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When their ship crash-lands on a remote planet, the marooned passengers soon learn that escaped convict Riddick (Vin Diesel) isn't the only thing they have to fear. Deadly creatures lurk in the shadows, waiting to attack in the dark, and the planet is rapidly plunging into the utter blackness of a total eclipse. With the body count rising, the doomed survivors are forced to turn to Riddick with his eerie eyes to guide them through the darkness to safety. With time running out there is only one rule: Stay in the light.

Pitch Black is the original sci-fi hit that introduced the world to the character of Riddick, the ultimate anti-hero. Take a ride on the pulse-pounding adrenaline rush that USA Today calls "The best excuse to root for the bad guy since Arnold in the original Terminator."


Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 207938724
UPC 025195043052
UPC 14 00025195043052
Format DVD
Release Date 6/3/2008
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Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
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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
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Andrew O'Hehir, Packed with razzle-dazzle special effects and fueled with aggressive, hyperactive cinematography and a pulse-pounding narrative...
Gemma Files, Ferociously inventive.
Shawn Levy, Portland Oregonian ...tart dialogue...compelling lead performances...vivid violence...stunning cinematography...complete and satisfying...
The New York Times Nightmarish! Pitch Black taps into our lurking primal terrors.
TNT Roughcut The scariest sci-fi thriller in years!

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