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."
02:51 / 02:21-02:22
Charles & Sadie a moment longer.
04:05-04:11 / 03:37-03:43
Alternate angle of Grace saying "We're gonna fool everybody".
04:20 / 03:52-04:13
The Sam and Grace sex scene starts earlier on Blu-ray - orgasm included.
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
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.
09:20 / 09:19-09:23
At the end, the cam pans to the top and shows Tolson in the background.
09:38 / 09:41-09:44
Earlier beginning of the shot plus Tolson's response to Sam's question starts with "Ah, Younger.".
10:31 / 10:36-10:53
Inside the house, people are picking at their food - awkward silence.
10:39 / 11:01-11:04
Additional shot of Ken.
10:49 / 11:14-11:25
More awkwardness before Ken folds his hands.
11:47 / 12:23-12:25
Sam a little earlier on his way to the Black Panther meeting.
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!)"
14:48 / 15:35-15:36
Emma running out off school earlier.
15:02 / 15:50
Really weird: Emma's "What?" has been redubbed. She sounds less desperate now.
15:10 / 15:58-16:00
Charles and Sadie a moment earlier in the hallway.
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--"
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.
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
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
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
23:43 / 25:04-25:07
Hal makes an intimidating comment to Charles: "I'll probably come all over myself."
24:49 / 26:11-26:35
Additional shots of Sam and Grace doing it in the restroom.
27:48 / 29:34-29:44
Before opening the door, Brian gets up slowly.
27:59 / 29:55-29:58
Small cut before Robbie says he barely used a phone those days.
28:02 / 30:01-30:02
Small cut before Brian's response.
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
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.
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.
30:21 / 32:39-32:40
Detective Burns slightly earlier.
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
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!"
30:57 / 33:17-33:18
Another small cut.
31:12 / 33:32-33:33
Earlier beginning of a shot during the Culpepper chase.
35:25 / 37:47
At the end of the shot, Walt also says: "Jesus!"
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
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
40:00 / 42:10-42:12
Sam kicks Charles two more times.
40:15 / 42:27-42:29
Additional shot of Charles crawling.
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.
40:32 / 42:54-42:57
Close-up of Sam throwing another punch, blood spatters.
40:35 / 43:00-43:09
Sam makes a few steps back.
40:45 / 43:19-43:22
The shot of bruised Charles looking up is a little longer.
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
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
41:16 / 43:56-43:58
Earlier beginning of the shot. Brian yells "Chicken shit!" in Sam's direction.
41:44 / 44:26
When wounded Charles is being carried in, a girl says "Oh, Jesus Christ!"