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Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury
     

The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury

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Director: Peter Chung

Cast: Vin Diesel, Keith David, Rhiana Griffith

 
Released in the wake of both the extended cut DVD for Pitch Black and the theatrical opening of The Chronicles of Riddick, The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury is an animated short that links together the story in the two live-action films. Created by Peter Chung, one of the contributors to The Animatrix and the man behind the cult MTV

Overview

Released in the wake of both the extended cut DVD for Pitch Black and the theatrical opening of The Chronicles of Riddick, The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury is an animated short that links together the story in the two live-action films. Created by Peter Chung, one of the contributors to The Animatrix and the man behind the cult MTV series Aeon Flux, the film features the voice of Vin Diesel in the role he originated on the big-screen. The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury comes to DVD in widescreen on this release from Universal. The original English soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, as is a track dubbed in Spanish. There are also Spanish and French subtitles available. Along with the feature presentation, the disc includes three featurettes that take viewers behind the scenes for extra insight into the production process and Chung's imagination.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Hot on the heels of the straight-to-DVD Van Helsing: The London Assignment animated prequel comes The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury, yet another made-for-home-entertainment package deal that actually turns out to be better than its big-screen successor. What's key here is that Aeon Flux creator Peter Chung is on board, and the result is a visual marvel that excels at dynamic character animation and a keen sense of style that keeps the brisk 35-minute running time quick and thoroughly enjoyable. The whole "bridging the gap" between Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick idea might be a little misleading. The entire plot comes exactly after the first movie and ends four years before the bloated sequel, so there's a lot of stuff that's still missing in there, which could be Dark Fury's biggest downfall, only because it just narrowly covers the big change in one of the characters that features so prominently later on. Still, this is the kind of story in which the Riddick character shines. He deals some major pain in zero gravity and takes on weird electric squid creatures without breakin' a sweat. The villain is pretty engaging too, with a backstory that makes it clear why she would be interested in the flick's main bald hero (something that came virtually out of nowhere in the sequel). Quality voice acting also boosts the level of the feature, though it's evident that the original Jack (Rhiana Griffith) can still be grating to listen to -- funny how she didn't return for the sequel! With his Animatrix: Matriculated short and Paramount Picture's live-action adaptation of Aeon Flux with Charlize Theron, Peter Chung is staking his ground in Hollywood, and Dark Fury is just the latest stop for this talented storyteller.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/2004
UPC:
0025192468421
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
0:35:00
Sales rank:
43,732

Special Features

Closed Caption; From Pitch Black to The Chronicles of Riddick: Bridging the Gap - An exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette exploring the creative inspiration for The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury; Peter Chung - The Mind of an Animator: A revealing interview with acclaimed animator Peter Chung on bringing the world of Riddick to animation; Into the Light: A glimpse into The Chronicles of Riddick; Animatic to Animation: Moving storyboards reveal how The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury was taken from concept to final animation

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