Release: Mar 23, 2013 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: DaxRider123 - 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)
- 15 differences, 8 of these with alternative footage
- Difference in time: 146.2 sec (= 2:26 min)
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 Extended version of episode 1x08 ("The One Where Nana Dies Twice") is just over one minute longer. The most interesting aspect is probably the additional conversation between Monica and her father. In combination with the following scene where Ross tidies out Nana's room, the episode seems to flow much nicer. Another nice addition is the alternate scene towars the end, where Ross - under the influcence of medicine - tells Rachel that he loves her.
Again, there's an alternate exterior shot, which might just be a Blu-Ray exclusive.
Right after the opening credits the TV Version shows a black screen for a few seconds. In return, the Extended Version shows an exterior shot, while the TV version immediately starts inside the apartment.
Extended Version 1.3 sec longer
In the Extended Version the conversation goes on a little longer before the phone rings. Joey says that Chandler could benefit from women thinking that he's gay.
Joey: "Look, Chandler, I think this going to work for you."
Chandler: "Excuse me?"
Joey: "Sure, sure. Women find you less threatening, they let their guard down, and BOOM, you're like a... stealth heterosexual."
In the TV Version we only see a different shot of Joey and Ross but nobody talks.
Extended Version 18.1 sec longer
In the TV Version, Ross and Monica are shown a little longer after the former's comment about aunt Phyllis (not illustrated below).
The Extended Version cuts to a side-view of them.
Monica: "Aunt Phyllis is dead?"
Ross: "Yeah, for like six years."
Monica: "Where was I?!"
Ross: "Wher--Can we focus...please!"
Monica turns back to Nana and hesitates for a moment.
EV 14.7 sec longer
An additional scene before we see Ross and his mother. After an exterior shot we see Monica and her father takling about Nana's coffin.
Monica: "Dad, let's just make a decision."
Mr. Geller: "You're right. This is crazy. It's just going into the ground. We should just get the most basic thing."
Monica looks through the pages of a catalogue.
Monica: "Great! That would be the non-protective corrugate fiberboard with white laminate. And we can't bury Nana in a dresser drawer from Ikea."
Mr. Geller: "See, this is why your mother buys all my clothes. I hate to shop. I hate it!"
Monica: "Dad, don’t you think this might be more about the fact that...once you make the decision, it's like acknowledging Nana's actually gone?"
Mr. Geller: "No, I really hate to shop."
An entirely different exterior shot of the office building where Chandler works.
No difference in time.
The TV Version fades to black when Nana's things "rain" down on Ross' head. Then it fades in to the next scene (Joey and Chandler enterint the apartment).
The Extended Version fades from the one scene to the next, using an additional shot of the city as filler material.
TV Version 1 sec longer
In the TV Version follows a long shot of Chandler staying behind with his head held down.
The Extended Version instead shows a closer shot of him.
No difference in time.
When Ross - drugged by medicine - staggers towards Rachel to tell her that he loves her, both versions offer a different version of this incidence. They are identical again from the moment when Ross resignedly says "You don't get it!" onwards.
The TV Version imeediately cuts to a close-up shot.
Ross: "I love you...the most."
Rachel grins and uses baby talk.
Rachel: "Yeah. You know who I love the most?"
During this shot, Ross puts his hands up.
the Extended Version stays at the previous shot a little longer.
Ross: "Oh, I do love you."
In an alternate shot, Rachel taps his thigh.
Rachel: "Oh, Ross, I love you too."
Ross: "No, no I realllllly love you."
Rachel doesn't understand it and just mimics him.
Rachel: "I reallllly love you."
The following shot (which starts slightly later in the TV Version) shows Ross putting up his hands.
EV 2.6 sec longer
In the TV Version we see an exterior shot of the Central Perk-Café, followed by a long shot inside. They look at old pictures.
Rachel: "Hey, who's this little naked guy?"
Ross: "That little naked guy would be me."
The Extended Version shows two exterior shots and begins inside the café a little earlier.
Monica: "Oh look this is my first grade picture. Oh, please ignore the Dy-no-mite! t-shirt."
Then follows an alternate shot of her saying: "Hey, who's this little naked guy?"
Ross answers, also shot from a different angle: "That little naked guy would be me."
EV 5.7 sec longer