Pitch Black first film is horror monsters, second Dark Fury is animé cartoon, third Chronicles is fight bang boom. "Modified to add material not in original release" added scenes, curses.
1 Pitch BlackRichard B. Riddick (Vin Diesel) voices over spaceship "They say most of your brain shuts down in cryosleep, all but the primitive side, the animal side. No wonder I'm still awake." He smells the other civilians, hears their voices. Our hero is a criminal? Emergency wakes Pilot Caroline Fry (Radha Mitchell) - caught the Aussie in her accent), who crash lands on desolate sandy planet. Captain dies slowly from injury.
Searching for water, find bleak graveyard of dinosaur-size bones. In a deserted settlement, an escape shuttle needs only power and repairs. Colors all grey-blue outside. Something in a tunnel kills Zeke, so Fry goes down armed with a flashlight? Creepy tentacles wave in shadows above her.
William J. Johns (Cole Hauser), bounty hunter addicted to heroin for pain, releases Riddick to help them. When three suns align in eclipse, as in 22 years ago, the monsters from the dark rise to kill. They kill Shazza (Claudia Black) in daylight. Of course others get picked off one by one.
Jack (Rhiana Griffith) is really a girl, survives with Muslim Arab devout father Imam (Keith David) of three sons who do not. Last to go is Fry, saving Riddick, also a pilot.
Extras:1 The Johns Chase Log- to day 76, 17 paragraph entries, dull text and spoken 2 The Making of Pitch Black - extended preview for horror, effects 3 Dark Fury: Advancing the Arc - repeats Brett writer & Peter animator 4 Visual Encyclopedia - Johns narrates: Orrery (planet?), Merc, Slam- prison, Chronicles - d2 5 A view Into the Dark - we identify survivor with style, unlike usual hero who does tell you he will save you 6 Languages: spoken English, subtitles: English Français Español
Commentary - Vin Diesel, Cole Hauser, director David Twohy chatty, quiet for crucial bits, like watching with pals, insiders ; Cole hanging onto crashing ship really did get hit by stuff ; Vin could dislocate shoulders until chain too tight, only last bit special effects ; painfully cold ; "Zeke's flashlight for those who don't know what it was" -- I didn't ;
Commentary - director Twohy, producer Tom Engelman, visual effects Peter Chiang - alternate opening inside ship confused first audiences, added outside established ship (same in first commentary) too technical on specs - explains blue tint from blue sun backstory - Riddick's night vision enhanced for dark prison
2 Dark Fury - animé sequel
Riddick, Jack (same voices) and Imam (Keith David) are picked up by merc (mercenary) vessel. Crazy skinny artist Antonia Chillingsworth () freeze-sleeps killers in sculpture poses, orders Junner (Roger L. Jackson) to thaw everyone to pursue Riddick. Lots of chases, fights, gruesome machines, guts, gore.
Spoilers: Riddick wins, drops the others on New Mecca, but merc Toombs (Nick Chinlund) survives to threaten sequel.
Extras:1 From Pitch Black to Chronicles: Bridging the Gap - behind the scenes, drawings, links movies, safe unlimited stunts 2 Peter Chung animator - initial inspiration, observation, instinct, faster than comic book linger, crew specializes, tech advances, audience emotion key 3 Into the Light - Interviews Vin Diesel & writer-director David Twohy between clips, mostly plot of Chronicles
Languages: spoken English, subtitles: English Français Español
Aereo (Judi Dench) of Elemental race voices over Necromongers convert or kill their way across galaxy. "Icon" is conqueror's tower that releases planet's destruction. On Helion, Imam posted reward to fight Necromongers, led by Lord Marshal (Colm Feore). Terminology is hindrance.
Purifier (Linus Roache) is really a survivor of Furyan massacre like Riddick, could have fulfilled prophecy. Kyra helps kill Lord Marshal, dies. "You take what you kill" means Riddick has throne.
Extras:1 Deleted scenes - 1 Aereon & Imam on Helion, 2 snowy Planet UV-6, 3 Toombs's demise, 2 Virtual Guide - narrators 1 Conquest Icon - Toombs, 2 Crematoria - Jack/Kyra, 3 Elementals - Aereon, vamp 4 Helion Prime - Imam , 5 Planet UV - Toombs, 6 Lord Marshal - first, 7 Necromonger A v, 8 Necropolis - Lord, 9 New Mecca - Imam, 10 Quasi-Deads - Lord 3 Toomb's Chase Log ~ 100 days videos 4 Insider - trivia factoids during play include Necromonger backhistory, costumes 5 Visual Effects - green screen, fire world, disappearing Aereon, hellhound 6 Riddick's Worlds - Vin guides tour of sets - including miniatures and unused Sasquatch, 360 degree view 7 Commentary w writer-director Twohy, actors Vaako (Karl Urbain), Kyra (Alexa Davalos - she says very little)
DVD has more R ("overall intensity") scenes, such as 3 ancestral visions of Shira when newborn Riddick survives Furyan planet massacre by now Lord Marshal, 3 scenes for Toombs 2nd crew (Christina Cox) better cut where she sits on Riddick ; most looped for round theater speaker control ; Vin's idea to ask Dench, admired reputation ; Colm meanest role, funniest on set ;
Dame Vaako (Tandy Newton - tight dresses, hot) cut their twisting tongues unpalatable, yup ; "party poppers" are firecracker favors you pull tab string, here ship brakes ; end - irony, tragedy ;