Release: Oct 19, 2011 - Author: Doc Idaho - Translator: Sebbe - external link: IMDB - more from this series
While the Extended Version of Spartacus: Blood & Sand Season 1 seem kind of false, some of the differences in the prequel season Gods of the Arena are a real improvement, sometimes the differences just lead to another experience. And the Extended Versions really press any buttons: there are extended plot scenes, an optimized cut and new footage, especially in the sex and nudity scenes. As violent and revealing the series was, there are some scenes that make the intention to not scare the audience away. As a result of that, alterations of any kind were made.
On Blu-ray, the uncensored and uncut version has been released. For some reason, the cover of the UK Blu-ray doesn't say the UK Version contains the Extended Version as well. One won't notice until the disc is in the player.
In total, 5 of 6 episodes have been altered. Only episode 2 has remained unchanged.
A Starz-Logo is displayed at the beginning of the BD . 6s
7:00 - 7:45
The cuddling-scene of Batiatus, Lucretia and Gaia is way longer in the Extended Version. There are 11 alterations within just 45 seconds, which enlarges the Extended Version by 49 seconds. In detail there are 3 alternative scenes and 8 additions.
Extended 49 seconds longer
Gaia gets the goblet of wine in the Extended Version. In the TV Version she already has it.
The naked Gaia is shown longer, equally to the obviously turned on Batiatus and Lucretia, especially when Gaia pours more wine over her breasts.
Batiatus' tender bite into Gaia's nipple is different. Moreover Lucretia, playing with her own nipple, is shown here too.
The conversation of Batiatus and his father Titus is slightly different. In the Extended Titus makes clearer that he knows that Batiatus isn't very glad about his return.
Extended: 13 seconds | TV: 4 seconds
A completely new scene of Titus talking to Oenomaus, the new doctore. He still hasn't overcome his defeat against the "Shadow of Death". But it isn't a defeat for Titus. Just to survive against this opponent is a victory. Oenomaus wishes that he can fight in the arena again. He would immediately give up his title as doctore for that. But Titus too realizes that Oenomaus is better off being a trainer and that he's important for the school. The nomination of Oenomaus as doctore is the only right decision of his son that Titus appreciates. Oenomaus is disappointed.
A shot of Batiatus waiting in the city for someone begins in the Extended Version with a tracking shot showing at first a beggar-woman and then Batiatus standing beside her. The beggar-woman got her eyes burned out and her feet cut off.
30:57 - 32:16
While at the beginning of the episode a nice cuddling-scene was extended, it's now a scene of a slave woman getting brutally deflowered which is clearly more radical and explicit in the Extended Version. Although the scene is just 9 seconds longer, there were used several alternative shots. In total there are 7 alterations. 2 short additional scenes in the Extended, 1 exclusive scene in the TV Version. 4 alternative scenes. Originally the slave woman looked forward to her first-time but when she has to do it with a dirty and stinky gladiator, it gets very uncomfortable for her.
Extended 9 seconds longer
The gladiator jabs out one more time. The slave woman contorts her face with pain.
The change of position is shown from further away.
Shortly after the Extended Version shows a little bit more sex, while the TV Version cuts over to the Roman. The he comes nearer and starts choking the slave woman.
A short alternative scene. The Extended Version only runs for 3 frames here, the TV Version about 1 second.
A short shot is longer in the TV Version.
Right after that another one on Blu-ray.
In the Extended Version it gets clearer that the Roman is sodomizing the slave woman while the gladiator holds the head.
A short alternative scene in the yard with Gannicus and Crixus when the gladiators are fighting with each other. Crixus keeps reasoning his non-intervention by saying that he's not yet a part of the brothership.
Extended: 5,5 seconds | TV: 1,5 seconds