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- Berserk (2016) was made mainly in 3D with some passages of 2D, and in addition to being censored for television it had a Troubled Production. The Blu-ray release of season 1 removed the Barbie Doll Anatomy and Censor Shadows that had accompanied the TV version, and besides improving the original 2D cuts it also redid some 3D shots in 2D. However, whatever 3D they didn't replace altogether was largely unchanged.
- Deadman Wonderland can be seen completely uncensored on DVD/Blu-ray.
- Studio Shaft uses this in nearly every one of their releases. The biggest examples are:
- Bakemonogatari is probably the most famous for this; nearly every scene is reworked in some way. The climax of the "Nadeko Snake" arc in particular is especially enhanced, although that's not saying much when the vast majority of the scene wasn't drawn or animated at all on the broadcast version.
- Negima!? various scenes got remade, adding characters and other details in the background and adding animation in various places most noticeably in the opening of episode 19 where instead of static shots of Asuna's dud form it now runs around trips and falls. Funimation used the DVD version in their releases.
- Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei got this as well. Most notably, the first five episodes had various funny title cards, one of which read "The opening isn't ready yet." The opening is included in the DVD releases.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica, as pictured above. The first two episodes released on Blu-ray have had a ton of reworks to just about everything, with ridiculous amounts of added complexity in the background, completely redone shots, unnecessary color changes...it might have been easier to redo the whole thing from scratch.
- Mekakucity Actors had most of the world's environments redone for the Blu-ray.
- Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase was greatly enhanced on DVD, as multiple examples of Fight Unscene were fixed and the overall animation quality was improved.
- Sunrise is also known for this. Code Geass in particular was heavily reworked for DVD, though other series got improvements too.
- Haruhi Suzumiya: The DVD episodes have several small changes from the broadcast episodes, fixing slight animation discrepancies to maintain internal continuity, such as a small window always appearing above a classroom door.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha is another textbook example of this. A lot of the QUALITY were fixed in the DVD volumes, instances of which have actually changed the meanings in a few select scenes. Also, improved transformation sequences.
- Toward the end of StrikerS Episode 8, in the broadcast version, just before she fires at Teana, Nanoha looks as though she's having a serious wartime flashback. This is fixed in the DVD version, where it's more clear that she's disappointed.
- There's also the famous scene where Nanoha blasts the ever-loving crap out of Quattro. In the TV version, Nanoha slams her foot down to brace herself on the floor before firing her magical girl staff. In the DVD version, she slams her foot down... and smashes the floor under her foot, leaving a miniature crater. Guess which version fans prefer?
- Xebec's Mahou Sensei Negima! anime's Off-Model was largely corrected in the DVD releases.
- Crescent Love had this perfectly spherical "cabbage"◊ which was redrawn more convincingly.
- Kamichama Karin had quite a mountain of animation errors in episode four, and maybe in later episodes as well. Satelight fixed them in the DVDs.
- Tenchi Muyo!: As the first Tenchi-related series to be fully computer animated, the producers of Tenchi Muyo! GXP were able to make two different versions of the show. The Japanese DVD release features scenes that are slightly different from the TV broadcast version. In most cases, these altered scenes replace some backgrounds with more detailed versions, recompose some shots and remove the towels from the female characters in the bath.
- Higurashi: When They Cry looks somewhat clearer and has some design changes compared to the Japanese TV airings and Japanese DVDs.
- Makai Senki Disgaea has fairly good animation in both incarnations, but nevertheless, a few scenes were redrawn slightly for the DVD release, to be a bit more consistent with the in-game character artwork for the looks of things.
- Government Crime Investigation Agent Zaizen Jotaro was a very notable (and mandatory) example of this, and just to show how different the animation was between the TV airing and the DVD. Trans Artsnote included the first episode as it originally aired as a comparison.
- BlazBlue: Alter Memory is full of off-model and "QUALITY" moments. Their first DVD release already indicates that they are planning to fix that. Notable is Jin's quality ice strike in the first episode, which actually looks similar to the ones from the games in the DVD release.
- When Attack on Titan originally aired on TV, it had some... production problems, so to speak. Said problems were rectified in the initial home video release, then again for the North American release.
- Sailor Moon Crystal is far closer in style to the manga it's based on than the 1990s series, but still has its fair share of jarring Off-Model moments (many of which lie smack in the middle of the Uncanny Valley) due to rushed production, including but not limited to Dull Surprise, skewed perspective, misaligned facial features, and many more. The Blu-Ray/DVD release takes the time to correct the vast majority of these errors, which makes for much more consistent animation quality. Original version on the left, DVD on the right.◊
- While it doesn't necessarily improve the overall animation quality, Volume 6 (the bonus disc) of Neon Genesis Evangelion contains the Director's Cut versions of episodes 21-24. These versions feature redrawn (but still limited) versions of the original episodes (through redrawing each scene and/or adding new effects) and add in new scenes that either improve the effect of the sequences they're added to (i.e. Asuka's Mind Rape) or add in some much-needed clarification to several vague plot points in the original series.
- Gonna be the Twin-Tail!! had its share of QUALITY during its broadcast run, made even more jarring since the version of the show aired on Nico-Nico (which aired a week later) didn't look like it was rushed out from the production floor. The Blu-Rays and DVDs build on the version aired on Nico-Nico rather than the TV version, and the difference◊ is astounding◊.
- Hellsing had a second release of the OVAs with the first four enhanced.
- Dragon Ball Super got a significant cleanup for its infamously Off-Model fifth episode on the DVD & Blu-ray release. In general, the entire Battle of Gods saga and Resurrection F saga had several animation cleanups, and the Goku Black saga's home release changed some visual effects.
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure undergoes some hefty animation revisions each time a Blu-ray release comes out, removing censorship and cleaning up some less-than-perfect scenes. The most notable example is the "DIO's World" arc in Stardust Crusaders, where all four episodes were littered with Off-Model shots in the TV version; most of them were given a much-needed update.
- The initial broadcast version of the seventh episode of Birdy the Mighty: Decode had animation that was looser and much sketchier than the rest of the series. For the DVD release, it featured better animation.
- Yuri!!! on Ice tended to suffer from Off-Model stills and animation in later episodes when it first aired, especially in regards to the figure skating scenes. Most of them were fixed in the DVD and Blu-ray release, and some shots that were originally stills were even redone to be animated.
- Legend of Raoh: Chapter of Death in Love, the first movie in the Fist of the North Star: Legends of the True Savior'' series, had over 500 of its animation frames redrawn for its DVD release.
- Pop Team Epic spoofs this with a "Blu Ray Version" of the final panel, drawn in greater detail. When the anime released, the DVD and Blu Ray version have different cover art (both parodies of Die Hard) as a call back to the comic.
- Realizing that many series in their catalogue are Better on DVD, Funimation has started giving some of their longer anime (Dragon Ball, One Piece, etc.) a special feature, "Marathon Mode", that plays all the episodes on a disc in sequence while skipping the ending credits, episode previews, and all but the initial opening theme.
- There was a collection of old Robotech videotapes that did that too, presenting six episodes per tape as one extended story, but also cut out a few scenes of each episode.
- Geneon, when it was still Pioneer, also did this with their VHS tapes. Their Tenchi Muyo! TV releases had only a single OP and ED ever played per tape.
- The VHS tapes of Slayers from Central Park Media did this as well. This is why the next episode previews (and one postseason epilogue) were never dubbed.
- The ADV Films release of Excel Saga a "joke explanation" subtitle track, which explains some of the incredibly complex Japanese puns that go straight over English viewers heads.
Film — Animated
- There are some differentiating visuals between the original theatrical version of The Lion King and the 2002 IMAX re-release, which also appear on home video and TV prints sourced from the IMAX version.
- The Sleeping Beauty Platinum Edition Blu-Ray and DVD use a restoration taken from the original camera negatives, making the picture appear 16% wider than during the original theatrical release.
- Frozen had its aspect ratio slightly expanded for home video release.
- For full-frame releases of A Bug's Life, Pixar actually recomposed several scenes so various details wouldn't be left out when viewing it in that format. They did the same for Finding Nemo.
Film — Live Action
- The Star Wars prequel trilogy had a few edits, recuts, and additions to its original video releases - enough of them to be noticed, but not to the scale of the Original Trilogy's Special Editions.
- Blade Runner's "Final Cut" release, which fixed several effects shots (like removing wires from the Spinners) and the ending.
- The classic run of Doctor Who does this in droves, mostly to replace the especially shoddy variants of the show's infamous low-budget effects with better, more convincing ones (often with CGI). Let's just list a few:
- The Dalek Invasion of Earth digitally enhances the Dalek spaceship and the Battersea Power Station.
- Day of the Daleks, a serial harshly criticized for the lack of menace in the Daleks' portrayal, received a complete do-over on the Daleks' part: numerous scenes were re-shot, new footage was inserted, and all of the Daleks' dialogue was re-dubbed, courtesy of current Dalek voice actor Nicholas Briggs, all with the same technology that was used in 1972! Strangely, it also changes a scene where the Doctor backs away from an Ogron while threatening him with a weapon to the Doctor killing said Ogron in cold blood with said weapon. Oops.
- Kinda and Snakedance feature a frighteningly realistic CGI upgrade for the Mara, from a dorky-looking inflatable rubber prop.
- Earthshock ends, as we all know by now, with the freighter ship crashing into prehistoric Earth with Adric aboard, killing both him and the dinosaurs on the planet. However, the drama is heavily overshadowed by how the crash scene plays out: the image of Earth used is of modern Earth rather than prehistoric Earth, the freighter is just a still image on the TARDIS monitor, and the "explosion" is just a bunch of Atari-esque pink & white flashing lights. The DVD enhancement changes the image of Earth to (what is generally accepted as) prehistoric Earth, which the new, CGI freighter visibly slams into. The TARDIS's broadcast of the explosion now shows a yellow-white flash over the impact site with a reasonably large shockwave, and the way it plays out delivers the same wham that the writers intended.
- On a slightly related note, the freighter itself and its escape pods are given CGI makeovers as well.
- Time and the Rani opens with the regeneration of the Sixth Doctor into the Seventh, but Colin Baker's inability to appear for filming (or rather, his refusal to appear after he got fired) forced Sylvester McCoy to don a (rather obvious) blonde, curly wig and the Sixth Doctor's infamous multicolored suit. His face remained obscured by lying face-down on the floor of the TARDIS, and the regeneration effect (a blueish-gray swirl) further obscured it, until the scene ended and the Seventh Doctor came into the universe. The DVD re-release features the option to digitally insert Colin Baker into the opening regeneration scene, with his face morphing into that of his successor's in a golden glow.
- Star Trek: The Original Series andStar Trek: The Next Generation got wildly fantastic upgrades to the visuals when they were remastered for their Blu-ray releases. The live action footage got restored colors as well as more clarity when the original film was scanned to use for the remasters, particularly the first season of TNG, and the space shots and matte paintings got a lot of corrections and/or more details shown when the remastering was done for both shows. Minus some screw ups in TNG season 2's reaction in the fault of the company contracted to do it, these are widely considered the best ways to watch the shows.
- All episodes of RWBY are initially released on the Rooster Teeth website and then uploaded to YouTube a week later with certain minor animation errors corrected, and these are the versions from which the Blu-rays are mastered. However, at least one new error managed to sneak its way onto the Volume 1 Blu-ray, so the process isn't perfect.
- Parodied in the South Park episode "Free Hat", where there's a Parody Commercial for the new enhanced edition of the first episode with all-new graphics.
Trey Parker: For instance, in the scene at the bus stop, we always meant to have Imperial walkers and giant dewback lizards in the background, but simply couldn't afford it.
- Played straight with the HD remasters, which are re-rendered in 16:9 due to the production team retaining the master assets for each episode (save for the first, which was shot in cutout stop-motion instead of CGI, leaving it locked in 4:3).
- It wasn't unusual for changes to be made in an episode between the first broadcast and a later encore few days later ("It Hits the Fan", for example, had missing sound effects in one scene which were inserted in later reruns). This is because most episodes are often turned in few hours before broadcast, making it understandable why they had to rush certain things.
- Inverted by the DVD releases of The Transformers. The original release by Rhino Entertainment contained numerous errors that didn't exist in the (already error-prone as it is) original broadcast version of the episodes, and they also added in extra SFX that were often mismatched with the original soundtrack in terms of volume and quality. Shout! Factory's re-release did its best to clean up the errors, but limitations in available masters to use means it's still somewhat lower quality than the original broadcasts.
- The producers of The Big Knights pulled out all the stops for the long-awaited DVD/Blu Ray release of the show, pulling the source computer files out of their archives and re-rendering the whole show in high-definition widescreen.
- The version of VeggieTales' The Toy That Saved Christmas that was released in 1997 had several scenes that were reanimated which resulted in more fluid animation and additional effects. This version has been used for all subsequent releases of the show afterwards, although the original version (with less fluid animation) can still be found on any copy of the show that was printed in it's release year, 1996, as well as early printings from the 1998 release.
- Trollz's DVDs have additional scenes after the televised episodes' endings, as well as extended end credits.
- The first SpacePOP DVD has alternate takes of the first episodes with better voice acting and sound effects.