The Riddick DVD and Blu-Ray storms its way onto home video, and for fans of the Vin Diesel character who first landed on movie screens in 2000’s Pitch Black, it was a welcome return of the anti-hero.
The most wanted man in the universe is at it again, and this time out -- shown in the Riddick trailer -- he has two sets of bounty hunters tracking him down on what has to be the series’ most dangerous planet. Diesel is back and honestly better than ever in the title role, and after taking in the entire picture, we hope he continues his run as Riddick.
The DVD and Blu-Ray feature the theatrical version of the film (reviewed in our Riddick review) as well as the never-before-seen unrated director’s cut (courtesy of helmer David Twohy) with an alternative ending that is sure to thrill longtime fans. When we witnessed the movie in theaters, Movie Fanatic thought the film could have concluded in several ways, and to see another vision for the ending… it is a true treat -- and a rare one when it comes to big budget Hollywood films.
The film begins, seen in this first 10 minutes of Riddick clip, with Riddick left for dead, literally crawling out of the ground. He knows he cannot survive on this planet. After a dazzling action sequence where he fights off more than one menacing creature, Riddick sees an outpost and heads towards it. It is completely abandoned, but there is a beacon that will call for help. Knowing what will come (i.e. those who want his head), he pushes the button believing that he can fight them off and manage to find a way to get off this hellhole of a planet.
The Blu-Ray and DVD bonus features are many. Riddick: Blindsided is a motion comic prequel to Riddick that fills in the gaps since 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick. This is the rare bonus feature that can be seen before viewing the film or is something that enhances the experience once the movie has been seen. Fans, for sure, will find the “gap” story an absolute treat.
The key to any Riddick adventure is the anti-hero’s adversaries and they are doubly as devilish in their mission to bring him in in Riddick. Meet The Mercs takes audiences behind the scenes and introduces Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff, Jordi Mollà, Dave Bautista, Bokeem Woodbine and Nolan Gerard Funk in a featurette that firmly puts the spotlight on these men (and woman) on a mission of perceived justice. Each actor talks about their character, costumes and even weapons and shows off the outstanding supporting characters and the talents who play them.
Vin’s Riddick looks at the man who is Riddick. Not only do we hear from Diesel, but also his co-stars and the filmmaking collective in a featurette that truly shows that he may be not only one of the most loyal to his fan base, but also one of the hardest working men in showbiz.
As for the Blu-Ray only featurettes, we particularly enjoyed The Twohy Touch. The short film centers on the man who first wrote and directed Pitch Black and has been the creative force (with Diesel) for the entire Riddick franchise. We appreciate how it paints the picture of a filmmaker who sees the series as a high-concept science fiction project that aims to play to our higher emotions and intellect. And yes, it is clearly explained that the franchise still has some of the best and most thrilling action sequences in Hollywood.
The last featurette that caught our fancy is The World of Riddick. Twohy, production designer Joseph C. Nemec III and director of photography David Eggby dish their inspirations that have resulted in one of the most visually stunning and emotionally compelling action franchises currently entertaining audiences.