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Release: Sep 29, 2012 - Author: Alucard666 - Translator: Sebbe - external link: IMDB - more from this series
The Hellsing Manga (Published between 1997 and 2008 in Japan)

The hit manga by Kohta Hirano tells the story of the Holy Order of Protestant Knights (the Hellsing organization) which fights vampires in modern-day London. The chef's (Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing) secret weapon is the powerful vampire Alucard who loves to despise his opponents before killing them in a stylish yet very cruel way. The young police officer Seras Victoria supports him involuntarily since Alucard made her a vampire to prevent her death because he felt bad for her. When suddenly more and more vampires appear in England - who apparently seem to be artificially made and controlled by somebody - the Hellsing organization faces Alexander Anderson von Iskariot, a contract killer who works for the secret Vatican Section XIII. Alexander seems to be invulnerable and wants to kill all monsters and heathens in England. Additionally, Alucard and his new "apprentice" get to know about a nazi organization called "Millenium" which is responsible for the vampire attacks. Their leader (an insane SS officer) advances with an army of one thousand artificial vampires to declare war to England and Hellsing. Due to this content, the comic had to be censored prior to its release in Germany.


The Hellsing TV Series (produced from 2001 to 2002 in Japan)

Many people first got to know Hellsing in form of the TV series. Unfortunately, the first two episodes already went in a completely different direction than the manga. This was not only due to the explicit depiction of violence and the nazi symbols (which seemed a little inappropriate for being aired on TV), but also based on the fact that Hirano was only halfway through with his mangas when the Gonzo Studios started producing the TV series. Still, many people loved the TV series and thus bought the mangas. Those fans were surprised by all the epic (war-)stories the comics had to offer. In the TV series, the Iskariot organization as well as ultimate villain Alexander Anderson were rather a part of sidestories. Instead there was another villain who was called "Incognito". The story was completed with the defeat of him. The question of where the vampires - controlled by microchips - came from was simply put aside and then forgotten.


The Hellsing OVA / Hellsing Ultimate (2006 to 2012)

The studios Satelight (OVA 1 through 4), Madhouse (OVA 5 through 7), and GraphinicaxKelmadick (OVA 8 through 10) elaborately worked closely together with Kohta Hirano. As a result, they created the OVA (Original Video Animation) of Hellsing which in terms of the story stays very true to the original material. Each OVA is an almost one-to-one transfer of an entire volume of the manga. The animation is top-notch, just as the music. Thus, the OVAs, which include all the epic battles, are a very worthy transformation from Hirano's blood-soaked comics to the TV screen. In Japan, 9 OVAs were already released on DVD, while the tenth OVA is supposed to be released somewhen in 2012.
The OVAs from part 6 onwards were also released on Blu-Ray. In October 2010, a Japanese box-set was released which also includes the OVAs 1 through 5 in 1080p. What makes this box interesting are the completely revised "Recut" versions of part 1 through 4. They really worked hard and with a lot of sensitivity in order to make the quality of the animations of the first episodes just as good as the quality of the later ones. The color as well as the image brilliance was noticeably improved. Backgrounds, landscapes, eyes and glasses have much more detail, light, and reflection. Also, a few mistakes of the facial movements were undone (especially those of Alucard in OVA 1 and 3 but also those of Luke Valentine in OVA 2). All in all, the first four parts now have a completely different atmosphere to them and now look great in comparison to the more recent episodes.

For this report, the Original Version (in Japan released on a single-disc DVD, but also included on the British and American DVD) was compared with the Recut-Version (in Japan only in the Blu-ray box together with episodes 1,2,4 and 5).
The third OVA was also just slightly edited in terms of color, contrast and reflections in eyes, glasses and windows. The actual graphic changes and alterations are on par with those of the first OVA. A lot of animations, backgrounds and character graphics were edited. There are new tracking shots, new face animations, newly inserted effects and one or the other blunders were corrected.

An example for the different coloration and contrast:
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The images on the left were taken from the Recut Version (Blu-ray), those on the right are from the Original Version (DVD)


min. 00:56 - 01:05
Right at the beginning, Cpt. Bernadotte talks to his mercenaries about the battle and about the many men that are killing for little money. The camera in the original, focused on him and a little farther away, moves slowly up on him. In the recut, the camera, now closer, moves a bit along his weapon, then up and a little bit away and back to his face again.
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min. 01:28 - 01:31
Bernadotte kills an assailant with his knife. The background was edited on the Blu-ray at this point. The buildings on the left and right were moved farther to the right in the recut, and a further destroyed wall was added in the left half of the picture (behind the enemy) and the wall in front of Bernadotte was moved a bit to the left.
Moreover, he holds his gun, which suddenly disappeared in the original, in the right hand again in the recut.
Bernadotte is also standing a little bit farther on the left.
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min. 01:36 - 01:40
The captain tells his men that they will soon be working in the city of fog. During this, the corpse lying on the ground was edited. In the original, a part of the blade is protruding from the, visible, chin of the man.
In the recut, the blade is thrust into the man almost to the handle and the chin is covered up.
No running time difference
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min. 01:55 - 02:00
The tracking shot to the Hellsing mansion was edited. The facade, the plants and the driveway were adjusted on the Blu-ray to the front view from the first and second OVA.
No running time difference
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min. 02:45 - 02:50
When Integra talks with mercenaries about the existence of vampires her glasses are completely mirrored on the DVD, whereas her eyes are visible behind the glasses on the Blu-ray.
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min. 04:07 - 04:11
Cpt. Bernadotte is flicked to the ground by Seras Victoria. His expression was edited at this point. While he appears rather dizzy on the DVD, he looks painful on the Blu-ray.
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min. 05:05 - 06:29
The order, sizes and illustrations in the background were heavily edited during the first meeting of Integra and Enrico Maxwell, the leader of Iskariot, in the museum. At first, Integra is standing in the original in front of a huge picture depicting a battle and spears; after that, he is repeatedly shown with different backgrounds and different pictures. This was corrected in the recut. Integra and Maxwell are always standing in front of the same pictures from the beginning of the scene.
Moreover, the corridors are better animated on the Blu-ray.
No running time difference
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min. 06:45 - 06:50
While Maxwell explains to Integra that it doesn't matter to him if a few or millions of Protestants have to die, his hand is huge on the DVD. It has been changed to a normal size on the Blu-ray.
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min. 06:59 - 07:50
At this point, the pictures in the background were corrected again. Moreover, Alucard's grin is at first hidden in darkness on the DVD, while it's visible on the Blu-ray. The reflection of his sunglasses was also changed in the recut.
No running time difference
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min. 07:51 - 07:53
Alucard compels a duel, whereupon Maxwell calls for Anderson. Maxwell's eye was shaded dark for the recut.
It's visible in the original, but looks strangely long.
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min. 08:03 - 08:11
When Anderson, furiously preaching, approaches Alucard, the camera is in the original focused on Enrico, the priest and Anderson, who comes closer in the background.
The tracking shot begins a little bit closer to Anderson and moves with him along the corridor in the recut, until Enrico and the priest are better visible. Interestingly, the picture with the spears is now behind the priest... so on the opposite side and farther back in the corridor?!
The corridors were also animated vast and long on the Blu-ray, not as bright and glaring as on the DVD.
No running time difference
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min. 08:12 - 10:17
The confrontation between Alucard and Anderson is interrupted at the last second by Seras, who bursts in with a bunch of Japanese tourists. The order of the pictures in the background was changed again.
No running time difference
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min. 11:26 - 11:56
Enrico explains the meaning of Millenium to Integra in a café. While doing so, a map of Europe and America is displayed.
The Blu-ray shows the map of Europe with much less labeling. The map of South America has no labeling at all and is blank in the original. It's labeled now in the recut. There's a visual effect over the whole scene on the Blu-ray, which makes it look old and dirty.
No running time difference
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min. 11:57 - 12:22
The trees in the background during the conversation between Integra and Maxwell are much more detailed and denser in the recut than in the original.
No running time difference
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min. 12:58 - 13:17
Walter talks with Alucard about the nazis. During this, the exterior of the villa has been edited. The view on the moon is also different. In the recut, it's already full and fills the whole window. In the original, it's moving slowly from the right to the middle.
No running time difference
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min. 14:24 - 14:27
When Alucard turns around to Integra, she is depicted on the Blu-ray in a far brighter light and the floor tiles have also been edited.
No running time difference
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min. 15:18 - 15:30
The view over the Jesus statue in Rio de Janeiro is depicted in different camera perspectives in the two versions. The exterior of the hotel was also edited and a tour bus was removed from the left side of the picture in the recut.
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min. 16:17 - 16:19
Alucard takes off his glasses before he bans the page with his gaze. On the Blu-ray, there has been added a short flash of Alucard's sign followed by a short red glowing of the whole hand.
No running time difference
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min. 16:39 - 16:41
After he has put the page under his spell, Alucard moves his hand back. The hand glows red at this point on the DVD, but this has been removed on the Blu-ray.
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min. 19:59 - 20:03
When Seras watches the police and the media from his window, the crowd is much more detailed and there are more people in the recut than in the original.
No running time difference
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min. 20:04 - 20:06
The scene with the snipers in the fore- and background was edited in terms of color on the Blu-ray.
No running time difference
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min. 20:13 - 20:17
The news show a mug shot of Seras and Alucard. At this point, two shots of Alucard were zoomed in on the Blu-ray, once on a TV screen and once on Integra's laptop. Moreover, the names are displayed under the pictures and the logo of the channel is different.
No running time difference
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min. 20:18 - 20:25
While Walter watches the news, Integra is standing at the window. The lighting of the overall scene and of the laptop was edited. In contrast to the original, the moonlight is shining in brightly and the screen of Integra's laptop is illuminated.
No running time difference
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min. 20:48 - 20:53
The tent of the command center is shown. The tent, as well as the houses in the background, was animated anew on the Blu-ray.
No running time difference
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min. 20:54 - 21:12
The agents in the middle of the picture have light gray glasses in the original; they are black in the recut.
No running time difference
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min. 22:05 - 22:08
When Walter explains to Integra that Alucard is a real monster, the moon is displayed. On the Blu-ray it is reddish, on the DVD rather blue.
No running time difference
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min. 25:24 - 25:28
Walter and Integra wait for a message of Alucard. The lighting of the room by the moon is more emphasized and, compared to the DVD, Integra's glasses are completely mirrored on the Blu-ray.
No running time difference
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min. 26:04 - 26:07
During the last view on the policemen, who were killed by Alucard, only bloody legs are shown on the DVD, while there has been inserted a face of a battered corpse on the Blu-ray.
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min. 26:17 - 26:27
Integra sits at her desk with the moon shining in big and bright, while she is talking to Alucard on the phone. In the original, the moon is quite blue, whereas it is white/blueish in the recut.
Moreover, Walter's shadow is bent over on the DVD, but straight again on the Blu-ray.
No running time difference
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min. 27:11 - 27:14
Integra freaks out on the phone, because Alucard wants to know if she would really give him the order to kill normal people. Her shoulders look quite wide on the DVD; her nose is a bit bigger; her eyes are visible through her hair and the glasses are hardly noticeable. The glasses have a new effect on the Blu-ray; the size of the shoulders and the nose is normal again and the eyes are now partially covered by her hair.
No running time difference
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min. 27:35 - 27:40
After Integra has made unambiguously clear that Alucard shall annihilate anyone that stands in his way, she has beads of sweat on her forehead on the DVD, which she hasn't on the Blu-ray. Furthermore, her glasses have a different reflection effect in the recut.
No running time difference
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min. 27:54 - 28:07
After Integra has hung up the phone, the in the original again blue moon is visible in the background.
In the recut, it has been changed again to the more natural white/blueish color. The bow in Walter's shadow was also corrected again.
No running time difference
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min. 28:13 - 28:15
Walter offers Integra a tea to calm her. The moon behind Walter is almost completely visible on the DVD, while the Blu-ray only shows a part of it, as it should be, proportionwise.
No running time difference
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min. 28:39 - 28:43
On the DVD, the camera moves quickly back from Alucard's face to the policemen as he is walking along the corridor with both weapons at the ready. The camera moves slowly backwards on the Blu-ray and is behind the policemen at the end of the shot. Moreover, the camera is a bit higher in the recut and the policemen with the "Police" label on his back stands farther on the left of Alucard at the end of the scene.
No running time difference
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min. 28:50 - 28:51
Alucard opens fire and turns around to the policemen. His face was edited here. Nose, eyes and lips are more emphasized. Smoke comes out of the gun barrel. His teeth are pointy in the recut, so are his ears; his pupils are animated bigger and brighter. When he turns away, his eyes are visible on the Blu-ray; they are covered by his hair on the DVD.
No running time difference
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min. 29:16 - 29:26
The Major sits in front of his monitors and enjoys the show. In the original, one of the monitors on the upper left is glaringly bright, but it has a normal picture on the Blu-ray.
No running time difference
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min. 30:03 - 30:05
The policemen flee into the elevator; Alucard approaches them slowly. His eyes are hidden in the original, only his nose and mouth are visible. In the recut, his face is in darkness down to his mouth.
No running time difference
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min. 30:16 - 30:18
When one of the policemen opens the elevator door under Alucard's spell there was inserted a camera effect in the recut. The picture is blurry on the Blu-ray until the door is completely open. The DVD lacks this effect.
No running time difference
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min. 30:25 - 30:27
The exterior shot of the elevator and the men is different in the two versions. The elevator seems extremely small and tight for all those policemen due to the wrong proportion on the DVD.
They have enough space now on the Blu-ray and even stand apart a bit.
No running time difference
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min. 30:40 - 30:43
Alucard puts a bullet into the head of the off-screen possessed policemen. He is illuminated by the green floor lighting; the corridor is dark in the original.
No running time difference
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min. 30:50 - 30:59
Alucard is able to open the elevator door again with the help of his guns and then he starts firing at the helpless policemen. The (on the DVD green) ceiling lighting has been changed on the Blu-ray.
Alucard's eye glows red in the recut; in the original it stays in darkness.
No running time difference
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min. 31:30 - 31:32
The front shot of the crowd in front of the hotel is animated differently in the two versions.
No running time difference
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min. 31:32 - :
The front shot of the hotel and the crowd standing in front of it until the men are being hurled out of the windows and impaled on the flagpoles is equal in the two versions, but animated differently. The hotel front was edited for the Blu-ray; the camera lens is different when the men are falling down and the overall scene lighting is darker.
No running time difference
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min. 31:51 - 32:00
Alucard steps in front of the hotel, his shadow spreads and some bats appear. The shot of the shards of glass on the ground is different in the recut and the tracking shot up to the hotel goes a little bit further on the Blu-ray, so that it becomes visible that Alucard's shadow also has a head of a bat.
The tracking shot ends one level earlier on the DVD.
No running time difference

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min. 32:01 - 32:03
The shot of Integra, who's joyfully watching all of this on the computer, was also edited.
No running time difference
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min. 32:18 - 32:31
Alucard is visible on the monitors of the Major. The lighting of the monitor is different in the two versions.
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min. 32:54 - 32:56
Alucard is waiting for Tubalcaine "Dandy" Alhambra. The front of the hotel was edited and the number of the policemen in the left foreground was increased in the recut.
No running time difference
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min. 32:57 - 33:03
Tubalcaine walks through the crowd towards Alucard. The camera in the original steadily follows him from the crowd to the stairs. The tracking shot starts close to him in the recut, moves back, then up to the crowd and then finally down to the stairs.
No running time difference
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min. 33:13 - 33:17
Alucard walks down the stairs unimpressed. His shadow is normal on the DVD, but still spread out on the Blu-ray. The shot of the hotel entrance was edited and Alucard is standing a little bit more in the darkness.
No running time difference
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min. 33:30 - 33:35
After Tubalcaine has introduced himself to Alucard, the latter is shown from the side talking to him.
The side-view shot of his face was animated completely anew on the Blu-ray.
No running time difference
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min. 34:45 - 34:47
Alucard and Tubalcaine run beside each other during their duel. The two are a bit away from the crowd in the recut, while in the original the policemen with their shields are standing quite close behind them.
No running time difference
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min. 34:54 - 34:55
Tubalcaine dissolves into playing cards after Alucard shot him in the neck. Alucard looks angrily in his direction. His face was edited on the Blu-ray.
No running time difference
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min. 35:48 - 35:50
After Bernadotte has shot the corrupt police chiefs and put the C4 on the table, it becomes clear that the documents on the table are different in the two versions. In the original, there are only some lines on the sheets, whereas the recut has actual writing on them.
No running time difference
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min. 36:43 - 36:49
While Alucard amuses himself at Tubalcaine, the view on his face in the foreground is sharp on the Blu-ray in contrast to the DVD, where it isn't.
No running time difference
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min. 36:50 - 37:05
Alucard turns around to Tubalcaine, while he transforms and talks about Millenium. In doing so, the original doesn't show his eye constantly. In the recut, it is glowing red and visible the whole time.
No running time difference
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min. 37:05 - 37:10
The sky on the DVD is gray as Alucard turns around to Tubalcaine Alhambra, while it is dark blue on the Blu-ray.
Furthermore, there are more bats in the recut, Alucard's coat flaps differently and the moon has been animated anew.
No running time difference
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min. 37:13 - 37:23
After Alucard has said that Tubalcaine is going to scream like a pig, the latter is shown in a close-up.
The backgrounds are differing in the two versions, until the "Dandy" starts the fight.
No running time difference
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min. 37:37 - 37:38
The shot of Seras shortly before she opens fire was edited. Eyes, nose and mouth were altered on the Blu-ray. Moreover, her left arm is visible...they obviously forgot it on the DVD!?
No running time difference
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min. 37:39 - 37:42
Seras shots at Alhambra. The DVD only shows the hits when the bullets glance off his cards.
On the Blu-ray, the hits and the bullets are shown.
No running time difference
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min. 37:55 - 37:56
Tubalcaine splits Seras' bullet right in the middle with a playing card. Both halves fly past Alhambra in the original without harming him and strike smoking behind him. In the recut, the halves already smoke as they pass him until they strike.
No running time difference
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min. 38:01 - 38:03
When Tubalcaine throws a card at Alucard's shadow, the latter has a red glowing eye on the Blu-ray.
The shadow is completely black on the DVD.
No running time difference
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min. 38:05 - 38:06
Ditto.
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min. 38:10 - 38:13
The remains of Alucard's "dog shadow" dissolve. The multi-eyed dog shadow has a red glow on the Blu-ray, which it hasn't on the DVD.
No running time difference
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min. 38:20 - 38:23
Alucard shatters Tubalcaine's knee with an aimed kick. This shot starts from further away on the DVD, then everything is shown closer. In the recut, the camera pans to the damaged knee of the dandy from further away.
No running time difference
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min. 38:39 - 38:44
Alucard's hand hits Tubalcaine's card. The animation as they meet and the shock waves this causes were edited in the recut. The partially used blurry effect from the original was removed in the recut.
No running time difference
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min. 38:44 - 38:49
Alucard splits Tubalcaine's card as well as the whole arm. In the original, the camera moves along the arm together with Alucard until his hand appears again. The camera has a shaky effect on the Blu-ray. It is also closer to Alucard and then shakes slowly back until his hand is visible again, too. His face was also edited in the recut.
No running time difference
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min. 38:50 - 38:55
The shot of the split up arm is different in the two versions.
No running time difference
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min. 38:58 - 39:01
Alucard grabs Tubalcaine at his head and pulls him up. Alucard's face animations were edited again in the recut.
No running time difference
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min. 39:17 - 39:19
Shortly before Alucard drinks Tubalcaine's blood, his face is shown once again in a close-up.
The drawing on the DVD looks here rather like TV series than OVA. This was changed again on the Blu-ray.
No running time difference
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min. 39:49 - 39:52
How Tubalcaine burns in Alucard's arms is shown in the two versions from different camera perspectives. The blood and the stone slabs were also altered.
No running time difference
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min. 40:02 - 40:04
Tubalcaine burns to ashes and Alucard applauds with joy. Some playing cards are thrust in the air in the recut after the remains of the dandy have collapsed.
No running time difference
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min. 40:10 - 40:14
Alucard and Seras face each other shortly before Bernadotte shows up with a helicopter.
The camera on the Blu-ray is much closer to them than on the DVD. Blue ashes are flying around behind Alucard in the original.
No running time difference
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min. 40:17 - 40:20
During the view from the cockpit on Alucard, more blue ash heaps are visible in the original and they are also more widespread than in the recut.
No running time difference
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min. 40:51 - 40:59
The Major rejoices in front of his monitor over Alucard's victory. On the Blu-ray, a shot of Alucard (which was shown twice on the DVD) was replaced by a shot of Seras and a shot of the hotel has been switched with Alucard's.
No running time difference
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min. 41:57 - 42:03
The position of the commanders on the bridge of the aircraft was changed.
The color and size of the imperial eagle were also changed.
No running time difference
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min. 42:17 - 42:23
Only the outline of the imperial eagle on the floor is visible in the original. It's more detailed in the recut.
No running time difference
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min. 42:57 - 43:08
The clouds in the last shot of the leaving zeppelin were edited on the Blu-ray.
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