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The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb


1.05 A Change Is Gonna Come


  • TV Version
  • Blu-ray
Release: Aug 02, 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)

- 53 differences, including 3 scenes with altered audio & 13 scenes with alternate footage
- Length difference: 204.9 sec (= 3:25 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 1x05 ("A Change Is Gonna Come") is almost 3.5 minutes longer on Blu-ray and we have a little bit of everything here: Trivial frame cuts, a few missing plot scenes, censored audio, more sex on Blu-ray. Also, there is some missing footage on Blu-ray. For instance, Ken makes a more direct comment regarding Grace's affair with Sam whose arrival at the Manson camp starts earlier. But what is really worth mentioning is the fact that this is the first episode that lacks violence in the TV Version. When Sam beats up Charles at the end of the episode, it was probably too much for the TV-14 US rating - the Blu-ray is much longer here.

Time index refers to
TV Version in NTSC / Blu-ray
Missing recap in the Blu-ray Version (no screenshots) which explains the length difference.

00:55 / 00:15-00:25

A girl comments: "I'm really worried about Cherry. Her dad's a weirdo, and her mom is mean, so mean."

10.5 sec

02:51 / 02:21-02:22

Charles & Sadie a moment longer.

1,3 sec

04:05-04:11 / 03:37-03:43

Alternate angle of Grace saying "We're gonna fool everybody".

no difference

TV VersionBlu-ray

04:20 / 03:52-04:13

The Sam and Grace sex scene starts earlier on Blu-ray - orgasm included.

21.2 sec

04:50-04:55 / 04:43-04:53

More detailed dialog on Blu-ray plus subsequent alternate takes.

Grace: "She tried to kill me."
Sam: "It was drugs."

Blu-ray 5 sec longer

TV VersionBlu-ray

08:32-08:33 / 08:30

Sam slightly earlier in the TV Version.

+ 0.6 sec

09:11 / 09:08-09:10

Small cut when Sam enters the room.

2 sec

09:20 / 09:19-09:23

At the end, the cam pans to the top and shows Tolson in the background.

4.5 sec

09:38 / 09:41-09:44

Earlier beginning of the shot plus Tolson's response to Sam's question starts with "Ah, Younger.".

3.1 sec

10:31 / 10:36-10:53

Inside the house, people are picking at their food - awkward silence.

16.9 sec

10:39 / 11:01-11:04

Additional shot of Ken.

2.6 sec

10:49 / 11:14-11:25

More awkwardness before Ken folds his hands.

11.4 sec

11:47 / 12:23-12:25

Sam a little earlier on his way to the Black Panther meeting.

1.8 sec

13:44 / 14:23-14:31

Additional shot of Bunchy still giving his speech - resp. the text is now audible during previous and subsequent shots plus part in the middle about arming black people is shorter : "(We believe it is our right, therefore, to defend ourselves) against such armed forces and that all black and oppressed people should be armed for self-defense in our homes and communities (against these fascist police forces!)"

7.9 sec

14:48 / 15:35-15:36

Emma running out off school earlier.

1.5 sec

Alternate Audio
15:02 / 15:50

Really weird: Emma's "What?" has been redubbed. She sounds less desperate now.

Screenshot to illustrate the scene

15:10 / 15:58-16:00

Charles and Sadie a moment earlier in the hallway.

2 sec

15:56 / 16:46-16:48

Nate makes Sam an offer regarding the pie: "If you're in a hurry, I can get you one to go--"

1.7 sec

16:40 / 17:32-17:41

Sam also turns around in the yard and picks up a note. Also, the shot of Tolson begins earlier.

9.5 sec

16:51 / 17:52

Redundant cut on Blu-ray.

+ 0.5 sec

17:22-17:25 / 18:23-18:33

On Blu-ray, Tolson explains more detailed about Younger's little services. As a conseequence thereof, the last shot is different.

(Tolson: "Ran errands for me.")
Sam: "Liked you. Was he your maid?"
Tolson: "No. Got smokes for me. Pulled pork sandwich from Sammy's, cup of joe.
(You know, kind gestures from friendly merchants.)"

Blu-ray 7.7 sec longer

TV VersionBlu-ray

19:12 / 20:21

Brian slightly earlier in the TV Version (no screenshots). Therefor, the shot of Sam is longer on Blu-ray which is just another way to cover up the censored audio: "(He moved enough dope for Gladner, and he sure) as shit (owes you.)"

Blu-ray 0.3 sec longer

20:41-20:43 / 21:50-21:52

And another censored comment. Only this time, an alternate of Sam has been used at the end of the scene as well (as response to Brian's "I'm a cop.").

TV Version: "You are?"
Blu-ray: "No shit."

TV Version 0.4 sec longer

TV VersionBlu-ray

21:05-21:11 / 22:14-22:32

The office scene starts earlier. At first, Brian comes in and sits. Also, an alternate take has been used for the beginning of the conversation.

Blu-ray 12.8 sec longer

TV VersionBlu-ray

23:43 / 25:04-25:07

Hal makes an intimidating comment to Charles: "I'll probably come all over myself."

3.2 sec

24:49 / 26:11-26:35

Additional shots of Sam and Grace doing it in the restroom.

23.4 sec

27:48 / 29:34-29:44

Before opening the door, Brian gets up slowly.

10.4 sec

27:59 / 29:55-29:58

Small cut before Robbie says he barely used a phone those days.

2.9 sec

28:02 / 30:01-30:02

Small cut before Brian's response.

0.8 sec

28:12-28:14 / 30:12-30:17

Brian justifies Walt's return: "His family's here, his mom, his dad."
Then Robbie earlier: "No, I mean..." - his "to America" is also in the TV Version but an alternate take of Brian has been used here.

Blu-ray 3.2 sec longer

TV VersionBlu-ray

28:40-28:42 / 30:43-30:45

When Brian gives Sam the news about Walt, the shoulder shot starts earlier while the Blu-ray sticks to the distance shot.

no difference

28:46-28:49 / 30:49-31:01

More dialog on Blu-ray again.
Sam: "He didn't take much time turning his coat, did he?"
Brian: "No. Got turned there. Anyway..."

The following dialog starts earlier in the TV Version resp. it starts during Brian's shoulder shot (no screenshots).

Blu-ray 9 sec longer

30:13 / 32:25-32:31

Brian enters the room.

6.1 sec

30:21 / 32:39-32:40

Detective Burns slightly earlier.

1.2 sec

30:31-30:32 / 32:50-32:52

Burns says more explicit: "(Ah,) bullshit. (You ain't no cop.)"
The shot of him is a bit longer on Blu-ray. In the TV Version, the following shot of Brian starts a bit sooner (no screenshots).

Blu-ray 0.7 sec longer

Censored Audio
30:55 / 33:15

Interesting: Usually, when swearing involves the word "God", that is the word which is about to be removed. Only this time, it is the other way around: "God damn!"

Screenshot to illustrate the scene

30:57 / 33:17-33:18

Another small cut.

0.9 sec

31:12 / 33:32-33:33

Earlier beginning of a shot during the Culpepper chase.

1.1 sec

35:25 / 37:47

At the end of the shot, Walt also says: "Jesus!"

0.5 sec

38:01-38:03 / 40:24

In the TV Version, Ken says a little more detaied: "(All me?) I'm the only liar in this house?"

+ 1.4 sec

38:05-38:08 / 40:26-40:29

Alternate shot of Sam. Only in the TV Version, he says "Enough!" and Grace turns to him in the same sht.
On Blu-ray, the shot of Grace starts earlier.

TV Version 0.5 sec longer

TV VersionBlu-ray

39:28-39:37 / 41:49

In the TV Version, Sam slowly gets to Manson's dump and attacks him at the sofa.

+ 9.2 sec

As a consequence thereof, an off-screen comment has been added starting during the last seconds of the previous shot that shows Sam in the car and ending during the subsequent shot of one of the girls: "Leave him alone, you damn pig! Get your hands off of him! Oh, my God!"

39:40-39:43 / 41:52-41:53

Before Sam pushes Charles away, the latter says mockingly "All right. You're not gonna read me those rights, Miranda?" in the TV Version.
The Blu-ray contains a short additional distance shot instead.

TV Version 2 sec longer

TV VersionBlu-ray

40:00 / 42:10-42:12

Sam kicks Charles two more times.

2.1 sec

40:15 / 42:27-42:29

Additional shot of Charles crawling.

2.8 sec

40:18 / 42:32-42:40

After kicking Charles agin, Sam walks around a little. Apparently, he can't believe what he has just done.

7.4 sec

40:32 / 42:54-42:57

Close-up of Sam throwing another punch, blood spatters.

3.6 sec

40:35 / 43:00-43:09

Sam makes a few steps back.

8.8 sec

40:45 / 43:19-43:22

The shot of bruised Charles looking up is a little longer.

3 sec

40:47-40:49 / 43:24-43:28

The Blu-ray contains alternate footage. Also, there are more hard punches to the face.

Blu-ray 2 sec longer

TV VersionBlu-ray

40:53-40:54 / 43:32-43:34

Sam's finale blow looks more grim on Blu-ray and the angle is different as well.

Blu-ray 0.7 sec longer

TV VersionBlu-ray

41:16 / 43:56-43:58

Earlier beginning of the shot. Brian yells "Chicken shit!" in Sam's direction.

2.1 sec

Censored Audio
41:44 / 44:26

When wounded Charles is being carried in, a girl says "Oh, Jesus Christ!"

Screenshot to illustrate the scene