Pitch Black

Pitch Black

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Director: David N. Twohy

Cast: David N. Twohy, Radha Mitchell, Vin Diesel, Cole Hauser

     
 

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Retitled The Chronicles of Riddick: Pitch Black and released just weeks prior to the sequel's opening, the stylish sci-fi horror monster flick that introduced audiences to Vin Diesel and the character of Riddick slams its way to DVD in four different versions thanks to USA Films and Universal Home Video. Previously released in 2000, the original theatrical cutSee more details below

Overview

Retitled The Chronicles of Riddick: Pitch Black and released just weeks prior to the sequel's opening, the stylish sci-fi horror monster flick that introduced audiences to Vin Diesel and the character of Riddick slams its way to DVD in four different versions thanks to USA Films and Universal Home Video. Previously released in 2000, the original theatrical cut has been unearthed once again (it was released previously with a few of the same extras in 2000) as a promotional tool for the virtual onslaught of the series releases heaped upon audiences in the summer of 2004. The fun starts with the film itself, which is presented in an anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen picture and the choice of either 5.1 DTS Surround or 5.1 Dolby Digital tracks. Picture and sound quality are top-notch, evoking just the right balance of colors for the breathtaking panoramic scenes with sharp surround sound for the unique and effective sound effects. Extras start with a new introduction by director David Twohy; filmed in the editing suite for The Chronicles of Riddick, the intimate chat mainly focuses on the sequel and what viewers can expect from the bigger-budgeted epic. Next are the commentaries -- one with the director and stars and the other a purely technical track with the director, producer, and visual-effects supervisor. The star track with Twohy, Vin Diesel, and Cole Hauser is obviously the more engaging of the two, with the shaved-headed muscleman enthusiastically raving on about every scene to almost ludicrous levels. The technical commentary track does stand out for its detail and should be worth it for those in the field or looking to understand the process more. The five-minute making-of is next, which, besides the commentaries, is the closest thing to actually discussing the film at hand. The four-minute "A View Into the Dark" featurette comes close in delivering a little more perspective into the first movie, though it, too, is basically another lead-in to the sequel. The rest of the extras can be separated into two different sections -- commercials for movie tie-ins and new material created especially for this DVD. The promotional materials come in the form of two incredibly short (each under two minutes) ads for The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury straight-to-DVD animated prequel and The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay interactive game. The new material begins with Johns' Chase Log, featuring Cole Hauser reading excerpts from his character's log account of his capture of Riddick previous to this film. While this bit isn't needed, it's interesting, though one may find it ridiculous to have to sit through 14 entries to get to the actual capture that's summed up simply with an "I got him" line. The last extra included is the Chronicles of Riddick Visual Encyclopedia, which also features Hauser commentary over distorted film clips and production sketches. It might have a little more flair than your average stills gallery, but the fact is that nothing really takes the place of showing people the real production art and behind-the-scenes material. And for all of you who just haven't been teased enough by more shilling for the sequel, there's a few snippets of conceptual artwork in there to tide you over! There's a whole lot that's missing on this edition, namely trailers(!) and specific documentaries on the actual film (and not the sequel), so it really isn't fair to judge this as any kind of ultimate edition. Consider it more of a packaged advertisement for the world that David Twohy created and unleashed upon audiences everywhere in June 2004. If you didn't own Pitch Black before, now's as good a time as any to jump in, though others who were waiting to upgrade might want to be a little more patient for more meaty reissues down the road.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Screenwriter and director David Twohy continues his intriguing career of crafting challenging, well-mounted science fiction films via limited means with this somewhat derivative but highly enjoyable action thriller. Most of the casting in Pitch Black is by type and thus instantly forgettable, though given the story's haunted-house horror movie structure, this is probably by design. However, the film is anchored by Radha Mitchell and the strutting, grunting Vin Diesel, relative newcomers who prove their mettle on the big screen with reflective performances marked by detailed, intuitive choices. As he did with Warlock (1988), Disaster in Time (1992), and The Arrival (1996), Twohy takes what was intended to be a straight-to-video genre potboiler and transforms the project into something at least a cut above other examples of its type. Unfortunately, in all of these projects, the writer/director is at times overcome by shoestring budgets that hamstring his creative efforts to impress visually.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/01/2004
UPC:
0025192472121
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
50,440

Special Features

The Chronicles of Riddick Visual Encyclopedia: Cole Hauser hosts this exploration of Mercs, the Slam, and other unique elements of the Riddick universe; Johns' Chase Log: Follow the bounty hunter Johns (Cole Hauser) on his month-long hunt for Riddick (includes excerpts from his personal log chronicling Riddick's final days of freedom before his capture, leading into the opening scene of Pitch Black); "Dark Fury: Advancing the Arc": An inside look at the making of The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury, the visionary animated film by acclaimed animator Peter Chung (The Animatrix: Matriculated); "The Game Is On": Join the ride of Riddick's earlier life as he attempts to break out of a triple-max-security prison, and get a sneak peek at the new Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay interactive game; Full-length feature commentary with Vin Diesel, Cole Hauser, and director Dave Twohy; Full-length feature commentary with Dave Twohy and the film's producer and visual effects supervisor; "A View Into the Dark": David Twohy and Vin Diesel explore the character of Riddick

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Radha Mitchell Fry
Vin Diesel Richard B. Riddick
Cole Hauser Johns
Keith David Imam
Lewis Fitz-Gerald Paris
Claudia Black Shazza
Rhiana Griffith Jack
John Moore Zeke
Simon Burke Owens
Les Chantery Suleiman
Sam Sari Hassan
Firass Dirani Ali
Ric Anderson Total Stranger
Vic Wilson Captain
Angela Makin Dead Crew Member

Technical Credits
David N. Twohy Director,Screenwriter
Ric Anderson Stunts
Iain Anderson Animator
Martin Ash Set Decoration/Design
Anna Borghesi Costumes/Costume Designer
Brent Coert Production Manager
Michelle Comerford Stunts
Marney Commens Stunts
Mullinars Consultants Casting
Brian Cox Special Effects Supervisor
Jamie Crooks Asst. Director
Evan Davies Animator
David Eggby Cinematographer
Tom Engelman Producer
Tim Field Production Manager
Ted Field Executive Producer
Anna Foerster Cinematographer
Shannon Blake Gans Executive Producer
Caroline Garrett Animator
Ian Gracie Art Director
Nigel Harbach Stunts
Antony Hunt Executive Producer
Peter Jerimijenko Stunts
John Cox Special Effects
Sue Kelly-Tait Makeup
Nigel King Stunts
Scott Kroopf Executive Producer
Jacinta Leong Set Decoration/Design
Roger Lofting Executive Producer
Maree McDonald Makeup
Rick Mietkowski Cinematographer
Tom Myers Sound/Sound Designer
Scott Pourroy Executive Producer
Graeme Revell Score Composer
Ann Robinson Casting
Michael Rumpf Set Decoration/Design
Debbie Santic Stunts
Rick Shaine Editor
Yasca Sinigaglia Stunts
Margaret Stevenson Makeup
Graham "Grace" Walker Production Designer
Jack Wareham Camera Operator
Jim Wheat Original Story,Screenwriter
Ken Wheat Original Story,Screenwriter
Anthony Winley Executive Producer
Wilfred Woodrow Stunts
Peter Woodward Makeup

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Animal Side [2:56]
2. Crash Landing [5:30]
3. The Survivors [8:37]
4. The Dead Planet [9:36]
5. The Other Inhabitants [4:36]
6. Into the Hole [4:21]
7. Riddick's Deal [9:00]
8. The Coming Eclipse [7:46]
9. Darkness Falls [6:36]
10. Just Don't Run [4:39]
11. The Escape Plan [:42]
12. Paris's Demise [6:14]
13. Duel in the Dark [5:38]
14. Running the Gauntlet [5:38]
15. Survival Instinct [4:35]
16. Sacrifices [8:44]
17. Say Good Night [4:36]
18. End Titles [2:36]
1. Play All [:19]
2. Day: 03 [:21]
3. Day: 07 [:31]
4. Day: 13 [:28]
5. Day: 14 [:28]
6. Day: 16 [:31]
7. Day: 20 [:30]
8. Day: 25 [:25]
9. Day: 26 [:28]
10. Day: 27 [:29]
11. Day: 39 [:30]
12. Day: 40 [:24]
13. Day: 47 [:20]
14. Day: 53 [:23]
15. Day: 55 [:09]
16. Day: 56 [:29]
17. Day: 63 [:20]
18. Day: 76 [:01]
7. Orrery [:29]
8. Merc [:36]
9. Slam [:37]
10. The Chronicles of Riddick [:34]

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