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3.0 out of 5 stars WHY DID THEY EDIT CERTAIN EPISODES???, February 12, 2008
This review is from: Happy Days: Season 3 (DVD)
This, in my opinion, is the best season of Happy Days. The writing was outstanding and Henry Winkler was at his peak. THIS is the season that should have ranked as the #1 show on television (it finished at #11, season four is the one that reached the top). There is one problem with the DVD though. Certain episodes (very few...I think) are edited. One of my all-time favorite scenes is missing. It is the end tag of the episode titled "Fonzie's New Friend". This is where Fonzie does the limbo. But it's gone....why? I also noticed a couple of edits here and there on one or two other episodes. The sad thing is that this is probably the only form these episodes will ever be released in. Yet, we won't ever be able to see certain parts of some episodes. Sad.
On a lighter note, I recently had the opportunity to see the Happy Days house when I was in Hollywood. Of course this was just used for the exterior shots, but it hasn't changed much. If you're ever out there and you're interested in seeing it, it's easy to find. I can't give you the house address here (especially since people actually live there) but it's easy to research on the internet.
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Initial post: Dec 1, 2009 11:53:02 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 6, 2010 11:40:12 AM PST
It's sad when a company doesn't do a show justice. I hate when a show is edited. I remember the scene you are talking about and it is a very memorable part of the episode. Can you imagine of they cut out the scene with Howard offering Richie a Lifesaver!?? I remember that being one of the biggest laughs this show ever got! I bought the first season which seems to be intact, but I stopped after that. Thanks for letting me know this is a disappointment!

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 11:16:04 PM PST
I just saw that they cut out the part where Fonzie asks why his friend is so upset, and Richie asks why Fonzie didn't tell him Sticks was a Negro. You can see it on YouTube.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 10:04:37 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 16, 2013 11:25:12 AM PST
If you have time, you should write directly to the company which produced the DVD! I've noticed something wacky about a DVD I recently purchased and we as consumers, who sometimes pay thirty to forty dollars for a sitcom collection, shouldn't stand for this kind of stuff. Other companies go through pain-staking efforts in restoring silent films and other classic movies and sometimes they are sold for the same amount or LESS than what is offered for a sitcom collection like Happy Days--which is less than FORTY YEARS OLD!

This was Henry ("Fonzie") Winkler's breakout season, where he was promoted to Co-Star alongside Ron Howard and I am sure it may be the season most sought after by 'Days fans; these fans shouldn't be shortchanged by hamfisted editing and then be expected to pay close to Thirty Bucks!

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 2:55:54 AM PST
Breather says:
I found another episode on this Season 3 set that is edited. What a disappointment. "A Date with Fonzie" has the most inexplicable edit. I just watched the episode tonight on The Hub Network. Of course they air edited episodes and my DVD version proves that. The DVD has parts of scenes that The Hub didn't show, such as where Richie again bothers the girl with the reddish dress in the grocery store. On The Hub, they cut out the part where he goes to her a second time and asks about caviar and she says to "ask someone else".

However, The Hub airing showed a scene that was missing on the DVD. Right at the point where Fonzie, Richie, Laverne, and Shirley are leaving Arnold's, Laverne keeps touching Shirley's hair and repeats twice the line "Your dip fell", "Your dip fell. Shirley keeps smacking her hand away and Laverne then threatens her with a partially unintelligible line. They then cut to an interior shot of the Cunningham's front door and Richie shakes it but it won't open. You hear Laverne ask if Richie wants her to pick the lock. Richie declines and goes through the window. On the DVD, however, this is edited out. On the DVD, they are on their way out of Arnold's and Laverne is starting to say "your dip fell" for the second time. As she says this, the scene fades to black and there is a black screen for three seconds and it cuts to Richie climbing in the window. A three second blank spot with Laverne's threat, them turning the corner out of Arnold's, the door shot with Laverne asking if he wants the lock picked--all missing on the DVD.

Why would there be such an edit? There was no music to be licensed at that point, no foolish politically correct edits, and no reason for this edit.

It's bad enough that we got music replacement from Season 2 onward, but missing scenes too? Ridiculous.
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