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, this Unrated Director's 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.
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
David N. Twohy
David N. Twohy
Vin DieselRichard B. Riddick
Angela MakinDead Crew Member
Jim WheatScreen Story
Ken WheatScreen Story
Graeme RevellComposer (Music Score)
Graham "Grace" WalkerProduction Designer
Ian GracieArt Director
Anthony WinleyExecutive Producer
Scott KroopfExecutive Producer
Scott PourroyExecutive Producer
Ted FieldExecutive Producer
Jacinta LeongSet Designer
Michael RumpfSet Designer
Anna BorghesiCostume Designer
Tom MyersSound/Sound Designer
John CoxSpecial Effects
Jack WarehamCamera Operator
Adam WilliamsBest Boy Electric
Beau BordersAssistant Sound Editor
Beverly DunnProperties Master
Brian CoxSpecial Effects Supervisor
Chris AndersonStunts Coordinator
Chris RobsonProduction Accountant
Emily EdwardsProduction Assistant
Freddy LuisCasting Assistant
James LeBrechtSound Effects Editor
Lora HirschbergRe-Recording Mixer
Matthew FrancisProduction Assistant
Meredith MiltonProduction Assistant
Michael SemanickRe-Recording Mixer
Michelle RussellProduction Coordinator
Patrick TatopoulosCreature Design
Sean Allen BarnesStill Photographer
Creature Film,Sci-Fi Horror
Year of Release
DVD, WS Unrated Director's Cut
Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel, Digital Theater Systems (akin to 5.1)
Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV
The Chronicles of Riddick: Pitch Black [WS Unrated Director's Cut] [DVD] 
David Twohy's first chapter of the Riddick series arrives on 4K courtesy of Arrow Video.
A small but fantastic Sc-Fi film.
Arrow's release is somewhat disappointing, yes you get a brand new 4K master of the film on an UHD, the legacy features + The following NEW special features:
Nightfall: The Making of Pitch Black
Black Box: Jackie's Journey
Black Box: Shazza's Last Stand
Black Box: Bleach Bypassed
Black Box: Cryo-Locked
Black Box: Primal Sounds
What you don't get:
A Blu-ray disc. (Only an UHD disc is included)
I would still recommend this product, and Best Buy had the lowest price in town!!
Arrow's first 4k didn't disappoint. The video is in Dolby Vision and this is the best Pitch Black has ever looked including it's theatrical run 20 yrs ago. This disc has both the rated and unrated editions in 4k. The Audio is only DTS 5.1 Master Audio. A DTS:X mix with been nice, but it does decode nicely to X with a receiver.
The real gem in this collection is the new special features and archival special features. This is Criterion level special features. Included is the anime movie which bridges Pitch Black and Chronicles of Riddick
I'm a 4k collector and a bit of a SNOB. This was Arrows first 4k releasing and they did amazing! It is a big big big upgrade from its previously released blu ray. Some 4k movies have a small difference from blu ray to 4k and it may not be worth the upgrade. But that is not the case here. The audio mix is the same as blu ray. Wish they would have upgraded that as well. With that said the audio was the forte of its blu ray release. So the audio mix still shakes your system just not that true surround 4k new sound like others are formatting
Where to begin? One thing I will mention AWESOME JOB to bring this movie to 4k HDR!!! This is where the infamous Riddick all started. Overall movie has an interesting plot. Vin Diesel plays an amazing role as a convict with these eyes that let him see things in the dark no one else can see. I recommend anyone who has not seen this to watch it. For those who already have, watch it again in AMAZING 4K HDR it looks so much better. STEELBOOK EDITION BEST BUY!!
first off lets get this out of the way!
to me this IS vin disels best performance of all time! his acting is great. the movie on 4k is dark and gorgeous as its meant to be. i havent seen this movie in years and man the gore on this is nuts.the story is plain and simple, a transportation ship gets destroyed and stranded on an abandoned planet and they have to find refuge or escape before the suns go down. on the night there are dark creatures that feast on the flesh and use sonar as a way to get around
if that doesn't sound interesting to you then i don't know what will.
this movie HAS to be seen on 4k
It's not until repeat viewings that I really came to appreciate this remarkable film. Such a well made and involving piece of cinema for what was suppose to be a low budget B-movie. The Terrain, the unique cinematography makes this film a standout watch.
The 4K transfer is noticeably sharper and the colors are more natural and tight. The audio is even better. I swear it's even louder than the 1080. The low end and the dialogue are all more obvious. Replace your 1080 with this 4K transfer. You won't be disappointed
When I saw this movie years ago I absolutely loved it. There was a little bit of everything. But the main thing I liked is that it had horror movie vibes, but wasn't over the top (compared to the jump scare filled gore feats that are everywhere now). The creepiest part of the movie was the audio. When the light would disappear and the movement and alien noises began was a little freaky, but also exciting. Only a few characters really feel fleshed out, but the obvious draw to this movie is Riddick. It's his movie and everyone else is along for the ride. The 4k transfer looks great and it appears to be a lot more crisp. I would definitely recommend this movie.
Picture quality on this disc is top tier. Every 4K media fan should buy this, and definitely every Riddick fan. This disc is LOADED with special features in fact half of the back cover of the case lists all the special features. Included in the case is a very nice booklet with reviews, director introduction, and character information from the film. My only gripe is the lack of a dolby atmos audio track that would've served this movie well with alien creatures flying around. Definitely buy this and hopefully we get the other two Riddick films on 4K.