Release: Mar 31, 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, 3 of those including alternative footage
- Difference in running time: 59.4 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 1x10 ("The One With The Monkey") is approx. 1 minute longer whereas most of the difference results from small, minor extensions here and new gags there but the TV Version is just fine in this particular case.
Only the TV Version contains a black screen right after the opening credits.
+ 1.7 sec
Now a very rare difference: the Extended Version sticks to the medium long shot all the time while the TV Version cuts to Monica.
Extended Version 0.3 sec longer
Now the explanation for the previous differences: the Extended Version shows Monica from the same angle, she says: "Hey, I always liked 'bazoombas'. Gives them a Latin spin."
Rachel: "Can we please drop it, already?"
Some more dialog before Joey's dad asks if Joey had already been in love.
Mr. Tribbiani fragt: "What are you doing?"
Joey: "Chopping garlic."
Mr. Tribianni: "You're not going to crush it?"
Joey: "Hey, you're having an affair. I'm chopping garlic. It's a wacky world."
Additional dialog with Ross and Monica.
Monica: "Do you ever think dad cheated on mom?"
Ross: "Oh, no. I don't think so. Because that would involve having sex, and I would like to think that our parents don't do that sort of thing."
Rachel adds a comment about her Weebles thing (from the same angle):
"And...and mom just gave it all away."
The TV Version contains a close-up of Roger's reaction "That's tough stuff" while the distance shot starts earlier in the Extended Version. After that, the versions are in sync again.
Extended Version 4.5 sec longer
While the Extended Version contains a smooth transition here, the TV Version fades to black plus the following city shot starts slightly earlier.
+ 0.7 sec
After Joey's announcement that Ronni was going to sleep in Chandler's room, Chandler starts arguing in the Extended Version.
Chandler: "And Chandler will be...?"
Joey: "Out here with me bunking up on the Hide-a-Bed."
Chandler (he looks annoyed): "Oooh, bunking up. If you smell 'smores, don't be alarmed."
In the TV Version, the previous shot is a few frames longer (not considered alternate footage nor screens).
Extended Version 8.8 sec longer
In the Extended Version, the scene at the Central Perk Cafe starts earlier. Roger comes in and puts his arm on Phoebe without saying a single word. Phoebe reacts edgy.
Phoebe: "Oh, oh! Don't ever do that! Ever!"
Phoebe: "I'm sorry. I'm sorry. Look, I have a thing. I have a thing, which means you can't ever do that."
The following comments are equal but the Extended Version uses alternate footage.
The TV Version also shows the beginning of the conversation via distance shot.
Extended Version 18.1 sec longer