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USHE Press Release: Riddick & Riddick: The Complete Collection (Blu-ray)

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#1 of 17 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted November 12 2013 - 11:29 PM

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VIN DIESEL RETURNS AS THE MOST WANTED MAN IN THE UNIVERSE IN A STUNNING NEW CHAPTER OF THE EXPLOSIVE SCI-FI ADVENTURE FRANCHISE

 

RIDDICK

BE THE FIRST TO OWN IT ON DIGTAL HD DECEMBER 17, 2013

 

NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN UNRATED DIRECTOR’S CUT WITH ALTERNATE ENDING COMING TO BLU-RAY COMBO PACK INCLUDING BLU-RAY, DVD

& DIGITAL HD WITH ULTRAVIOLET™ JANUARY 14, 2014

 

ALSO AVAILABLE: RIDDICK: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION INCLUDING RIDDICKPITCH BLACK AND THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK PLUS THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK: DARK FURY

 

“One Hell of a Thrill Ride.”—Joel D. Amos, MOVIEFANATIC.COM

 

Universal City, California, November 12, 2013— Vin Diesel returns to the larger-than-life role that made him a global superstar as Riddick blasts its way onto Blu-ray™ Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™ on January 14, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film will also be available on Digital HD December 17, 2013. The third feature film installment of the blockbuster series returns to its hardcore action roots with an all-new, no-holds-barred adventure from writer and director David Twohy, creator of the hit franchise.

 

Debuting an Unrated Director’s Cut with even more intense, heart-pounding sequences not shown in theaters and an alternate ending, the Blu-ray Combo Pack includes bonus features that reveal the behind-the-scenes secrets of the heart-stopping thriller’s incredible cast, uniquely talented crew and cutthroat characters. In addition, Riddick will be available in a new collection that includes all three movies in the groundbreaking franchise: Pitch BlackThe Chronicles of Riddick and Riddick plus The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury  from Emmy Award-Winning animator, Peter Chung (“Æon Flux”).

 

In an electrifying return to his signature role, Diesel heads up an internationally acclaimed cast that includes Karl Urban (Star Trek franchise), Katee Sackhoff (“Battlestar Galactica”), Jordi Mollà (Columbiana), WWE superstar Dave Bautista (upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy), Noah Danby (“Defiance”), Danny Blanco Hall (Immortals), Bokeem Woodbine (Total Recall), Matt Nable (Killer Elite), Raoul Trujillo (Apocalypto), Conrad Pla (Immortals), Neil Napier (White House Down), Nolan Gerard Funk (“Aliens in America”) and two-time Grammy Award nominee Keri Lynn Hilson.


The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet.
 

  • Blu-ray™ unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing movies in more places, both at home and away.
  • DIGITAL HD with Ultraviolet  lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download movies to watch on iPad®, iPhone®, Android™, smart TVs, connected Blu-ray players, game consoles, and more.

 

Bonus Features Exclusively on Blu-rayTM  

 

  • The Twohy Touch—In this short film, writer and director David Twohy explains the development of Riddick, the third feature film in his high-concept sci-fi series. Interviews and on-set footage detail Twohy’s vision and inspiration, as well as the creative collaboration between the filmmaker and star Vin Diesel that takes the cult franchise to a new level.    
  • Riddickian Tech—The filmmakers, including Riddick’s amazing effects team, talk about the extraordinary technologies used to create Riddick’s eye-popping sci-fi elements, from the practical effects to the green screen wonders that made it possible to bring this high-intensity, futuristic thriller to the big screen.
  • The World Of Riddick—Key members of the filmmaking team, including director David Twohy, production designer Joseph C. Nemec III and director of photography David Eggby talk about the inspiration and influences behind the film’s vivid and unique visuals and savage predators.

 

Bonus Features on Blu-rayTM and DVD 

 

  • Vin’s Riddick—Vin Diesel, his co-stars and the entire filmmaking team provide an inside look at the superstar’s passion for everything from the film’s production and development to his intensive physical training, as well as just what makes Diesel ideal for the role of the indestructible Richard B. Riddick.
  • Meet The Mercs—From Karl Urban and Katee Sackhoff to Jordi Mollà, Dave Bautista, Bokeem Woodbine, and Nolan Gerard Funk, this featurette spotlights the dynamic supporting cast of Riddick and the characters they portray, exploring what the actors bring to their roles, as well as the weapons and clothing styles that define them to enhance this heart-stopping thriller.
  • Riddick: Blindsided—A motion comic prequel to Riddick that fills in the gap since 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick.

SYNOPSIS

 

Global action-superstar Vin Diesel reprises his breakthrough role in Riddick, the much-anticipated new chapter in the epic adventures of the most wanted man in the universe. The all-new thriller finds the title character trapped on a sun-scorched planet and pursued by ruthless bounty hunters eager to collect the reward for Riddick’s capture—dead or alive. Savage alien creatures, expansive desert landscapes, monster storms, jet hogs and an arsenal of futuristic weaponry make this the most exhilarating episode to date in writer and director David Twohy’s breathtaking series of futuristic blockbusters.

CAST AND FILMMAKERS:

Cast: Vin Diesel, Jordi Mollà, Matt Nable, Katee Sackoff, Karl Urban, Dave Bautista, N, Bokeem Woodbine, Matt Nable, Raoul Trujillo, Nolan Gerard Funk, and Karl Urban as Vaako

Directed by: David Twohy

Screenplay by: David Twohy

Based on Characters Created By: Jim Wheat & Ken Wheat

Producers: Vin Diesel, Ted Field

Executive Producers: Samantha Vincent, Mike Drake, George Zakk

Director of Photography: David Eggby, ACS

Production Designer: Joseph Nemec III

Editor: Tracy Adams

Costume Designer: Simonetta Mariano

Original Music By: Graeme Revell

TECHNICAL INFORMATION –BLU-RAY

Street Date: January 14, 2014

Copyright: 2014 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Selection Numbers: 61125056 (US)

Running Time: 1 hour, 59 minutes/2 hours, 7 minutes (Unrated)

Layers: BD-50

Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2.40:1

Rating: R for strong violence, language and some sexual content and nudity/Unrated

Technical Info: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/DVS DD 2.0 (English); Digital Surround 5.1 (Spanish)

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

 
TECHNICAL INFORMATION - DVD

Street Date: January 14, 2014

Copyright: 2014 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Selection Numbers: 61124928 (US)

Running Time: 1 hour, 59 minutes

Layers: Dual Layer

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1

Rating: R for strong violence, language and some sexual content and nudity/Unrated

Technical Info: Dolby Digital 5.1/DVS DD; Dolby Digital 5.1 (Spanish)

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish
 

 

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#2 of 17 OFFLINE   Ruly2

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Posted November 13 2013 - 06:04 AM

Here is the Bluray covers for 'RIDDICK' and for 'RIDDICK: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION':

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#3 of 17 OFFLINE   Jari K

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Posted November 13 2013 - 07:09 AM

The Complete Collection, very cool. I just hope that all the extras are included. The US releases of "PItch Black" (theatrical/unrated) and "The Chronicles of Riddick" (theatrical/dir.cut) have also both versions of these films.

 

I really like Riddick. Also the games (Escape from Butcher Bay &  Assault on Dark Athena) based on the character were really good.



#4 of 17 OFFLINE   Jeff Cooper

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Posted November 13 2013 - 09:56 AM

Where in the chronology of Riddick does this latest film take place?


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#5 of 17 OFFLINE   Stephen_J_H

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Posted November 13 2013 - 10:00 AM

I'll be picking up the single disc, as I just got the Steelbooks of Pitch Black and Chronicles in the summer. Would like to see a BD release of Dark Fury though.


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Posted November 13 2013 - 12:38 PM

I'm in for the complete collection, 'cause I still have only the HD-DVDs.


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Posted November 13 2013 - 01:57 PM

Didn't Universal just issue a box set of the first 2 films? Couldn't they have waited for the third installment to release a trilogy box set? Who am I kidding. Anyway, I used to be one of those suckers they love to reel in with "Extended Cuts" when in actuality it was just 4 or 5 extra seconds of nonsense - not no mo'. I don't fall for that anymore, not even for good films. But good for people who for some reason haven't bitten the bullet for the series yet.


 

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#8 of 17 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted November 13 2013 - 11:28 PM

Updated Artwork for Riddick....

 

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#9 of 17 OFFLINE   Stephen_J_H

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Posted November 14 2013 - 10:59 AM

Didn't Universal just issue a box set of the first 2 films? Couldn't they have waited for the third installment to release a trilogy box set? Who am I kidding. Anyway, I used to be one of those suckers they love to reel in with "Extended Cuts" when in actuality it was just 4 or 5 extra seconds of nonsense - not no mo'. I don't fall for that anymore, not even for good films. But good for people who for some reason haven't bitten the bullet for the series yet.

They did, but Dark Fury was just a DVD. They should issue it in HD, even if it's just a special feature.


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#10 of 17 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted November 14 2013 - 11:11 AM

Hey, Fox issues a Die-Hard Collector's Blu-ray set just before

the 5th film was released to theaters.

 

We all know the drill when it comes to bad timing with these sets.


 

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#11 of 17 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted November 26 2013 - 12:34 PM

The Complete Collection now Available for Preorder

 

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Posted January 11 2014 - 08:29 PM

Where in the chronology of Riddick does this latest film take place?

About 5 years (give or take) after Chronicles of Riddick.

 

The extended version of this one adds a nice coda bit that's quite different from the theatrical version and sets things up nicely for a sequel.



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Posted January 12 2014 - 04:51 AM

How about Dark Fury? If I want to have some chronological order, I mean.

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Posted January 12 2014 - 02:13 PM

The sequence is:

 

Escape from Butcher Bay (video game), Assault on Dark Athena (video game, includes the Butcher Bay game in remastered form), Pitch Black, Dark Fury (picks up almost directly from the end of Pitch Black), Chronicles of Riddick (~5 years after Pitch Black), Riddick (~5 years after Chronicles).



#15 of 17 OFFLINE   Jari K

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Posted January 12 2014 - 02:19 PM

Great list, thanks. I actually love those video games too. If you're a gamer, you should check them out. Games were stealth really matters.

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Posted June 27 2014 - 01:32 AM

I have a few questions about the "Riddick: The Complete Collection" BD set (which I have).

 

I noticed that "The Chronicles of Riddick" disc also includes newer (from 2009 when I sampled it) audio commentary from director and Diesel via BD-Live. Was this included in the "original" BD release of this film? Meaning, that is it now available via BD-Live even with the older/original disc (or do you have to have the new box set)?

 

Then "The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury (2004)" animated short film (included on the same disc with "Pitch Black"). It's obviously not in HD (it's "windowboxed", just like the non-Anamorphic transfer would be) and the audio is downgraded to 2.0 surround.

 

Anyway, my receiver says that the short film is encoded at 1080i/60 with AVC codec. To my understanding the SD material is just upscaled to HD and put on the disc, but then some people say that it's in "NTSC" on the disc. My question is that can people check their box set? Is the "Dark Fury" in 1080i/60 (AVC) or is this some kind of issue with my receiver (and before you ask, my PS3 nor receiver didn't do any upscaling).

 

Thanks.



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Posted June 27 2014 - 11:52 AM

Anyone? I mean I'm begin to suspect that PS3 somehow converts SD resolution (from the BD I mean, I don't mean DVD) to 1080p which is then what my receiver is showing.







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