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Pitch Black [DVD] [2000]

Radha Mitchell , Cole Hauser , David Twohy    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, Vin Diesel, Keith David, Lewis Fitz-Gerald
  • Directors: David Twohy
  • Writers: David Twohy, Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat
  • Producers: Scott Kroopf, Ted Field, Tom Engelman, Tony Winley
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, German, Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 28 May 2001
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059514
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,397 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Pitch Black is a guilty pleasure that surpasses expectations, even though it owes a major debt to Alien and its cinematic spawn. As he did with The Arrival, director David Twohy revitalises a derivative story, allowing you to forgive its flaws and submit to its visceral thrills. Under casual scrutiny, the plot's logic crumbles like a stale cookie, but it's definitely fun while it lasts. A spaceship crashes on a desert planet scorched under three suns. The mostly doomed survivors include a resourceful captain (Radha Mitchell), a drug-addled cop (Cole Hauser) and a deadly prisoner (Vin Diesel) who quickly escapes. These clashing personalities discover that the planet is plunging into the darkness of an extended eclipse, and it's populated by hordes of ravenous, razor-fanged beasties that only come out at night. The body count rises, and Pitch Black settles into familiar sci-fi territory.

What sets the movie apart is Twohy's developing visual style, suggesting that this veteran of straight-to-video schlock may advance to the big leagues. Like the makers of The Blair Witch Project, Twohy understands the frightening power of suggestion; his hungry monsters are better heard than seen (although once seen, they're chillingly effective), and Pitch Black gets full value from moments of genuine panic. Best of all, Twohy's got a well-matched cast, with Mitchell (so memorable with Ally Sheedy in High Art) and Diesel (Pvt. Caparzo from Saving Private Ryan) being the standouts. The latter makes the most of his muscle-man role, and his character's development is one more reason this film works better than it should. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

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Pitch Black [Region 2]


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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Visually stunning and a great film 22 July 2009
By Dr Evil TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
A spacecraft carrying an assortment of passengers including Richard B. Riddick (Vin Diesel), a dangerous, murderer between prisons, is forced to make a crash landing on a deserted, 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 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 realise that Riddick may be their only hope.

When this film first came out, it was a bit of a cult hit that was sort of ignored as far as publicity and advertising went but I loved it all the same. Then came along its sequel, THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK, which gave this film a boost into the spotlight and is now considered a sci-fi/action classic. Watching it now on Blu Ray, some nine years later from when I originally watched it, I still can't believe how good this film is!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Riddickulously Entertaining 6 Sep 2004
Format:DVD
All I had to go on regarding the quality of this film prior to buying the DVD was word of mouth. The opinions I'd been party to were mixed to say the least.
So, imagine my delght when I bought this item, partly to catch up on the story and nature of Vin Diesel's main character, before going to watch the follow up, 'The Chronicles of Riddick'.
Not only is 'Pitch Black' incredibly stylish and aesthetically pleasing - just watch the incredible range of lighting effects - but the characters are charmingly intruiging, if largely archetypal for this type of movie. Yes, it relies heavily on its predecessors, but try making a 'humans stranded on an unknown planet and encountering carnivorous aliens' film that doesn't. The plot roles along nicely, and although it was never going to win any Academy Awards, is juxtaposed nicely with just the right amount of tension and action. Add into that mix a well above average muscle-bound anti-hero portayal from Diesel and you've got a very good movie, especially for the price.
There aren't many extras on this early DVD release - but if you want those you can splash a few extra quid on the Special Edition - but if you're looking for a B Movie type sci-fi horror that breaks the mould in terms of sophistication and performances you need look no further.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb on BD 13 July 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I first saw Pitch Black some years ago in a small local theatre with some friends (it was almost a cult film from the outset). After the viewing I was criticised for my choice of film. I stayed the course, however, and eventually bought PB on DVD. Visually, it's such a haunting film that when Amazon was doing "twofers" I bought the film on BD. I wasn't expecting to see much difference based on my previous experiences with older films remastered on BD. I am very pleased to say that I was wrong. This film is excellent on BD: the exterior scenes are intentionally over-exposed to give a very bright effect, which is often colour-washed, and this comes over beautifully on blu-ray. The interior scenes are also superbly detailed with effective use of back-light etc.

So much for the visuals. Although the content is a bit formulaic it's a better-than-average SF movie, the monsters are also a bit derivative and Vin is Vin. The other actors are largely unknown (to me, anyway). There's some Australian accents, presumably from passing opal miners (the film was shot in Coober Pedy).

But it's the photography that really does it for me.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You aren't afraid of the dark are you? 23 Jun 2007
Format:DVD
This punchy and slick sci-fi action horror is based around a small group of travellers who crash land on a strange uninhabited planet which, by some luck, is about to plunge itself into complete darkness which is set to last for some time. The main member of this gang and the character around which the entire film is based is a notoriously violent and ruthless killer called Riddick. As he can see in the dark and is known for his dramatic escapism the team decide to use him to help get them off the planet alive.

The rest of the film is spent watching the members of this plucky little group get picked off one by one. All of the characters face emotional difficulty and have to use all of their strength and wit to survive.

Vin Diesel plays a very convincing hard faced super cool killer who risks his own life to help save others. The other characters have their own individual charm and personality which really help to give this film some substance and make it seem very realistic.

The format however is pretty much predictable and you can have a good guess at who will be killed next, but the characters are played so well and the spooky and demanding world is brought to life in such a magical way that you cant help but enjoy every minute. Well worth a look if action and aliens are your thing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome
Vin Disel is a cool actor and plays the role of riddick in this awsome movie. I think the movie has the same feel as the good old alien movies, hidding the dangers and not showing... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Alex
3.0 out of 5 stars Good fub
A pretty low budget affair but that's half the charm, this sci if actioner zips along at a swift pace in a clostrophobic setting and delivers good thrills. Read more
Published 1 month ago by F. Ahmed
5.0 out of 5 stars pitch black
Excellent film highly recommend action packed throughout part one of a trilogy a must see for vin diesel fans .
Published 1 month ago by e.m.s.16
5.0 out of 5 stars my review
top condition, couldnt have asked for a better copy to go with my 3000+ collection.i expect all my future purchases to be as good.
Published 1 month ago by Paul Andrew Leadley
1.0 out of 5 stars Reviews...
Great film 4 stars for film but one for… whats up with the reviews here?

This is a Blu Ray and most of the reviews are for the DVD and even the VHS??!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by chewbacca's left nut
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film
Brilliant! One of my favourite sci-fi films which first introduced the character Riddick to our screens. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic film
I am a massive fan of Vin Diesel and this film. I would definitely recommend this film. I have watched it many times and think it is the best out of the trilogy!
Published 2 months ago by Ruth Harwood
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
this is a very good dvd and I like it very much and was pack well got to me in good time
Published 2 months ago by david hollingshead
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I bought the Steelbook collectors edition of this movie as it is one of my all time favourite Sci-Fi movies. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hugh Finnegan
4.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated Writer/Director
Why has David twohy not achived any kind of success or renowned for his writing is beyond me, take this film for instance it's got a great anti hero villian in Riddick, decent... Read more
Published 2 months ago by kevinthekitten
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