Chronicles of Riddick

Directed By: David Twohy Starring: Vin Diesel Judi Dench

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Product Overview

An escaped convict with the ability to see in the dark finds himself in the middle of a conflict between two galactic powers.

Specifications

Studio Universal
SKU 40251071
UPC 025192632426
UPC 14 00025192632426
Format DVD
Release Date 2/14/2006
Rating NR
Keywords
Action
Adventure
Sci-Fi/Horror/Fantasy
Science Fiction
Science-Fiction
Sequel
Theatrical Release
Thriller
War Between The Worlds
Editors Note
Note The sequel to cult sci-fi hit PITCH BLACK sees Vin Diesel enthusiastically returning to his role as Richard B. Riddick. Director-writer David Twohy is on board again, building on themes established in the first movie, and expanding his vision with some incredible special effects work. Twohy opens the movie with Riddick on the run from a group of bounty hunters. He escapes them with ease, then seeks information from an old friend named Inam (Keith David). Inam informs Riddick that he has been singled out by an Air Elemental, Aereon (Judi Dench), as the one man who can stop the evil Necromongers from taking over the Universe. Suddenly, the Necromongers arrive on the planet, causing mayhem and destruction. They capture Riddick. He soon escapes, only to fall into the hands of the bounty hunters he so deftly eluded at the start of the movie. They take Riddick to a rogue prison planet where he is met by scorching heat, an underground penitentiary, and his female companion from PITCH BLACK, Jack (who is now called Kyra, and played by a different actress, Alexa Davalos). They plan their escape from the planet, and vow to bring down the Necromongers. Things don't go according to plan however, leading to a suspense-filled climax to the film, and an eyebrow-raising ending that suggests Twohy may have plans for further installments in the story.
Reviews
Widescreen Review "A fantastic mix of visual effects and live action shots." 07/01/2006 p.65
Directors
David Twohy
Actors
Vin Diesel
Judi Dench
Cast & Crew
Alexa Davalos - Actor
Colm Feore - Actor
David Twohy - Screenplay
David Twohy - Director
Graeme Revell - Original Music By
Hugh Johnson - Cinematographer
Judi Dench - Actor
Karl Urban - Actor
Keith David - Actor
Linus Roache - Actor
Scott Kroopf - Producer
Thandie Newton - Actor
Tracy Adams, et al. - Editor
Vin Diesel - Actor
Vin Diesel - Producer
Holger Gross - Production Designer
Jim Wheat - Based On Characters Created By
Ken Wheat - Based On Characters Created By
Kevin Ishioka, et. al. - Art Director
Martin Hunter, et. al. - Editor
Ted Field - Executive Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 26324
UPC 00025192632426
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 127 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Reviews
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review With a title like The Chronicles of Riddick, one can assume that David Twohy's movie comes wi
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ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Austin Chronicle
Review The pleasure of The Chronicles of Riddick comes mostly from the fascinating and outlandishly
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Reviewer Marc Savlov
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Riddick, played by Vin Diesel, is a character we first encountered in "Pitch Black," the 2000 film by the same director, David Twohy. Although a few other characters repeat from that film, notably Abu "Imam" al-Walid (Keith David), there's no real connection between them, apart from Riddick's knack of finding himself on absurdly inhospitable planets. Here he fights for life on Crematoria, a planet whose blazing sun rockets over the horizon every 15 minutes or so and bakes everything beneath it. That you can shield yourself from it behind rocks is helpful, although it begs the question of why, since the atmosphere is breathable, the air is not super-heated..."The Chronicles of Riddick" is above all an exercise in computer-generated effects, and indeed the project represents the direction action movies are taking, as its human actors (or their digital clones) are inserted into manifestly artificial scenes that look like frames from the darkest of superhero comic books. The jolly reds, yellows and blues of the classic Superman and Spider-Man have been replaced in these grim days with black and gunmetal gray...Vin Diesel was born to play a character like Riddick, and he growls and scowls impressively. I like Diesel as an actor and trust he was born to play other, better, characters, in movies that make sense. None of the other actors do anything we couldn't do if we looked like them.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review With a title like The Chronicles of Riddick, one can assume that David Twohy's movie comes with lofty aspirations. Indeed, there are hints of a complex, involving story here. Unfortunately, too many of the nuances are drowned out by incessant, repetitive action, pointless running around, and computer graphics overindulgence. So, although The Chronicles of Riddick offers its share of solidly entertaining moments, it doesn't hold together as a single, coherent motion picture experience...The Chronicles of Riddick boasts a striking look. The cinematographer is different (Hugh Johnson), but he follows the approach of Pitch Black by employing various color filters to indicate mood swings and lighting changes from planet to planet...The Chronicles of Riddick proves how valuable a commodity Vin Diesel can be when he is used properly. Recently, with duds like A Man Apart, Diesel has been losing both popularity and credibility as an action star. But, once again playing Riddick, he has returned to top form - the charismatic anti-hero who can growl one-liners (most of which are expectedly cheesy), snap bad guys in two, out-grunt his opponents, and accidentally save a civilization or two. Diesel understands this character, and, despite the lapse of four years, he hasn't missed a beat.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Unrated, Director's Cut
Product Attributes
Actor Diesel,Vin
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Devin Gordon, Newsweek Twohy knows how to shoot tense, bare-knuckle action, and his towering, gunmetal gray world is a fun sandbox to play in for two hours.
Chicago Reader ...spectacular costumes (by Ellen Mirojnick and Michael Dennison) and production design (by Holger Gross).
Hollywood Hotwire ...a roller coaster ride that leaves you kicking and screaming for more!
Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle ...fascinating and outlandishly detailed production design, which sprawls across the screen in nearly every shot...
Widescreen Review A fantastic mix of visual effects and live action shots.
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