Release: Oct 09, 2014 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB - more from this series
This is a comparison between the censored TV Version (first broadcastet on NBC, 05-02-2014) and the uncensored Producer's Cut (included on the US Blu-Ray released by Lionsgate)
- 1 altered scene
- No difference in time
Whenever the TV Version heads for a commercial break, the US Blu-Ray shows a black screen for 2-3 seconds. The resulting difference in time was not regarded for this report, however, it explains why you will see slightly different points in time at the time designations.
It is still pretty amazing, what kind of effects the creators of the series Hannibal are able to include in their TV broadcast while still getting a TV-14 rating. Still, the second season's Blu-Ray release offers so-called "Producer's Cuts" for 7 episodes. This time, they did not make a big deal out of it, neither on the cover, nor in their press release. We only came across it because a user which was a part of the Blu-Ray's production made a posting on the Blu-ray.com-forums (as we already reported).
In that regard it is not at all clear in which way the episodes will be released in other countries. After all, the Producer's Cuts for season one were only released in the USA (and probably Canada). In the UK one could only buy the regular TV Versions on both DVD and Blu-ray.
If we take a look at the actual alterations, it is probably not too surprising, that the studio did not insist on a bigger advertisement for the Producer's Cuts. There are only very few and rather marginal scenes that were censored, which means that - in contrast to the first season - it would not be too big of a loss if one would only be able to get the TV Versions. Still, we will keep our readers up to date whenever we know anything new about other releases.
The here compared episode 2x10 "Naka-Choko" contains a nice montage of two sex scenes between Hannibal and Alana Bloom & Graham and Margot Verger. Though the scene was already shot for a TV-14 rating, one particular shot was still too much. As a result, one scene has been altered with digital effects in order to make it look more vague. The Blu-ray contains the uncensored scene.
Time designations are listed as follows:
US TV Version / Blu-ray
24:48-24:52 / 24:52-24:56
A shot of "Animal Hannibal" and Alana has been blurred for the TV Version (the yellow stripe in the middle of the image).