Release: Apr 25, 2011 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: DaxRider123 - external link: IMDB - more from this series
Comparison between the TV Version and the extended DVD Version (both included in the DVD Box "Volume 8").
7 new/extended scenes (2 of them offer alternative footage)
+ 8 scenes with auditory censorship (3 of them offer alternative footage)
Difference: 87.4 sec (= 1:27 min) + 34 sec resulting from additional credits
Family Guy is a very successful show aired on FOX. Since some jokes are simply too rude to air them on national television, the producers have to censor/cut scenes from time to time. However, they sometimes also cut some jokes away in order to reach the appropiate length for a TV-episode. Therefore, not all the changes that were made are a result of censorship. Nevertheless there still are enough hilarious, outrageous jokes in the show - fans will be in for a good time, weven when watching the TV Version on FOX. (I'm speaking from experience.)
BTW, it airs every sunday evening on FOX. That's really nice because you can also watch the new American Dad episode as well as the new episode of The Cleveland Show. So you've got a terrific triple feature. If you're watching FOX anyway, you can also watch the latest Simpsons episode. After all, what's better than spent your whole evening laughing your ass of while watching the latest episodes of the series by Seth MacFarlane plus some new adventures of Homer & Co?
The newest DVD Box-Set of Family Guy was released in July 2010. Just as usual, the box doesn't include a whole series but rather the second half of the 7th season and the first half of the 8th season. However, the UK makes everything even more complicated by calling the exact same Box-Set "Season 9" (which was released in November 2010).
However, fans probably got used to all these confusing titles, so let's just focus on the extended episodes on the new DVDs. Just as for the other Box-sets, the episodes in "Volume 8" are usually about 1 or 2 minutes longer than the TV Versions (which are included in the bonus material of the DVDs).
Episode 7x11 ("Not All Dogs Go to Heaven") includes a lot of scenes with auditory censorship. Next to the usual beeps for curse words Religion was a huge topic in this episode - therefore, they very often had to change the sentences in order to air it on national television. While we're on it, only the DVD Version shows an image of Jesus which is nailed on the cross.
Apart from that, there are a few new scenes and especially the first one is quite funny: a bigger part of the Star Trek: The Next Generation-cast has a little cameo as voice actors. Also, there's a scene where Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes reckon with overzealous fans.
A little beep: "This is horse shit."
An additional scene where 2 nerds have a little conversation. Suddenly, Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes come in and beat them up.
Nerd #1: "All I'm saying is that in the episode Relics, when Scotty rematerialized on the Jenolen, he referenced Captain Kirk still being alive. Which is ridiculous because he knew he watched him die on the Enterprise B in Star Trek: Generations."
Nerd #2: "There's a perfectly simple explanation. He was caught in a transformation pattern buffer for 75 years and Riker mentioned a 0.003% signal degradation, which would account for Scotty's memory loss."
Patrick and Jonathan come to them.
Patrick: "Well, look what we have here, Jonathan."
Jonathan rubs his fists; "Yup, looks like we got ourselves a couple of nerds."
Then, the nerds are beat up.
Patrick: "Give me $6!"
The part of Kirk Cameron's sentence that is marked bold was cut out of the TV Version; "Are you lonely, picked on, unappreciated?"
After about 1 second of identical animation, another part was cut out of the TV Version; "Disliked? Not totally happy with your physical appearance?"
In the TV Version Meg goes through the room and stops next to Lois; then they talk.
In the DVD Version you hear the same dialogue, however, Meg at first passes Lois and finds out that Peter has completely different plans with the money which was designed for her. For reasons of continuity, the animation of Lois and Meg is different.
Peter: "Oh, you're alive. I guess you are gonna need that college fund. Chris, do Daddy a favor. In the garage, there is a very expensive show camel. Please return him to the bazaar for a refund."
Chris (sad): "We have to give away Humpy?"
Peter: "I told you not to name him."
DVD Version 14 sec longer
Peter's grace is longer - he wants to show something to god.
"Hey, you want to see a sweet porn website? Follow me upstairs."
He leaves the room and while the rest of the Griffins look up, you hear Peter speaking (off-screen): "I know what you're thinking, Whoever heard of an erotic Chinese? But there it is."
Patrick Stewart's reaction (of course) was beeped; "Oh, fuck you, Michael!"
Same goes for LeVar Burton's sentence; "Stewie, can I take this goddamn headband off?"
During the whole scene in the garden, the image of Jesus Christ on Meg's cross was deleted for the TV Versio.
Also, there are 2 scenes with auditory censorship during that scene:
Brian's answer is different in the TV Version (even though Meg still talks about a "cross"). Therefore, the animation of the movement of Brian's lips is different (the image originates from the DVD Version).
TV Version: "No, I don't want a cross."
DVD Version: "No, I don't want a crucifix."
Meg says something different when Brian comes back with the crucifix. Therefore, the movement of her lips was animated differently in the DVD Version (the image originates from the DVD Version).
TV Version: "Okay, give it back now."
DVD Version: "Okay, I'll take Jesus back now."
After Brian said that they don't sell him any drinks in bars anymore, the scene goes on a little longer in the DVD Version.
Brian: "I'm starting to get pretty desperate."
Flashback. Brian hides behind a shelf and issues instructions.
Brian "Okay, just remember to act confident. You're gonna do great. You look real grown up."
Then you see Chris standing next to him, wearing a pretty exaggerated costume. He takes his chance in a store where Carl works at the counter.
Chris: "Uh, yes, I'd like to buy some alcohol, please."
Carl: "Okay, can I see your ID?"
Chris: "Oh, I don't have one."
Carl: "You don't?"
Chris gives it up.
Chris: "No, it's me, Chris."
Carl: "Oh, hey, Chris."
Chris: "Hey, Carl. Can I buy some alcohol?"
Chris: "Oh, okay."
Carl: "Hey, you know what's a great movie?"
Chris: "The Reaping?"
Carl: "Yeah. Why are you dressed like John Lithgow?"
During his date, Jesus responds differently when being asked what kind of whine he's going to serve. Therefore, the movemen of his lips was animated differently (the image originates from the DVD Version).
TV Version: "Take a guess."
DVD Version: "It's my blood."
In the TV Version, the credits roll during the last scene (Stewie complains about his miserable time with the cast of Star Trek).
In the DVD Version, the credits roll after this scene on a plain black background - this explains the additional difference in time.
Stewie's sentence was beeped: "I hope you all fucking die!"
Again, Stewie was beeped when he says "Fuck!"