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Chronicles of Riddick: Pitch Black (Widescreen) (Director's Cut) (Unrated)

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  • Actors: Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, Vin Diesel, Keith David, Lewis Fitz-Gerald
  • Directors: David Twohy
  • Writers: David Twohy, Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat
  • Producers: Scott Kroopf, Ted Field, Tom Engelman, Tony Winley
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: March 11 2008
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 391 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0001O3YD0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,707 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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When their ship crash-lands on a remote planet, the marooned passengers soon learn that escaped convict Riddick (Vin Diesel) isn't the only thing they have to fear. Deadly creatures lurk in the shadows, waiting to attack in the dark, and the planet is rapidly plunging into the utter blackness of a total eclipse. With the body count rising, the doomed survivors are forced to turn to Riddick with his eerie eyes to guide them through the darkness to safety. With time running out, there's only one rule: Stay in the light. Pitch Black is the original sci-fi hit that introduced the world to the character of Riddick, the ultimate anti-hero. Take a ride on the pulse-pounding adrenaline rush that USA Today calls "the best excuse to root for the bad guy since Arnold in the original Terminator."

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Format: Blu-ray
Pitch Black was premium-grade science-fiction/horror. It gathered up all the creative detritus left behind by the Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Star Trek, and E.C. Comics like Weird Science, retro-fitted them for use in a CGI-equipped modern-day monster movie, and hit the ignition. It didn't explode. Or it did, but in a good way.

A space-ship full of cosmic pilgrims crash-lands on a thoroughly alien world. They find themselves in a scorched wasteland, a desert graveyard holding the bones of hill-sized behemoths. It seems bad, and the presence of a convict named Riddick makes things seem even worse. When they learn that subterranean tunnels house myriads upon myriads of nocturnal exo-monstrosities, like terrifying hybrids of the Hammerhead shark, Komodo dragon, Bengal tiger, and the alien from `Alien', they're relieved that these terrifying things can't handle sunlight... starlight... whatever. When they learn that the hourglass is about to be flipped, and the planet's eccentric orbit and axial rotation will result in something too `lastingly dark' to call `night', well... it's a bit scary. Riddick ends up being the pitch-black anti-hero his badge-wearing escort isn't, and Radha Mitchell finds classic 1961-style redemption for her selfish past.

Director David Twohy earned his stellar reputation among SF and horror fans with `Pitch Black', and deservedly so. Then he destroyed his stellar reputation among SF and horror fans with `Chronicles of Riddick', and deservedly so.
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Format: Blu-ray
You do not want to know too much about this movie ahead of time as the few places that are not predictable is all that it has. Here is all the standards, space rocks break ship, crashing decisions, survival of the ditziest. Throw in a few bugs-bats, other obscure toothy critters, and stick your head in a hole. To make this movie unique and give it a name you throw in "Pitch Black" darkness caused by (watch the movie and find out.).

Not to sound snide, you can tell that a lot of time and money went into the project. They had to pick exotic Australian locations for the planet scene (thank goodness it was not Mars again). Those Vin Diesel eyes were experimental designed metal contacts. The orrery was a cute touch mixed with the otherwise hi-tech atmosphere. There is lots of action and even the obligatory waiting to be surprised did not drag out.

If this is a shoot-um-up movie and an "and then there were none" movie, it is done well. If it was supposed to be a sci-fi movie, which should have a moral to it, then it was lost in the shoot-um-up scenes.
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Format: DVD
Watching "Pitch Black" for the first time was like trying a new ice cream flavor; you're not sure until the second or third bite what you really think. The original film got zero publicity and a limited release but served to introduce Vin Diesel to an audience in his first true starring role.
A passenger spacecraft ends up crashing on a desolate planet. The only survivor from the crew co-pilot Carylon Fry (Radha Mitchell) takes command and directs her surviving passengers (including Claudia Black from "Farscape") to find food and water. While there appears to be no indigeous life forms, a human survey team did briefly occupy the planet. Curiously, there's no indication as to where they went or why they left much of their material behind.
Also on the flight is a what appears to be an interstellar police officer (Cole Hauser) escorting a convicted criminal by the name of Riddick (Diesel). Riddick has the unique ability to see better in the dark than the light. While he's no hero, he does make suggestions to the survivors to help their chances for survival. Unfortunately, they're soon to discover that some life form forced the survey team to consider leaving once night arrives.
A suspenseful "B" movie premise that works primarily due to Twohy's sharp, taunt direction and crisp dialogue, "Pitch Black" immediately graps your attention with its inventive visuals and intense performances from the superb Mitchell, Deisel, Hauser and Black. Actally, the entire cast gives strong performances throughout the film and Twohy throws in plenty of unexpected twists and turns to keep the audience on the edge of its seat.
This "new" unrated director's edition was available previously on DVD a couple of years ago.
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Format: DVD
Universal continues the ever increasing trend of re-releasing a DVD, with extended, re-mixed, or enhanced scenes. Once again, those of us who have the original release on DVD are again plagued by the money-hungry studios that continue to release DVD editions with material "previously unreleased." We've seen this all before. The 2-Disc edition of "SAVING PRIVATE RYAN" (they obviously had all the material for the 90 minute behind the scenes feature for the first release...why wasn't this included?), the 2-Disc edition of "UNDERWORLD", and even the new 3-Disc Edition of the first "SPIDER-MAN".
The reason these editions were not released in the first place? Because the studios want to wring more money out of consumers. Never do we see an offer to trade in previous editions to upgrade. At least THE LORD OF THE RINGS offered you the chance to either buy the regular edition of the deluxe expanded edition at the same time.
That having been said, I was once again foolish enough to plop down $20 bucks for a DVD I already own, enticed by the new features. Granted, this is a great movie, and I would give the movie 5 stars. But this DVD gets 1 star, in that it is nothing more than a shameless plug for the upcoming "Chronicles of Riddick." The new introduction by the director talks not about PITCH BLACK, but about RIDDICK. Another extra deals with the making of the PC game for RIDDICK. They have even renamed the DVD as "The Chronicles of Riddick: Pitch Black". Nothing in the special features has anything new on it for "Pitch Black." It still has the same, lousy, EXTREMELY SHORT and uninformative "Making Of..." featurette. All other features deal with "RIDDICK".
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