Release: Feb 07, 2014 - Author: Bob - Translator: Sebbe - external link: IMDB - more from this series
After the History Channel stopped doing real history documentaries and started focusing on pseudo-scientific studies (UFOs and the like) as well as pseudo documentaries (Pawn Stars) which they achieve great successes with, they also tried out (mini) series. The drama series Vikings is one of them. The first series was immediately able to win the audience over.
In the USA the channel aired censored versions of the episodes which often used alternate scenes. Thus there is no nudity, and some of the violence during the battles was toned down. However, the latter scenes are already quite graphic and only slightly censored here and there. In France they decided to air the completely uncensored version of the series.
The US Blu-Ray is uncensored but also offers a few additions to the plot. Whether or not these scenes were cut out for time reasons (so that the episodes are roughly 43 minutes long) could not be found out. We also do not know whether or not the scenes were included in the French broadcast. Thus this might be extended material which was saved exclusively for the Blu-Ray release.
The third episode on the US Blu-ray is overall 1:24 minutes longer than the TV Version.
Siggy, the wife of the Earl, is obviously quite fond of the treasure Ragnar brought back home from England.
Lagertha missed her man: "The Children are fine. But I am still a woman." Ragnar then follows her with a slight smile.
A few villagers are curious. They want to know what a Christian looks like, but Ragnar tells them to leave. He looks just like them.
The TV version fades to a commercial break after Lagertha has threatened to tear out the priest's lungs if something should happen to her kids. The Blu-ray shows the priest sitting at the table in shock.