britain, only the TV versions were released on DVD at first yet the newer "15th Anniversary Edition" contains the extended episodes as well and was used as a comparison here.
The new Blu-ray release is identical all around the world and contains – only the TV Versions, the extensions can also not be found in the bonus material. People interested in buying the series now have to decide: Longer episodes or better picture quality? The latter is really great on Blu-ray, rescanning of the original 35mm tape led to a brilliant picture and it is now also in the 16:9 format with more information on the side of the picture. On the other hand, about 2 minutes are missing per episode.
Episode 1x07 ("The One With The Blackout") offers roughly 2.5 minutes of new footage. Several of these scenes relate to each other. When we find out that Monica once had feelings for Joey, the explanations are more detailed (she was especially attracted to his muscular arms). During the game of Monopoly they hint at this again. Ditto, when Joey tells Ross that it was not it was not a proof of love when Rachel touched his hair. Additionally, a close-up night shot was replaced.
After the opening credits, there are different shots of the skyline of the city.
This was probably only done for the Blu-Ray which uses stock footage of better image quality.
TV Version 0.7 sec longer
The shot of Chandler begins a little earlier.
The Extended Version cuts to a long shot and we hear Jill's telephone ring.
Jill: "Hello. Oh, hi, Mom. Mom, Mom, you're tripping. Dexter's a dog. The blackout is scaring him. You'd pee in dad's shoes too if you didn't know what was going on. All right, call me back."
She hangs up the phone.
Jill (sighingly to Chandler): "Mothers!"
Then we hear his inner thoughts.
Chandler: "Attaboy, a word. That wasn't so hard. 'Mothers', 'Yeah', 'Mothers', 'Yeah'. Work it."
He smiles rather exaggerated and then (again in his mind) cautions himself: "Don't smile!"
In the TV Version we instead see Chandler a little longer before Jill gives him the phone. She is shown a few frames earlier.
Extended Version 34.9 sec longer
In the Extended Version, Phoebe adds something to her Milwaukee comment after seeing that the others are quite confused.
Phoebe: "What? It's a really weird place."
In the TV Version, the following shot of Joey and Rachel starts a little earlier; in this way, the confusement over Phoebe's remark is stressed a little more before she – in both versions – calls Ross.
EV 4.3 sec longer
After Ross' story, the TV Version only shows a long shot. Phoebe wants to talk to Rachel, however, the latter doesn't want to talk.
In the Extended Version, Ross has something to say in an additional shot.
Ross: "So, let's see, that would leave..."
In the exact same shot Phoebe wants to talk to Rachel, who repels the conversation in an additional closer shot.
EV 4 sec longer
After the exterior shot, the scene inside the apartment starts earlier. Monica opens the fridge and due to the blackout, the light of course stays out.
Phoebe: "Oh, this must be what the fridge looks like with the door is closed. Spooky..."
Monica is confused and asks the others: "Anybody hungry? We got a Klondike... soup."
In the TV Version, the shot is a little longer and while Joey goes to Ross, he says: "I'm telling you, she has no idea what you're thinking. And if you don't ask her out soon you're going to end up stuck in the zone forever."
The Extended Version cuts to a different perspective and the dialogue in between these to sentences is a little longer.
Joey: "I'm telling you, she has no idea what you're thinking."
Ross (satisfied): "Oh yeah? She just ran her fingers through my hair. Were you missing that interaction?"
Joey: "No-no-no-no. This is running fingers through your hair."
He shortly runs his fingers through Ross' hair.
Joey:"Okay? Now this..." - he touches Ross' head like Rachel did before - "...is a tousle. Look, if you don't ask her out soon you're going to end up stuck in the zone forever."
EV 16.4 sec longer
The fade to the next scene happens a little earlier in the TV Version. At the beginning of the following shot of the city, both versions use different footage.
No difference in time.
In the TV Version, Joey is shown slightly longer.
+ 0.4 sec
In return, the shot in the EV is slightly longer after the TV Version already cut to the following scene.
No difference in time.
Now we see the actual reason for the previous small extensions: Joey in the EV talks to Monica and jokes around a little about the fact that Monica was into him once.
Joey: "You, uh... you had a crush on me?"
Monica: "All right, it wasn't a crush. It was a... a dent."
Joey: "Big dent?"
Monica: "All right. Look, you were moving your furniture upstairs. I.. I thought you had nice arms. That's all!"
She goes to the sice and Joey picks up a chair after thinking for a short time.
Joey: "Nice arms, huh? Hey, Mon. I'm moving the chair. Do anything for ya?"
Monica doesn't react.
The subsequent scene outside starts earlier as well.
Ross: "You know, with all the lights out, you can actually see the stars."
The scene where Phoebe and the others are singing inside the room while Ross in the background tries to get the cat off his shoulder is longer in the EV.
Subsequently there's a fade to an exterior shot of the house.
The scene inside the bank's outer office starts earlier. We can hear Chandler's thoughts: "All right, all right. Damage control. Get back to the gum."
In the Extended Version the scene inside the apartment starts differently. Ross reads the rules of Monopoly while Joey plays around with a toy car.
Joey seductively and in relation to the prior extension say: "Hey Mon, wanna go for a ride in my race car? I'll bring my arms..."
Monica: "That'd be nice. Then we could bring my wheelbarrow to carry your teeth."
Joey looks disappointed and Ross dices.
The TV Version shows different footage to feed into the scene where Ross rolls the dices.
EV 14.2 sec longer
After Ross copied Paolo, there's a short additional sequence with the Italian. He romantically ruffles through Rachel's hair.
In relation to this sequence, Joey says: "Now that was no tousle."