Universal Studios Home Entertainment sent me the Riddick Blu-ray Combo Pack for review on my movie blog. The film is the third movie in the series. The story is about a wanted criminal (played by Vin Diesel) marooned on a planet full of dangerous creatures. The creatures are so dangerous that Riddick is barely surviving. There is a lot of action and I enjoyed the overall story. It’s better than the first Riddick movie, but I didn’t think it was as good as the second one. On the positive side, it’s still worth watching if you’re a fan of the series. Riddick is available now on Digital HD. It will be available on DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow (January 14, 2014). Continue reading to learn five things about the Riddick Blu-ray.
5 Things About the Riddick Blu-ray Combo Pack
- Riddick is the third movie in the series
Riddick is part three of a trilogy. The first two films were Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick, but you don’t really need to see them to understand the third film. Riddick is only loosely tied to the first two movies. In the first story, Riddick was a prisoner on a ship that crashes on a planet with three suns. When the planet is plunged into darkness by an eclipse (somehow this is possible even with three suns), nocturnal creatures try to kill everything they can. In the second story, Riddick arrives on a planet at the same time Necromongers invade. Riddick fights them and eventually becomes their leader.
- It’s like Pitch Black
In the third film, Riddick is marooned on a planet full of dangerous creatures. The Necromongers left him there to die. In order to survive, he sends out a signal to attract mercs (bounty hunters). He hopes to escape the planet by taking one of their ships. Unfortunately, a storm awakens hundreds of deadly creatures that are hard to kill. Sounds a bit like Pitch Black, doesn’t it? And like Pitch Black, a lot of the action takes place in the dark.
- The film is rated R
There are two versions of the movie. The theatrical version is rated R for strong violence, language and some sexual content and nudity. I watched the director’s cut version. It’s unrated, but my guess is that it would be rated R if it had a rating. There is some sex talk, but I don’t think there was an actual sex scene. There was also a brief nude scene where you can see a breast during a shower scene. Nothing nasty, so the film is fine for most kids.
- Starbuck is a merc
The star of the movie is Vin Diesel (Riddick), but my favorite character is Dahl. She’s a merc played by Katee Sackhoff. I still remember her as Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica. I missed that series. The film also featured Jordi Mollà (Santana), Matt Nable (Boss Johns), Dave Bautista (Diaz), Bokeem Woodbine (Moss), Raoul Trujillo (Lockspur), Conrad Pla (Vargas), Danny Blanco Hall (Falco), Noah Danby (Nunez), Neil Napier (Rubio), Nolan Gerard Funk (Luna), Karl Urban (Vaako), Andreas Apergis (Krone), and Keri Hilson (prisoner). Riddick was directed by David Twohy.
- Riddick Bonus Features Exclusively on Blu-ray
In addition to the movie on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD (Ultraviolet), the Riddick Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a bunch of special features:
- 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.
- 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.
- The Twohy Touch
More info: Riddick Blu-ray Combo Pack