Posted August 19 2004 - 12:45 AM
The below statement is not entirely accurate re: Mr. Bean:
| Many of the episodes are significantly edited. In "Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean," the scene of Mr. Bean winning the turkey by guessing it's weight, then throwing it in the back of his car has been cut. In "Do-it-Yourself, Mr. Bean," the entire 4-5 minute scene of Bean inside Harrod's trying to take the sale chair away from the old people who get there first has also been cut. If you can cite other examples, please chime here. A&E addressed the issue: "We have received numerous emails from viewers like you who believe that our recent release of Mr. Bean: The Whole Bean is missing footage. We discussed these concerns with Rowan Atkinson's team. According to the executive producer of the show, the masters that we received were the official complete versions approved by Rowan Atkinson. The "missing" scenes referred to by fans were extra footage shown on television outside of the United States. We have released this complete series as Rowan Atkinson himself intended it to be viewed." The Region 4 version includes all the missing scenes. |
First off, The missing Turkey scene was
in the original British telecast (it was not
extra footage as stated above). It's omission appears to be a mistake.
The "chair" scene in Harrods, however, was
extra footage that was apparently inserted to pad out the run time on HBO, which is where the series premiered when it aired in the USA. So the version of this
episode on the DVD is the complete version approved by the producers/Atkinson.
Also in the statement above, the reference to extra footage should read "shown on television outside the United Kingdom," not
"outside the United States."
You also state that all of the extra footage is included on the Region 4 version. Although the complete Christmas episode (with Turkey scene) is on there, the Chair/Harrods scene is not
on DVD in any
region. It did
appear on some
(but not all) of the previous VHS versions in the USA and Canada and on the HBO broadcasts.