Compared are the R-Rated and the Unrated Version.
Director Sebastian Gutierrez shot a reasonable low budget movie called "She-Creature" in 2001. His third movie "Rise: Blood Hunter" is pretty similar. With a nice look and some well-known names, it is attempted to oversell his latest B-movie, which partially works. The content is a quite simple revenge story in the vampire setting, main attraction is Lucy Liu who is the leading actor and the fact that the movie contains a shot of her nude boobies. Michael Chiklis (The Shield), Mako and even Marilyn Manson are starring in that flick.
The movie was rated R for theaters. On DVD, not only the R-Rated Version (97 min) but also the Unrated Version (122 min) was released. The huge difference implies bigger differences and watching it more closely, it's not just that. There are much more differences than only the running time. Basically one can say that the movie has been entirely new edited. There are many tiny differences like alternate shots, scene extensions etc. It's quite interesting to see how many really short scenes have been removed for the R-Rated Version to reduce its length. Shots have been shortened and parts of the dialogs have been removed as well, only the bare necessities are still in. Furthermore the order of the scenes has been changed. Where the R-Rated Version was almost chronological, the Unrated Version has become less chronogical, due to the narration via flashbacks. Moreover each of the versions contains footage which isn't in the other version. The term Unrated is better for ad, but imo it could also be considered as Director's Cut.
The most important question might be which one of the versions should be prefered.
If you don't like the R-Rated Version, is going to have problems with the Unrated Version as well. Both versions have their advantages and disadvantages. First of all the Unrated Version some new and quite interesting scenes, escpecially the really amazing sex scene with Bishop, Sadie and Collette. In addition to that some goofs have been removed and as a result of that the movie is more smoothly. The big disadvantage is the running time (122 min) which is way too long for a flick like that. All those little additions add up and is not good for the pace. In this regard the R-Rated Version is more pleasantly.
If you like the movie, you can't avoid buying both versions.
The comparison has been split up in three parts. The actual part here can be consideres a summary of the entire comparison which lists the most important differences. This seemed appropiate because a work through of the entire comparison would be too elaborate. Part two and three contains the entire comparison in its full length.
Links to the entire comparison Part 1 | Part 2
R-Rated: 98:03 Min (NTSC)
Unrated: 122:10 Min (NTSC)
Order of the scenes
One of the biggest differences in the Unrated Version is the new order of the scenes. Appart from the prolog, the plot was strictly chronological. In the Unrated Version, some scenes have been shifted and some new dissolves have been put in so that the part with Sadie becoming a vampire is being told via flashbacks now.
Find the timeframe of each version in the following. Screens with a red frame are only in the particular version, not in both.
All the Little Differences
For the most part, the movie was completely re-cut, therefore there's a lot of alternative material, minor extensions, and alternative takes. Here is an example for each of these 3 points:
Alternative Footage ([00:21:01][00:25:43])
Minor Extensions ([00:18:29][00:21:48])
Alternative Takes ([01:13:01][01:35:22])
The Crucial Differences Between the two Versions.
In order not to break the mold of this (already quite enormous) report, it concentrates on the "big" differences between the Unrated and the R-Rated version. For this, the movie is split up into different parts (with the R-Rated version serving as a basis for this). The subitems of these parts then point to the important differences.
1. The Prolog
Now and then the conversation between Sadie and the prostitute is longer. However, you don't miss anything important.
It is noticeable that the Unrated is a little more revealing - it includes a little more nudity and Sadie's and the prostitute's kiss is longer.
2. Harrison's Murder
The murder is (for the most part) shown with alternative footage. While the scene is rather short and "chopped" in the R-Rated version (Sadie threatens Harrison who then is shot after telling her Bishop's whereabout), the Unrated does not really clarify her motivation. They discuss a little more, Sadie slaps his face and then he tells her the address. Sadie leaves the room but then comes back to kill Harrison. In the end the prostitue calms her down and helps her to escape.
After the prostitute fled as well, the chronology is different for both versions. In the R-Rated follows a title card that says "6 months ago", followed by the scene of Sadie inside the office. In the Unrated, however, follows the scene of Sadie waking up in the postmortem room (even though she fell asleep on the bed). In the end she wakes up when Clyde enters the house - she flees.
3. Sadie in the Office and the Discovery of Ethan
The scenes inside the office were not altered at all. During Sadie's and Ethan's dialogue there are some minor additions. Nothing of great interest.
4. The two Girls Inside the Office | Sadie and her Sister
This scene was only included in the R-Rated version. It is about two girls who are invited to a party - but in the end they are "welcomed" by vampires in a rundown building. One of the girls is Clyde's daughter that he later on meets again at Bishop's farm. Then follows a scene of clyde at the crime scene who learns of his daughter's deaht. This is followed by a scene where Sadie also gets this information; because of that you get the connection to Ethan's netpal. You also get to know that Ethan didn't show up for several days.
In the Unrated you instead see a scene of Sadie who wants to go on a vacation with her sister. However, a newspaper that reports about the murder of the little girl falls into her hands.
In both versions then follows the scene of Sadie inside the house.
5. Sadie Inside the House
While she enters and explores the house, there are a lot of minor changes. Nothing of great importance.
The exploration of the cellar room is different for both versions. In the R-Rated Sadie discovers a bloody mattress, while in the Unrated she comes upon residuals of blood in the bathtub as well as bloodsmeared walls. In both versions, she runs away. While she flees, she in the Unrated comes across Poe, Bishop's Chinese butler.
6. Inside Ethan's Apartment
Not too many important differences. Here and there there's alternative footage and some more dialogue in the Unrated.
7. The First Meeting with Bishop
The trip with the car is longer due to several shots.
In the Unrated they deleted a little goof: In the R-Rated you see Sadie being dragged across the floor; just a few seconds later, she's lead into the house. Apart from that, the Unrated is longer. During the conversation with Bishop there's a lot of alternative footage and a few extensions of the dialogue; apart from that, there are not that many interesting changes.
8. Becoming a Vampire
The skirmish at the beginning is a little more revealing and detailed. After Sadie is bit, the R-Rated fades out, while in the Unrated you see a sex scene of Bishop, Sadie and Collette. It's a pretty good scene but it has a tendency towards necrophilia.
9. Sadie's Corpse
No big differences when they find Sadie's dead body.
Since the Unrated already showed her waking up inside the morgue, you here see a new scene inside the dead-house where Sadie's relatives identify her corpse. After they left, Sadie pushes the door open.
10. Waking up in the Morgue
No changes during that scene. The only difference is that they postponed this sequence (as already mentioned).
11. Escape from the Hospital
In the R-Rated you see Sadie being followed by her master. These scenes were not included in the Unrated. While she totters through the streets, there are no interesting differences.
In the Unrated then follows the scene of the phone call in the motel.
12. Inside the Homeless Shelter
No changes during that scene.
13. Call home & Suicide Thoughts
A bit more dialog and some alternative shots during the telephone call. Nothing of real importance.
The Unrated shows Sadie's waking up a lot longer.
15. The Apprenticeship
No big differences. One can see the empty glass before Sadie kills the hitchhiker. In the Unrated, this minor detail was later removed.
16. First Blood
The dialog with the hotel manager was shortened, no further differences.
17. Chat with Collette
There are no differences during the scene in the disco. At the beginning of the talk, there are some flashbacks to the sex scene in the R-Rated version. The Unrated takes a lot longer here, but nothing really interesting happens.
18. Sadie's Flashback
After the murder of Collette there is a flashback to Harrison's murder wit a voice-over by Sadie's mentor. By this, the murder can be seen as part of a chain and the relation to Bishop being the last link is established.
In der R-Rated gibt es noch zusätzlich eine Szene in der die Prostituierte vom Anfang von der Polizei aufgegriffen wird und Clyde davon erfährt.
19. Clyde As Freelancer
A bit more dialog between Clyde and his superior, no more differences.
20. The Murder of the Hitchhiker
As already mentioned: The minor detail (bottle) was removed in the Unrated Version. A wise phrase by Sadie's mentor is also missing. There is a bit more dialog during the drive (nothing important). The murder was lengthened by a few shots, but more interesting is Sadie's reaction afterwards. In the R-Rated, she starts to cry and regret the deed whereas she calmly gets out of the car in the Unrated. Consistent change, because in the R-Rated she was indirectly forced because of her lack of blood, while in the Unrated the scene in the homeless shelter was used.
21. A New Victim For Bishop
No very important changes. As usual a bit more dialog. The Unrated shows the policemen finding Harrison's corpse here.
22. The Murder of Poe
The fight in the bathroom is a lot longer in the Unrated and seems a lot more complete there.
23. In the Hotel Room
The R-Rated contains a call by Bishop announcing her (and his) death, in the Unrated the barkeeper calls. It is also striking that the R-Rated uses shots in which more of Sadie can be seen.
24. The First Time in the Bar and Abduction
Only minor things have been changed. More dialog and more shots.
25. Clyde's Nightmare
The Unrated is a bit longer. Patricia's picture was changed.
Due to the Unrated not telling the story in chronological order there is a scene of Sadie driving with her car used as a transition. The camera slowly pans towards her face.
26. Sadie and the Blonde
The escape out of the trunk is longer.
Additionally, there is more dialog when Sadie interrogates the blonde guy. We learn that he is only a front man for Bishop.
27. Clyde and Dwayne
Only contained in the R-Rated. Dwayne, who was arrested earlier, tells Clyde where he stole the car. He also gives him the purse.
28. A Visit Home
The tracking shot is a bit longer and different takes have been used.
The R-Rated shows Sadie sitting in the car and receiving the call from the barkeeper.
The Unrated shows a short scene of Sadie afterwards. She is driving back to the hotel and is being barked at by a dog.
29. Sadie and Clyde in the Bar
No big differences. Again, more dialog. The Unrated features a small dialog explaining why Clyde has the purse (because the scene explaining it is missing there).
30. Sadie and Clyde in the Car
The dialog in the car is longer. Clyde reacts quite emotional when Sadie mentions his daughter.
31. Dwayne and Bishop I
Only contained in the R-Rated. Dwayne looks around on Bishop's farm and discovers a blood-stained bucket and hook before he is being dagged away.
32. Back Operation
No big difference. Gory shots of Sadie's back are included in both versions, although the Unrated offers a few more.
33. Dwayne and Bishop II
Only in the R-Rated. Bishop does not tolerate Dwayne's failure and kills him.
34. Getting Closer
No big differences. The shot of Sadie was removed in the Unrated.
35. Bishop's Farm
The R-Rated shows Sadie and Clyde sneaking up to the farm, a better transition than the one in the Unrated. However, it isa pity that there is already a hint on Patricia standing under Bishop's influence. One can see Bishop opening a latch and saying "We're expecting company. Get dressed."
The Unrated lacks the scene in which Sadie finds blood-stained cloths in the barn.
36. Problems with Patricia
No big differences.
37. Head over Heels with Bishop and Liberation
Only the R-Rated shows Bishop dragging Sadie through a corridor, taking a rope and a hook and beating her.
In the R-Rated, Sadie seems to be rather calm and cool in the face of death, in the Unrated she is more worked up.
38. The Finale
No differences. The ending credits are identical as well.