Comparison between the 8 episodes version (e.g. on HBO Max or Apple TV) and the 6-part original version (e.g. included on the German DVD from Universal / BBC / Amazon)
* Running times of the 8-part versions: 43:32 (42:58) min Episode 2 // 43:09 (42:34) min Episode 3
In episode 2, an alternate take is again used to start the 8-part version, which is basically very similar and thus not spectacular. As the shorter Episode 2 of the 8-part version ends, the conversation has been shifted and shortened a bit to better fit the end/beginning of the episode. What is naturally not so well representable in the cut report: The soundtrack also deviates, musical score to the actual scene transition of the original 6-part version was deleted here.
Ep2 15:37-15:43 / 00:00-00:04
Right away the introductory shot of the tape recorder is an alternate take. The 8 episodes version is a bit longer and only here a note says that the scene takes place 4 months earlier.
8 episodes version 2 sec longer
Ep2 19:18 / 03:39-04:41
The 6-part original version has the credits at this moment - after Kurtz takes the hat off the table and before Charlie asks who Kurtz and his people are.
+ 61.5 sec
Ep2 42:48-42:51 / 28:11
When Becker asks "Are you in or out?", the 8 episodes version inserts an additional cut to him. In the 6-part original version, this can be heard over a long shot of Charlie running through here, to which the 8 episodes version also changes to after the cut.
7 seconds later, the credits of the 8 episodes version begin, shortly before Charlie asks "Who am I?
At the beginning of episode 3 of the 8 episodes version, almost the entire shot of Charlie is repeated again, so that there is a total of around 5 sec duplicated.
Ep3 02:05-03:06 / 30:19
After Becker has left the room, there are opening credits in the 8-part version.
Ep3 27:27-28:05 / 54:40-54:52
Already with Becker's words "...to prove that you are as special as I believe" before this point, it is noticeable in the 6-part original version that a heroic soundtrack can be heard to it, while the 8 episodes version remains almost mute.
In the 6-part original version Becker then says to a close-up shot of Charlie: "This is your debut in the theater...".
This is also how the scene plays out in the Director's Cut.
The 8 episodes version immediately shows here the further dialogue, beginning with Charlie's "What happens when I get there?", which is to be seen in the 6-part version only at the beginning of episode 3. No differences during that scene, however, therefore not illustrated.
8 episodes version 26 sec longer