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  • TV Version
  • Unrated
Release: Apr 02, 2011 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: Mr Miau - external link: IMDB - more from this series
The time index refers to the Regular TV Version.
Regular TV Version = 42:42 min [PAL](credits included)
Uncut Version = 43:20 min (credits included)

11 alterations = 66,4 sec min
- 5x censorship
- 1x story extension
- 2x additional footage in the TV Version
- 3x small story extension in the TV Version


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 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.

This report is a comparison of the third episode of the first season - "Descent".


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
00:09-00:47 (00:09)

The TV Version features a summary of the developments in the previous episode.

+ 38,1 sec




Alternative footage / Censorship
02:10-02:34 (01:36-02:17)

The Movie Version shows the sexual intercourse a lot longer and more skin and her breasts can be seen before Cain is being thrown through the wall by Blade.


TV Version

- The camera pans from the lamp (on which the woman's bra can be seen) to the man's face, the woman can only be noticed through the bobbing movement.
- Shot of the woman (from the shoulders upwards) who says: "I think we woke the neighbors."
- The man in a close-up again: "Screw them!"
- The woman is moving faster while saying "I've got a better idea." and the man can be heard moaning.
- The man can be seen pretty aroused, then the knocking sound can be heard again and he is looking to the wall.
- Long shot of the room, he yells: "What's the problem, asshole?"
- The man in a close-up again, the woman is looking at him.



Unrated

- Camera pan through the room from right to left, the intercourse can be seen.
- The woman in a close-up, her breasts can be seen several times.
- Different shot of the action.
- Camera pan from the lamp to the man, but significantly shorter than in the TV Version
- Wild movement again, the breasts can be seen well again: "I think we woke the neighbors."
- Shot of the man looking more aroused than in the TV Version: "Screw them!"
- The woman is moving faster while saying "I've got a better idea." and the man can be heard moaning.
- The wild action can be seen from the side the same shot shows the knocking and the man knocking back, saying "What's the problem, asshole?".
- Closer shot, he is putting his arm around her and turns aside.


Unrated 16,3 sec longer
=> This was counted as three cuts because the two versions contain the same footage in the parts marked with italics.




Alternative footage / Censorship
02:43 (02:26-02:27)

The lower back of the man can be seen before Cain is being grabbed by Blade.

1 sec




09:51-09:57 (09:53)
The TV Version features a black screen, the Unrated Version continues instantly.
+ 5,1 sec



17:55-18:01 (18:11)
Another black screen.
+ 6 sec



Alternative footage / Censorship
20:41-20:45 (20:58-21:02)

Sands is saying something different after "Go where?", subsequently different shots were used.


TV Version

"Go there? No! No way. I'm not going. You're kidding me?"

Unrated

"Back there? Wait, no fucking way! I'm not going back there. No, no."
TV Version 0,5 sec longer

TV VersionUnrated




Alternative footage / Storyline
21:04-21:09 (21:21-21:40)

After the "Carver & Schultz" sign, the Unrated features an additional scene, on the other hand the shots of the TV Version were shortened there.


TV Version

Krista can be seen going through the corridor longer, the following shot also starts insignificantly earlier than in the Unrated.



Unrated

Krista is talking to an elderly couple: "Excuse me, you wouldn't happen to know a Vanessa, would you?"
The man asks: "Who?"
His wife: "Vanessa."
The confused man asks again: "Who?"
Krista: "That's okay. Never mind."
Now the man answers: "I don't know Vanessa."
His wife agrees: "We don't know a Vanessa."
Krista answers while the two walk on: "That's okay. Thank you."
She goes further, looking confused.


Unrated 12,8 sec longer
=> Counted as three alterations (two small extensions in the beginning shot in the TV Version and on large extension in the Unrated Version).




26:08-26:14 (26:51)
Another black screen just after Sands is being attacked. In the following shot he is being held relatively calmly, there the last frames before the blackscreen were removed in the Unrated Version as well.
+ 7,2 sec




31:07-31:13 (31:56)
Another black screen.
+ 6,4 sec



37:26-37:32 (38:23)
Ditto.
+ 5,3 sec



Additional footage TV Version
41:40-42:06 (42:42)

The TV Version features a preview after the first credit (Executive Producer: David S. Goyer).

+ 25,9 sec





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