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4.0 out of 5 stars Here it is, the 227th review...and a question., March 18, 2005
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This review is from: The Chronicles of Riddick (Widescreen Unrated Director's Cut) (DVD)
OK, with so many reviews, why write another one, right?

I just watched the DVD of this film (with the director's cut put back in) and as much as I enjoyed it, I have one question (actually one problem) concerning the DVD version:

With the Director's desire to put so much back into the movie, why did he take things out that were in the theatrical version?

I first saw this movie, like most people do, in the theater and I must admit I enjoyed it very, very much. I enjoyed it so much in fact, that I remember aspects and scenes from it even now. Sad indeed when I realized that some of these scenes were not on this DVD.

For example: there was a scene just after the mercs go deep underground on Crematorium (am I spelling that right?). They witness for the first time (as do we) what happens in the main office of the slam everytime the sun rises and outside temperature quickly rises to 700°. Everything in the office rattles and the thermometer gauge rises higher and higher. (You can still see a bit of this scene in the Special Effects featurette ...along with a terrific scene of the super heated atmosphere exploding around the gate that Riddick, Kyra and company later escape through on their run to the hanger)

Remembering that scene makes me wonder what else was deleted from the film that I so much enjoyed in the theater AND therefore compells me to ask the question: would it have been so terrible to leave in everything that was in the original theatrical version while adding the additional 15 minutes to this DVD version?

To this question I suspect that there won't be an answer forthcoming (except maybe, the standard, "creative license" one) Oh well.

All in all I am still pleased with the film; the stuff the director put back in should be considered icing on the cake (the additional scenes of the woman (apparition?) from Furya were a very nice touch)...

Thanks for listening to another critique....
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