Release: Apr 11, 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)
- 12 differences, two of these with alternate footage
- Difference in time: 87 sec
Almost every episode of this sitcom classic was released in an extended version on the US DVDs. Some of the footage had to be cut out for the TV version 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 worldwide and contains only the TV Versions and the extensions are not even included 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 each side of the picture. On the other hand, roughly 2 minutes are missing per episode.
Episode 1x21 ("The One With The Fake Monica") contains about 1.5 minutes of new material. Most noticeable is an entirely new pre-credits scene of Monica and her mother. Apart from that, the differences are rather short and not too interesting.
The Extended Version shows a new pre-credits scene, and the scene which the TV Version shows prior to the opening credits is shown after the exterior shot which is mentioned below. Monica talks to her mother inside a restaurant and when she wants to pay the bill with her credit card it gets declined. Again, she doesn't make a good impression on her mother.
Monica: "Mother, all I am saying is just once can we go to lunch and not talk about what I'm wearing, or how I'm doing my hair, or where my career is going? Or who Iím dating?"
The waiter comes to the table.
Waiter: "Are we ready for the check yet?
Monica is quicker than her mother, pulls out her credit card and reaches it to the waiter.
Monica: "Here take it. Go. Run!"
Mrs. Geller: "Itís very sweet. And what they pay you..."
Monica interrupts her.
Monica: "Career! You don't have to worry about me. Okay? Iím doing fine."
Right in this moment the waiter comes back to the table.
Waiter: "I am afraid this has been denied."
Monica: "But that's impossible."
Her mother gets out her card.
Mrs. Geller: "That's all right dear. Here you go."
Then follow the opening credits, followed by a short exterior shot to start the subsequent scene.
For no apparent reason, this long shot is shown a little longer in the TV Version.
+ 1.2 sec
After Chandler made jokes about buying the "Wonder Mop" and Monica admitted that she was the one to buy it, Chandler tries to talk himself out of the situation - only to make another joke: "You see when I say geek, I mean... oh, the hell with it. You bought a $70 mop - you're a geek!"
Ross defends himself in more detail against the reproach that he has to do something against Marcel's behavior.
Ross: "You think you guys would be just a little more understanding. You know?"
Phoebe: "I know, but we're not."
At this point, the TV Version shows the opening credits.
In order to ensure a nice transition, the Extended Version cuts an exterior shot of the city in between the scenes inside the apartments of the two Monicas.
TV Version 43.6 sec longer
The Extended Version cuts to Joey a little earlier and Chandler jokingly says that he doesn't seem to be too familiar with the name "Stalin". Chandler then adds: "But, uh... you're more plugged into that whole showbiz thing."
The TV Version instead shows Chandler a little longer, followed by Joey's comment "Joe Stalin. You know, that's pretty good." (which is additionally shown from an alternate angle).
Extended Version 3.4 sec longer
While on the phone, Monica has another explanation why she asks for the courses she (respectively the "fake" Monica) enrolled for: "I had a recent head injury and certain numbers and dates... Barbeque! Oh, did I? See, there you go."
Monica: "I want to see what she looks like."
Rachel: "Well then just go over to the post office, I'm sure they got a picture of her!"
After Monica said "I should get to see who she is" Rachel only in the TV Version replies something similar as in the previous extension: "Go to the post office! I'm sure her picture's up!"
Then follows a cut to Monica.
+ 4.3 sec
The TV Version fades to black and then fades a shot of the city back in (the usual commercial break). In the Extended Version we instead see a smooth fade from the first scene to the second.
+ 2.7 sec
Chandler has another suggestio for a name: "Hey how about Joey Heatherton?"
Joey: "Come on. Seriously. I told you I don't want to go back to Joey."
Ross and Rachel grin about this for a while.
In the Extended Version there's a short cut to Rachel and Monica (drunk at this point) says: "I think I kissed an Arch Bishop. Or of course, it could have been a chef."
In the TV-Fassung we only see the previous shot of Monica at the entrance of the apartment a little longer (which won't be illustrated or treated as alternate footage).
Extended Version 9.5 sec longer