Release: Apr 21, 2011 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB - more from this series
Compared are the TV Version and the extended DVD Version (both available on the DVD Box "Volume 7").
1 new / extended scene with alternate footage
+ 2 audio modifications, one of them with alternate footage
Difference: 12.6 sec
Family Guy is a huge success on FOX. But some modifications need to be made to get permission to air it on FOX because some gags are too rude for TV. Other gags have only been removed to reach the appropiate length for an episode on TV, which means not all the differences were made due to censorship. Nevertheless there are still enough hilarious, outrages gags in it so that fans are gonna have lots of fun with 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 and new episode of The Cleveland Show. So you've got a terrific triple feature. And when you're watching FOX anyway, you can also watch the latest Simpsons episode. I can really imagine worse evening than watching the latest episodes of the series by Seth MacFarlane plus some new adventures of Homer & Co.
The US Box-Set "Volume 7" includes all shortened TV versions as bonus material on the DVDs.
Unfortunately they took small pains with the box packaging. Whereas all the discs of the previous seasons were stored in several slim cases packed in a stable case, the "Volume 7" discs come up in a single Amaray Case. The listing of the episodes without the summaries can be found on the back of the cover. The ensemble is encased by an O-Ring.
Though it's a minor matter, it's a bummer. Apart from that the release is again equipped with lots of bonus features and contains audio commentaries for all episodes.
In comparison to the TV Version of that release, the DVD Version of episode 7x07 "Ocean's Three And A Half" doesn't contain many differences. A short scene at the beginning and two audio modifications.
BUT as you might have recognized while reading the words before: another TV Version also exists. The TV Version of the box set isn't equal to the premiere of the episode on FOX. The version on FOX is destinctly different as the TV or DVD Version released on Vol. 7. The FOX premiere contains way more minor cuts, some of them made for censorship. But what makes the premiere version really interesting for fans is another scene which is also missing in the DVD Version. The quite long outburst from Christian Bale on the set of Terminator: Salvation (the audio recording popped up on the internet just before the episode aired on FOX) including the reactions of the audience have been removed from the episode.
Unfortunately Seth MacFarlane wasn't involved in the audio commentary to that particular episode and none of the other crew members mentions anything about the differences.
Anyway, the scene was in the premiere on 02.15.2009 on FOX. As you can also read here, the scene was missing when the rerun was broadcasted in May 2009. According to this source, the scene didn't go on air on BBC in May 2009 either. Due to a lack of an official statement, one can only assume why the scene is missing in the DVD Version. It is suspected that a lawsuit was filed and the scene was removed because of that.
Whatever, here the TV Version from the box release is being compared. This version is equal to the reruns on TV. The premiere on FOX is being compared in a seperate comparison.
Time index refers to the TV Version.
Oh, big surprise. The actual scene can be watched on youtube and Bale's swearing is even uncensored.
Right the first of the boys at the car is different.
The shot is closer to them in the DVD Version, Cleveland's comment remains unchanged.
In the DVD Version, Peter has to say sth. more, followed by a cutaway gag. When the camera tracks backwards and Joe comes closer, the version are in synch again.
Peter: "I tell you, I know something about paint. I once met Jackson Pollock."
Then the cutaway gag. Peter watches Pollock at work and asks: "How do you know when you're done with the painting?"
Pollock: "How do you know when you're done making love?"
Peter: "Oh, when you wash your penis in the sink and go to bed."
DVD Version 12.8 sec longer
Audio modification / Alternate footage
Peter makes it nice and sparkling clear in the DVD Version.
TV: "In order to make a baby, a man has to be able to become aroused."
DVD: "In order to make a baby, a man has to be aroused enough to ejaculate."
TV Version 0.2 sec longer
Stewie insults Brian without beep: "Go fuck yourself!"
screen for orientation
The final credits pop up during the kitchen talk (Stewie admits his love to Brian Adams and Lois talks about a divorce lawyer).
In the DVD Version, the final credits pop up on the usual black background after the scene in the kitchen, which explains the remaining difference in running time.