Release: May 24, 2017 - 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)
- 86 differences, including 1 scene with altered audio & 11 scenes with alternate footage
- Length difference: 327.1 sec (= 5:27 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 1x11 ("Your Mother Should Know") is more than 5 minutes longer and doing the comparison almost caused a brain hemorrhage: There are dozens of unspectacular mini cuts and there is a little less plot in the TV Version. Despite all that, there are at least a few things worth watching the Blu-ray Version: For starters, there are a few quite interesting conversations between Sadie and Emma regarding their relationship with Charles. Bunchy is more emotional with Sam and Brian is more involved in Guapo's coke deal. Last but not least, the episode ends with Charles forcing acid down his mother's throat. Then she is being gang-raped. This nasty little scene is not very explicit though which is why there was no need to censor it in any way.
Time index refers to
TV Version in NTSC / Blu-ray
The Blu-ray lacks the recap from the TV Version which explains the additional length difference.
Censored Audio Track
01:07 / 00:20
Two of Sam's sentences from the off comment are different.
TV: "You think I don't smell that? Just flush it and get out here."
Blu-ray: "You think I don't smell that shit? Just flush it and get the fuck out here."
01:13 / 00:23-00:26
Sam's dad hesitates a little longer before he actions the request.
01:49 / 01:02-01:05
The smoking guy a little longer plus the two hippies slightly earlier.
01:54 / 01:10-01:18
Charles's comment is a bit shorter: "When the time comes, we'll handle it ourselves. No hospital. But it's safer for the baby if something goes wrong. (It ain't gonna be in no hospital.)"
02:09 / 01:33-01:34
Charles slightly longer.
02:20 / 01:45-01:46
02:23 / 01:49-01:50
02:31 / 01:58-02:00
In the middle of the shot of Charles, the Blu-ray shows Emma. The TV Version does not.
02:37 / 02:06-02:09
Emma one more time when Charles gets up.
02:43 / 02:15-02:16
The women slightly longer.
02:50-02:53 / 02:23-02:26
The TV Version zooms in on the action when Charles says hello to his mother Kathleen.
03:06-03:08 / 02:39-02:42
Alternate take of Sam. He is ruder on Blu-ray.
TV: "Both of you, shut up!"
Blu-ray: "Jesus. Will the both of you shut the fuck up?"
Blu-ray 1.2 sec longer
04:11-04:12 / 03:45-03:48
On Blu-ray, the greeting takes place during the shot of Opal. Refering to the fact that she has been worried, she also says: "Every second."
In the TV Version, the greeting takes place during the subsquent shot.
Blu-ray 2 sec longer
04:21 / 03:57-03:58
The dad slightly longer after the slap.
04:34 / 04:11-04:18
After speaking in high terms of Opal, Sam adds: "Unlike your grandfather, she doesn't give a shit about the fine art of martyrdom. She only cares about your safety. So listen to her."
05:06 / 04:50-04:51
Camp slightly longer.
05:25 / 05:10-05:14
Charles longer and his mom earlier.
05:37 / 05:26-05:31
The mom also says: "Charlie said this, Charlie did that."
06:11 / 06:05-06:11
In the TV Version, Charles makes a further step through the door.
On Blu-ray, his mom keeps talking to him: "Charlie!"
Sound of the closing door from the off, she breathes heavily for a sec.
Blu-ray 5.6 sec longer
06:25 / 06:24-06:33
After Sam passes the cartoon, there is another comment on Blu-ray: "I'm sure some of you have seen them marching around the ghetto, chanting. Pigs are gonna get killed. The revolution has come. Off the pigs. And so on."
Ed: "Cook the ham, fry the bacon. They can kiss my ivory ass."
In the TV Version, the previous shot is a few isignificant frames longer (no screenshots).
Blu-ray 9.1 sec longer
07:10 / 07:18-07:22
The shot is a bit longer plus there is additional dialog.
Ed: "I, for one, am looking forward to some aggressive hazing."
Sam agrees: "Yup."
In the TV Version, the previous shot is a few isignificant frames longer (no screenshots).
Blu-ray 3.5 sec longer
09:08 / 09:20-09:31
Guapo turns away and says: "You'll be taking half to the Satans."
Brian: "We're going back to the warehouse for the drop-off?"
Guapo: "Uh, no. Patience. Patience."
09:45 / 10:08-10:12
Sam longer when he shows up in Bunchy's ghetto.
09:48 / 10:15-10:17
10:52-10:53 / 11:21-11:57
On Blu-ray, Kathleen has a little chat with the girls.
Kathleen: "Hi. What is your name, sweet girl?"
Kathleen: "Is the baby Charlie's?"
Mary: "Yeah, it is."
In the TV Version, the previous shot of Charles is slightly longer (no screenshots).
Blu-ray 35.2 sec longer
11:30 / 12:34-12:35
11:33-11:38 / 12:38-12:49
The conversation is a little shorter. In addition to that, alternate footage is being used.
Mother: "(You were blue and purple,) and the doctor took you right away. I was in this fog, (and I remembered wondering...)"
Blu-ray 6.8 sec longer
11:47 / 12:58-12:59
Charles longer and Emma earlier.
12:10 / 13:22-13:23
Another redundant cut.
12:17-12:19 / 13:30-13:36
The TV Version cuts to another angle when the girls walk away while the Blu-ray sticks to Charles and his mom.
Blu-ray 4 sec longer
13:28-13:31 / 14:45-14:50
The TV Version contains an additional close-up of Charles turning around while the Blu-ray contains a medium long shot.
Blu-ray 1.1 sec longer
15:17 / 16:36-16:37
Sam repeats what Bunchy said: "A month ago."
15:21 / 16:41-16:53
Bunchy says: "You think-- you think it was supposed to be me?"
Sam: "Somebody comes into the backyard late, sees a man your height, build, complexion, light's broken, it's dark."
15:38 / 17:10-17:11
Emma and the others a little earlier...
15:40 / 17:13-17:14
15:47 / 17:21-17:24
The shot of Emma walking aross the room is also longer.
15:54 / 17:31-17:38
They keep checking out the house.
Emma throws a key: "Come on, let's check this out. Take anything you want."
16:09 / 17:53-17:54
Earlier on the stairs...
16:13 / 17:58-18:00
...and on the top floor.
16:33 / 18:20-18:38
Emma a bit longer, then a dialog regarding Sadie's pregnancy.
Sadie: "What do you think?"
Emma: "Would you want to?"
Sadie: "No. Charlie does not like big girls."
Emma: "He loves Mary."
16:34-16:35 / 18:39-18:40
The TV Version shows Sadie slightly longer while the Blu-ray shows Emma slightly earlier.
17:08 / 19:13-19:21
Guapo turns around and walks up to the table where Brian is sitting.
17:12 / 19:25-19:26
Slightly longer shot.
17:16 / 19:30-19:32
17:27 / 19:43-19:44
Brian slightly longer when leaving the room.
17:29 / 19:46-19:51
Guapo puts something in the bag of coke plus Brian comes down the stairs earlier.
17:43-17:44 / 20:05-20:11
Alternate shot of Juan packing the bag. Then he steps forward.
In the TV Version, the previous shot is slightly longer (no screenshots).
Blu-ray 5.3 sec longer
18:23 / 20:50-21:02
Only on Blu-ray, the detective responds to the question about surveilance: "If we did, I couldn't say. I also wouldn't be going from station house to station house begging help from beat cops."
Sam: "It would make my job a hell of a lot easier if I had a record of his comings and goings."
18:41 / 21:20-21:21
A few missing frames when the drugs are being bagged.
18:53 / 21:33-21:35
Brian comes running a little longer when someone is getting his butt kicked.
18:57 / 21:39-21:42
Before Guapo uses the baseball bat, he says: "And this little chavala took 'em!"
18:58 / 21:43-21:44
The beginning of the medium long shot is missing.
19:36 / 22:22-22:31
Earlier at Charles at his mom. He asks: "What do you want?"
In the TV Version, Kathleens response "I have something for you" is audible during the beginning of the subsequent shot.
20:01 / 22:56-22:57
20:48 / 23:44-23:55
Sam has another question but Mrs. Carter does not respond: "How often did he stay over at Bunchy's? Once a week? Once a month?"
21:59 / 25:06-25:12
Brian makes a cynical comment: "I don't know. This isn't exactly a no harm, no foul kind of situation."
22:05 / 25:17-25:24
Brian: "So I'm better off if he doesn't shoot you in the face, huh?"
22:14 / 25:33-25:35
Brian: "(What the hell did you think was gonna happen,) Juan, huh?"
22:21 / 25:42-25:43
Juan slightly longer.
22:30 / 25:51-25:52
22:45 / 26:07-26:12
Sadie makes an offer you can't refuse: "Come on, there's room for two."
23:00 / 26:27-26:38
Sadie: "Charlie said you were special in the beginning. And you believed him. And you still think it's true."
Emma: "Charlie said it. I didn't."
23:12-23:14 / 26:50-26:58
Sadie explains: "Charlie hates it.
Emma: "If he felt that way, he'd tell me."
In the TV Version, the following shot of Sadie starts slightly earlier (no screenshots).
Blu-ray 6 sec longer
23:35 / 27:19-27:20
Sadie briefly longer.
23:57 / 27:42-27:43
Sadie stays behind a little longer.
26:11 / 29:57-29:58
The body earlier.
26:14 / 30:01-30:02
The shot after the picture starts a few frames earlier.
26:21 / 30:09-30:10
And the crap continues.
26:27 / 30:16
Ditto when Brian takes another picture...
26:30 / 30:19-30:21
...and when he bends over to the body...
26:35 / 30:26-30:28
...and when he recharges the camera.
26:37 / 30:30-30:31
The camera pans from Sam to Brian.
26:53 / 30:48-30:50
Guapo takes a longer look at the picture plus Brian gets out the next one a little earlier.
27:23 / 31:20-31:23
Brian earlier. He says: "Or, yeah, that one?"
27:45 / 31:45-31:49
Brian walks away. Another shot of Juan follows.
28:35 / 32:39-32:44
Bunchy gets up to grab a piece of paper.
30:22-30:23 / 34:30-34:37
In the TV Version, Sam leaves the room at the end of the very same shot.
On Blu-ray, the snitch reacts with "Oh, a raise, huh?". A different shot of Sam leaving follows. The snitch remains behind by himself.
Please note: The dialog is audible at the end of said shot in the TV Version.
Blu-ray 5.7 sec longer
31:33-31:37 / 35:47-35:51
The end of Bunchy's comment is missing: "You know who tried to sell me that shit?"
In order to hide it, a profile shot of Bunchy added where he starts his following comment has been added to the TV Version.
Blu-ray 0.3 sec longer
31:50 / 36:04-36:08
Bunchy earlier. Here, he says on-screen "He didn't want to carry a gun anymore.".
In the TV Version, he said the very same thing in the previous shot. On Blu-ray, he there simply says "Negotiate."
32:21 / 36:39-36:46
Bunchy says: "I never said one kind thing to him."
35:34 / 39:59-40:01
Sam makes a step forward in prison. The subsequent shot starts earlier as well.
35:39 / 40:06-40:08
Sam a little longer in front of the door.
36:03 / 40:32-40:34
Sam a bit earlier. Here, he adresses Emma's mom on-screen. In the TV Version, his comment is audible at the end of the previous shot.
37:00-37:02 / 41:31-41:33
The file earlier in the TV Version, Brian longer on Blu-ray.
37:11 / 41:42-41:46
Only the Blu-ray shows Brian saying out loud a particular instruction during his undercover job in the gay community. In the TV Version, said comment is audible during the previous shot.