Release: Apr 12, 2013 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: Sebbe - 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)
- 9 alterations, 3 of those including alternative footage
- Difference in running time: 81.3 sec (= 1:21 min)
Almost every episode of this sitcom classic was 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.
The here compared episode 1x22 ("The One With The Ick Factor" is about 1.5 minutes longer. Above all, it contains more jokes aimed at Monica's young lover; and Chandler gets to throw a football to his colleagues.
The black screen right after the opening credits is a bit longer in the TV version.
In exchange, the usually following exterior shot of the Central Perk can only be found in the extended version.
TV Version 0.2 sec longer
There's some mocking of Monica's lover, young Ethan, going on in the extended version.
Joey: "Oh, rob that cradle."
Monica: "Well, he's smart and-and mature and grown up."
Ross: "Mature AND grown up? He's a big boy!"
The TV version only shows a short shot of Chandler instead.
Extended Version 10.9 sec longer
After Ethan has confessed his virginity to Monica, there's more dialogue between them in the extended version.
Monica: "Wow... I mean you're such a good kisser, I thought you would never have known."
Young Ethan: "Oh well, uh, I have excelled in every level I've been to. I just... I just haven't been to that particular one yet."
The TV version just cuts to Monica in between, then follows the identical line "I, uh, I've kinda been waiting for the right person." in an alternative take.
Extended Version 15.6 sec longer
After Monica has confessed their actual difference in age, she adds in the extended version: "I mean basically, I am nuts about you. You know, I knew it the first time we kissed and I had that tic-tac under my tongue and you didn't even mention it."
Young Ethan: "I just thought you were naturally mint."
The following shot of the kiss starts insignificantly earlier in the TV version (no pictures and not counted as alternative footage).
Extended Version 15.6 sec longer
The picture fades to black in the TV version (commercial break). It fades in again with a long full shot in which Monica blows out the candle at the beginning.
The extended version has a smooth transition to an exclusive frontal shot of Monica blowing out the candle.
TV Version 0.9 sec longer
The full shot is slightly longer at the end.
Ross longer on the phone; "Uh, yes, sir, the kimonos are extra."
At this point in the TV version follows the transition to the two exterior shots, then it goes on in Chandler's office. There are extensions before and after this in the extended version, which is put together here for better clarity.
Moreover, the following full shot of Chandler and Phoebe is longer in the TV version, while the extended version cuts to Chandler in between (pictures only from the extended version, see the last two screen shots).
The scene in Monica's apartment is a bit longer; Ross apparently consoles Monica about Ethan - just to make a joke in the end.
Ross: "You ok?"
Ross: "You know, this, uh, this can't be easy on him either."
Monica: "I know."
Ross: "This may take some time for him to get over it, you know? But then at 4 uh, Muppet Babies is on."
Monica hits him a little bit while Joey and Ross are laughing.
The scene in Chandler's office then starts slightly earlier; he throws a plastic football; "Walt, go deep. Deep ! Deep!"
From offscreen you can hear a faint "Oww!"
Chandler: "Sorry, Shelley. See with the fun?"
Extended Version 35.8 sec longer
Young Ethan insignificantly earlier.