Monday, September 14, 2020

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review: Pitch Black

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Reviewed By Jason Lockard

Arrow Video is great to bring cult films to movie fans deluxe edition Blu-rays. And they have given Vin Diesel's first starring role and the role that put him in the hearts of action film fans, Pitch Black it's time to shine.

The film follows the crew of a commercial transport ship that get's marooned on a planet full of bloodthirsty creatures that only come out to feast at night. But then, they learn that a month-long eclipse is about to occur. Their only hope to survive is the hardened criminal Richard B. Riddick. Who just happened to have his eyes 'shined' while incarcerated giving him the ability to see in the dark.

Pitch Black is a thrilling and action packed scifi ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat. There is a lot of sci-fi violence and there is a good amount of profanity as well. So it is good to keep in mind this is not for the kids and teens. This is a mature audience release.

Arrow Video has restored not only the theatrical release but the Director's cut of the films in 4K. The audio is the original DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround. There is also English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on both cuts. Looking at this release in comparison to the older blu-ray releases, there is no comparison. These films picture is stunning! The picture is crisp and the sound is clear. This is one amazing restoration.

But as with all Arrow Video releases they wouldn't be an Arrow Video release without bonus features. And Boy did they go all out on this release. Take a look.


  • Brand new 4K restoration by Arrow Films of the Theatrical and Director s Cuts of the film, approved by director David Twohy
  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
  • Original DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround on both cuts
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on both cuts
  • Archive commentary with director David Twohy and stars Vin Diesel and Cole Hauser
  • Archive commentary with director David Twohy, producer Tom Engelman and visual effects supervisor Peter Chiang
  • Nightfall: The Making of Pitch Black, a newly filmed interview with director/co-writer David Twohy
  • Black Box: Jackie's Journey, a newly filmed interview with actor Rhiana Griffith
  • Black Box: Shazza's Last Stand, a newly filmed interview with actor Claudia Black
  • Black Box: Bleach Bypassed, a newly filmed interview with cinematographer David Eggby
  • Black Box: Cryo-Locked, a newly filmed interview with visual effects supervisor Peter Chiang
  • Black Box: Primal Sounds, a newly filmed interview with composer Graeme Revell
  • The Making of Pitch Black, a short behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Pitch Black Raw, a comparison between early CG tests and the final footage
  • Additional behind-the-scenes making of footage
  • 2004 archive bonus features, including an introduction by Twohy, A View Into The Dark, and Chronicles of Riddick Visual Encyclopedia
  • Johns Chase Log, a short prequel narrated by Cole Hauser detailing the character s hunt for Riddick
  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury (in 16:9 widescreen with DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio), an animated short film directed by Peter Chung that acts as a bridgepoint between Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick, featuring vocal performances by Vin Diesel, Keith David and Rhiana Griffith reprising their roles
  • Dark Fury bonus features including Bridging The Gap, Peter Chung: The Mind of an Animator, A View Into The Light, and a pre-animation version of the film
  • Slam City, a motion comic from the film s official website
  • Into Pitch Black, a TV special offering an alternative non-canon glimpse into what happened before and after the events of the film
  • Raveworld: Pitch Black Event footage
  • Theatrical trailers, sequels & video game trailers
  • Image galleries
  • Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned 'night' and 'day' artwork by Luke Preece
  • If this is what is to come from Arrow Video for the Ultra HD Blu-rays we are all in for some physical media treats. I am looking forward to what is ahead. It was very noce to see them add the Dark Furyt animated short film to this release. I am hope with that addition, we will get a Blu-ray of The Chronicles of Riddick. That would be Epic.

    So if you are a fan of Vin Diesel or Sci-fi films. I highly suggest the Arrow Video release of Pitch Black. Pitch Black now available at Amazon on Blu-ray or 4K UtraHD.

    Out of 4 Film Reels we would score Arrow Video's 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of Pitch Black....

    (With all these bonus feature it deserve more.)


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