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Release: Sep 27, 2012 - Author: Alucard666 - Translator: DaxRider123 - external link: IMDB - more from this series
The Hellsing Manga (Published between 1997 and 2008 in Japan)

The hit manga by Kohta Hirano tells the story of the Holy Order of Protestant Knights (the Hellsing organization) which fights vampires in modern-day London. The chef's (Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing) secret weapon is the powerful vampire Alucard who loves to despise his opponents before killing them in a stylish yet very cruel way. The young police officer Seras Victoria supports him involuntarily since Alucard made her a vampire to prevent her death because he felt bad for her. When suddenly more and more vampires appear in England - who apparently seem to be artificially made and controlled by somebody - the Hellsing organization faces Alexander Anderson von Iskariot, a contract killer who works for the secret Vatican Section XIII. Alexander seems to be invulnerable and wants to kill all monsters and heathens in England. Additionally, Alucard and his new "apprentice" get to know about a nazi organization called "Millenium" which is responsible for the vampire attacks. Their leader (an insane SS officer) advances with an army of one thousand artificial vampires to declare war to England and Hellsing. Due to this content, the comic had to be censored prior to its release in Germany.


The Hellsing TV Series (produced from 2001 to 2002 in Japan)

Many people first got to know Hellsing in form of the TV series. Unfortunately, the first two episodes already went in a completely different direction than the manga. This was not only due to the explicit depiction of violence and the nazi symbols (which seemed a little inappropriate for being aired on TV), but also based on the fact that Hirano was only halfway through with his mangas when the Gonzo Studios started producing the TV series. Still, many people loved the TV series and thus bought the mangas. Those fans were surprised by all the epic (war-)stories the comics had to offer. In the TV series, the Iskariot organization as well as ultimate villain Alexander Anderson were rather a part of sidestories. Instead there was another villain who was called "Incognito". The story was completed with the defeat of him. The question of where the vampires - controlled by microchips - came from was simply put aside and then forgotten.


The Hellsing OVA / Hellsing Ultimate (2006 to 2012)

The studios Satelight (OVA 1 through 4), Madhouse (OVA 5 through 7), and GraphinicaxKelmadick (OVA 8 through 10) elaborately worked closely together with Kohta Hirano. As a result, they created the OVA (Original Video Animation) of Hellsing which in terms of the story stays very true to the original material. Each OVA is an almost one-to-one transfer of an entire volume of the manga. The animation is top-notch, just as the music. Thus, the OVAs, which include all the epic battles, are a very worthy transformation from Hirano's blood-soaked comics to the TV screen. In Japan, 9 OVAs were already released on DVD, while the tenth OVA is supposed to be released somewhen in 2012.
The OVAs from part 6 onwards were also released on Blu-Ray. In October 2010, a Japanese box-set was released which also includes the OVAs 1 through 5 in 1080p. What makes this box interesting are the completely revised "Recut" versions of part 1 through 4. They really worked hard and with a lot of sensitivity in order to make the quality of the animations of the first episodes just as good as the quality of the later ones. The color as well as the image brilliance was noticeably improved. Backgrounds, landscapes, eyes and glasses have much more detail, light, and reflection. Also, a few mistakes of the facial movements were undone (especially those of Alucard in OVA 1 and 3 but also those of Luke Valentine in OVA 2). All in all, the first four parts now have a completely different atmosphere to them and now look great in comparison to the more recent episodes.


For this report, the Original Version (in Japan released on a single-disc DVD, but also included on the British and American DVD) was compared to the Recut Version (in Japan released in the Blu-Ray box-set which also includes episodes 2 through 5). Due to the immense number of alterations in OVA 1 we couldn't include every single change of a pair of eyes or color alterations. Instead, we were going for a more general comparison which will give you a good insight in the improved quality of the Recut Versions.
Still, the comparison will talk about the most important scenes from all the chapters.
The images on the left side originate from the Recut Version (Bluray), while those on the right side originate from the Original Version (DVD)

min. 00:05 - 00:13
At the beginning of the Recut we see the corpse's face after the door was closed. The animation of both fog and the tracking shot of the corpse were completely redone. In the Original Version, the face is immediately in the dark after the door was closed. The tracking shot is darker, which leads to a loss of details.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 00:21 - 00:59
This is a good example for the new coloring and contrast of the Recut. In the Original Version, the colors are quite pale.
Additionally, the floor and the roof were newly animated. The reflections of both eyes and glasses were revised.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 01:17 - 01:35
During Integra's escape towards the dungeon, the recut shows a few more walls and roofs at the beginning of the scene. Additionally, the Recut zooms in closer at the end of the scene. The color and the animation of Integra's eyes were revised.
In the Original Version, Integra runs through a completely black alley which only at the end of the shot can be identified as a hallway.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 01:36 - 03:13
During the assault on Integra, there are noticeable changes of the coloring. The animation of the eyes, Richard's weapon, as well as Integra's bullet wound were pepped up. During Alucard's resurrection, the shot of the corpse was revised and the dungeon looks more detailed. The lightning of the eyes looks different, too. Some of the shots are a little darker for the sake of the atmosphere. During the end of the shot, Alucard's face is completely in the dark and his eyes stand out.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 03:30 - 03:51
The tracking shot from the place-name sign to the hills and the valley are separated in three single shots on the DVD. The Blu-Ray, however, includes a connected tracking shot that passes the place-name sign and then "dashes" from the hill towards the valley. Some of the shots of the village were revised as well.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 03:52 - 04:33
The scene where they discover the "priest" in the church was heavily revised. More blood splashes out of the woman's wound. The weapons, the flashlight, and the police officer's eyes were animated differently. The overall lightning of the scene is darker, and the ghouls' animation is completely different; they now look moldy and disgusting.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 04:39 - 06:40
While Integra explains what is going on in the village, you see the ghouls attacking the police officers. Again, the animation of the eyes and the shadows were revised along with the ghouls' overall design. One of the ghouls, who on the DVD can be found on the right side of the picture, was completely taken out of the Blu-Ray version. All the shots of the forrest were newly drawn/animated. Unlike the DVD version, the priest carries a cross. The reflection on Alucard's glasses were altered for the Recut Version.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 07:53 - 09:35
During his escape, Seras gets caught by the priest. Then, Alucard arrives. His vigilant eye is surrounded by red lighnting. The animation of the ghouls, Seras and the forest were completely revised and Alucard's comic-like smile during the last shot was completely taken out of the Blu-Ray, respectively darkened.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 09:57 - 11:17
When the priest tells the ghouls to shoot at Alucard, the DVD version only shows blood coming out of the body where he was hit. On the Blu-Ray we see the hits (represented by yellow sparks) and the bullet wounds in detail. Additionally, there are more visible hits on the Blu-Ray. Only in the Recut Version the priest carries a cross around his neck. When Alucard uses the "darkness" to resurrect, it is surrounded by red lighning on the Blu-Ray. Additionally, dust is flying around when the darkness goes up in the air.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 11:44 - 14:49
Alucard kills the priest. On the Blu-Ray, the pistol animation was revised: in one shot, they altered the size of the gun in relation to Alucard's ellbow. Additionally, Alucard's face was completely revised for one shot, since it looks rather atypical on the DVD. The rest of the usual changes (coloration, contrast, animation of eyes and blood) were also made. During the priest's death the animation of the dissolving vampire was revised.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 15:19 - 15:28
When Seras - close to his death - thinks about the murder of her parents, the images are quite blurry on the DVD. On the Blu-Ray, however, everything is crystal clear.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 16:43 - 18:12
Sera's dream inside the Hellsing estate was revised. On the DVD you can also see Alucard's mouth and chin, while on the Blu-Ray we can only see his glasses. During the shot of Alucard's mouth, his set of teeth look very fang-like. In the Original Version, however, the teeth are not seperately animated and instead are pretty smooth. The uniform, which Walter brought for Seras, shows an emblem with the Hellsing logo on it. On the Blu-Ray, however, you can also read "We are on a Mission by God", plus there's an additional logo at the bottom of the patch.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 18:23 - 18:49
During the arrival at the crime scene, the DVD version pans from right to left, while the Blu-Ray pans from left to right. The animation of the blood is different for both versions and the last shot on the Blu-Ray is shown from a little farther away.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 19:06 - 19:19
The corpses at the second crime scene look much bloodier in the Recut Version. Additionally, the lighting is much darker and rather looks like moonlight illumination than illumination by a spotlight.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 19:28 - 21:02
When Alucard shoots at the young vampire, the DVD version only shows the bloody wounds, while the Blu-Ray version also shows the projectiles. Alucard's teeth again are animated in a rather pointed, fang-like way. After Alucard pulls his hand back out of the vampire's chest, the close-up shot of this happens a little closer to the bottom of the screen on the Blu-Ray. Also, there's a new effect when the vampire dissolves. Alucard's hat is larger, his face was animated differently, and his coat flaps. At the end of the scene, there's a huge puddle of blood on the floor, where in the Original Version there were only a few blood splatters.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 21:22 - 21:26
When Seras watches the female vampire escape, the animation of the movement were revised for the Recut. On the DVD it looks like she's just jogging, while on the Blu-Ray she rans away in panic.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 21:44 - 21:50
When Alucard explains his "third eye" to Seras, the camera in the Original Version pans backwards from Sera's face until we see Alucard flying up. In the Recut Version, the camera pans from her gun to her face and then backwards to a long shot when Alucard is already near the roof. Additionally, the chimney, which Alucard hovers in front of, was edited out of the Recut Version.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 23:31 - 23:37
The first few prompts and diagrams on the computer screen as well as the pictures of the corpses are different for both versions. The first and the last picture were switched around for the Recut Version.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 26:04 - 26:55
When Anderson talks to the priest in Rome, the camera in the original has its focus on Anderson, while the priest is rather defocused. In the Recut Version, both are shown sharp and in focus.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 26:57 - 27:34
Alucard and Seras clean up the mansion. On the Blu-Ray, they altered a shot of Alucard's face towards the beginning. Also, the hallways were revised. Again, the ghouls were animated differently and the overall lightning of the scene was changed.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 28:38 - 28:41
When Seras runs along the hallway and dodges the enemy bullets, you on the Blu-Ray version can see the hallway in the background. On the DVD, however, Seras' speed is underlined by a typical anime background animation.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 30:16 - 30:18
When Anderson arrives, Alucard in the Original Version seems to be unsettled or nervous. In the Recut Version, however, he seems to be looking forward to the battle.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 34:18 - 34:20
When Alucard shoots Anderson in the head, you in the Original Version immediately see him flying off screen in a bloody animation. For the Blu-Ray version, however, we see an animation of the bullet flying into Anderson's forehead and only then he falls back out of the frame.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 35:04 - 35:06
Alucard jumps up in the air and fires several shots at Anderson until the latter is knocked over by the force of the shots. In the Recut Version we can see the signets on Alucard's gloves. The tracking shot towards Anderson is a little stale and shown from a distance in the Original Version. In the Recut Version, however, the camera shows a close-up shot of Anderson when he's hit in the shoulder and the leg.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 35:20 - 35:23
The scene where Anderson gets back up and attacks Alucard was completely revised. When he runs towards Alucard, Anderson in the Original Version runs in front of an animated background, while in the Recut we can see the hallway. Additionally, he on the Blu-Ray already has two bayonets equipped. The shot, along with the distance from the camera to them, is different for both versions.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 35:28 - 35:33
The bayonets, which Anderson gets out of his sleeves glow in the Recut Version. Again, Alucard's teeth were revised.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 37:37 - 37:42
When Anderson wonders where Seras might have gone, we can see his cross glowing around his neck. In the DVD version, we only see his cross hafter he pulled his bayonets out.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 38:22 - 38:25
After Alucard's head was pinned to the wall with one of the bayonets, Seras looks around in terror and hears Anderson talking. In the DVD Version, you only see an empty hallway while Anderson talks, while on the Blu-Ray we already see him.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 39:25 - 39:27
When Alucard tries to calm Seras down, the camera does not move in the Orivinal Version. In the Recut Version, it at first is close to Alucard's head and then pans backwards until we finally see Seras. The last shot of Seras is pretty blurry in the DVD version, while on Blu-Ray it's crystal clear.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 41:09 - 41:11
Integra gets in Anderson's way. We can see his reflection on Integra's glasses which was not visible in the Original Version.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 41:19 - 41:22
Anderson kills Integra's bodyguard. On the DVD, this happens in front of an animated background, while on Blu-Ray we see the hallway in the background. Additionally, there's more blood when the bodyguard gets killed and the camera is a little closer to what's happening than in the Original.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 42:46 - 42:53
When Integra insults Anderson, she in the Recut Version is a little farther away from the camera. Additionally, the swarm of bats has a red glow in the Recut Version. In the Original Version, Anderson's bayonet is sticking in the middle of the halway, pointing to the left side. On the Blu-Ray, however, it is sticking right in front of the camera and points to the right.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 43:06 - 43:08
With the help of the bats, Alucard resurrected. On the DVD, you again and again see him smiling. On the Blu-Ray, however, you only see his shining eyes.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 43:33 - 43:38
After Anderson cut Alucard's arms off, they immediately grow again. In the Recut Version, Alucard's arms shine while growing back.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 45:47 - 45:51
While Alucard leaves Seras on the floor and walks towards the camera, his face was revised in the Recut Version.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal



min. 46:03 - 46:21
When Alucard explains why he made Seras into a vampire, his face was revised for the Recut Version.
No difference in time.
RecutOriginal

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