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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 10 January 2016
Okay, first to clear something up. This is the approx. 115min version, not the approx. 130 min "directors cut", which some people below seem to be reviewing here by mistake.(...or is Amazon up to its old trick of lumping all thevreviews in together again?)
This one takes place 5 years on from "Pitch Black". I won't reveal the plot in case you haven't seen it, but this is a fast-paced and highly stylish follow-up. Clearly this film has a much bigger budget than the first (about $120 million vs about $25 million) and it shows as a proper Hollywood sci fi adventure. Also, it got a 15 certificate, (so important to Hollywood studios) and that shows, compared to PB.
Diesel is perfect as the anti-hero good-guy, Richard B Riddick, descendant of a thought to be extinct warrior race, taking on bounty hunters and a dark religious force, enslaving planets.

Is it better than the original? Well, personally, I thought it was about as enjoyable, for slightly different reasons. Diesel seems more confident in the role here than in the first and the set pieces give him a chance to show off his (character's) fighting talents far more. The action, moving from Planet UV, to New Mecca, Crematoria and Helion Prime, also gives the film more scale than the original. I didn't think the CGI was overdone either.

Riddick's character is far less ambiguous than in the first film and I don't think "chronicles" quite has the menace or sense of danger of the original, nor, the originality, having already introduced the character in the earlier movie, but overall, I really enjoyed it.

The dvd itself contains the movie + a bunch of extras including; an interactive tour of the sets by Diesel, riddick insider facts on demand (scene specific background facts and trivia are displayed in real time as you watch the movie) and toombs case log, following the chase for riddick up to the start of the film.
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on 25 January 2014
Having just bought the most recent film in the trilogy (simply called Riddick) I felt it was long overdue to upgrade the rest of the films in this franchise to Blu-ray.
When I found out that there was going to be a sequel to Pitch Black , I couldn't be happier. Even better , both Vin Diesel and director David Twohy were back in the saddle , so how could it possibly go wrong ?
For me , absolutely nothing ! It was excellent ! A thoroughly enjoyable popcorn sci-fi/action movie , but then I read the scathing reviews on how bad it was (mainly because there were no monsters to stab at) but I truly disagree as this just opened up the whole Riddick universe and makes the trilogy far more interesting than just a "Hack & Slash" series of movies.
Don't get me wrong , I'll take toothy monsters over an invading army any day , but I'm glad they didn't just rehash the same story as Pitch Black by using any excuse for Riddick to see in the dark , which was barely touched on in this film and the only thing that bothered me about this was the PG:13 rating it got compared to the R-rated Pitch Black , so you knew it was going to be a softer affair.
Even though the third instalment isn't a complete rip off of the first one , there is a lot of elements from it that doesn't quite make that film original... Still , very enjoyable enough for me to buy it , although I did hope that bounty hunter ,Toombs (played by Nick Chinlund) would have returned or had some kind of spin off movie of his own as I found him quite an enjoyable character... As slimy as he was.

Visually this Blu-ray is superb , flawless , excellent , absolutely top notch and couldn't be happier with the picture quality.
The same can be said for the 5.1 DTS master audio which really does test your AV receiver to the absolute max.
As for the extras , like Pitch Black there's nothing really to shout about from what you got on DVD.
There is a picture-in-picture behind the scenes feature that you now get along with a couple of other additions (U-Control for e.g.) but for £7 this is excellent value and very worthy of an upgrade.
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on 8 May 2017
Can't go wrong with Roddick - although these films basically follow the same plot - I still enjoy every second.
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on 7 April 2017
After this there is a part 3 all DVD's are great
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on 20 June 2017
Happy with order
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on 26 March 2017
Loved this film
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on 18 May 2017
A classic
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on 13 February 2015
Excellent film
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on 23 May 2014
The only thing to say about Riddick is that he rules this genre. Vin Diesel has such a massive presence on screen that he over shadows all other actors. Karl Urban and Thandie Newton do bring a nice mix into the story which shows that the main character is battling on all sides,(but lets face it the fantastic Riddick will always come out on top). So buy this film if you like action, sci-fi and Vin Diesel. Buy it even if they sell at stupidly low prices, its worth it.
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on 27 November 2015
Total pants you would have to be a moron to like this

James Black Private Investigator UK and International (Google me)
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