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Mardock Scramble: The First Compression

original title: Marudukku sukuranburu: Asshuku

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  • Theatrical Version
  • Director's Cut
Release: Apr 19, 2012 - Author: Jason - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB
The Movie


Adapted by the same-titled novels by Tow Ubukata and the later released manga series (an intended OVA anime series has unfortunately never been realized), Mardock Scramble: The First Compression is the first part of a - planned - trilogy about the prostitute Rune Balot who gets killed by thug and gambler Shell and, after being transformed into a cyborg by scientist Dr. Easter, rises from the dead. Supported by Oeufcoque, an artificial companion who can change his shape as desired, Balot is working for the Scramble OS Organization. The mission: take down Shell and his gang. Despite previous memory erasure, she still remembers some things and gets her memory back - step by step.

In the tradition of animes like Akira and Ghost in the Shell or movies like Blade Runner or Robocop, the content of this movie certainly isn't new but Ubukata's novel is renowned worldwide. With a story told in a very dynamic way (with a running time of approx. 60 min. plus end credits not very artful btw) and a homogenous mixture of well-drawn and decently-animated sequences, the movie version of Mardock Scramble: The First Compression is beyond just watchable for genre fans. The sequel started as Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion in fall 2011 in Japanese movie theaters. It hasn't been released on Blu-ray or DVD yet.



The Versions


Inventor Tow Ubukata was also involved in the process of screenplay writing but, due to the director's guideline, cuts were inevitable - neither Ubukata nor director Susumu Kudō liked the result pretty much. The kind of bumpy and summarized way of telling the story is the result.
Besides that, Kudō made two different cut from the very beginning. The original Japanese Theatrical Version is closer to the original Ubukata's novel which doesn't contain THAT much sex and violence while his Director's Cut focusses much more on Rune's occupation as a prostitute and the abuse by her father in her childhood. Moreover, a few things have been added to the story itself.

Like the Japanese releases, the US release (03/13/2012) and the UK release (04/16/2012) of Mardock Scramble: The First Compression contain both versions (previous releases of Sentai Filmworks e.g. only contain the edited version).


Basically, the Director's Cut is 3 min 41 sec longer than the Theatrical Version.



5 extended scenes Szenen = 3 min 45 sec
5 scenes with alightly alternate content
15 alternate scenes
4:22
Director's Cut
Close-up of Shell putting his hand in Balot's panties.
3 sec



4:25
Alternate Scene
As compensation, the Theatrical Version sticks to Balot & Shell for a longer period before zooming out the side window.
3 sec (KF länger)



4:34
Scenes with Slightly Alternate Content
In the Theatrical Version, Balot is lying on the couch in her club - fully dressed and alone. In the Director's Cut, she fully nude and explicitely remembers having sex with her client.
no difference

Theatrical Version:Director's Cut:



5:09
Scenes with Slightly Alternate Content
The Theatrical Version contains an image of an empty bed resp. of Balot & Shell lying in the bed, completely covered by the blanket.
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Theatrical Version:Director's Cut:



5:35
Alternate Scene
In the Theatrical Version, the infrared illustration of Balot & Shell having sex has been blurred. It hasn't in the DC.
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Theatrical Version:Director's Cut:



5:54
Alternate Scene
Same here.
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Theatrical Version:Director's Cut:



6:06
Scenes with Slightly Alternate Content
In the Theatrical Version, Shells monolog is audible during the close-up og Balot (dressed). The DC contains several shots of them having sex instead.
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Theatrical Version:Director's Cut:



6:34
Alternate Scene
Balot is dressed in the Theatrical Version, she's not in the DC.
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Theatrical Version:Director's Cut:



6:49
Alternate Scene
Same here.
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Theatrical Version:Director's Cut:



6:53
Alternate Scene
Ditto.
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Theatrical Version:Director's Cut:



7:30
Alternate Scene
Ditto.
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Theatrical Version:Director's Cut:



7:47
Alternate Scene
Ditto.
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Theatrical Version:Director's Cut:



9:10
Director's Cut
The DC contains additional footage of the CPR in the watertank from Balot's POV resp. a hallucination in which she's being hunted down by monstrous creatures that are supposed to represent Dr. Easter & Oeufcoque.
36 sec



16:07
Alternate Scene
In the Theatrical Version, the flashback contains a close-up of Balot. The flashback in the DC shows them having sex instead.
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Theatrical Version:Director's Cut:



16:11
Alternate Scene
And again a different flashback. In the Theatrical Version, Balot is dressed but she's not in the DC.
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Theatrical Version:Director's Cut:



28:06
Scenes with Slightly Alternate Content
Contrary to the DC, Balot's flashback only contains very short and flickering shots of her dad in the Theatrical Version. The abuse is entirely missing. This has been compensated by repeated shots of her brother, the gun and herself in her nightie.
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Screens only taken from the Director's Cut:



29:33
Director's Cut
A waiter approaches the table with Balot's notebook on it to get the dirty dishes. In the process, he recognizes that she's written "switch, bitch, witch, which I am" with lipstick on the screen.
Change of scenery: while Balot is sitting on a bench to feed the pigeons in the park, she wants to know from Oeufcock whether there was sth. wrong with her because of her occupation. He replies it was kind of "normal circumstances" and, if anything, there was sth. wrong with the worls itself. Balot keeps asking if she might tell a few things about herself; Oeufcoque would like to hear them. So, Balot starts talking about being questioned by a cop who was involved in the process of shutting the club down.
45 sec



40:31
Director's Cut
Dr. Easter's appartment before the trial: Balot got the Doc a decent suit for the trail, the Doc seems to like his new wardrobe. But he rather would have Balot told him that she didn't like his style.
Then the Doc keeps working on restoring Balot's voice. He explains it to her and Oeufcoque after a technical deive beeped. Balot looks surprised. Then she runs to the Doc, gives him a gift and vanishes. While Easter & Oeufcoque are still trying to figure out what that was about, the Doc notices a kiss mouth made of lipstick on the giftwrap. While Oeufcoque simply states that this could be considered some kind of devotion, Dr. Easter is way more excited about it and says it looked like Balot really liked them.
67.5 sec



42:47
Alternate Scene(s)
In the Theatrical Version, Balot's flashback only contains a shot of the empty room / her daddy silently bent over her. The DC contains the same shots with a different content: here, she's being abused by her dad.
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Theatrical Version:Director's Cut:



43:00
Alternate Scene(s)
Shot of Balot lying on the ground, her dad is bent over her again. They don't move in the Theatrical Version. In the DC, it's obvious that they're having sex.
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Theatrical Version:Director's Cut:



43:16
Alternate Scene
On the analogy of the first shot at Min. 42:47, the empty room of the Theatrical Version resp. the removed sex scene from the DC:
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43:19
Alternate Scene
On the analogy of the second shot at Min. 42:47, Balot and her dad in the Theatrical Version resp. the coitus scene from the DC.
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43:29
Alternate Scene
On the analogy of the first shot at Min. 43:00, Balot lying on the ground in the Theatrical Version and the sex scene in the DC.
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48:32
Scenes with Slightly Alternate Content
The assassins are watching Balot's footage with Mr. Boiled. The Theatrical Version shows more or less harmless images of the young girl. The DC on the other hand contains some real hot footage of her sleeping with clients in several positions.
Furthermore, the shown footage leaves its traces in the faces of the audience in the DC. In the Theatrical Versions, the contours are generally blurry - although in NEITHER of the versions is anything of what's going on really recognizable.
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Theatrical Version:Director's Cut:



49:23
Director's Cut
Cutscene in the bathroom: Oeufcoque is pretty upset because Balot obviously raised him by simply holding his dick. She promises to never do it again. But she also wants to know why he didn't hide it in his pants, if it was so important to him. Oeufcoque explains it was Dr. Easter's fault because he'd always made fun of his "thick pants". Balot can't hold it anymore. She knees down in front of the mirror and apologizes at the same time. Oeufcoque says he couldn't be angry with her. Then he changes the subject and explains she was going to catch a cold without body hair like his which is why they are supposed to think about some clothes for her. She gets up with a nod, drops the towel she had around her body and gets "wrapped" in a bodysuit of transforming Oeufcoque. He explains the suit could protect her from heat, coldness and hits plus it increases her body strength. Balot mentions she didn't look very stylish. Oeufcoque explains she could change the look of the outfit in any way anytime but he also says she better worry later about the way she looks.
74 sec

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