Release: Jan 13, 2018 - Author: Once - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB - more from this series
In 2013, the German label Nipponart released a new box set of Escaflowne. The important thing: The episodes 1 to 4 and 6 & 7 are now available as regular TV Version and longer Director's Cuts. The quality of said release is enhanced as well.
The opening and ending match the ones from the TV Version. In other words, the quality of those is inferior to the rest of the Director's Cut episodes but that is acceptable.
Compared are the TV Version and the Director's Cut (both available in the German Collector's Edition box set by Dybex/Nipponart.
The forth episode contains 3 new scenes plus one scene that is build differently. Because of the 3 new scenes, the DC is 77.94 seconds longer (slightly alterations in opening and ending not considered). While the last new scenes is rater superfluous, the two previous ones do enhance the quality of the episode.
9.02 (9:02 TV Version)
The DC contains a longer scene with sick Hitomi. Van gets closer to her, then he leaves the room without saying a single word. Allen tries to calm her down by explaining that Allen would be back real soon. Before Allen leaves the room as well, Hitomi warns him of the "invisible giant" one more time.
The scene of Van entering Moleman's cell is also missing in the TV Version.
12:16 (11:22 TV Version)
The DC pans from the chimney to sleeping Merle who wakes up all of a sudden which also wakes Hitomi who then looks at her.
12:30 (11:22 TV Version)
The order of the scenes has been changed. The DC first shows Merle, followed by Hitomi. In the TV Version, it is the other way around.
15:01 (13:53 TV Version)
The DC contains an additional scene with Dilandau.