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Season 2 Blu-ray Box Set with the Uncut Versions



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2.02 Night Darkens the Street

Comparison:

  • Recut
  • Uncut
Release: Sep 24, 2016 - Author: Tony Montana - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB - more from this series
Compared are the Recut (German Free TV) and the Uncut Version (German DVDs by Studio Hamburg).

4 differences, consisting of
- 2 removed scenes
- missing recap and credits (as a result of the recut)
- Total difference: 310.28 sec resp. 5 min and 10.28 sec


The Fall is a British TV show shot for BBC Two. Its first episode aired on 05/13/2013. The second season started to air on 11/09/2014, a third season has already been announced.

In Germany, the first two seasons also aired but the German network ZDF did not broadcast the original BBC Versions. Instead, they decided to recut the two seasons to longer episodes with an approximate length of 90 minutes each. In order to do so, cuts/alterations were made. Episode 1 (ZDF) consists of episode 1&2 (BBC), episode 2 (ZDF) consists of episode 2-4 (BBC) and episode 3 (ZDF) consists of episode 4-5 (BBC). The chronology of events remains the same (except for a few recuts but I will go into that in the actual comparison) but the Recuts always end during the actual episode (BBC Version) - except for the final episode 5, of course.

The second season does not consist of 5 but of 6 episodes. This made it a little earlier to recut. Now, there always 2 episodes used for 1 recut episode. In other words, episode 1 (ZDF) consists of episode 1&2 (BBC), episode 2 (ZDF) consists of episode 3&4 (BBC) and episode 3 (ZDF) consists of the two final episodes 5&6 (BBC).

Every single episode - whether Recut or BBC/Uncut Version - contains the same opening credits. The title is the same as well. Due to the process of recutting the episodes, the credits are placed differently in the Recut Version. The actual footage however remains unchanged. For that reason, the credits will be mentioned in the comparisons but I will not go into detail and will not be any screenshots for that either. Same goes for the end credits: They will be mentioned but that is it. I would also like to point out that only the Uncut Version contains the end credits. In the Recut Version, they have been cut.



Last but not least, a few words regards the differences of these two versions. The shorter Recut Versions are just fine, no elementary scenes are missing. However, one should rather watch the Uncut Versions. Admittedly, whether or not the shot of a character is half a minute longer is completely irrelevant. But then again, some quite interesting scenes that are worth being watched have been removed as well.
Both the US and UK Blu-ray/DVD release contain the Uncut Version.



Time indes refers to
Recut – Uncut Version.
Recap
35:57 / 00:00

Missing recap in the Recut.

48 sec



Removed Scene
35:57 / 00:48

The Recut lacks a longer scene with Stella.
Armed and wearing a nightie, she is walking across the police station resp. she chases an intruder. Stella shoots the intruder but she removes his mask, it turns out the intruder is James who asks Stella for help because he does not want to die.


Then Stella wakes up in the police station. The whole thing with James was just a nightmare (obviously because James died in season 1). Stella hears a noise, checks it out but it is all goood. She sits back down and writes something down.


Now the opening credits, followed by the title. After that, the versions are back in sync. Except there are further credits in the Uncut Version (no screenshots).

166.64 sec resp. 2 min 46.64 sec


Removed Scene
52:27 / 20:25

Paul shows up the office of the Alice Parker Monroe Memorial Fund. He is asked to sit down. Shortly afterwards, he gets the file he requested.
Then Stella questioning Tom - from the off at first. She tells him the police needed current photos of Rose.


Now, Stella continues questioning Tom on-screen. They are goind through the photos Tom has on his notebook. At some point, another cop enters and informs Stella that Assistant Chief Constable Burns has arrived.


The cop's comment ends right at the beginning of the following shot of Tom which is also the moment the versions are back in sync. Since the pervious shot of the cop entering is missing in the Recut, the beginning of his comment is audible during the previous shot (which was also the last shot the versions had in common before footage got removed).

62.24 sec resp. 1 min 2.24 sec


End Credits
01:29:50 / 58:30

End Credits + black screen in the Uncut Version. No end credits in the Recut.

33.4 sec