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The Curse of the Werewolf

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Sixteen Candles


1.11 Your Mother Should Know


  • TV Version
  • Blu-ray
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."

Screenshot to illustrate the scene

01:13 / 00:23-00:26

Sam's dad hesitates a little longer before he actions the request.

3.1 sec

01:49 / 01:02-01:05

The smoking guy a little longer plus the two hippies slightly earlier.

2.5 sec

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.)"

7.9 sec

02:09 / 01:33-01:34

Charles slightly longer.

1 sec

02:20 / 01:45-01:46

Emma earlier...

1.2 sec

02:23 / 01:49-01:50

...and longer.

1.2 sec

02:31 / 01:58-02:00

In the middle of the shot of Charles, the Blu-ray shows Emma. The TV Version does not.

1.8 sec

02:37 / 02:06-02:09

Emma one more time when Charles gets up.

2.6 sec

02:43 / 02:15-02:16

The women slightly longer.

1.1 sec

02:50-02:53 / 02:23-02:26

The TV Version zooms in on the action when Charles says hello to his mother Kathleen.

no difference

TV VersionBlu-ray

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

TV VersionBlu-ray

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

TV VersionBlu-ray

04:21 / 03:57-03:58

The dad slightly longer after the slap.

0.8 sec

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."

6.7 sec

05:06 / 04:50-04:51

Camp slightly longer.

1.6 sec

05:25 / 05:10-05:14

Charles longer and his mom earlier.

3.5 sec

05:37 / 05:26-05:31

The mom also says: "Charlie said this, Charlie did that."

4.8 sec

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."

10.8 sec

09:45 / 10:08-10:12

Sam longer when he shows up in Bunchy's ghetto.

4.3 sec

09:48 / 10:15-10:17


1.9 sec

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?"
Mary: "Mary."
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

Emma earlier.

1 sec

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

TV VersionBlu-ray

11:47 / 12:58-12:59

Charles longer and Emma earlier.

1.1 sec

12:10 / 13:22-13:23

Another redundant cut.

0.8 sec

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

TV VersionBlu-ray

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

TV VersionBlu-ray

15:17 / 16:36-16:37

Sam repeats what Bunchy said: "A month ago."

1.6 sec

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."

12.2 sec

15:38 / 17:10-17:11

Emma and the others a little earlier...

1 sec

15:40 / 17:13-17:14

...and longer.

0.8 sec

15:47 / 17:21-17:24

The shot of Emma walking aross the room is also longer.

3.3 sec

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."

7 sec

16:09 / 17:53-17:54

Earlier on the stairs...

1.5 sec

16:13 / 17:58-18:00

...and on the top floor.

1.3 sec

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."

18.1 sec

16:34-16:35 / 18:39-18:40

The TV Version shows Sadie slightly longer while the Blu-ray shows Emma slightly earlier.

no differencce

17:08 / 19:13-19:21

Guapo turns around and walks up to the table where Brian is sitting.

7.7 sec

17:12 / 19:25-19:26

Slightly longer shot.

0.8 sec

17:16 / 19:30-19:32

Brian again.

2.2 sec

17:27 / 19:43-19:44

Brian slightly longer when leaving the room.

1.1 sec

17:29 / 19:46-19:51

Guapo puts something in the bag of coke plus Brian comes down the stairs earlier.

4.8 sec

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."

12.6 sec

18:41 / 21:20-21:21

A few missing frames when the drugs are being bagged.

1 sec

18:53 / 21:33-21:35

Brian comes running a little longer when someone is getting his butt kicked.

1.8 sec

18:57 / 21:39-21:42

Before Guapo uses the baseball bat, he says: "And this little chavala took 'em!"

3 sec

18:58 / 21:43-21:44

The beginning of the medium long shot is missing.

1 sec

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.

8.9 sec

20:01 / 22:56-22:57

Manson earlier.

1.2 sec

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?"

10.7 sec

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."

5.5 sec

22:05 / 25:17-25:24

Brian: "So I'm better off if he doesn't shoot you in the face, huh?"

6.9 sec

22:14 / 25:33-25:35

Brian: "(What the hell did you think was gonna happen,) Juan, huh?"

1.8 sec

22:21 / 25:42-25:43

Juan slightly longer.

0.5 sec

22:30 / 25:51-25:52

Same here.

1 sec

22:45 / 26:07-26:12

Sadie makes an offer you can't refuse: "Come on, there's room for two."

4.3 sec

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."

11.6 sec

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.

0.7 sec

23:57 / 27:42-27:43

Sadie stays behind a little longer.

1.2 sec

26:11 / 29:57-29:58

The body earlier.

1.6 sec

26:14 / 30:01-30:02

The shot after the picture starts a few frames earlier.

0.7 sec

26:21 / 30:09-30:10

And the crap continues.

1 sec

26:27 / 30:16

Ditto when Brian takes another picture...

1 sec

26:30 / 30:19-30:21

...and when he bends over to the body...

1.6 sec

26:35 / 30:26-30:28

...and when he recharges the camera.

1.5 sec

26:37 / 30:30-30:31

The camera pans from Sam to Brian.

1.8 sec

26:53 / 30:48-30:50

Guapo takes a longer look at the picture plus Brian gets out the next one a little earlier.

2.6 sec

27:23 / 31:20-31:23

Brian earlier. He says: "Or, yeah, that one?"

3.4 sec

27:45 / 31:45-31:49

Brian walks away. Another shot of Juan follows.

3.7 sec

28:35 / 32:39-32:44

Bunchy gets up to grab a piece of paper.

4.8 sec

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

TV VersionBlu-ray

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

TV VersionBlu-ray

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."

3.3 sec

32:21 / 36:39-36:46

Bunchy says: "I never said one kind thing to him."

7.4 sec

35:34 / 39:59-40:01

Sam makes a step forward in prison. The subsequent shot starts earlier as well.

2.2 sec

35:39 / 40:06-40:08

Sam a little longer in front of the door.

1.6 sec

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.

2.1 sec

37:00-37:02 / 41:31-41:33

The file earlier in the TV Version, Brian longer on Blu-ray.

no difference

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.

4.1 sec