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Product Overview

A group of marooned space travelers struggle for survival on a seemingly lifeless sun-scorched world.

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Studio Universal
SKU 40239649
UPC 025192472121
UPC 14 00025192472121
Format DVD
Release Date 8/23/2005
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Actors
Name Diesel,Vin
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Directors
Name David Twohy
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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
Reviews
ReviewSource Salon.com
Review Packed with razzle-dazzle special effects and fueled with aggressive, hyperactive cinematography and
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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.
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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.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Rated R, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Spanish
Product Attributes
Actor Diesel,Vin
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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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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