Pitch Black (Unrated Director's Cut)

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Product Overview

Marooned space-travelers struggle for survival on seemingly lifeless sun-scorched world. But when a titanic eclipse throws the planet into darkness, the world erupts with nocturnal life-and now the real battle begins.


Studio Universal
SKU 40239658
UPC 025192472220
UPC 14 00025192472220
Format DVD
Release Date 8/23/2005
Rating UR
Outer Space
Space Travel
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note A spacecraft carrying an assortment of passengers including Riddick (Vin Diesel), a dangerous, shackled murderer between prisons, is forced to make a crash landing on a barren, triple-sunned planet after the craft suffers severe damage during a meteor shower. The ship is ripped into pieces, killing several crew members and leaving meek officer Fry (Radha Mitchell) in charge of the survivors. After two unfortunate deaths, the survivors discover that the only visible life form on the planet is a species of light-fearing, carnivorous, occasionally cannibalistic aliens dwelling in caverns beneath the desert surface. Using a model of the planet and its suns in an abandoned research station, Fry deduces that she and her fellow travellers have unfortunately descended on the planet on the day of its first total eclipse in 22 years, giving them mere hours before they are bathed in total darkness. Only then is it safe for the hungry subterranean creatures to emerge, seeking to feed on the remaining survivors. However, the dangerous Riddick, through black market injections received in lock-up, is able to see in darkness- causing the surviving crew members to reluctantly remain dependent on the potentially harmful criminal. As the survivors are killed one by one by the hungry creatures, they realize that Riddick may be their only hope.
Plot Summary
Summary A dark, atmospheric sci-fi thriller with a sharp sense of humor. When a spacecraft crashes on a mysterious planet, the remaining survivors turn to Riddick (Diesel), a convicted murderer, to help them survive. It appears that the only life form on the planet is a dangerous species of flesh-eating alien that emerges from underground when darkness appears. Before long, the abandoned passengers realize that a rare eclipse is about to immerse the planet in darkness, declaring open season on each and every one of them.
Movieline's Hollywood Life "...Deisel has so much presence that you don't look away when he's on-screen." 03/??/2000 pp.36-7
Entertainment Weekly "...Weirdly cool....Coolly weird..." -- Rating: B 03/10/2000 p.51
Total Film "...Superior stuff....A craftily crafted and stylishly shot outer-spacer..." -- 4 out of 5 stars 08/01/2000 p.84
New York Times "...The movie shrewdly taps into the lurking primal terrors of anyone who ever had to sleep with a night light..." 02/18/2000 p.E12
Box Office "...Vin Diesel's demeanor is refreshing and the combination of his voice and physical build make his character memorable....Not since the coming of the Terminator has there been an anti-hero so worth cheering..." 03/01/2000 p.52
Los Angeles Times "...[Twohy] brings maximum razzle-dazzle and energy to the film....[Vin Diesel] has an intelligence and authority to match his imposing physical presence..." 02/18/2000 p.F18
Uncut "Diesel, with his wrestler's muscles and basso profundo voice, makes a superb bad guy..." 08/01/2000 p.115
David Twohy
Radha Mitchell
Vin Diesel
Cole Hauser
Cast & Crew
Claudia Black - Actor
Cole Hauser - Actor
David Eggby - Director of Photography
David N. Twohy - Director
Graeme Revell - Musical Score
Jim Wheat, et al. - Story By
Keith David - Actor
Ken Wheat, et al. - Screenplay
Lewis Fitz-Patrick - Actor
Radha Mitchell - Actor
Rhiana Griffith - Actor
Tom Engelman, et al. - Producer
Vin Diesel - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2000
Catalog ID 24722
UPC 00025192472220
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 112 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
ReviewSource Salon.com
Review Packed with razzle-dazzle special effects and fueled with aggressive, hyperactive cinematography and
Reviewer Andrew O'Hehir
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Variety
Review Basically plotless, "Pitch Black," the new Aussie-lensed sci-fi thriller, is a bargain-basement "Aliens." Mildly scary but not particularly engaging on any other level, David Twohy's derivative tale concerns a pilot (played by the beautiful Radha Mitchell in a Sigourney Weaver-like role) who crash-lands her spacecraft on a distant, hot planet inhabited by mysterious creatures...Twohy, who helmed "The Arrival" and "Disaster in Time," spins a tale that recalls B-grade '50s sci-fi, rather than state-of-the-art genre items, in its one-dimensional characterizations and mostly indifferent f/x...The only element that delivers in this disappointing feature is Graeme Revell's striking score...Brothers Jim and Ken Wheat, who have scripted a number of cheesy sequels for the big and small screen ("The Fly II," "A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master" and "The Birds II: Land's End"), are unable to sustain tension. Worse, a number of the characters are simply not interesting enough to generate viewer sympathy or concern over their survival...Tech credits for what seems to be a small-budget sci-fi are average, with production design by reliable pro Graham "Grace" Walker a notch or two above the rest. Ferocious attacks by the planet's monstrous creatures manage only partially to alleviate the tedium that defines the movie.
Reviewer Emanuel Levy
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Pitch Black can be viewed as a slick, stylish version of the kind of outer space creature feature that is typified best by the Alien movies. At its best (which is quite often), Pitch Black is an entertaining effort. On the down side, there are times when various largely anonymous characters wander around in the dark and do incredibly stupid things while being stalked by vicious alien creatures. As they get picked off one-by-one, the only question is who's going to be next...The acting is solid, if largely unremarkable. Most of the principals have fallen effortlessly into the stereotyped roles of quirky characters who are basically waiting to be the aliens' next meal...Pitch Black has a stylish look. The outdoor sequences, which are nearly monochromatic to emphasize the color-leeching power of the multiple suns, are effectively photographed. After the eclipse occurs, there are some genuinely creepy sequences featuring packs of aliens honing in on the protagonists, who are only able to keep them at bay by waving around lights. For the most part, the special effects are first-rate - I was impressed by the scene of a ringed planet sliding across the sky on its way to block out the sun. These strong visuals complement a workmanlike script, resulting in a consistently engaging science fiction/horror excursion.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Unrated, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish
Product Attributes
Actor Diesel,Vin
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
The New York Times Nightmarish! Pitch Black taps into our lurking primal terrors.
TNT Roughcut The scariest sci-fi thriller in years!
Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com Packed with razzle-dazzle special effects and fueled with aggressive, hyperactive cinematography and a pulse-pounding narrative...
Gemma Files, Film.com Ferociously inventive.
Shawn Levy, Portland Oregonian ...tart dialogue...compelling lead performances...vivid violence...stunning cinematography...complete and satisfying...

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