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Chronicles Of Riddick: Director's Cut (Blu-ray)

Released on 02 February 2009

Featuring: Vin Diesel, Colm Feore & Thandie Newton

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 15 years & over

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All the power in the universe can't change destiny.

Vin Diesel (The Fast And The Furious, XXX) reprises his role as hunted fugitive Riddick, his anti-hero character from cult movie, Pitch Black.

Riddick is on the run; escaping from mercenaries determined to collect the price on his head, he finds himself at the heart of a battle that is not his. With Necromonger conquerors threatening the future of the entire universe, Riddick could be the only unlikely hero to save the human race. But will he be interested in saving anything other than his own life?

With groundbreaking special effects, incredible action scenes in fantastic worlds and an all star cast, including Dame Judi Dench and Thandie Newton, The Chronicles of Riddick will take you on a thrill-ride like you've never experienced before.
  • Complete Chronicles
  • Chronicles Of Compendium
  • Anatomy Of A Fight
  • Intro By David Twohy
  • Feature Commentary With David Twohy, Karl Urban And Alexa Davalos
  • Virtual Guide To The Chronicles Of Riddick
  • Toomb's Chase Log
  • Visual Effects Revealed
  • Vin Diesel Guided Tour
  • Deleted Scenes With Optional Director's Commentary
  • Creation Of New Mecca
  • Riddick Rises
  • Keep What You Kill

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 Average rating (12 reviews)

 Studio's Cut...

| | See all Vishnudata's reviews (1)

Let me start off by saying I love the Chronicles of Riddick and would give this blu-ray a 5 star if it were in fact the Theatrical Cut. This blu-ray version of the Director's Cut is just... well I seem to get the impression it is more of a Studio's Cut or more precisely the Stupid Audience's Cut. All the new cuts you see in this were probably in the script to satisfy the studio's audience of idiots and they shot it all on set however when they got to the editing room their proper filmmaking instincts kicked in and made it work.

All the nice scenes that gave it volume, mystery and depth have been taken away and replaced with childish, pointless, character-diluting scenes. The film itself has a lovely subtle attack on religion and the theme of bad versus evil is rarely done and thus makes it very unique. Vin Diesel plays this character very well, he doesn't make great challenging films often but it is nice to see him in a more serious, deep-rooted character and shine successfully.

To specify in more detail some of the problems with this Director's Cut are: Normally in proper film storytelling you can say more by showing rather than saying, this is not the case in this new cut, in the original cut it had very neat, obvious but quick emotions and actions to push the story and characterisation forward which worked brilliantly. It's frustrating to see professional actors having to repeat things several times over to the audience which were already understood earlier.

Another thing are the childish sex references which would appeal to none other than sex offenders... the original cut was already sexy without shouting it. Great looking actors, fantastic world and brilliant colour palette.

Also, whilst you are watching this blu-ray Director's Cut every time they extend a clip it jumps a few frames due to timeline editing issues which is off putting to be honest and just makes it all the more obvious where they added all the rubbish. It's lazy.

But I'm afraid to say that this Director's Cut is a waste of time, which is a big shame because it is on blu-ray... you would think they could have added both theatrical and director cuts on the disc as an option, then I would give it a 5 star and this review would be much shorter.

To conclude, buy the DVD version with the original cut. Wonderful film with it's original cut.

 Awesome.

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Instead of my usual long winded ramblings im gonna keep this one short and sweet for a change.

This is one heck of a transfer, the picture quality is absolutely razor sharp and reallys adds to the film.
Sound is also top drawer and the boat load of extras and extra directors footage wrap up an excellent film.
If you like sci-fi films then go get this, especially at the superb price here.

 Superb

| | See all magoosey's reviews (83)

Firstly yes dutch subtitles on the play.com version. Also french, italian, finnish,norwegian, portuguese, greek and traditional mandarin,
To the film, awesome blu-ray high def, sound is awesome dts hd 5.1 digital. With over 20 mins additional footage in the directors cut. Some good extra features too. Cheap too at 13.99.

 Excellent and exciting sci-fi thrills

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Vin Diesel returns as Pitch Black's Riddick in a flashier, far bigger budgetted sequel. The blu-ray Directors Cut is worth having even for people who used to own the standard DVD cut, as I didn't realise until I watched it that the Director's cut contains scenes edited out of the standard version that explain more of Riddick's back-story - some of it quite spectacular. The visuals are amazing and Riddick is as fearsome as ever, if perhaps a little less amoral, the character evolving a little to end up fighting against breathtaking odds. The story is inventive as well, dealing with an army of planet-killing religious zealots and sweeping from icy planets to 'New Mecca', to an inferno of a prison planet, endlessly upping the ante. The fight scenes and effects are brilliant, and it's nice to hear a sequel might be in the works. Diesel is charming and lethal as Riddick once again, and this really is a sequel where you get your money's worth. Spectacular, exciting and breathtaking.

 Brilliant !!

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I would just like to say what a superb transfer from dvd to bluray, the picture quality is absolutely stunning,and i am using my PS3 as my bluray player, the sound quality through my Roksan K2 amplifier is also superb, a film that is deserving of a 5 star rating.

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ActorsVin Diesel, Colm Feore, Thandie Newton, Judi Dench, Karl Urban, Terry Chen, Linus Roache, Keith David, Roger R. Cross, Christina Cox & Kristin Lehman
DirectorDavid Twohy
Certificate15 years and over
Year2004
ScreenWidescreen 2.40:1
LanguagesEnglish - DTS-HD Master Audio (5.1)
Additional LanguagesFrench ; Italian ; German ; Spanish
SubtitlesEnglish For The Hearing Impaired ; French ; Italian ; German ; Spanish ; Swedish ; Danish ; Finnish ; Dutch ; Norwegian ; Portuguese ; Greek ; Traditional Mandarin
Closed CaptionsYes
Duration2 hours and 14 minutes (approx)