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The Complete First Season - Director's Cut (Blu-ray) (Region B)

Pan's Labyrinth


The Devil Rides Out

The House of Hitchcock Collection


1.01 Everybody’s Been Burned


  • TV Version
  • Blu-ray
Release: Jun 16, 2016 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB - more from this series
Compared are the censored US TV Version on NBC and the uncensored Blu-ray Version (German Blu-ray by New KSM)

- 30 differences, including 9 scenes with altered audio & 6 scenes with alternate footage
- Length difference: 100.4 sec (= 1:40 min)

Compared to the two other characters he is famous for, Fox Mulder and Hank Moody, David Duchonvy plays a rather nice L.A.P.D. cop in Aquarius. Here, he has to deal with the hippie community of Charles Manson. The initial situation is quite interesting and the characters evolve during the first season. Similar to the Netflix shows House of Cards and Daredevil, the entire season was made available in May 2015. But contrary to the two mentioned shows, Aquarius also aired on NBC at the same time. These TV Versions are als the versions one got to see online. As the topic already implies and as seen on Hannibal recently, some things were too explicit for US TV - especially the sexual references.

While the differences on Hannibal are rather redundant but with Aquarius, the situation is entirely different. Here, there are absurd alterations like removing swear words such as "God!"/Jesus!" or bare breasts but in addition to that, a lot of further alterations for the TV-14 rating have been made. Also, the TV Version lacks a few plot scenes. For that reason, it is quite delightful that the uncensored versions are available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Episode 1 (Everybody's Been Burned") begins with a vengeance: There are several shots or references of blowjobs which are also the most scenes censored for TV. As already mentioned, there are also audio track alterations regarding words like "tits" or "shit" and of course the word "God!" used as swear words. All these words have been removed.

Time index refers to
TV Version in NTSC / Blu-ray
02:04-02:07 / 02:05-02:08

Alternate footage when Emma looks to the bar: The TV Version shows a rhapsodical dancer while the Blu-ray Version shows a different woman topless.

no difference

TV VersionBlu-ray

03:18 / 03:19-03:23

Longer shot: The girl gets on her knees, then oral sex.

4.2 sec

In minute 15, the demonstrants are yelling something that sounds like "Fuck the narcs!". But since this is identical in the TV Version, it is probably somethinng less drastic. According to the internet, they are yelling "Fark the nucks!".

Altered Audio Track
17:00-17:02 / 17:02-17:04

Ed mentions an earlier op at a brothel from the off. At the end, he says "double the tits, half the quality."
The blod-marked word is missing in the TV Version.

Screenshot to illustrate the scene

17:02 / 17:04-17:11

Subsequently, another one of Ed's sexual references has been altered. Only this time, it is completely missing.

7 sec

Altered Audio Track
17:39-17:41 / 17:48-17:50

During a further shot of Sam, a comment from the off - "God damn it!" - has been removed.

Screenshot to illutrate the scene

Altered Audio Track
18:21-18:23 / 18:30-18:32

A part of Brian's comment has been removed for TV: "You see something you don't understand, you wanna hit it, fuck it, or shoot it."

Screenshot to illustrate the scene

Altered Audio Track
19:26-19:28 / 19:35-19:37

This time, it is one of Sam's comment: "You, dirtbag, have the right to a bunch of shit you don't deserve."

Screenshot to illustrate the scene

20:17-20:18 / 20:26-20:33

The shot of Brian is slightly longer in the TV Version. As a result, he says the word "mom" at the end of his comment on-screen.

The Blu-ray cuts sooner to swearing Rick: "Oh, Jesus.".
Brian adds: "Yeah, he's gonna get you someplace soundproof and stomp stuff out of you they can't put back."

Blu-ray 6.1 sec longer

TV VersionBlu-ray

20:23-20:24 / 20:38-20:41

Same here: The shot of Brian of Brian is briefly longer (no screenshots).

Only this time, it is not censorship because Rick simply hesitates a little longer on Blu-ray: "She freaked on me, and-- and she took off with this guy."

Blu-ray 1.6 sec longer

20:32-20:38 / 20:48-21:05

Rick's blowjob Emma walks in on is different resp. more explicit on Blu-ray.

Blu-ray 10.4 sec longer

TV VersionBlu-ray

21:20 / 21:46

Strange: The flashback showing Rick in front of the club is insignificantly longer in the TV Version.

+ 0.6 sec

23:40 / 24:07-24:08

The blowjob in the car is longer: The camera also shows Rick in profile which means one gets to see the girl's head.

1.4 sec

Altered Audio Track
24:26-24:28 / 24:52-24:54

After Charles says he would never love Emma, he adds on Blu-ray: "You thought you loved your little plastic boy-oh-boy."

Screenshot to illustrate the scene

24:30 / 24:57-25:02

The next shot of Emma starts sooner. Here, Charles now makes a comment from the background that has been removed due to the subsequent audio alteration: "Your folks? Well..."

5.5 sec

Altered Audio Track
24:36-24:37 / 25:08-25:09

In the TV Version, he says "from all your daddy's lawyer lies" (re-dubbed quite obvious). On Blu-ray, he says "from all your daddy's lawyer bullshit." instead.

Screenshot to illustrate the scene

27:17-27:24 / 27:49-28:12

In the TV Version, the camera pans down to Emma. Group sex is vagely implied.

The Blu-ray cuts to moaning Emma instead. Further group sex shots follow. Then a long tracking shot from above showing Charles doing her in the middle of the other women.

Blu-ray 16.8 sec longer

TV VersionBlu-ray

27:47 / 28:36-28:38

More dialog at the end of the shot.
Brian: "Well, that's good, but..."
Sam: "But what?"

2.4 sec

27:50 / 28:41-28:48

More dialog that prfectly illustrates how serious Sam takes the law.
Brian: "So if I were to propose something slightly illegal..."
Sam: "Like what?"

6.6 sec

27:53 / 28:50-28:51

The following shot of Sam starts slightly earlier.

0.4 sec

27:58 / 28:56

Altered audio track. This time, the end of the shot has simply been removed.
Actually, Brian says: "It's gotta be good shit."

0.7 sec

28:05 / 29:03-29:05

Sam earlier again. This time, there is no obvious censorship.

1.6 sec

28:18 / 29:18-29:26

Sam longer. He expresses his aversion for his father: "Probably still is. I don't feel like findin' out."
Brian hesitates: "Just..."

8.2 sec

Altered Audio Track
28:39 / 29:47

And again, a word resp. a part of it has been removed from the audio track: "This is bullshit."

Screenshot to illustrate the scene

Altered Audio Track
35:07 / 36:15

When going through the files, Sam actually says "Jesus!"

Screenshot to illustrate the scene

40:29 / 41:33-41:39

Charles speaks longer and applies pressure to Ken: "(You wanna know what it sounds like) when your little girl comes?"
He then makes moaning noises.

6.2 sec

40:32-40:33 / 41:42-41:50

On Blu-ray, Charles keeps provoking Ken by imitating Emma: "God, oh, God! Right there. Ooh, right there. Oh, shit, it's so big!"

As compensation, the following shot of Ken getting out of the car starts a bit earlier in the TV Version.

Blu-ray 7 sec longer

41:01 / 42:18-42:21

Additional distance shot of Charles standing behind Ken unbuttoning his pants.

As a consequence thereof, his comment has been censored as well: "(Did I ever tell you the first time) I blew my load in a guy's ass? (Just like this.)"

2.4 sec

41:08 / 42:28-42:36

Before the car appears, Charles is busy longer and finishes the story about his imprisonment: "(Sweet little cryin' thing.) Begging me to stop. You ain't gonna beg me now, are you, Kenny?"

8.4 sec

Altered Audio Track
41:22 / 42:50

Charles actually makes another comment (removed for TV): "Pshh-hh. God."

Screenshot to illustrate the scene

41:48 / 43:16-43:20

When Charles takes the money, there is actually a blowjob reference at the end which makes him laugh: "(Your little girl's hungry.) You can't just eat Charlie."

4.2 sec