Release: Feb 08, 2014 - Author: Bob - Translator: Sebbe - external link: IMDB - more from this series
After the History Channel stopped doing real history documentaries and started focusing on pseudo-scientific studies (UFOs and the like) as well as pseudo documentaries (Pawn Stars) which they achieve great successes with, they also tried out (mini) series. The drama series Vikings is one of them. The first series was immediately able to win the audience over.
In the USA the channel aired censored versions of the episodes which often used alternate scenes. Thus there is no nudity, and some of the violence during the battles was toned down. However, the latter scenes are already quite graphic and only slightly censored here and there. In France they decided to air the completely uncensored version of the series.
The US Blu-Ray is uncensored but also offers a few additions to the plot. Whether or not these scenes were cut out for time reasons (so that the episodes are roughly 43 minutes long) could not be found out. We also do not know whether or not the scenes were included in the French broadcast. Thus this might be extended material which was saved exclusively for the Blu-Ray release.
The fourth episode on the US Blu-ray is overall 1:28 minutes longer than the TV Version.
The woman gets raped longer by Knut.
He keeps going even when Lagertha comes in and tells him to stop.
The rape goes on. Knut thrusts more often on the BD.
BD: 2.5s | TV: 1.5s
There's some alternative footage again after Lagertha, who wants to stop the rape, has been pushed aside.
BD: 3.5s | TV: 2.5s
The man turns around in the TV version after Lagertha has thrust the sword into his side. On the BD, he parries her off, then grabs his ax and slays the woman who just got raped by him. He turns around after that.
BD: 4.5s | TV: 1s
Lagertha longer holds his penis - he grins before she rams her dagger into his chest...he then stops grinning.
Athelstan, the monk/slave, talks to Gyda in the stable. She asks him about his family. He tells her that they all died from a fever. He's the only to survive because he was send off to the monastery quite early. But all of this doesn't mean that he's alone, God is still there for him, he says. He then keeps confusing the girl by telling her that their Norse gods don't exist. There's only one God according to him.
The great hall is shown earlier when Ragnar is standing trial.