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1.02 Death Goes On

Comparison:

  • TV Version
  • Unrated
Release: Apr 01, 2011 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB - more from this series
- TV Version: 42:42 min in PAL (credits included)

- Unrated: 41:58 min in NTSC (credits included) [equal to 40:17 min in PAL]

- 3 differences
* 1x censorship
* 2x additional footage in the TV Version

- Difference: 144.8 sec (= 2:25 min)




Compared are the Uncut TV Version on Spike TV and the Uncut US Unrated DVD by New Line Home Entertainment.

The Series

After the popular Vampire Slayer (played by Wesley Snipes) could be seen in theatres three times between 1998 and 2004, producer David S. Goyer in 2006 produced a short TV Series. This time it was rapper Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" Jones who played the main character in the pilot film as well as the following 11 episodes of the first season of this sophisticated series.
After a pretty promising release of the pilot film, the TV ratings constantly decreased, therefore they did not produce a second season.



The Unrated Versions

For the DVD release in february 2008 in America the producers decided to release a box-set with the note "Unrated and Never-Before-Seen Footage Too Graphic for TV".
Just as for the previous release of the pilot film in 2007 (that was released with the exact same note), you should not expect too much. You shouldn't expect too many extensions of gore - most of the "never before seen footage" offers naked skin as well as swearing in alternative takes. One could say that most of these scenes are examples of the pretty typical censorship for American movies/TV series.

However, there are also some extensions to the plot and 2 episodes actually do offer some more violence. Episode 11 constitutes an exception - except for the rather uninteresting aspects (see next paragraph) this eposide offers no changes compared to the TV Version. This is why we won't release a separate report for episode 11!


Additionally, the episodes are different in that only the TV Version at the beginning of each episode shows a little flashback of the previous episode as well as at the end a preview of the events of the following episode. Furthermore, the TV Version from time to time shows a black screen for a little longer (due to the fact that at this point there was a commercial break). Because of these circumstances the TV Versions are often longer than the Unrated Episodes.


The time indes refers to the TV Version from Spike TV.
The remaining difference is a result of rounding the running time of particular cut scenes to a half or a complete second. Furthermore differences below 1 sec aren't being considered due to a lack of relevance.

This report is a comparison of the second episode of the first season - "Death Goes On".


The time designations are listed as follows: "TV Version [PAL]" ("Unrated DVD [NTSC]"). The duration of the cuts is always calculated in PAL-speed.

Additional footage TV Version
00:07-01:34 (00:07)

The TV Version begins with a summary of the events in the previous episode.

+ 87 sec




09:01-09:07 (07:53)
The TV Version has a black screen here, the Unrated Version doesn't.
+ 6.1 sec




Alternate footage / censorship
19:31-20:05 (18:44-19:14)

The Unrated Version contains alternate footage of the women getting bit by Cain during the foreplay:
In the TV Version, she's wearing a bra but she's topless in the Unrated Version. Moreover the TV Version contains a black screen which is the reason why the TV Version is longer (though the scene itself has the equal length).

TV Version 5 sec longer

TV VersionUnrated




25:36-25:42 (24:58)
Black screen excusively in the TV Version.
+ 6 sec



30:55-31:01 (30:24)
Same here.
+ 5.9 sec



36:13-36:19 (35:49)
Ditto.
+ 6 sec



Additional footage TV Version
41:40-42:08 (41:22)

After the beginning of the credits (Executive Producer: David S. Goyer), only the TV Version contains a summary of the events of the following episode.
+ 28.8 sec

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