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1.10 Hunters

Comparison:

  • TV Version
  • Unrated
Release: Apr 12, 2011 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: DaxRider123 - external link: IMDB - more from this series
- TV Version: 42:39 min (including credits) [PAL]

- Unrated: 42:49 min (including credits) [NTSC] [equals about 41:07 min in PAL]

- 12 changes
* 9x Censorship
* 3x additional footage in the TV Version

- Difference: 91.3 sec (1:32 min)




Compared are the TV Version from Spike TV, taken from the German DVD Release 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 the 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.




This report is a comparison of the 10th episode of the first season - "Hunters".


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 in the TV Version
00:08-00:56 (00:08)

At the beginning of the episode the TV Version shows a flashback of the events of the previous episode.

+ 48.1 sec




09:20-09:26 (08:52)
At this point, the TV Version shows a black screen while the Unrated Version immediately continues the episode.
+ 6 sec




The following scene - a conversation between 2 people in the strip club - has 8 sequences that were either extended or replaced by alternative footage. These sequences will be mentioned in bigger paragraphs - since the sequences that made it into the TV Version are very short, it wouldn't have make sense to mention each of these alterations separately.


Alternative Footage / Censorship
14:58-15:14 (14:38-15:14)

The first few scenes in the strip club are different for both versions; the Unrated version shows more naked skin.


TV Version

- Several shots of the dancers (always wearing their top) and in between there's a shot of Cotton and his companion at the edge of the dance floor.
- The companion says: "This is rad, you own this place?"


Unrated

- You see 2 dancers, one of them is already topless and then takes the other's top off.
- Cotton and his companion are shown at the edge of the dance floor (this sequence starts slightly earlier than in the TV Version).
- The naked dancers play with each oter and walk around on the dance floor.
- An excited old man throws a lot of cent coins on the stage. Cotton immediately admonishs him by hitting him on the back of his head and saying "Hey, you sit at the stage, you throw bills not coins, bitch! Like this right here, son". Then, he throws some bills. Then he adds "There you go, baby. Cheap ass!" and hits the guy again (you only hear the sound).
- The companion makes a "chicken sound" and the man startles.
- He says: "This is fucking rad, you own this place?"


Unrated 20.3 sec longer
=> This counts as 2 cuts since the sequences of the scenes that are written italic mark the footage that is identical in both versions.



Alternative Footage / Censorship
15:16-15:31 (15:16-15:31)

At this point you see a lot of alternative footage, where both versions most of the time offer the same dialogue (even though the Unrated often has some more dirty words); however, the Unrated version most of the time shows some female butts or similar things in the background.
In between there's sequence that is completely identical (when the companion asks "Sure you can get me in?").
At one point they also added the f-word: "I'm the fucking king of familiars in this town."

TV Version 0.9 sec longer

TV VersionUnrated


=> This counts as 2 cuts since the sequences of the scenes that are written italic mark the footage that is identical in both versions.


Alternative Footage / Censorship
15:34-15:47 (15:34-15:47)

Ditto. Before they high five the TV Version shows a shot of Cotton; in return, this sequence is longer in the Unrated and the dancer sticks her butt towards the camera.
The high five itself is identical in both versions.

TV Version 0,8 sec lšnger

TV VersionUnrated


=> This counts as 2 cuts since the sequences of the scenes that are written italic mark the footage that is identical in both versions.


Alternative Footage / Censorship
15:50-15:56 (15:50-15:58)

Again, naked skin in the background of the Unrated Version's scene.
In between there's a cut to Blade when he says "Come back here, I will" - this is included in both versions.

Unrated 0.6 sec longer

TV VersionUnrated


=> This counts as 2 cuts since the sequences of the scenes that are written italic mark the footage that is identical in both versions.



18:45-18:51 (18:55)
At this point, the TV Version shows a black screen while the Unrated Version immediately continues the episode.
+ 6.8 sec



27:40-27:47 (28:06)
Again, a black screen.
+ 6.9 sec



Alternative Footage / Censorship
29:59-30:04 (30:22-30:28)

After "I know" there's alternative footage and Shen says something different.


TV Version
- The sequence goes on uninterruptedly and Blade says: "I didn't say anything."
- Close-up shot of Shen: "I made a mistake."

Unrated
- Close-up shot of Blade: "I didn't say anything."
- Long shot as in the scene before that; Shen: "I made a fucking mistake."

Unrated 0.4 sec longer

TV VersionUnrated




32:38-32:44 (33:07)
Again, a black screen.
+ 6.7 sec



Additional Footage in the TV Version
37:17-37:25 (37:52)

Again, a black screen. After that, the TV Version inserted the shot of the white prince screaming for a second time.

+ 7.7 sec




Additional Footage in the TV Version
41:32-42:01 (42:08)

After the first few credits (Executive Producer: David S. Goyer) the TV Version shows a little preview of what's going to happen in the next episode.


+ 28.7 sec

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