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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, 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
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
WS Unrated Director's Cut, DVD
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] 
An interstellar cargo/passenger ship is damaged by some meteors and is forced to crash land on a barren desert-like planet that has two suns which means there is now nightfall. Our survivors come to find that some vicious predatory creatures live in strange caves in the darkness. Eventually the survivors find an abandoned scientific camp and realize too late that full eclipse is about to happen allowing the predatory creatures to come out and hunt.
Rented this way back when and thoroughly enjoyed the movie. This movie was an early role for Vin Diesel and he steals the show and cemented him as an action hero.
This 4K UHD restoration is well worth the cost if you have a UHD capable system
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 Video knocks it outta the park yet again with another great release to add to their growing library of cult classics, and this time around it’s in the 4K UHD format. I own a lot of titles from Arrow Video’s catalog but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of their releases have this many extra features included, and that’s saying something, especially for a non limited edition release. It’s so much that the extra features have extra features, so you get a lot of content for your money, especially if you catch it at a cheap price like I did at $19.99. If you’re a fan of this film or sci-fi films in general, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this awesome 4K edition!
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
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