Release: Apr 08, 2013 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: Tony Montana - 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, 1 of those including alternative footage
- Difference in running time: 37 sec
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.
The here compared episode 1x19 ("The One Where The Monkey Gets Away") is approx. 30 seconds longer which means there are only a few minor changes, probably to reach the common length of an episode on TV. The most interesting new scenes are the ones with the Mr. Heckles' magnifying glass at the end of the episode.
The TV Version contains a longer black screen after the opening credits.
+ 1.8 sec
After her inappropiate comment about Mindy, Monica gets up: "You know what? It’s quiet time. Shh! Shh! Shh!"
Now, the TV Version fades to black and it fades in again with another conversation Ross is having with Rachel (just the common black screen before the commercial break).
The Extended Version contains a smooth transition instead to an additional night shot.
Extended Version 0.3 sec longer
Ross also makes a comment. He says he went to school with the animal catcher: "Hey, I went there too!"
In the Extended Version, Joey's being informed about Phoebe's condition. He racts cool.
Joey: "What's with Phoebe?"
Monica: "Tranquilizer dart."
Joey: "Oh, sure."
In the TV Version, the previous shot (similar to the second screen of the Extended Version) is longer; without any additional dialog though. No screens.
Extended Version 3.7 sec longer
Slightly extended shot before Marcel is jumping around in the room.
Mr. Heckles: "You're wasting your time."
The group look at Monica who's standing after a magnifying glass.
Monica: "What? What?"
She realizes that and steps aside.
Ross keeps calling: "Marcel!"
Rachel keeps talking insistently to Lisa: "But this isn't high school anymore, this is real life. Okay, and we are all adults here..."
At the same time, Joey is standing with his lower body in front of the magnifying glass. He enthusiastically says: "Heckles! Can I have this?"
Rachel adds to the adult statement: "...for the most part."
With her following comment ("But if you take this monkey, I will lose one of the most important people in my life."), the TV Version is back in the saddle.
The end credit scene starts a little earlier resp. the others gather around Monica before she shows the old pictures.
Chandler: "Show us!"
Phoebe: "C'mon. It was a long time ago."
Monica: "Ok, ok, fine. All right..."
Additional comment of Joey at the end of the final shot: "Whoa! Big nun!"