In this section I will spotlight short video clips showing the original ABC broadcasts vs. the way the same scenes now appear on the DVDs. Many sound effects have been "sweetened" or downright altered when new prints of the series were mastered around 12 years ago. For the most part I will NOT be showing those, as there are too many instances found in every episode. However, I will feature some of the scenes that have "fixed" or corrected audio, but bypassing such shots with added clap flap sounds, footsteps, etc.
I haven't decided on if I will show the music changes, as most scenes featuing the altered tunes are fairly lengthy and will eat up a ton of space. If space permits it's possible that I could add a few clips here and there.
Below you will find two clips. The one on the left is from the original ABC broadcast of the pilot. It's the scene featuring the full length pan down a mirror revealing to the audience entire suit in close up. In this clip the camera goes all the way from head to toe. The DVD clip on the right only manages to pan about halfway down the Katt's body before suddenly cutting to the feet and panning up. The clip does not quite join in the middle where the pan first stopped. This leads me to believe the frames on the original were damaged, not allowing the full pan down to be seen on the newly struck prints. Some creative editing was used to try and retain the shot as close to original as possible.
In the scene featured below from Reseda Rose, Ralph leaps backwards up to a higher vantage point to grill Lenny about the whereabouts of Rhonda's mother. In the original broadcast the flying sound FX continues AFTER he lands on his perch. The episode on disc contains the corrected sound FX first seen when the new prints made in the late 90's for syndication starting airing. .
Another scene from Reseda Rose shows John Smith fire at Ralph with a handgun equiped with a silencer. The original broadcast used regular gunshot sound FX instead of the normally heard "thrwp thrwp" audio usually used in television to depict such a weapon. Years later the corrected prints include a sound effect more in line with what is commonly heard from such a firearm on TV.