The Chronicles of Riddick (Unrated Director's Cut) [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
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Vin Diesel (XXX, The Fast and the Furious) stars in this electrifying, special-effects-fueled action spectacular! After years of outrunning ruthless bounty hunters, escaped convict Riddick suddenly finds himself caught between opposing forces in a fight for the future of the human race. Now, waging incredible battles on fantastic and deadly worlds, this lone, reluctant hero will emerge as humanity’s champion – and the last hope for a universe on the edge of annihilation. Powered by groundbreaking visual effects and pulse-pounding, thrill-a-minute action!
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The story includes Dune-like intricacies (prophecy, conflicting character motives, foreshadow, plots within plots, weakness, multiple heroes, patience, questionable morality, rituals, inner challenges, sacrifice, etc.) but without the extended, drawn-out politics to slow the story. It is fast paced and entertaining along with the important issues and messages. The art in this film is breathtaking including the rocky fins and caves of the ice planet, the Necromonger ship; the sparkling seas, sands, and architecture of Helion Prime; and the brutal beauty of the jagged, glassy, and blistering Crematoria. The DVD version really showcases the artistic elements of this movie.
The film has a Conan flavor with the non-traditional and non-innocent hero doing the right thing instead of the easy thing, and getting involved though he doesn't have to. The superhero (and regular hero) qualities of the Riddick character are also a nice addition to the story: speed, protection of the weak, strength, ease of killing, frequent flying through the air during attacks/escapes, quick thinking, resistance to Necromonger mental intrusion, enhanced eyes for night vision (Achilles heel being light sensitivity), precision, gracefulness despite bulk, piloting skills, use of varied weaponry, respect for life, risk taking, etc. The combination of weaponry is also interesting - unique craftsmanship blades mixed with Sci-Fi technology weapons. However, the violence in this film is very tasteful, similar to the Zatoichi movies, where our hero is able to kill without a lot of blood and gore.Read more ›
Twohy has introduced a remarkable universe and an intriguingly simple, yet complex character in Riddick. This is a character that you can see Vin Diesel really put his heart into. I cannot wait to see how this character evolves, as well as seeing more of this universe, not to mention the infamous Underverse, as well as more on the Furyans. I've heard that Universal will base their decision to continue with a sequel depending on the sales of the unrated director's cut. This movie, like its predecessor Pitch Black is destined to become a cult hit. I only hope the studio realizes this sooner rather than later. I would give this movie 5 stars, but I have to leave some leeway for them on the sequel (fingers crossed).
The version of The Chronicles of Riddick I purchased is not in stock at the moment and the link I provided is the exact item I received but not the Import. This is indeed a steelbook (blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) and I was lucky enough to grab the last copy in stock in December. The price I paid was significantly lower than the import that is available at the moment. This film and Pitch Black are my first steelbooks so I can't really compare them to any other steelbooks out in the market. What I can say is that there is no artwork inside the case, just the plastic that holds the two discs, one on top of the other but not touching each other of course. This steelbook looks exactly like what you see above and as my first steelbook I love it!
This film is one of my favorite sci-fi films. I originally saw this movie on TV and immediately loved it. When I saw the director's cut I was amazed that they took out those missing scenes which in my opinion are much needed and add so much more to the movie. This film is action packed and at no point does it start to bore, the action and story just keeps building. Riddick is a complex character, a gifted killer who doesn't give a second thought to "offing" anyone who gets in his way but deep down has a big heart which makes him endearing. This film is definitely my favorite of them all. I was somewhat disappointed with "Riddick" because it was very reminiscent of "Pitch Black".
The Chronicles of Riddick is a "must watch" film and one that will make you want to watch it over and over again! Vin Diesel brings the character of Riddick alive with his tough exterior and sarcastic humor. Seeing this film originally on TV (before I had HD and then on regular DVD) I can say this bluray version is awesome to the eyes!
But even when you don't compare "The Chronicles of Riddick" to "Pitch Black," the former comes out lacking. It's a ponderous, bloated expanse of special effects, with a plot that is stretched to the breaking limit. They're just hoping audiences don't notice.
After killing off some pursuing mercenaries, Riddick finds that someone has put a bounty on finding him -- it's Imam, the man he saved in "Pitch Black." When Riddick arrives on Helion Prime, Imam and the Elemental Aereon (Judi Dench) explain why: the death-worshiping Necromongers are sweeping through the galaxy, destroying whomever they don't convert.
And when the Necromongers invade Helion Prime, Riddick learns that he is a Furian -- and that it was prophesied that a Furian would kill the Necromonger Marshal (Colm Feore), the "Holy Half-Dead." He escapes the Necromongers, and has himself shipped to a brutal prison world where Jack/Kyra (Alexa Davalos) is being held captive. But even with her help, he may not be able to defeat an army of death-worshiping warriors.
Basically, "The Chronicles of Riddick" is an extension of the story in "Pitch Black," but grown much more bloated and self-important. In fact, there's a very basic, simplistic plot once you strip away the creepy visuals and CGI -- and an end that just feels like "To Be Continued."
It has to be admitted, there are some truly great creepy moments -- panoramic views of burning planets, high-octane chases, and the eerie use of half-dead corpses as communicators (although it gets silly when they start screeching "KILL THE RIDDICK!") and even kissing through them. Weird, freaky stuff.Read more ›
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I love the Riddick movies - wish he'd make more.
Oh, and I managed to pick this up for a really cheap price.
I cannot comment on the film itself, as I have never seen, but for under $5 for a steelbook bluray, I'll definitely watch it very soon.Published 6 months ago by macfinn
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