Release: Mar 13, 2012 - 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 US Box "Volume 4").
- 17 altered scenes, 11 of them with alternative footage
- Difference: 7.5 sec
From the series Family Guy, fans are already used to extensions and uncensored sequences on the DVD box sets since the release of the 4th season. With Seht MacFarlane's other baby - American Dad - they do a similar thing. However, not too many episodes per DVD box are different in comparison to their TV version; probably also because the series isn't as rude as the one starring the Griffins. As a result, there's not too much that needs to be censored.
Similar to Family Guy, the release policy for American Dad is equally confusing. Instead of an entire box set for one season, the releases are divided in volumes (unlike Family Guy the volumes are identical in each country). The first season for example consists of 23 episodes, while the "volume 1" set only includes the first 13 episodes; thus, the following volumes often include episodes of 2 different seasons.
Vol. 1 and 2 didn't include episodes that were different to TV versions except for one: the episode Tears of a Clooney (1x23) on Vol. 2 has a censored and an uncensored soundtrack. Since this censorship only involves beeping out curse words, we decided not to release a report for this episode.
Additionally, we took a closer look at Vol. 2's episode Finances with Wolves, since the official rating entry listed that the episode was about 2 minutes longer than an average episode. However, it is highly possible, that the entry is simply faulty, since the episode actually has an average runtime and does not at all differ from the TV version - neither on the German, nor on the US DVD.
"Volume 4" includes the episodes 8 + 10-16 of the third season (episode 8 is a christmas special and was included as the last episode of the last disc) as well as the episodes 1-6 of the fourth season. In this box set there are 8 episodes with differing versions. However, three of them only include an uncensored soundtrack while nothing of the imagery was altered. As for Volume 1, 2, and 3 we only created reports for those episodes that offer more than just deleted beeps.
For these episodes you can choose to watch the "Original Televised Episode" by selecting it in the bonus menu. If you don't do that you will always see the uncensored DVD version; the UK box set only includes the DVD versions, the TV versions can't be chosen.
About this Episode
Even though the difference in time of the differing versions of The Most Adequate Christmas Ever (3x08) is rather small, there still are quite a few differences. Nothing of it seems to be done due to censorship (except for maybe calling hell the place that abused kids go to). It's pretty noticeable that a lot of the animation was polished (e.g. the frozen animal or the TV). Some of the alternative dialogue is pretty unspectacular. All in all, both versions are recommended and make for an interesting and entertaining watch.
Steve's comment was re-dubbed. While the first few parts of the sentence are identical, the DVD version finishes off differently.
TV: "I initially considered Alpha Centauri, but then I thought, who am I, famed Serbian astronomer Dolchan Banovich?"
DVD: "I initially considered Alpha Centauri, but I decided to go with what's right instead of what's popular."
TV version 1.2 sec longer
In between Stan's rant about Christmas decoration you in the DVD version shortly see Roger who is drunk and comments Stan's outburst with "Death boner!"
TV Version is Longer
For whatever reason, the animation begins slighlty earlier in the TV version and only here we can hear the bold written word at the beginning of Steve's sentence.
"It's 8:30 on Christmas Eve..."
+ 0.1 sec
TV Version is Longer
Another one of these instances, however, this time there's no missing dialogue: Stan looks up the mountain a little longer before you see the perfect Christmas tree standing there.
+ 0.2 sec
The animation was re-worked. Only in the DVD version the rear half of the animal is also frozen.
Additionally, Stan's comment is different.
TV: "Wow, you woodland creatures take freeze tag very seriously."
DVD: "Wow! I guess it is cold."
TV version 1.7 sec longer
Stan falls down and screams, however, he's still able to grab a hold of the edge of the rock.
In the TV version, the camera pans to the rock a little earlier and you can actually see Stan screaming. In the DVD version, however, the camera panning follows a little later and the animation of Stan is shown when he already closed his mouth.
DVD version 0.1 sec longer
When Stan sees what will wait for him in heaven the scene takes a different turn in both versions. The animations are the same (only the lip movement was changed), thus we only include images from the DVD version below.
Stan: "So, that must be..."
Ice-Cream-Guy: "Yep, that's Reno. Kidding. That's Hell. This is limbo."
Stan: "So that must be hell."
Ice-Cream-Guy: "No, that's actually a camp for children who have been sexually abused. They get to ride dragons. It's a pretty great program. Anyway, this is limbo."
DVD Version 4.7 sec longer
All the scenes from Stan's past which are shown on a TV were slightly altered: the frame of the TV is brown in the TV version but grey in the DVD version.
(Actually, the TV version makes more sense, since you can later on clearly see that the TV actually is brown - for the DVD version they didn't change the color when you see the TV standing around in the room.)
There's an additional alteration during the TV scene right at the end: When Stan joins them after Hayley's birth and says "Hey. Francine, you make coffee?" his posture is different and the perspective is a little different.
No difference in time.
During the next animation of the TV, the frame has a different color again.
Ditto for the last time.
Michelle's explanation is entirely different.
TV: "I am really bad at what I do. I only became a lawyer so my dad would love me, but he doesn't. And I think he takes it out on my clients. But don't you dare feel sorry for me."
DVD: "I'm sorry. I only watched the beginning 'cause my cat started making this weird wheezing sound. I think he's allergic to salmon. Can a cat be allergic to salmon?"
Stan's following two sentences are identical again, however, for reasons of continuity Michelle's hands have a slightly different position.
TV Version 0.7 sec longer
TV Version is Longer
During the ascent to heaven where Jim Henson appears, the DVD version was slightly shortened.
+ 0.3 sec
The holy spirit is animated differently - in the DVD version it's much smaller.
An animation is shown slightly longer after the plug for the sun was plugged back in and just before God approaches Satan.
God's sentences were re-dubbed but weren't changed. Only in the DVD version he also says the sentence which is written bold.
"Stan, you're holding a gun to God's head. I mean, I can't even think of a metaphor that's better than this. And I'm a published poet. Now, come on. Put it down."
DVD version 3.4 sec longer
In the DVD version, Stan hesitates a little longer before praising the Christmas decoration.