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Blade: The Series

1.07 Sacrifice

Comparison:

  • TV Version
  • Unrated
Release: Apr 07, 2011 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: DaxRider123 - external link: IMDB - more from this series
- TV Version: 41:56 min (including credits) [PAL]

- Unrated Version: 41:52 min (including credits) [NTSC] [equals about 40:12 min in PAL]

- 3 changes:
* 1x Censorship
* 2x additional footage in the TV Version


- Difference: 102.8 sec (1:43 min)




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 7th episode of the first season - "Sacrifice".


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
00:08-00:53 (00:08)

The TV Version at the beginning of the episodes shows a flashback of the events of the previous episode.

+ 44.9 sec




10:26-10:31 (10:03)
The TV Version shows a black screen while in the Unrated Version the episode goes on immediately.
+ 5.6 sec



19:52-19:57 (19:47)
Again, a black screen.
+ 5 sec



Alternative Footage / Censorship
24:14 (24:15-24:16)

The first censorship because of violence: When little Eric shoots the man who was responsible for the death of his father, the TV Version cuts from the shot of Mr. Taka to the face of the boy. Blood splashes in his face.

In the Unrated you see an additional shot of the hunter lying on the ground. There's a short sequence where you see him being hit by the bullet. In return, the following shot of Eric's face begins a little later when the blood already splashes on his forehead.

Unrated 0.6 sec longer

TV VersionUnrated





25:47-25:53 (25:53)
Again, a black screen.
+ 5.8 sec



31:57-32:03 (32:11)
Again, a black screen.
+ 6.1 sec



36:59-37:06 (37:20)
Again, a black screen.
+ 6.4 sec



Additional Footage in the TV Version
40:49-41:18 (41:12)

After the first few credits (Executive Producer: David S. Goyer) the TV Version shows a little preview of what's going to happen in the next episode.

+ 29.6 sec