Release: Sep 20, 2016 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: DaxRider123 - external link: IMDB - more from this series
Compared are the censored US TV Version on NBC and the uncensored Blu-ray Version (German Blu-ray by New KSM)
- 94 differences, including 2 scenes with altered audio & 5 scenes with alternate footage
- Length difference: 316.2 sec (= 5:16 min)
Compared to the two other characters he is famous for, Fox Mulder and Hank Moody, David Duchonvy plays a rather nice L.A.P.D. cop in Aquarius. Here, he has to deal with the hippie community of Charles Manson. The initial situation is quite interesting and the characters evolve during the first season. Similar to the Netflix shows House of Cards and Daredevil, the entire season was made available in May 2015. But contrary to the two mentioned shows, Aquarius also aired on NBC at the same time. These TV Versions are als the versions one got to see online. As the topic already implies and as seen on Hannibal recently, some things were too explicit for US TV - especially the sexual references.
While the differences on Hannibal are rather redundant but with Aquarius, the situation is entirely different. Here, there are absurd alterations like removing swear words such as "God!"/Jesus!" or bare breasts but in addition to that, a lot of further alterations for the TV-14 rating have been made. Also, the TV Version lacks a few plot scenes. For that reason, it is quite delightful that the uncensored versions are available on Blu-ray and DVD.
Episode 8 ("Sick City") again includes a lot of uninteresting stuff that probably was solely taken out to reduce the episode's runtime and that are not necessary to unterstand what is going on. However, they also pay a nightclub a visit. The nudity was replaced with more harmless alternative takes, zooms or digital edits.
Folge 1x13 ("Gestohlenes Ego" aka "Old Ego Is a Too Much Thing") weicht nochmal um über 5 Minuten ab und fährt das volle Programm auf, um dem Autoren die Serie für immer in schlechter Erinnerung zu halten. Größtenteils sind es mal wieder die absolut belanglosen Mini-Straffungen am Ende von Einstellungen, aber auch ein paar der üblichen Tonzensuren gesellen sich dazu und ganz zum Ende gibt es sogar noch eine Gewaltzensur.
Time index refers to
TV Version in NTSC / Blu-ray
At the beginning, the TV Version includes a recap that we will not talk about any further. This addition explains the additional difference in time.
01:04 / 00:18-00:21
A shot of Hal from the side is shown earlier...
01:09 / 00:27-00:32
...and a little longer. After that Ken says: "What are you talking about?"
01:43 / 01:06-01:10
Hal is shown longer during the flashback and earlier during the following scene.
Alongside, his offscreen-comment was postponed and shortended for the TV version: "(Makes sense, actually.) Makes total, complete sense."
02:34 / 02:01-02:04
The exterior shot is shown slightly longer and the following shot of Ken a little earlier.
02:44 / 02:14-02:15
Hal is shown longer.
02:55 / 02:26-02:39
Hal: "(Disappearing for days to binge on rent boys.) We're the same, you and me."
Ken: "No, we're not."
Hal: "Charlie knows that. Charlie feeds that."
03:03-03:05 / 02:47-02:50
On the Blu-ray, the shot of Hal in the carking ramp starts earlier. The TV Version in return uses the later part of the sequence from the moment onwards when it ends on the Blu-ray.
Blu-ray 1.1 sec longer
03:16 / 03:01-03:02
Charles ein wenig longer mit dem Messer in der Hand.
03:31 / 03:17-03:19
Two shots are shown a little longer.
03:50 / 03:38-03:40
Hal a little earlier.
04:18 / 04:08-04:13
Hal a little longer and Janet on the bed a little earlier.
04:25 / 04:20-04:25
Hal is shown earlier and he stutters "She just--" for the first time.
05:01 / 05:01-05:16
Only on the Blu-ray the flashback continues while Hal comments "I wasn't in my right mind. I didn't know what I was doing." Then we see how he leaves the room with the dead Janet on the bed. Subsequently we see Hal in Ken's house.
05:19 / 05:35-05:36
Two shots were sligthly shortened.
05:24 / 05:41
Emma is shown longer.
05:28 / 05:45-05:47
Some more cuts.
05:52 / 06:11-06:14
Ken's and Hal's arrival was shortened.
06:29 / 06:52-06:55
Charlie: "What's he talking about, Hal?"
06:37 / 07:03-07:04
An additional scene during the brawl during which Hal screams: "Get off me!"
06:41-06:42 / 07:08-07:09
Alternative take of Ken. On TV he says "Back up!", on Blu-ray it's "Back the fuck up!"
No difference in time.
06:44 / 07:11-07:12
The medium long shot starts slightly earlier.
06:51 / 07:19-07:21
During the beginning of the shot Charles says: "Shit!"
06:55 / 07:25-07:40
Charles turns to Hal a little longer: "How about the Pope? Or maybe the Queen of England. Shit, you two got to know God. Bring him on down. Tell him to kick Charlie's ass, huh? No?"
06:57-06:58 / 07:42
Hal is shown slightly longer on TV.
+ 1.2 sec
07:10 / 07:54
When Charles explains why he will preserve Janet's corpse, the bit about sperm was muted on TV; also, the comment was slightly postponed: "'Cause she's just covered in old Hal. Oh, yeah, blood, spunk, fingerprints, and all kinds of stuff the cops and DAs just love."
07:21 / 08:05-08:06
Ken is shown longer during the flashback.
07:24 / 08:09-08:11
The last shot of this was trimmed down as well. After that, we see Ken a little earlier.
08:05 / 08:52-08:53
Emma is shown a little earlier...
08:08 / 08:56-08:59
...and longer. The following shot starts earlier.
10:37 / 11:26-11:29
The medium long shot inside the apartment is shown longer and Walt a little earlier.
10:44 / 11:36-11:37
Walt is shown earlier and he voices the name: "Brian Shafe."
10:52 / 11:45-11:46
Walt is shown earlier...
11:09 / 12:03-12:04
...and a little longer.
11:16 / 12:11-12:12
11:37 / 12:33-12:37
The shot of the commune outside is slightly longer and the first shot inside is shown earlier.
12:07-12:12 / 13:07-13:17
Sadie walks down the stairs in an alternative shot and in the process talks a little more explicit on the Blu-ray: "(He barely kisses me.) He doesn't eat me. He doesn't fuck me. He doesn't want me to go down on him. Me! And he knows I am the best! (I just want him to love me.)"
Blu-ray 6 sec longer
12:29-12:30 / 13:34-13:41
Earlier in Sam's office. Sam enters the room and says: "No meeting, not until I have it in writing."
On TV, the following shot of the hat is shown a little earlier (not illustrated below).
Blu-ray 5.6 sec longer
12:40 / 13:51-13:52
The shot of the general is shown slightly earlier.
12:43 / 13:55-13:57
And so is the following shot of Sam.
13:00-13:02 / 14:14-14:18
In order to speed up the (identical) conversation, the TV version uses an additional shot of Sam.
Blu-ray 1.7 sec longer
13:14 / 14:30-14:31
A shot inside the office a little earlier.
13:30 / 14:47-14:49
Sam hesitates for a second before interrupting Brian.
13:35 / 14:54-14:56
Sam: "(The judge is looking at him, right?) That's what the judge saw. So maybe he's saying--"
13:44 / 15:05-15:06
During the shot of Brian, Sam says a little earlier: "Cheer up, (couldn't be more than 1,000.)"
13:51 / 15:13-15:14
Charmain slightly longer.
14:07 / 15:30-15:31
14:16 / 15:40-15:41
14:19 / 15:44-15:46
At the end of the shot, there is a kiss on the cheek.
14:43 / 16:09-16:14
To Emma's "It's too early" Charles responds: "Too early for what? You want to stop that train?"
15:19 / 16:50-16:52
Sam comes into the prison a little earlier and says: "Opal!"
16:43 / 18:16-18:22
Some more shots of the birth: "Again. One, two, three, go."
17:00 / 18:39-18:41
Additional medium long shot.
17:20 / 19:01-19:07
Some more shots before the child comes out.
17:34 / 19:21-19:24
Charles holds the child a little longer, followed by a cut to the girls.
17:35 / 19:25-19:27
Charles is shown a little earlier: "Oh. He's our boy."
17:57 / 19:49-19:51
Another shot of Charles is shown a little longer.
18:06 / 20:00-20:01
A side view is shown slightly longer.
18:08 / 20:03-20:06
The medium long shot is shown longer – we hear more whimpering.
18:16 / 20:14-20:16
Charles and Emma a little earlier.
18:27 / 20:27-20:29
Emma is sitting in the room a little earlier.
18:30 / 20:32-20:38
The closer shot starts earlier.
19:28 / 21:36-21:41
Sadie comes to the hospital earlier.
20:19 / 22:32-22:37
Brian reaches for a pen a little longer. Then we see Sam again.
Brian's "Spell it" on the phone during this moment was postponed on TV.
21:02 / 23:21-23:27
Sam and Brian go through the garden a little longer.
21:53 / 24:18
Sam's "Freeze, motherfucker!" became "Freeze!" on TV.
Curiously enough, there is another difference that has nothing to do with censorship. On TV, Sam says "Drop that knife!", while on Blu-ray it's just "Drop it!" (twice, since he says this sentence again in both versions).
21:59 / 24:24-24:26
The next tracking shot begins a little earlier.
22:01 / 24:28-24:29
Before he is being pushed to the ground, the shot is a little longer.
22:23 / 24:51-24:55
Sam: "Last chance!"
22:25 / 24:57-24:59
Terrio is being pulled up again.
22:29 / 25:03-25:05
Sam holds Terrio a little longer.
22:50 / 25:26-25:27
Antonio looks down to the ground a little longer.
22:54 / 25:31-25:32
Antonio longer; additionally Sam's comment was postponed.
23:15 / 25:53-25:55
Antonio and Sam are fighting on the ground.
23:36 / 26:16-26:19
Sam looks over to Brian.
23:41 / 26:24-26:26
Sam looks around.
23:50 / 26:35-26:37
The shot in front of the police office starts slightly longer.
26:52 / 29:39-29:45
Actually, it is an ongoing shot during which Sam gets up and walks through the door.
26:57 / 29:50-29:52
The long shot starts slightly earlier.
29:44 / 32:39-32:41
Sadie is shown a little earlier with the baby in her arms.
30:13 / 33:10-33:21
Sadie adds "I'll go warm up some milk" and leaves from Emma who looks a little shocked.
31:58 / 35:06-35:15
Ken adds "Let's just agree how to do it, then do it. All right." and hangs up after he shook the bottle a little it. The camera zooms in on the weapon.
32:02 / 35:19-35:20
The side view of Mary and Charles starts a little earlier.
32:07 / 35:25-35:28
The next shot of the two of them starts earlier, too.
32:20 / 35:41-35:43
32:43-32:45 / 36:06-36:14
Charles gives Sadie a kiss first.
His "I give you my heart" is shown during a different shot. The TV Version in return shows Sadie earlier.
Blu-ray 6 sec longer
33:36 / 37:05-37:12
Ken goes over to the diver's door and gets in.
34:40 / 38:17-38:18
During the previous shots, a few frames were lost (< 0.5 sec). At this point, Hal nods his head to the side.
36:59 / 40:37-40:51
Charles puts more pressure on Ken during the flahsback: "Family. Career. Over. You want that?"
Ken hesitates, Charles smiles at him.
37:12 / 41:04-41:06
Die final shot of the flashback is longer as well.
37:26 / 41:20-41:36
Hal slurs some more: "Buddy? I know you, okay? Apparently better than you know my tolerance."
37:36 / 41:46-42:02
Ken: "Shut up."
Hal: "You got it all thought out, haven't you? But you're not gonna do it."
Ken: "Shut up."
38:07 / 42:33-42:34
During the flashback you can see Ken beating the girl in the trunk with a shovel.
39:13 / 43:40-43:42
The tracking shot of the commune starts slightly earlier.
39:47 / 44:16-44:18
Additional shot of Emma.