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The Chronicles of Riddick (Widescreen Unrated Director's Cut)
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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, The Chronicles of Riddick is "a roller coaster ride that leaves you kicking and screaming for more!" (Hollywood Hotwire)
The unrated director's cut of The Chronicles of Riddick adds about 15 minutes of action, sex, and even exposition. There's a new introduction for Kyra, three scenes of a character (Shira, played by Kristin Lehman) who was removed entirely from the theatrical cut, a couple of more sexual scenes (but no nudity), more interplay between Riddick and the Lord Marshal and between Vaako and Lady Vaako, and a more striking ending. Director David Twohy apologizes for some jumps in the picture where the new footage was added, but it's not that noticeable. His commentary track with Alexa Davalos (Kyra) and Karl Urban (Vaako) discuss the new footage (some cuts were made to avoid an R rating) as well as the shooting conditions and how they lured Judi Dench to the movie. Interestingly, they discuss Pitch Black but not the animated bridge between the two films, Dark Fury. Among the other features, the visual encyclopedia and chase log echo features in the second DVD release of Pitch Black, and there are also a pop-up trivia track, some deleted scenes that are actually worth watching, a mildly diverting 360-degree view of eight locations, the first level of the Xbox stealth-shooter tie-in game, and other material that helps explain this convoluted world. You get all of this on a single disc, so no DTS track. --David Horiuchi
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The money they spent on the film is apparent right at the start as a planet is invaded by the Necromongers with a huge force of ships and men.
It turns out Riddick is the one race of beings that can resist the Necromongers and hence you have the conflict in the story. The problem is in the middle of this giant confrontation they threw in a second story about Riddick being hunted by bounty hunters that didn’t seem necessary at all.
Overall you have plenty of special effects and action. It’s pretty amazing what they did with the original Riddick story taking it in a completely different direction.
I owned the DVD version of the film and I wanted the director’s cut on BluRay. There are some slight variations in the movies but the presentation was still entertaining and fun to watch.
Vin Diesel does a good job in this film playing the role of the super bad convict from the planet Furyan. The film features him as the villain and the hero and as the only chance to save the human race.
There is a lot of action in this film, as you would suspect, and that made it entertaining for me. I enjoyed the Sci-Fi part of the film and the look into the spacecraft and weapons used by the warriors and other fighters. For me it was a good film and I enjoyed it. I would say though that I liked the movie Pitch Black better.
I am glad I added it into my video collection.
Could have been a three due to the campy Vin Diesel narrations at times but I can't give a 3.5 starts so I am giving it 4 stars. If you line Vin Diesel, you will lean towards a 4 start too.
Also, somehow, the movie is composed almost entirely of excellent one-liners. Must be Vin Diesel's excellent, yet under-appreciated, acting. "It's a tea cup, actually." He makes the statement "29.4 kilometers" sinister and hilarious at the same time. Truly amazing. The action really does distract away from his acting, so Mr. Diesel, there are those of us that do appreciate both your ability in your stunts, who enjoy your material, who do also appreciate that it does distract, but without the excellent acting, the stunts are just stunts.
The entire movie, however, is moving poetry. Thandie Newton nearly steals the show from him. The Purifier is mysterious and sad and one of the best death scenes ever. I have been a fan of Karl Urban since his Xena (Eros/Caesar) days (hope he plays Erak in the rumored production of The Ranger's Apprentice), his character is so powerful and so pious, yet so mixed up and impotent. The set design is truly other wordly and the first time I saw the Lord Marshall and he removed his face covering I nearly fainted! So creepy! This is one of the best done movies ever. Congrats to David Twohy and thanks for making this movie. Anyone who likes sci fi should watch this!
Riddick is approached by Aereon (Judi Dench), leader of Helion's "elementals," who pleads with him to aid them in their fight against the Necromongers
Hoping to learn of his past as a member of the Furion race, Riddick agrees. Along the way he is briefly reunited with Jack Badd (Alexa Davalos), the runaway he saved in Pitch Black who now goes by the name Kyra.
Hungry for power, Dame Vaako (Thandie Newton) plots to use Riddick to help eliminate the Lord Marshal and thereby elevate her consort Commander Vaako (Karl Urban) as the new leader of the Necromongers.
I have loved the Riddick movies since Pitch Black.
Vin Diesel does a terrific job in his portrayal of the character and is supported by an excellent cast including Judi Dench, Karl Urban and Colm Feore.
The special effects are outstanding as is the stunts and choreography of the fight scenes.
The only issue I had was with the DVD itself. When playing in my Panasonic DVD player, it will only play with the audio commentary on (rather annoying). This occurred in both Convert and Fight option. I found no way to turn this off. The only way I could watch the movie without commentary was playing it on my XBox 360.
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This one takes place 5 years on from "Pitch Black". I won't reveal the plot in case you haven't seen it, but this is a fast-paced and highly stylish follow-up. Clearly this film has a much bigger budget than the first (about $120 million vs about $25 million) and it shows as a proper Hollywood sci fi adventure. Also, it got a 15 certificate, (so important to Hollywood studios) and that shows, compared to PB.
Diesel is perfect as the anti-hero good-guy, Richard B Riddick, descendant of a thought to be extinct warrior race, taking on bounty hunters and a dark religious force, enslaving planets.
Is it better than the original? Well, personally, I thought it was about as enjoyable, for slightly different reasons. Diesel seems more confident in the role here than in the first and the set pieces give him a chance to show off his (character's) fighting talents far more. The action, moving from Planet UV, to New Mecca, Crematoria and Helion Prime, also gives the film more scale than the original. I didn't think the CGI was overdone either.
Riddick's character is far less ambiguous than in the first film and I don't think "chronicles" quite has the menace or sense of danger of the original, nor, the originality, having already introduced the character in the earlier movie, but overall, I really enjoyed it.
The dvd itself contains the movie + a bunch of extras including; an interactive tour of the sets by Diesel, riddick insider facts on demand (scene specific background facts and trivia are displayed in real time as you watch the movie) and toombs case log, following the chase for riddick up to the start of the film.
When I found out that there was going to be a sequel to Pitch Black , I couldn't be happier. Even better , both Vin Diesel and director David Twohy were back in the saddle , so how could it possibly go wrong ?
For me , absolutely nothing ! It was excellent ! A thoroughly enjoyable popcorn sci-fi/action movie , but then I read the scathing reviews on how bad it was (mainly because there were no monsters to stab at) but I truly disagree as this just opened up the whole Riddick universe and makes the trilogy far more interesting than just a "Hack & Slash" series of movies.
Don't get me wrong , I'll take toothy monsters over an invading army any day , but I'm glad they didn't just rehash the same story as Pitch Black by using any excuse for Riddick to see in the dark , which was barely touched on in this film and the only thing that bothered me about this was the PG:13 rating it got compared to the R-rated Pitch Black , so you knew it was going to be a softer affair.
Even though the third instalment isn't a complete rip off of the first one , there is a lot of elements from it that doesn't quite make that film original... Still , very enjoyable enough for me to buy it , although I did hope that bounty hunter ,Toombs (played by Nick Chinlund) would have returned or had some kind of spin off movie of his own as I found him quite an enjoyable character... As slimy as he was.
Visually this Blu-ray is superb , flawless , excellent , absolutely top notch and couldn't be happier with the picture quality.
The same can be said for the 5.1 DTS master audio which really does test your AV receiver to the absolute max.
As for the extras , like Pitch Black there's nothing really to shout about from what you got on DVD.
There is a picture-in-picture behind the scenes feature that you now get along with a couple of other additions (U-Control for e.g.) but for £7 this is excellent value and very worthy of an upgrade.
I would recommend this film.
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I am a fan of this film despite its faults. Some of the casting is strange (Judy Dench essentially wasted and pointless) but the story is interesting and epic in scale, and Vin Diesel is good as Riddick in a role that suits his muscular growly performance down to the ground.
As a good couple of hours entertainment then this film passes muster for me.
Then the story unfolds as worlds are being taken over and turning people into one race, so he has to stop that.
Action is not short here. So take a seat and get out the popcorn!
Overall, as a lover of Riddick (the character), it's better to have his chronicles in Blu Ray format, and hence this one is recommended.
Pitch Black was more about suspense and drama, less about action (or even the monsters' threat). Chronicles of Riddick beefs up the story (in it's own context) and ramps up the action. I liked it. But then I also preferred Aliens to the original Alien.