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Chronicles Of Riddick, The
Unrated Director's Cut
Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 91 (Dec 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Vin Diesel, Colm Feore, Thandie Newton, Judi Dench, Karl Urban & Alexa Davalos

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
You have a choice to get to the main menu between the "Convert" and "Fight" selections. Bonus features include a Virtual Guide To The Chronicles Of Riddick, which is an interactive guide that immerses the viewer in the movie from the perspectives of the characters; a ten-minute hunt for Riddick from the bounty-hunter's perspective and following the action leading up to the opening scene; scene specific background facts and trivia on the characters, planetary guides, and behind-the-story information, which can be turned on or off for viewing on-screen as you watch the film; Visual Effects Revealed, a six-minute play-by-play breakdown of some of the film's more fascinating visual effects; Riddick's Worlds, a three-minute behind-the-scenes guided tour by Vin Diesel and an interactive 360 degree view of eight different sets; The Chronicles Of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay, pop the disc into your XBox

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 23862
(MPAA Rating): Unrated
(Rating Reason):

Intense sequences of violent action and some language.
(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 135
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/16/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): David Twohy
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A sequel to the 2000 film "Pitch Black," "The Chronicles Of Riddick" finds the escaped convict and space traveler Riddick (Diesel) still on the run. When mercenaries hunt him down, he outmaneuvers them and takes over their ship. Thus begins Riddick's fight for survival and effort to free himself from his past, while trying to save the universe from the bloodthirsty warriors, The Necromongers. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture is stylized to create the look of various environments or different atmospheres on different planets. Some scenes are awash in warm yellow tones, affecting all aspects of the color scheme. Others are well balanced and nicely contrasted, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. The computer generated images are often seamlessly incorporated into the picture, to almost allow a suspension of disbelief. There is some minor pixel breakup noticed (some shimmering during the fight sequence of Chapters 25 and 26), but edge enhancement is rarely an issue with this title. Most viewers will be excited by the picture quality on this DVD, as it can be quite impressive. (Suzanne Hodges)

Right off the bat, it is evident that this Dolby