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Reel Heroes: Pitch Black [DVD]

Vin Diesel , Radha Mitchell , David Twohy    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell
  • Directors: David Twohy
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Jan 2012
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006FE7PY4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,664 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From Amazon.co.uk

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

Product Description

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 survivors are forced to turn
to Riddick and his eerie eyes to guide them through the darkness to safety. With time running out, there’s only one rule: stay in the light.

Special Features:

• Feature Commentary with Director David Twohy and actors Vin Diesel and Cole Hauser
• Feature Commentary with Director David Twohy, Producer Tom Engelman and Visual Effects Supervisor Peter Chiang
• The making of Pitch Black
• Production Notes
• Webcast/Rave Footage


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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
I enjoyed the second movie like many people and wanted to see the first of the series. Well, it's good. It's nowhere near the second one but was worth the viewing.
Published 3 days ago by sebastian
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 11 days ago by Mrs S M Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars A rebirth of an old enthusiasm!
I was once a real Sci Fi fan but gradually lost my liking for this genre, as it decended into a form of, who could provide the best special effects, without any characters as such,... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Reading Addict
3.0 out of 5 stars Where is "Into Pitch Black"?
The reason this DVD was bought was for an extra short story called "Into Pitch Black". On the back of the cover it does say that it is on the disk, however, "Into Pitch... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Pitch Black
Enjoyed the film immensely. Has made me eager to watch the remaining Riddick films. Vincent Diesel plays a very intense character that makes you want to learn more about.
Published 1 month ago by Steve Bridger
5.0 out of 5 stars The start of a great series.
Cracking start to a great series. Brilliant idea for the creatures although you get whiffs of Alien and Predator but it really does grab you and makes you chuckle at certain points... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars THE START OF BETTER THINGS TO COME!
Bought the all Riddicks for my hubby to watch but then decided to watch them with him. Really enjoyed this first instalment, brilliant, just something to watch and enjoy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Scooby
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 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago by e.m.s.16
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