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Blade: The Series

1.05 The Evil Within

Comparison:

  • TV Version
  • Unrated
Release: Apr 05, 2011 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: Mr Miau - external link: IMDB - more from this series
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 time index refers to the Regular TV Version.
Regular TV Version = 42:07 min (credits included)
Uncut Version = 44:13 min (credits included)

5 alterations = 20,1 sec min
- 2x censorship
- 1x story extension
- 2x additional footage in the TV Version

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.


The time indes refers to the TV Version from Spike TV.
The remaining difference is a result of rounding the running time of particular cut scenes to a half or a complete second. Furthermore differences below 1 sec aren't being considered due to a lack of relevance.

This report is a comparison of the fith episode of the first season - "The Evil Within".


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
00:08-00:52 (00:09)

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

+ 43,6 sec




05:49-05:54 (05:16)
The TV Version shows a black screen, the Unrated instantly continues with the story.
+ 5,2 sec



Story extension
10:45-10:51 (10:21-12:32)

Another black screen. However, the Unrated also contains a completely new scene, in which we get to know more about Frederick when he talks to Miranda (Brenda Crichlow), their attitudes towards Krista also become clearer.


Exterior view, on can already hear him: "Leave Krista alone."
The two can be seen in the inside, Miranda: "She is exactly the type of individual that we've had luck with. She's been recently turned, clearly having trouble making the necessary adjustments and I would say that her chances of being able to accept our regimen of cloned blood would be good."
Frederick: "I'm not about to incur the wrath of Marcus over this and if you were smart you wouldn't either."
After a short break, during which he intensely looks at her, Miranda states: "This is not about Marcus, and I think we both know that."
Frederick: "I'm done discussing it."
Miranda is getting more personal: "And when will you be done pretending that you don't have feelings for Chase?"
Frederick jumps up and stops just shortly before reaching her neck with his hands (which are in chokin position): "I won't warn you again."


Another break, Miranda pulls herself together and says: "Frederick, this is my point. If we could get a convert from the House of Chthon it would go a long way in despelling the myth that they are all-powerful, invincible destined to rule over all of us."
Frederick: "Maybe it's not a myth. Maybe it's just the way things are, and you need to let it go, accept and move on. We don't meddle in the politics - or the plots of other Houses."
Miranda: "Unless those plots threaten the House of Leichen."
Frederick: "There is no threat against us."
Miranda: "All right, Frederick, you win."
Frederick says "Thank you" and is sitting down again while Miranda goes away. Then she turns around again and says: "We'll be watching a movie in the auditorium. It starts in 10 minutes."
Frederick asks: "Which one?", Miranda answers "Gone with the wind".
Frederick hangs his head in thoughts, Miranda again: "Oh, that's right. You knew her, didn't you, Vivien Leigh?"
Frederick: "Just to say hi. We ran in different circles."
Miranda: "And yours preferred blondes."
Frederick looks at her, then Miranda leaves for good.
Eventually we see that Frederick found the small container Krista left.


Unrated 120,2 sec longer




Alternative footage / Censorship
11:12-11:14 (12:54-12:56)

The Unrated features the sentence in it's uncut glory "It's about fuckin' time", whereas the bad word was replaced in the TV Version by the softer freakin.

No difference in time

TV VersionUnrated




23:57-24:03 (26:11)
Another black screen.
+ 5,5 sec



Alternative footage / Censorship
30:29-30:37 (32:54-33:04)

The Unrated features the notorious F-word again, this is missing in the TV Version when Chase says:
"The big bad wolf. Now go back to sleep before I huff and puff and blow your (fucking) head off."

The Unrated also shows Chase a moment longer and she is already moving backwards towards the end. On the other hand the following shot starts earlier in the TV Version.

(The pictures only show the scene differences, not the very similar shots of the sentence)

Unrated 0,8 sec longer

TV VersionUnrated




31:35-31:41 (34:03)
Another black screen.
+ 6 sec



34:38-34:44 (37:08)
Ditto.
+ 6 sec



Additional material TV Version
40:54-41:29 (43:33)

After the first credits (Executive Producer: David S. Goyer) the TV Version shows a preview of the following episode.

+ 35,2 sec