Release: Apr 03, 2013 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB - more from this series
Comparison between the TV-Version (taken from the Blu-ray) and the Extended Version (taken from the British DVD)
Proportional length of the Extended Version two-part-episode: 22:25 min [PAL]
- 17 alterations, 8 of those including alternative footage
- Difference in running time: 37 sec
Almost every episode of this sitcom classic were released in an extended version on the US DVDs. For TV some cuts were done in order to trim the episodes to the usual format, however, some censoring can be found as well. In Great Britain, only the TV versions were released on DVD at first yet the newer "15th Anniversary Edition" contains the extended episodes as well and was used as a comparison here.
The new Blu-ray release is identical all around the world and contains – only the TV Versions, the extensions can also not be found in the bonus material. People interested in buying the series now have to decide: Longer episodes or better picture quality? The latter is really great on Blu-ray, rescanning of the original 35mm tape led to a brilliant picture and it is now also in the 16:9 format with more information on the side of the picture. On the other hand, about 2 minutes are missing per episode.
The here compared episode 1x16 ("The One With the Two Parts, Part One") is, as the title already implies, an exception. The DVD Box with the Extended Versions contains the two-part-episode as one single file while the episodes have been split up on the releases containing the TV Versions. As for the comparison, it's based on the shorter TV Version which is why the two-part-episode got two seperate comparisons.
The length difference is just one minute (length of the different credits not considered) but there are lots of tiny differences in the first part. Nothing worth mention though. Noticable is what the TV with the Spanish audio track shows on the screen. But since there are more scenes from the same TV show, alterations due to license problems seems very unlikely. It's probably Blu-ray exclusive but then again the quality of the images doesn't really prove that point.
From this episode on, the opening credits of the TV Version (on Blu-ray at least) have been given a new look. The shots of the leading actors in between remain unchanged but except for that the TV Version contains footage from newer episodes.
Right after the opening credits, only the TV Version contains a black screen.
+ 0.7 sec
Ross adds a comment in the Extended Version (about his ape): "And then last night. I don't know what he did but there were capers everywhere."
Tiny shot of Monica and Phoebe.
In the TV Version, the previous shot of Rachel is a couple of frames longer (no screens nor considered alternate footage).
Extended Version 6.1 sec longer
After the WENUS dialog, the scene ends differently. The Extended Version sticks with Chandler making gestures while the TV Version cuts to Nina, followed by a distance shot.
Subsequently an exterior shot as transition to the scene at Monica's appartment while the Extended Version immediately starts with an additional dialog at the very sama appartment.
Monica: "OK, I'll take 'Idiots in the Workplace' for $200, Alex."
TV Version 0.5 sec longer
Rachel comments Ross' comment about not getting involved with an associate in the following way: "God, even I know that and I'm pretty much unemployable."
In the TV Version, the following shot of the ape starts a couple of frames earlier (no screens nor considered alternate footage).
Extended Version 3.5 sec longer
In two short takes right in a row - interrupted by an identical third one - there's different footage on TV.
Probably Blu-ray exclusive but it looks like anything but a typical HD upgrade...
Extended shot. Monica responds to Rachel's question how long the notice had already been on the fridge: "A really long time."
In the Extended Version, Chandler's conversation with his superior is longer.
Chandler: "No that's not a problem, sir. That's why my name's on the door. By the way, do you know when I'm getting my name on the door?"
Mr. Douglas: "I don't know. I put it in the thing."
Chandler: "It's okay. So who's it going to be?"
As transition to the following scene with Chandler intending to fire Nina, the TV Version only contains a short shot of Chandler being shocked.
Extended Version 14.4 sec longer
The TV Version sticks with the shot for an extended period, the it fades to black. The Extended Version on the other hand cuts to another take, followed by a smooth transition.
TV Version 1.8 sec longer
Before Chandler bends over to Carol, the shot of Ross with the baby doll is slightly longer.
In the Extended Version, Chandler responds to the comment about children not being like apes as follows: "You might want to look into it."
Cut to angry-looking Ross.
As compensation, the following shot of Joey begins slightly earlier in the TV Version (no screens nor considered alternate footage).
Extended Version 4.3 sec longer
Earlier at Chandler's office: he's sitting at the desk and looks both scared and clueless.
In the Extended Version, the scene at Monica's appartment starts earlier.
Chandler: "So after the proposal, I kind of unraveled."
Ross: "Right, because you were really in control up until then."
The TV Version contains two alternate shots of the following dialog parts.
(Chandler: "Well, I ended up telling her everything."
Rachel: "Oh, how’d she take it?")
Extended Version 9.7 sec longer
Different reaction shot between the shots of Phoebe after she responded to the question of it really was that bad with "Yes!".
Before Chandler nods, Phoebe mentions a different incident with her sister resp. that's what Chandler is refering to when he nods.
Phoebe: "And then when I was 12 and she broke my collar bone. All right, she didn't mean to do it but I think it still counts."
For some reason, Phoebe's encounter with Ursula in the hallway is shown from a different angle.
Extended Version 0.3 sec longer
The next sideway shot contains a "To be continued"-lettering in the TV Version, followed by the first credits on a black background and a shot of the city at night.
The Extended Version lacks the lettering and smoothly transitions to the balcony after a shot of Rachel. With the balcony scene, the credits start (still in part 1 of the episode!). They do start earlier than they do in the TV Version though.
TV Version 6.8 sec longer
The final shot with Mr. Heckles is longer in the TV Version, the last credits follow. Then the usual reference to Bright Kauffman Crane and Warner Brothers (on Blu-ray at least).
+ 7.6 sec