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1.01 Days Gone Bye (Pilot Episode)

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  • Pay-TV: FOX
  • US Version
Release: Feb 15, 2011 - Author: VideoRaider - Translator: DaxRider123 - external link: IMDB - more from this series
I. Introduction

October 2003: Originally planned as a short-lived graphic novel horror, "The Walking Dead" quickly became one of the most popular comic series ever - even though the plot as well as the characters are very different from other popular comic series. There are no flying superheroes, no supervillains or mutated scientists, and planet earth is not threatened by extraterrestrial beings or megalomaniac industrial tycoons. Basically the planet is fine - probably even better off, now that the earth's most dangerous villain's number was pareded down to the minimum. And this was not achieved by the destructive forces of nature or by hitting the red button - the real reason are the living dead...



"The Walking Dead" is around for more than 7 years now. There exist 78 issues and 13 companions - still, the series is as popular as ever. Creator Robert Kirkman originally planned to release "The Walking Dead" as a 6-episode mini-series, but because of the phenomenal success they decided to continue the series. They invented and evolved new stories as well as characters - probably the biggest advantage of the series. There are no main characters, nobody on the planet is safe. There are several different stories about several different persons and the only thing they have in common is the will to survive in an the post-apocalyptic US of undead A. Very often, they mixed the plot up with classic elements from traditional horror literature as well as cinema. There are isolated communities, anthropophagic hordes, and smalltown despots - those who survived as well as the omission of human values are another serious threat for the characters of the stories.



It's very much possible that this is another reason for the huge success of the comic series that was made into a TV series in 2010. „The Walking Dead“ rarely ever includes any sensational elements. One could argue that the series actually follows the tradition of classic horror movies (there rarely are "in your face"-shock effects). Most of the time the story of the TV series takes place in the hinterland (rather than huge cities which are the most dangerous places to be in modern societies) - Suburbia and Smalltown America. The big cities are crowded with zombies, therefore it would be a suicide mission to enter one of them. The few survivers have to fall back to areas that once were said to be peaceful. The citizens of this "idyllic" hinterland are the main characters of the TV series - small town sheriffs, housewomen, local politicians, and so on (all rather middle class individuals).

Frank Darabont - the director of the pilot movie - did a great job shooting the scenario. Instead of giving in to excessive bloodshed, fast cutting, or experimental shots he concentrated on a rather "calm" plot; all the characters (who are the main focus of the pilot episode) get enough time to evolve. Even though Darabont used rather vintage rhetorical devices, "The Walking Dead" really is a refreshing experience (especially since most of the zombie movies nowadays seem rather stale). As a result, the series was praised by movie critics as well as the audience. „The Walking Dead“ has record-breaking ratings - it was so successful that they commissioned a second season after the first run of the second episode!

II. This Report

This is a comparison between the US TV-Version of the pilot movie (aired on amc) and the German TV Version (aired on Fox Serie). The German Pay-TV channel Fox Serie aired the International Version of this episode. Most of the cuts in this episode are rather negligible and were only done to reduce the runtime of the episode to 45 minutes (which is the typical runtime for TV series).

Overall, the International Version misses out on 1320 seconds.
0:00:00
You see Rick's police car driving along the road. The International Version starts this scene way later.


10 sec.

0:00:49
When they're looking for gasoline, Rick takes a longer look around between the car wrecks.


25 sec.

0:00:49
Rick goes down the hill a little longer.


4.5 sec.

0:00:55
Rick takes a longer look around.


15.2 sec.

0:01:03
Ditto.


6.3 sec.

0:01:08
Ditto.


11.4 sec.

0:01:12
They find a gas station but it's all out of gas.


3 sec.

0:01:22
Rick hears something and then slowly turns around.


6.5 sec.

0:01:22
Before he kneels down, he takes a step forward.


1.5 sec.

0:01:28
While Rick looks out from under the car, the zombie-girl passes him.


8.2 sec.

0:01:31
After the zombie-girl picked her teddy up, she moves on.


3.8 sec.

0:01:31
In the US TV Version, Rick stands up a little longer.


0.4 sec.

0:01:34
Of a few more frames...


0.2 sec.

0:01:34
Before the zombie-girl enters the screen, you see a shot of the empty space.


0.9 sec.

0:01:36
The camera follows the girl a little longer.


3 sec.

0:03:17
Rick and Shane talk a little longer.


23 sec.

0:03:23
Because of the new cut the credits were postponed (however, this doesn't result in any difference in time). From now on, these changes won't be mentioned any furhter.

International TV VersionUS TV Version


No difference in time.

0:03:41
Rick and Shane talk a little longer.


31.5 sec.

0:03:48
Ditto.


46.5 sec.

0:04:29
Ditto.


13 sec.

0:04:29
When Rick and Shane receive an emergency call over the radio, they pack their stuff together.


8 sec.

0:05:19
When reverses the car, this takes a little longer in the US TV Version.


8 sec.

0:05:32
Rick aims at the incoming car behind the police blocking.


1 sec.

0:05:32
A Deputy asks something.


20.2 sec.

0:05:38
The car chase is longer.


4.7 sec.

0:05:38
Additional scenes of the car chase.


5.3 sec.

0:05:47
When the car goes head over heels there's a missing shot.


2 sec.

0:05:49
Another additional shot.


2 sec.

0:05:56
The car lies idle a little longer.


2 sec.

0:05:56
Rick and Shane come out behind the blocking.


10.8 sec.

0:05:59
Rick converges to the car wreck.


4.4 sec.

0:06:08
Rick shoots the bad guy.


1 sec.

0:06:08
The bad guy falls to the ground a little longer.


2.4 sec.

0:06:26
The shootout is longer.


1.4 sec.

0:07:17
The panning shot (starting from the heavily injured Rick) starts way later in the International Version.


7.5 sec.

0:08:37
The long shot of Rick's sickbed was extended at the beginning and the end of this sequence.


9.4 sec.

0:09:51
Rick lies on the floor a little longer.


4.5 sec.

0:09:51
Rick goes to the bathroom and drinks some water from the faucet.


15 sec.

0:10:12
Rick walks throug the abandoned hospital a little longer.


1.2 sec.

0:10:59
Rick looks at a corroded corpse longer.


3.5 sec.

0:10:59
The corpse is shown longer.


0.8 sec.

0:11:04
A longer shot of the nibbled off bones.


3.3 sec.

0:11:13
Rick anxiously continues to walk through the hospital - the International Version's sequence is shorter.


2.4 sec.

0:11:13
Several shots were cut out.


10 sec.

0:11:17
Rick looks around longer.


0.5 sec.

0:11:17
Additional shots of the hospital's devastated hallway.


12.5 sec.

0:11:17
The International Version cuts to the following shot a little later:


2.5 sec.

0:11:34
The jailed dead knock against the doors - Rick recoils a little.


6.5 sec.

0:12:03
Rick fled to the hallway. There, he lights a match and comes across a penetrating smell.


11.2 sec.

0:12:03
Rick carefully goes down the staircase. Again, the amc-Version is way longer.


10.3 sec.

0:12:03
A few additional frames...


0.2 sec.

0:12:32
The US TV Version shows the black screen a little longer.


4.7 sec.

0:13:17
Rick walks across the corpses longer.


9.5 sec.

0:13:27
Rick looks at the heap of corpses slightly longer.


0.6 sec.

0:13:27
You see some more corpses.


8 sec.

0:13:38
The long shot is longer.


3.5 sec.

0:13:52
Rick walks along the knoll.


0.3 sec.

0:13:52
Ditto.


5.2 sec.

0:14:14
The long shot of the completely destroyed forecourt of the hispital is shown longer.


6.5 sec.

0:14:14
Rick marches through the suburb longer.


7.2 sec.

0:14:38
The zombie makes a longer grunt-noise.


1.8 sec.

0:14:58
Now he cycles a little longer.


2.8 sec.

0:14:59
No matter if he walks, cycles or runs - it takes longer.


2.9 sec.

0:15:14
You leave the family for a short while only to return and see that they're all gone.


7.3 sec.

0:15:32
Rick cracks - the International Version stops a few shots earlier.



17 sec.

0:15:54
Rick gazes into space slightly longer.


1.8 sec.

0:16:07
Rick leaves the house.


3 sec.

0:16:14
Rick sits in front of his house longer.


2.5 sec.

0:16:14
Ditto.


2.1 sec.

0:16:54
After the the boy sandbaged Rick with the shovel he calls for his father.


4.1 sec.

0:16:54
One small step for a man, a few frames more for the movie.


0.2 sec.

0:17:10
The shot is slightly longer.


0.4 sec.

0:17:10
Morgan asks Rick if he was bitten.


8.2 sec.

0:17:10
The black screen is shown longer.


2.9 sec.

0:18:29
Rick and Morgan have a longer conversation.


1.6 sec.

0:18:34
Rick looks at the knife a little longer.


1.1 sec.

0:18:34
Before Morgan frees Rick, he warns him.


8.7 sec.

0:18:50
Morgan and his son leave the room - again, it's shown longer.


3.4 sec.

0:18:50
Rick turns to the side.


0.4 sec.

0:18:56
Rick walks through the house longer.


2.4 sec.

0:19:52
Morgan smiles longer.


1.1 sec.

0:19:52
Morgan's son says something.


4.1 sec.

0:20:07
They say grace before they eat.


2.2 sec.

0:20:07
After Rick sat down at the table, he picks up the spoon.



28.3 sec.

0:21:43
A dissolve starts earlier - a short part of the next shot is missing.


2.6 sec.

0:21:43
Same goes for the next shot.


4 sec.

0:22:51
Morgan's son turns the light off a little longer.


0.8 sec.

0:22:51
Rick also turns the light off.


5.8 sec.

0:23:37
Rick looks out a little longer and watches Morgan's (dead) wife.


9.5 sec.

0:23:46
Morgan takes care of his startled son.


7.6 sec.

0:25:09
Ditto.


1.9 sec.

0:25:42
An additional shot of Rick hitting the zombie with a baseball bat.


0.6 sec.

0:25:42
The following shot is minimally longer.


0.4 sec.

0:25:44
...Rick hits the zombie again.


1.8 sec.

0:25:44
A few additional frames...


0.1 sec.

0:25:46
After Rick beat the zombie up, the latter goes down. Morgan circles it.


10.5 sec.

0:27:23
Rick, Morgan and his son leave the police station.


1.2 sec.

0:27:23
Rick uses the shower - agian, it takes longer in the US TV Version.


11 sec.

0:27:39
Morgan's son sings a little longer under the shower.


2.4 sec.

0:27:39
Rick, Morgan and his son talk some more inside the changing room.


15.7 sec.

0:28:31
Rick informs Morgan's son about how to use weapons.



18 sec.

0:28:31
The following shot starts earlier.


1.2 sec.

0:28:53
They walk some more.


6.7 sec.

0:30:48
The long shot of the police station was originally shown longer.


3.1 sec.

0:30:48
Morgan barricades himself in his house again.


19.8 sec.

0:30:48
The car enters the screen a few frames earlier...


0.1 sec.

0:31:09
The spot where the zombie used to be is now empty - and shown a few seconds earlier.


2 sec.

0:31:12
Rick follows the zombie's drag mark.


4 sec.

0:31:23
Rick looks over the meadow.


4.7 sec.

0:31:32
Morgan looks at the pictures of his wife a little longer.


6.2 sec.

0:31:36
An additional step plus a few additional frames...


0.4 sec.

0:31:36
Rick goes through the park a little longer.


6.8 sec.

0:31:36
Morgan continues looking at pictures of his wife.


20.2 sec.

0:31:36
Rick continues looking for the zombie.


8.5 sec.

0:31:40
Morgan pushs a chair to the side.


3.8 sec.

0:31:54
The zombie crawls over the meadow a little longer.


4.8 sec.

0:32:35
Morgan's son puts his hands on his ears and talks to himself a little longer.


2 sec.

0:32:35
Morgan uses his rifle's gunsight to look for his wife.


4.8 sec.

0:32:35
A few additional frames.


0.2 sec.

0:32:50
The zombie continues crawling over the meadow. Rick sadly looks at her.


13.4 sec.

0:33:27
More and more zombies converge to Morgan's house.


3.1 sec.

0:33:37
Rick walks away from the zombie longer.


5.8 sec.

0:33:37
The police car dries on the road a little longer.


5.2 sec.

0:33:47
Rick drives along the road and tries to reach someone over the radio - again, this is shown longer.


13.8 sec.

0:33:47
When you hear Rick's voice over the RB-radio, Dale looks around and then runs to his radio.


2.8 sec.

0:35:32
The following shot of Rick's wife and child is longer.


2.8 sec.

0:35:32
The following shot is minimally longer.


0.6 sec.

0:35:56
Ditto.


0.8 sec.

0:35:56
Dale, Shane and Rick's wife discuss whether or not they shut put up warning labels in front of the city.


6.2 sec.

0:36:13
Lori is not satisfied with Shane's decision and goes to her tent. Shane follows her.


9.8 sec.

0:37:14
Lori and Shane kiss each other longer.


3 sec.

0:37:52
The gas tank is empty, therefore Rick has to walk.


10.2 sec.

0:37:52
The close-up shot of Rick's feet is a few frames longer.


0.3 sec.

0:37:59
The long shot of the farm house is shown longer.


2 sec.

0:38:13
...Rick walks some more.


2.6 sec.

0:38:44
Rick looks through the window a little longer.


1.3 sec.

0:38:44
Ditto.


0.5 sec.

0:39:17
When Rick spots the dead farmer-family he takes a short rest. He spots the Pick-Up, goes to it and tries to find the car key - he doesn't find them.



36 sec.

0:39:17
Rick walks some more.


0.4 sec.

0:39:29
Rick saddles the horse.



42.5 sec.

0:39:29
Rick leaves the farmyard with his new horse a little longer.


3.3 sec.

0:39:41
A shot of Rick riding.


3.3 sec.

0:39:41
The empty highway is shown longer.


1.5 sec.

0:39:48
Rick passes the camera on his horse; again, this is shown longer.


1.9 sec.

0:39:48
The long shot of the abandoned highway is a little longer.


2.4 sec.

0:39:57
Ditto.


1.9 sec.

0:39:57
Rick rides through the abandoned city.



19.8 sec.

0:39:57
The panning shot starts earlier.


3.9 sec.

0:40:14
The following shot is longer, however, the dissolve starts later.


7.1 sec.

0:40:14
In the following shot, the dissolve starts later.


5.2 sec.

0:40:25
He rides, and rides...


5.3 sec.

0:40:25
...and rides.


9.8 sec.

0:40:50
A zombie walks around a little longer.


9.8 sec.

0:40:50
Rick watches the zombie and vice versa.



13.5 sec.

0:40:50
The following scene starts a little earler.


13.5 sec.

0:40:54
Rick shortly stops in front of a tank.


0.4 sec.

0:40:54
A few ravens pitch into a dead soldier.


9.5 sec.

0:41:08
The following shot is longer.


0.4 sec.

0:41:08
Rick hears a helicopter and looks around more often.


8.2 sec.

0:41:08
The following shot starts a little earlier.


1.1 sec.

0:41:08
Rick follwos the helicopter on his horse a little longer.


1.1 sec.

0:41:37
Rick absconds from the zombies.



10 sec.

0:41:37
The following shot starts a little earlier.


0.2 sec.

0:41:52
The following shot is longer.


0.2 sec.

0:41:52
Ditto.


3 sec.

0:41:52
The following shot starts a little earlier.


0.2 sec.

0:41:57
The zombies lunge at the horse a little longer.


1.1 sec.

0:41:57
Rick kicks a zombie.


1.8 sec.

0:41:57
The following shot starts a few frames earlier.


0.1 sec.

0:41:58
Rick wants to flee, however, the zombies block his way.


5 sec.

0:42:00
Rick hides under the tank...


3.6 sec.

0:42:00
...and then kicks a zombie away.


5.6 sec.

0:42:04
Rick crawls.


1.9 sec.

0:42:22
The old zombie grunts twice.


1.1 sec.

0:42:22
Rick shortly looks around.


3.4 sec.

0:42:43
Inside the tank Rick finds the dead GI's weapon.


0.8 sec.

0:42:58
Rick (who's numb of pain) tries to crawl out of the tank.


11.4 sec.

0:42:58
The following shot starts a little earlier.


2.1 sec.

0:43:00
Rick finds the escape hatch.


6.1 sec.

0:43:00
The following shot starts a little earlier.


1.1 sec.

0:43:17
The zombie turns to Rick.


1.5 sec.

0:43:17
The zombies climb on the tank a little longer.


1.8 sec.

0:43:24
You see Rick falling back into the tank.


8.2 sec.

0:43:37
After Rick took the dead soldier's weapon he shortly looks around.


9.8 sec.

0:43:37
The following shot starts a little earlier.


2 sec.

0:44:17
At the end, the zombies eat the horse.



19 sec.

0:44:17
The final panning shot starts earlier...


5 sec.

0:44:30
...and ends earlier by fading to black.


21.4 sec.