Staff - Help - Contact Search:
other comparisons
buy this title


UK DVD of Hellsing Ultimate






Leon The Professional 4K






Suspiria






Hell Night






Raw Deal




Hellsing Ultimate OVA Series

1.04 Hellsing Ultimate, Vol. 4

Comparison:

  • Original OVA
  • Recut Version
Release: Sep 30, 2012 - Author: Alucard666 - Translator: Sebbe - external link: IMDB - more from this series
The Hellsing Manga (Published between 1997 and 2008 in Japan)

The hit manga by Kohta Hirano tells the story of the Holy Order of Protestant Knights (the Hellsing organization) which fights vampires in modern-day London. The chef's (Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing) secret weapon is the powerful vampire Alucard who loves to despise his opponents before killing them in a stylish yet very cruel way. The young police officer Seras Victoria supports him involuntarily since Alucard made her a vampire to prevent her death because he felt bad for her. When suddenly more and more vampires appear in England - who apparently seem to be artificially made and controlled by somebody - the Hellsing organization faces Alexander Anderson von Iskariot, a contract killer who works for the secret Vatican Section XIII. Alexander seems to be invulnerable and wants to kill all monsters and heathens in England. Additionally, Alucard and his new "apprentice" get to know about a nazi organization called "Millenium" which is responsible for the vampire attacks. Their leader (an insane SS officer) advances with an army of one thousand artificial vampires to declare war to England and Hellsing. Due to this content, the comic had to be censored prior to its release in Germany.


The Hellsing TV Series (produced from 2001 to 2002 in Japan)

Many people first got to know Hellsing in form of the TV series. Unfortunately, the first two episodes already went in a completely different direction than the manga. This was not only due to the explicit depiction of violence and the nazi symbols (which seemed a little inappropriate for being aired on TV), but also based on the fact that Hirano was only halfway through with his mangas when the Gonzo Studios started producing the TV series. Still, many people loved the TV series and thus bought the mangas. Those fans were surprised by all the epic (war-)stories the comics had to offer. In the TV series, the Iskariot organization as well as ultimate villain Alexander Anderson were rather a part of sidestories. Instead there was another villain who was called "Incognito". The story was completed with the defeat of him. The question of where the vampires - controlled by microchips - came from was simply put aside and then forgotten.


The Hellsing OVA / Hellsing Ultimate (2006 to 2012)

The studios Satelight (OVA 1 through 4), Madhouse (OVA 5 through 7), and GraphinicaxKelmadick (OVA 8 through 10) elaborately worked closely together with Kohta Hirano. As a result, they created the OVA (Original Video Animation) of Hellsing which in terms of the story stays very true to the original material. Each OVA is an almost one-to-one transfer of an entire volume of the manga. The animation is top-notch, just as the music. Thus, the OVAs, which include all the epic battles, are a very worthy transformation from Hirano's blood-soaked comics to the TV screen. In Japan, 9 OVAs were already released on DVD, while the tenth OVA is supposed to be released somewhen in 2012.
The OVAs from part 6 onwards were also released on Blu-Ray. In October 2010, a Japanese box-set was released which also includes the OVAs 1 through 5 in 1080p. What makes this box interesting are the completely revised "Recut" versions of part 1 through 4. They really worked hard and with a lot of sensitivity in order to make the quality of the animations of the first episodes just as good as the quality of the later ones. The color as well as the image brilliance was noticeably improved. Backgrounds, landscapes, eyes and glasses have much more detail, light, and reflection. Also, a few mistakes of the facial movements were undone (especially those of Alucard in OVA 1 and 3 but also those of Luke Valentine in OVA 2). All in all, the first four parts now have a completely different atmosphere to them and now look great in comparison to the more recent episodes.

!UPDATE!

Two DVD/Blu-ray combo boxes of Hellsing Ultimate will be released in the USA this year, in October and November. The first box will contain the OVAs 1-4 on DVD and Blu-ray (includes the recut versions) and the second box will have the OVAs 5-8 also on DVD and Blu-ray.
When the third box with the OVAs 9 and 10 will be released is still uncertain. But this is now at least the first release worldwide of the Hellsing Blu-rays outside of Japan and also the premiere of the parts 5-8 with English dubbing.

For this report, the Original Version (in Japan released on a single-disc DVD, but also included on the British and American DVD) was compared with the Recut-Version (in Japan only in the Blu-ray box together with episodes 1,2,3 and 5).
The fourth OVA was also just slightly edited in terms of color, contrast and reflections in eyes, glasses and windows. The actual graphic changes and alterations are not too numerous. Like in OVA 3, a lot of little things and character details were edited, but now and then there's also a bigger alteration to be found.

An example for the different coloration and contrast:
RecutOriginal

The images on the left were taken from the Recut Version (Blu-ray), those on the right are from the Original Version (DVD)


min. 00:50 - 00:54
The Major comes out of the aircraft and is "greeted" by his men. The soldiers were completely edited in the recut. The faces and uniforms have more details, compared to the original.
Moreover, there are far more soldiers on the Blu-ray than on the DVD.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 01:00 - 01:08
The camera moves from the "old men" up to the major, who walks along the aisle with the doctor and the captain.
The soldiers on the left and right were also edited on the Blu-ray.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 02:54 - 02:57
The soldiers are standing in the background while the Major gets stricken down by the colonel. In the recut, the soldiers again received new clothes and a face lift.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 03:00 - 03:02
The colonel walks towards the major and keeps beating him up. And again, the soldiers on the left and right have new clothes and faces on the Blu-ray.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 03:11 - 03:13
The colonel's walking stick is destroyed by a bullet. The new soldiers stand again behind him in the recut as he looks in the direction of the shooter.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 03:23 - 03:27
The tracking shot back up shows the colonel and the major, lying on the floor, surrounded by soldiers. Their number was increased and the uniforms altered again on the Blu-ray.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 04:12 - 04:16
The priests of Iskariot and the priest at the table are blurry in the original during the interrogation in the dungeon. The focus is on Maxwell. All the persons involved are clearly visible in the recut.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 04:17 - 04:22
The priest looks scared when Maxwell tells him that he knows everything, during which the crosses of the priests glow in the background on the DVD.
The lighting in the room is a bit darker in the recut and the crosses of the priests are not glowing.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 04:30 - 04:41
It is shown from above how the Iskariot killer comes up to the table. The lighting in the original is quite glaring and the table has a light wood color. The lighting has been damped and the table has a darker color in the recut.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 05:46 - 05:47
Alucard and Anderson face each other, ready to fight. Their faces are in darkness and the eyes glow red (Alucard) and green (Anderson) on the DVD. Anderson's eye also glows red on the Blu-ray.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 07:10 - 07:17
During the view on London past Big Ben, the city has more details in the recut, the lighting along the Thames was renewed, the bats were removed and the clouds edited.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 07:58 - 08:01
After Alucard has knocked out the bodyguards, he approaches the Queen. He is bigger on the Blu-ray and his face was slightly edited (eye, nose, mouth).
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 08:46 - 08:48
The face of the Queen is in the recut not as much in the shadow as it is in the original.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 08:56 - 09:01
Alucard turns around and talks about Millenium. His face has been edited here on the Blu-ray.
Moreover, the camera is on chin height in the recut, in the original a little bit below.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 09:45 - 09:46
Schrödinger appears out of thin air and Integra looks frightened. Her expression and her eyes are different in the two versions.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 11:07 - 11:08
Integra's eyes are visible through her hair on the DVD; on the Blu-ray, they are partially covered.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 11:27 - 11:29
Alucard talks with the Major through the monitor. Schrödinger, standing behind the monitor, has an awry eye on the DVD and the crooked cross on his armband is suddenly smaller.
Eyes and hair were edited on the Blu-ray. The crooked cross on the armband is bigger again.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 11:59 - 12:08
The Major explains to Integra that he hasn't got a concrete goal, but he has a lot of means; the camera moves back.
The face of the Major was emphasized (eyes and nose) and lighted (sleeve and shoulder) differently in the recut. His spectacle frame was also edited. The corpses at his feet are more clearly visible on the Blu-ray, whereas they are rather in darkness on the DVD.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 13:50 - 13:51
The Major declares war on England, Hellsing and Alucard. The shot of Instegra was edited. Again, her eyes are visible through her hair on the DVD, but not on the Blu-ray.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 14:18 - 14:20
Ditto.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 14:22 - 14:26
After Alucard has put his gun into Schrödinger's mouth and pulled the trigger, there are more pieces of the head flying through the air in the recut.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 14:32 - 14:38
The Major is looking forward to the soon to come meeting on the battlefield and greets everyone from his monitor. At this point, the shadow on his shoulder and nose were altered, as was done before. The spectacle frame is also different.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 14:39 - 14:40
Seras shoots at the monitor, which is then broken after the hit in the original. In the recut, the broken monitor still shows the picture of the Major.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 14:42 - 14:44
The camera pans from the broken monitor to Seras, who shot with her gun between the representatives. The overall view is a little bit zoomed in on the Blu-ray compared to the DVD. Moreover, Cpt. Bernadotte hasn't got his eye-patch anymore in the original; it has been added again in the recut.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 14:45 - 14:46
Seras looks frightened at the spot on the floor where Schrödinger's corpse had just lain but has disappeared now.
The floor has four thin lines, on the Blu-ray only two thick ones.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 15:01 - 15:02
The Queen gives the order to destroy Millenium. A shot of Integra was edited.
Her hair, eyes, mouth and nose are different in the two versions.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 20:43 - 20:45
Rip van Winkle turns around proudly, after he has killed everyone aboard the Eagle and drawn a crooked cross with their blood onto the landing spot. The crooked cross on her necklace is glowing in the original, which it doesn't in the recut.
Moreover, the soldiers in the background were framed with a soft shade of grey and the bridge is more clearly visible than on the DVD.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 22:33 - 22:36
Walter talks with Alucard about Seras. Alucard's shadow is mirrored in the wine glass. On the DVD, the shadow is animated quite softly and vaguely, whereas it is sharply visible on the Blu-ray and also has a pointy outline.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 28:26 - 28:28
The photos which Integra holds in her hands were taken from a different perspective on the Blu-ray. The crooked cross is mirror-inverted in the recut and the numbers in the upper right of the photo are only shown on the DVD.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 29:06 - 29:07
The man standing behind Lord Penwood has a blue uniform in the recut; the uniforms are brown in the original.
Furthermore, there's only one person standing behind Penwood at some distance to the chair on the Blu-ray. On the DVD, two men are standing quite close to the chair.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 32:54 - 32:58
After Rip van Winkle has shot down the three jets with just one shot, she dances on the deck.
In doing so, she's in the darkness in the original; in the recut, she's framed by light gray contours.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 33:05 - 33:08
Rip keeps dancing on the deck and throws her musket into the air. On the Blu-ray there's some sort of post visible in the right background; it isn't there on the DVD.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 33:09 - 33:15
When the soldiers on the bridge talk about "The Marksman" the monitors are white in the recut.
In the original, some charts are displayed on them.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 35:04 - 35:06
The soldiers cheer after Rip has set the spy plane on fire with a shot. The camera in the original is moving from the right to the left, in the recut the other way around.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 35:13 - 35:16
While the camera moves around Rip's face her hair is already visible on the Blu-ray, while her face stays in the shadows. Her chin can be seen on the DVD, but her hair lies in the darkness.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 37:17 - 37:20
The Major explains the end of the Marksman to Rip. Her eyes were edited here and the back of her head with the ponytail is visible.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 40:19 - 40:21
Alucard has killed all of the soldiers and asks Rip what she wants to do now.
One view on the dead nazis in the background was moved on the Blu-ray farther to the left than in the original.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 41:26 - 41:35
Rip van Winkle tries to thrust Alucard off the ship by shooting at him, but he catches the bullet with his teeth.
On the DVD, the camera immediately moves back from the bullet in Alucard's mouth until he starts chewing it.
The Blu-ray stays longer close to the bullet in his mouth and the camera moves back shortly before he bites on it. The animation of his eyes was slightly edited and the shadow on his face, shirt and cloak was changed.
RecutOriginal



min. 44:15 - 44:19
Alucard has nailed Rip with her own gun with the chest to the wall. In the original, he exhales a smoky breath before he bites. In the recut, he exhales without any effect.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 44:52 - 45:02
While Alucard devours Rip and Schrödinger watches, the Major is talking of the victory, at first on the monitor and then in front of his men. Again, the uniforms and faces of the soldiers were edited on the Blu-ray.
Moreover, Schrödinger is standing next to the doctor on the DVD, but not on the Blu-ray (Schrödinger is everywhere and nowhere, but not in two places at the same time...right now he's watching Rip die).
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 45:05 - 45:21
Ditto. The soldiers are shown from behind and from the front. The uniforms were again edited in the recut.
In the recut Schrödinger isn't standing next to the doctor. On the DVD, the soldiers were simply shaded black, but they are more detailed on the Blu-ray.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 45:22 - 45:40
The Major doesn't want Rip to be burned by the doctor via remote. The, in the original missing, labeling on the map was again added in the recut.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 46:04 - 46:10
And again the new uniforms and more detailed soldiers on the Blu-ray. They are just a black outlined mass on the DVD.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 46:16 - 46:20
The soldiers say goodbye to Rip van Winkle. The picture on the big screen was edited here.
The "blood flames" are filling the whole screen in the recut.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 46:49 - 46:54
The Major watches Alucard laughing on the screen. The uniforms and details on the soldiers were again edited.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 47:17 - 47:25
Alucard is again shown laughing. A part of his face was darkened on the Blu-ray ; his nose and eyeless forehead are still visible on the DVD.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 47:44 - 47:54
And once again the soldiers with their new clothes. They are standing closer together at the aisle; the crooked cross and the imperial eagle are a bit smaller and farther in the back.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 48:57 - 48:58
When the Major talks about hanged deserters the expression of his right eye is different in the two versions.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 49:50 - 49:56
The map in the background has suddenly no labeling anymore in the original. It was added again on the Blu-ray.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 50:20 - 50:35
The Major asks his men if they want war. His glasses are completely mirrored at this point in the original and his forehead lies in darkness. In the recut his eyes are visible through the glasses and his forehead isn't dark anymore.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 50:36 - 50:41
The tracking shot from the Major past his soldiers to the crooked cross in the back and then into the bird's-eye view is different in the two versions.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 51:16 - 51:37
Yet again the new uniforms of the soldiers.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 52:11 - 52:21
The rotor blades of the zeppelin during the view on the lights of Europe were animated differently in the two versions. More details are visible in the recut due to the overall brighter lighting.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal



min. 52:58 - 53:03
And the new uniforms for the last time.
No running time difference
RecutOriginal





Terms of Use - Contact - ADMIN