Things take time and some companies really don't have the time to spare. TV airings can be more the beta version of the episode and fully complete on DVD and Blu-Ray, or even in subsequent airings before home video copies are made (satellite/cable, online streaming, syndication, export…). Sometimes this can be fixing of Off Model
, additional animation and special effects, or rework of backgrounds. Often the TV version is never seen again
; the more nostalgic viewers might want to Keep Circulating the Tapes
Primarily an Anime
trope. The anime fandom
has named this being "Shafted" after the Studio Shaft
, which uses this on nearly every series it produces.
Unrelated to Better on DVD
, which is “archive binge enhances the series.”
, which is the re-release special edition of this trope, and somewhat related to Updated Re-release
for Video Games
. Super Trope
to Too Hot for TV
, which is this used for censoring. Compare negatively Digital Destruction
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- Studio Shaft uses this in nearly every one of their releases. The worst 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 Blueray 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.
- Sunrise is also known for this. Code Geass in particular was heavily reworked for DVD, though other series got improvements too.
- 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.
- Xebec's Mahou Sensei Negima! anime's Off Model was largely corrected in the DVD releases.
- Crescent Love had this perfectly spherical "cabbage"◊.
- 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.
- When They Cry - Higurashi 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.
- There are some differences between the theatrical version of The Lion King and the versions released on home video from 2003 until at least 2013.
- 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.
- The Phantom Menace had a few edits, recuts, and additions to its original video release- enough of them to be noticed, but not to the scale of the Original Trilogy's Special Editions.
- 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.
- 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.
- Dragon's Lair is a literal DVD-Video example. Not only does it have relatively a lot of bonus content, but it also has less dust and fewer artifacts on the picture, compared to the arcade version. Brought Up to Eleven with 20th Anniversary Edition and Dragon's Lair HD.