The film is set in an entire universe full of interesting alien races and creatures, all manner of bizarre otherworldy environments that vary from planet to planet, and a whole lot of different factions milling about inside of it vying for different political powers and the like. Riddick instantly transforms from a mysterious, strong, cunning, and even cool character to just another hero that -- surprise, surprise -- will save the universe one sliced-up bad guy at a time. That gave the character an element of danger. Visually this Blu-ray is superb , flawless , excellent , absolutely top notch and couldn't be happier with the picture quality. Style dominates substance throughout, and while the stylization is noteworthy and interesting to behold, it overshadows every other aspect of the film. In this film's defense, the Riddick character is carried over from the first one with few alterations to his psychological make-up.
That said, The Chronicles Of Riddick is still a fun science fiction movie. Score: 6 out of 10 Video and Presentation Say what you will about the quality of the acting, direction, and writing of The Chronicles of Riddick, but in terms of Blu-ray transfer quality, this film is tops. When Twohy was rumored to be teaming up with hunk of the month Vin Diesel, who would be reprising his role of Richard Riddick from the first film, in a sequel entitled The Chronicles Of Riddick, a lot of people were pretty excited about the news, hoping for a repeat of the first films success. Sadly, the majority of the character is made up of gruff, chip-on-the-shoulder speeches about how people count him out, or his wry observations about life always hitting hardest when one's down. I prefer it to Pitch Black and Riddick part of the Trilogy Vin Diesel is perfect in the role of Riddick who finds himself in all sorts of trouble when captured by the bounty hunters.
Riddick has been turned into another run-of-the-mill hero and provided a backstory that is unoriginal at best and completely unfitting the character at worst. The directional audio is pretty accurate and engrossing, and the low-end response is surprisingly active, again, assuming you have a system capable of tapping into it. Now we have the sequel, The Chronicles of Riddick, which somehow manages to lose all of the charms of the original. Riddick is charged with stopping the Necromonger army from its evil grip, meanwhile rescuing an old friend from a prison planet and evading capture by bounty hunters. 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.
Scenes near the end, when Riddick and the other mercs encounter a horde of alien monsters, are a surround experience, between the thunderous roar of the mercs' flying motorbikes and the sea of creatures. The main gripe here is the fact that the product is not as advertised when sold. I am a real fan of action movies and this is one of my favourites. The third scene involves Toomb's fate I'll say no more lest I spoil it. Well, personally, I thought it was about as enjoyable, for slightly different reasons. The horror and suspense elements from Pitch Black are missed but the film is still an entertaining and fun time at the movies.
With so many uber-franchises put into development in recent years, each competing to ascend the throne of trilogies like Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings, it seems only natural that studios are now looking to their back catalogue for material from which to create the next successful film series. Peter Chiang, the special effects supervisor on the film, discusses the hows and whys of the process and while it's a little shorter than it should have been, this makes for an interesting watch. The images need to be changed as they does not match the title. They're all also sort of underwhelming, going through the motions but never engaging in the way similar featurettes on other recent Universal releases have been. There was a feeling that only the quick would survive in a summer marketplace, where attention spans are thought to be short.
Thankfully, , star of the first film, returns to the role that made the film famous, this time perhaps slightly over-inflated from intervening years of commercial success if also critical derision , and invigorates this ambitious play for cinematic mythology without lessening its visceral impact as a solidly entertaining summer jaunt. It's clearly a case of brawn over brains and while the film has lofty aspirations of being an intelligent science fiction film, and it tries, it doesn't quite make it there. Secretly, he's desperate to locate his homeworld of Furya, but he can't identify a planet he's never seen. It's interesting enough even if a fair bit of it is taken from the featurettes found in the extras section. Riddick sides with Aeron and with her help, he is able to learn more about his own past, which remains a mystery to him even now. Sadly, while he is still very much an anti-hero in this film, a lot of that element is lacking and maybe this is a case where things would have been better if they'd been left unexplained.
No issues in terms of contrast to mention, while colors are well replicated with no errors. That also may be the film's biggest downfall. The Chronicles of Riddick 2-Pack arrives on Blu-ray on March 31st. But at the same time, Riddick leads a charge against Marshal and his forces, no small task. Through the Blu-ray exclusive U-Control functionality, you can access a few different options during playback. Riddick Vin Diesel is a wanted man, but then again, he always has been and is never able to show his face for too long. The Blu-ray Both releases come in a standard Elite Blu-ray case with the usual Universal Blu-ray advertisement although instead of the hodge-podge of various titles for the insert cover, they advertise the new Riddick video game.
The surround channels are used very effectively during the many action sequences but never feel like they're going over board. Video: How does it look? An audio commentary with director David Twohy is up first, a session which is supplemented by comments from stars Karl Urban and Alexa Davalos. Lord Marshal Colm Feore is a maniacal priest who leads a cult called the Nekromangers on a crusade against the Elementals, lead by Aereon Judi Dench. Once again, Riddick finds himself stranded on an alien planet. Riddick Rises 480p, 13:26 looks at the evolution of the character and the attributes he brings to the table.
The Chronicles of Riddick blasts onto Blu-ray with a myriad of bonus features. But the price is the clincher and i could not say no. With time running out and a deadly storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won't leave the planet without Riddick's head as their trophy. The Chronicles of Riddick is a classic example of style over substance, and while the film earns high marks for its visuals, a lackluster story, dull characters, and repetitive action sequences rank it far lower than its esteemed predecessor. The visuals in most every scene are impressive, offering a scope that is nothing short of immense and highly detailed. The sights and sounds of Not Furya are rendered with incredible precision and depth, from the golden mountain peaks down to the tiniest pebbles to the low, bassy growl of the jackals Riddick encounters. Fans of the character will no doubt be pleased he's gotten another shot, but it's disappointing that after all this time, it still doesn't feel like Diesel and Twohy have settled completely on what it is they want to do with the character.