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Release: Oct 07, 2014 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: Mr Miau - external link: IMDB - more from this series
This is a comparison between the censored TV Version (first broadcastet on NBC, 28-02-2014) and the uncensored Producer's Cut (included on the US Blu-Ray released by Lionsgate)

- 1 altered scenes
- No difference in running time

Whenever the TV Version heads for a commercial break, the US Blu-Ray shows a black screen for 2-3 seconds. The resulting difference in time was not regarded for this report, however, it explains why you will see slightly different points in time at the time designations.

It is still pretty amazing, what kind of effects the creators of the series Hannibal are able to include in their TV broadcast while still getting a TV-14 rating. Still, the second season's Blu-Ray release offers so-called "Producer's Cuts" for 7 episodes. This time, they did not make a big deal out of it, neither on the cover, nor in their press release. We only came across it because a user which was a part of the Blu-Ray's production made a posting on the (as we already reported).
In that regard it is not at all clear in which way the episodes will be released in other countries. After all, the Producer's Cuts for season one were only released in the USA (and probably Canada). In the UK one could only buy the regular TV Versions on both DVD and Blu-ray.

If we take a look at the actual alterations, it is probably not too surprising, that the studio did not insist on a bigger advertisement for the Producer's Cuts. There are only very few and rather marginal scenes that were censored, which means that - in contrast to the first season - it would not be too big of a loss if one would only be able to get the TV Versions. Still, we will keep our readers up to date whenever we know anything new about other releases.

"Takiawase", episode 2x04, features guest star Amanda Plummer as a psychopathical acupuncturist. In one of her sessions, a shot in which she approaches a patient's eye with a needle was shortened briefly. This can be seen as typical subtle US cesoring (less than 0,5 sec long), which most viewers will not even notice.

Time designations are listed as follows:
US TV Version / Blu-ray
Alternative Footage
23:46 / 23:43

The needle is approaching the eye an amazing nine frames (0,4 sec) longer.
In the TV Version, the follow-up shot of Katherine starts a bit earlier to make up for it.

No difference running time

TV VersionProducer's Cut