Release: Apr 07, 2011 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: DaxRider123 - external link: IMDB - more from this series
Comparison between the TV Version and the extended DVD Version (both included in the DVD Box "Volume 7").
5 new/extended scenes (3 of them offer alternative footage)
+ 3 scenes with auditory censorship (1 of them offers alternative footage)
Difference: 117.7 sec (= 1:58 min)
Family Guy is a very successful show aired on FOX. Since some jokes are simply too rude to air them on national television, the producers have to censor/cut scenes from time to time. However, they sometimes also cut some jokes away in order to reach the appropiate length for a TV-episode. Therefore, not all the changes that were made are a result of censorship. Nevertheless there still are enough hilarious, outrageous jokes in the show - fans will be in for a good time, weven when watching the TV Version on FOX. (I'm speaking from experience.)
BTW, it airs every sunday evening on FOX. That's really nice because you can also watch the new American Dad episode as well as the new episode of The Cleveland Show. So you've got a terrific triple feature. If you're watching FOX anyway, you can also watch the latest Simpsons episode. After all, what's better than spent your whole evening laughing your ass of while watching the latest episodes of the series by Seth MacFarlane plus some new adventures of Homer & Co?
The US box-set "Volume 7" includes all the TV Versions in the bonus material section.
Unfortunately they took small pains to warp the DVDs this time. All the previous box-sets had a slim case for each disc of the set plus a little slipcase to hold them together. The "Volume 7"-discs were all packed together in one amaray-case. The set does include a listing of all the episodes (without a summary) - however, this listing is on the backside of the cover. An o-ring encases the whole thing. What a pitty.
Besides this minor matter, the rest of the box set is just great - it includes lots of bonus material plus an audio commentary soundtrack for every single episode!
The DVD Version of the 11th episode of the 6th season - "The Former Life Of Brian" - is about 2 minutes longer. Most of the cuts were made in order to reach the allowed runtime of 22 minutes. In this episode there's another scene with auditory censorship for religious reasons - only in the DVD Version Quagmire shouts "Jesus!".
Interestingly enough, Seth MacFarlane in the audio commentary talks about another 2 alterations which can't be seen in the TV Version. Allegedly, the mentioning of Tim Russert's name (who passed away just before the episode was about to air) was beeped during the first run. However, neither the TV Version from the bonus material of the DVD nor the recording from US TV that was also available for this report included this beep. Also, Dylan's mother's remark "Who wants a half-and-half?" (which is said to be controversial) could be heard in both TV Versions.
Time index refers to the TV Version.
In the TV Version, Stewie says "Come on. Let's get out of here, Brian" and they go apart.
In the DVD Version, the first 2 words are not included. However, Stewie says something after that: "That birthday party Spider Man is eyeing me."
You see Herbert wearing a Spider Man costume: "Uhm, don't let me catch you, 'cause I'll just wrap you up and eat you later."
He laughs. Then the episode cuts back to Brian and Stewie (a few frames alter than in the TV Version).
DVD Version 9.2 sec longer
Small mitigation in the TV Version.
TV: "If he had his life together, I wouldn't be into it."
DVD: "If he had his shit together, I wouldn't be into it."
No difference in time.
When you hear Stewie saying "Now take your fucking pants off!" over the baby-phone, the F-Word is beeped.
No difference in time.
During the flashback with the Cocoa Puffs bird, there's an additional shot from a little further away.
Brian does a little Knock-Knock-Joke and then has a short discussion with Lois (again, his care for his son Dylan seems to be a little exaggerated).
Brian: "Hey. Knock-knock."
Dylan: "Who's there?"
Brian: "Danny Zuko."
Dylan laugs and says: "Come on! The audition's not till 3:00. Don't jinx it."
He gets out and Lois comes to Brian.
Lois: "You know, Brian, Dylan could have just carpooled with me and the kids."
Brian: "Oh, Lois, Dylan is very special to me and... Well, didn't you just get a ticket for running a red light?"
Lois (annoyed): "Yeah, like six years ago. And I got that ticket because I got distracted 'cause you were leaning out the window, barking at a cow."
Brian: "So, you admit you ran the red light?"
Lois: "Fuck you!"
Brian: "Whoa! Not the kind of language I want Dylan exposed to. Have fun with your dead kids, reckless driver!"
He drives away and you see a close-up shot of his license plate.
Auditory Censorship / Alternative Footage
When Quagmire comments Brian's blatancy, his curse had to be mitigated for the TV Version.
TV: "Damn it!"
No difference in time.
In the TV Version Brian gets up and says: "Oh, I can't hear any more of this." Then he leaves the screen on the left (the guys watch him go).
In the DVD Version, he talks insistently to the guys. Then he makes a short annoying phone call with Dylan until he leaves the screen on the right.
Joe: "Now, look, Brian, there's a difference between being concerned and being overprotective."
Brian: "Now that's a dad talking. That's a dad talking, Quagmire. You're right. You can't hold your kids back. It's like I say, you have to give your kids both roots and wings."
After a short silent break, Cleveland says: "Brian, I wanna punch you in the dick right now."
Brian's cellphone rings (his ringtone is Cats In The Cradle).
Brian: "Oh, that's Dylan's ring. Hey, bud, everything all right? Really? Well, how many library assistants did they pick? One of four!"
Brian whispers something in the direction of the guys - he apparently savors this proud moment. While whispering, he holds his hand on the phone.
Then he gets up and continues talking to Dylan: "Well, you know what? BEEPBEEP, extra, extra, read all about it. Ice cream for Dylan tonight."
Meanwhile, he leaves the screen on the right.
DVD Version 41 sec longer
In the TV Version, there's a closer shot of Peter moaning and saying "Oh, boy, you're not kidding. I tell you, I wish that old hag of Brian's had never even told him he had a kid."
In the DVD Version he moans during the previous shot, followed by a short flashback.
Then he says the second sentence from the TV Version during a different animation.
Peter: "I'm telling you, Joe, he's as annoying as mosquitoes in the summertime."
Flashback; Peter reads a book and in the backround you see a huge mosquito flying around outside the window.
Mosquito: "Can I come in there with you? There's light in there."
Peter: "No, go away."
Moskito: "Can I please come in? You have juice and I want to sit in it."
Peter gets up and closes the window.
Peter: "Shoo, get lost!"
Then, Chris comes in.
Chris: "Hi, dad."
Peter: "Chris, close the door, there's..."
Too late, the mosquito is already inside.
Mosquito: "Oh, it's much nicer in here. I'm gonna float around for a while, then stick my needle in your shoulder fat while you sleep."
DVD Version 26.9 sec longer