Release: Mar 30, 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)
- 10 alterations, 6 of those including alternative footage
- Difference in running time: 68,4 sec (= 1:08 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 1x12 ("The One With the Dozen Lasagnas" contains a little more than one minute of additional footage. Most remarkable is probably the additional joke of 'Ugly Naked Guy' at the beginning and Rachel's longer monologue about the failed relationship with Paolo at the end. Apart from that, it's business as usual: from time to time a short extension, not too outstanding, but quite nice.
Only the TV version has a short black screen right after the opening credits.
+ 1.1 sec
After Ross has thought about reporting Paolo to the immigration authorities, the scene in the apartment ends differently.
There's just a further shot of the guys in the TV version.
In the extended version, Paolo is visible in the background pointing at the window.
The girls run to him and Rachel says: "What? Oh, look. Ugly Naked Guy is making shadow puppets."
Phoebe: "Oh, but look, it's Abraham Lincoln. How fun!"
Chandler and Joey look excited and Ross, hesitating briefly, finally allows them to go, too: "Go! Go!"
They run over to the window.
Extended Version 18.6 seconds longer
In the TV version, Ross steps forward still in the same take.
There's a cut to a different shot in the extended version and he looks at Carol's belly: "Ha, ha, oooh. Ohhh. 19 weeks and the breasts are starting to swell..." - Carol looks a bit angrily at him, Ross corrects himself - "...according to the literature."
Extended Version 9.2 seconds longer
In the TV version, Phoebe just says: "Nothing, I'm sorry, I'm just, I'm out of sorts.
The extended version shows her in an alternative shot during this line.
Chandler answers: "Well, you could use some of my sorts. I rarely use them."
Extended Version 4.1 seconds longer
Chandler and Joey sit down in the TV version and the picture fades to black. Then follows a wide shot, in which Monika asks: "What happened?"
Phoebe answers in the same take and a transition to the massage parlor follows.
The extended version shows Chandler and Joey sitting down in an alternative shot; Monica then asks in a closer shot.
The last second of the wide shot and the scene transition are then equal again to the TV version.
TV Version 4.2 seconds longer
Phoebe answers in the same take in the TV version: "Oh, boy scouts could have camped under there."
The extended version has her saying that in an alternative shot. More dialogue follows.
Ross: "So, uh, what did you do?"
Phoebe: "Well, I dealt with it like a professional."
Flashback to the massage parlor; Phoebe pulls away the blanket and Paolo rolls off of the massage table.
After that, a wide shot in the coffeehouse follows.
Extended Version 13.6 seconds longer
After the greeting, Rachel says to Phoebe: "What's going on?"
The first few frames of the following shot are missing in the EV, but we didn't count this as alternative footage.
EV 0.6 seconds longer
When she is asked, if she's moving out, Rachel answers just in the extended version: "No. Getting ready for the weekend."
Phoebe: "Wow...are your weekends longer than two days?"
The following line of Rachel ("No, these aren't all my suitcases. This one's Paolo's.") can also be heard in the TV version, but in a different shot.
Extended Version 7.1 seconds longer
Rachel is shown slightly earlier in the TV version.
+ 0.8 sec
Longer monologue of Rachel on the terrace: "I can't believe this. I wasn't supposed to care about this guy. Y'know, it just supposed to be this big fun Italian thing. Y'know, some day I could look back on it and say, 'Hey, that was a big fun Italian thing!' It wasn't supposed to feel like this when it was over."