Comparison between the US DVD released by Central Park Media and the German DVD released by OVA 18.
The Urotsukidoji series is probably one of the classics of the so-called Hentai-Anime genre, i.e. animes with pornographic scenes. Several hardcore sex scenes were included in the Urotsukidoji movies, however, mostly they are important for the plot or fittingly included in the story; only in the last 2 parts they seem to be rather self purpose than stylistic device. These sex scenes are surrounded by a sophisticated and thrilling - one could even say epic - story, that will stir anime-fans' blood. Additionally, Urotsukidoji was created by Toshio Maeda, one of the pioneers of the "animated tentacle sex".
Also, Urotsukidoji was more violent than anything that you could see in the anime genre back then. There's a lot of blood, exploding bodies, guts flying around, as well as physical and psychological violence (mostly after sexual intercourse). All parts of the series (even though some of them are up to 25 years old) are drawn very well and underline the extreme depiction of action, sex, and violence.
Part 4 of the Urotsukidoji-series consists of another 3 OVAs. The German DVD contains the 3 OVAs split up into 2 parts which is the way you can select them in the DVD menue. The German DVD represents the uncut version of the movie. However, it was based on the Japanese version which means that all the explicit sex scenes of the movie were blurred. Again, there does not exist a completely uncensored version of the film worldwide.
The US DVD includes the three OVAs strung together; at the end of every OVA you see the end credits. Almost all the shortenings of the US version cut out scenes with sexual content where you could get the feeling that the characters involved are underage. However, it also misses out on 3 minutes of plot-evolving scenes. Additionally, there are some more differences when it comes to title cards, prologues, and end credits.
The UK DVD and VHS only includes the last part of the movie. A comparison of both mediums lead to the conclusion that the two versions are identical. In the UK, OVA 10 and 11 are part of the "Video Nasties" and did not receive a rating by the BBFC. We don't know whether or not they have ever been released in any way. The eason for the rejection of the movie was the pornographic content as well as sexual violence against characters where one might think that they are underage. Depictions like this are not a part of the last part of the series, however, the UK distributors had to cut out three scenes in order to get a BBFC 18 rating.
Runtime and Differences:
Runtime of the US DVD: 126:35 / 128:46 (whithout end credits)
Runtime of the German DVD:
Part 1: 56:17 / 61:29 (whithout credits)
Part 2: 71:08 / 76:15 (whithout credits)
Sum: 127:25 / 137:44 (whithout credits)
Both versions run with the exact same speed.
12 cuts in the US version = 181.81 sec.
1 longer logo on the German DVD = 6.55 sec.
2 prologues = 542.08 sec.
2 end credits = 489.53 sec.
1 title card without any difference in time.
2 title cards on the US DVD = 10.01 sec.
2 end credits and repetitions on the US DVD = 669.34 sec.
Difference in runtime = 540.62 sec. (= 9 min. 1 sec.)
Conclusion and Buy Recommendation:
For the fourth part of the Urotsukidoji there's only one uncut version - the original OVA version (which is included on the German DVD). While the US DVD has the better image quality, it still misses out on 3 minutes of the plot and should only be considered if you are neither able to speak Japanese nor German.
Any potential buyer should ignore the UK VHS and DVD since a)it only includes the third OVA and b) even this part had to be censored.
Time Designation: US DVD / German DVD
On the German DVD there's an additional logo at the beginning of the movie.
US DVD: After 2 English credits there's an English text box. (25.03 sec.)
German DVD: Two Japanese credits are shown. Then, a few sentences explain the story of Chojin and Kyo-O. After that there's a Japanese text which translates to "Wherever you find Chojin you will find Kyo-O." (73.7 sec.)
Difference: 48.67 sec.
In the US version the image freezes and then you see the English title. For the German DVD they actually produced a German title.
The US DVD is slightly longer at this point.
The tracking shot that pans away from the 2 kids on the floor starts a little earlier on the German DVD.
When Eruth is shown, the US version cuts to the next scene, just before the woman walks into the shot. She's standing in front of Eruth, touching her own breasts. Eruth puts his face on the woman's breasts and licks her nipple. Suddenly, a second woman joins them. She touches Eruth's pubic area. Then you see Eruth again, sucking the woman's nipples; then he clings to her breasts. Just before the US version continues, Eruth opens his eyes.
The beginning of the shot where you see Eruth pushing the 2 women away was cut out of the US version.
The dark haired woman embraces Eruth's leg.
The blonde woman rubs her breasts against Eruth's body. You see his eyes and then the brunet touches his pubic area. The first few frames of the next shot of Eruth are missing as well.
The German DVD begins a little earlier and you see Yumi before the camera pans to Ken.
Himi and Buju are shown a little longer. Then the three naked women bend down to Ken and start pleasing him. Yufura talks to Ken. Meanwhile, there are some more naked women standing around Ken. One of them sits down on top of him to have sex with him. Then the camera pans to Yumi who is raped by huge tentacles. Ken watches it in horror.
Ken is shown again; then we see Yumi being raped by the monsters again. One of the women pushes Ken's face against her breasts. The beginning of the next shot of the monster was cut out, too.
Shortly after that, the US version again cuts to the next scene while in the original version we see the woman sitting on top of Ken and having sex with him. The other women sit around them. Then we see Himi.
Again, a scene of Ken and the women was cut out. Then you see some female faces.
US DVD: When Eruth is shonw from a distance, the US version fades to black after roughly 2 seconds, followed by the end credits for the first episode.
Then we see the logos at the beginning of the next episode, followed by 2 credits, a text box and a scrolling text.
Subsequently, the order of the scenes of Yumi's rape (which was already shown) was altered.
(458.79 sec. = 7 min. 39 sec.)
German DVD: Eruth is shown longer and we hear him laugh a little longer. Then the scene abruptly cuts to the next one.
The calculation of the difference in time counts until the German DVD continues (which is actually during the last few scenes where the scenes of the rape where repeated).
Differenz: +448.16 sec. = 7 min. 28 sec.
During the repetition at the beginning of the second episode there's a missing shot of Ken and the women which as already cut out before.
Yumi is shown with a tentacle in her mouth. Then the camera moves away from the monster and Yumi and pans towards Ken. The woman still sits on top of him and has sex while touching her breasts. Then the two of them climax. The beginning of the next shot of Yumi was cut out, too.
At this point, the US DVD shows the title of the second episode "Urotsukidoji IV: Inferno Road 2 - The Long Road to God". Then follows a short black screen.
At 56:17 the German DVD shows the credits. Subsequently you have to select the second part on the DVD.
312.48 sec. = 5 min. 12 sec.
The second part on the German DVD begins with the logos and a scrolling text which (in terms of content) is almost identical to the subtitles during the beginning of the movie (see beginning of this report). However, the text adds information about the persons who have deadly powers as long as they are not adults.
Subsequently the scene of Yumi's rape is repeated. This repetition is longer than the US version's repetition and ends at the point where the US DVD shows the title of the second episode. The German version again shows a German title.
493.41 sec. = 8 min. 13 sec.
At this point the US DVD misses out on the credits of the second episode. Subsequently you see the scrolling text and the title of the last episode "Urotsukidoji IV: Inferno Road 3 - The End of the Journey"
(NOTE: The third episode - unlike the previous two - is included in widescreen-format.)
On the German DVD the story continues without any interruption.
+221.18 sec. = 3 min. 41 sec.
In the US version we see an English text box that includes the woman's name. On the German DVD the text is included in Japanese. (NOTE: The German DVD included the woman's name - Princess Yoen - a little earlier as a subtitle when she's shown for the first time.)
No difference in time.
The credits of the US DVD are shown in English while the German DVD includes the original Japanese credits. Additionally, the original credits are a little longer.
177.05 sec. = 2 min. 57 sec.