Release: Jan 08, 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 differences in the first episode are not really worth mentioning. There is 1 new scene plus some minor alterations.
In the TV Version, the first episode starts without opening. The Director's Cut on the hand does not.
1:15 (0:21 TV Version)
While the DC only shows the title of the episode, the TV Version shows the title of the show, followed by the title of the episode.
The TV Version is 14.76 sec longer.
TV: 30.94 sec
DC: 16.18 sec
Sightly longer shot in the Director's Cut.
Additional scene in the DC before the race starts.
5:14 (3:55 TV Version)
The TV Version runs with less frames per seconds here.
DC: 10.96 sec
TV: 13.96 sec
(Screenshots to illustrate the scene)
Only the TV Version fades to black here.
13:40 (12:23 TV Version)
In the TV Version, the shot of Van is slightly shorter.
22:50 (21:33 TV Version)
The DC ends a bit sooner.
For that reason, the TV Version is 5.98 sec longer here.