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Blade: The Series

1.04 Bloodlines

Comparison:

  • TV Version
  • Unrated
Release: Apr 04, 2011 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: Mr Miau - external link: IMDB - more from this series
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 time index refers to the Regular TV Version.
Regular TV Version = 42:40 min [PAL](credits included)
Uncut Version = 42:15 min (credits included)

5 alterations = 66,4 sec min
- 5x censorship
- 2x additional footage in the TV Version
- 1x insignificant story extension in the Unrated

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 fourth episode of the first season - "Bloodlines".


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
00:08-01:13 (00:09)

The TV Versions shows a summary of the developments of the previous episode at the beginning.

+ 65,1 sec




09:16-09:22 (08:30)
The TV Version features a black screen, the Unrated instantly continues with the story.
+ 6 sec



Alternative footage / Censorship
17:47-17:57 (17:15-17:26)

After Blade's "I'm the plan", Steppin Razor is answering something different and can be seen in a close-up doing so.


TV Version
"Yeah. You're going to help us, little man. You're gonna change our lifes."

Unrated
"Yeah. You're going to help us, little man. You're gonna change our fucking lifes."

Unrated 0,1 sec longer

TV VersionUnrated




18:04-18:10 (17:33)
Another black screen.
+ 6,6 sec



Alternative footage / Censorship
22:11-22:24 (21:44-21:57)

After"...ash your sorry ass!" there is again Steppin' Razor articulating himself slightly less polite.


TV Version
"About a decade later, we started hearing rumors about this vampire killer named Blade. Big bad scary mother, with tatoos crawling up the back of his neck."
Razor can be seen during the first sentence, during "Big bad scary mother" Blade is shown, then back to Razor.

Unrated
"About a decade later, we started hearing rumors about this vampire killer named Blade. Big bad scary motherfucker, with tatoos crawling up the back of his neck."
The shot composition is the same as in teh TV Version.

No difference in time

TV VersionUnrated




24:12-24:18 (23:50-23:52)

Another black screen in the TV Version, which is being followed by a close-up of the feet. For a better continuity a shot of the exterior of the building was inserted in the Unrated.

+ 5,3 sec




29:01-29:06 (28:45)
Another black screen.
+ 5,8 sec



34:54-35:01 (34:48)
Ditto.
+ 6,6 sec



Additional footage TV Version
41:36-42:04 (41:38)

After the first credits (Executive Producer: David S. Goyer) the TV Version features a preview of the next episode.

+ 29,1 sec

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