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DVD Reviews: Pitch Black (collector's edition)

The Final Say!

Review Score
Reviewed by Tory Favro
Review Date: 16 June 2002
Distributed by: Columbia Tristar

Trapped on a planet with three suns, the day can kill you if you are out long enough. The nights are populated with a vicious breed of creature that cannot exist in the light.

A passenger ship crashes leaving the occupants to fend for themselves in this hostile environment. As power, supplies and passenger numbers dwindle, the survivors are forced to turn to a prisoner with a violent temperament for assistance. Played by Vin Diesel, the convict is their only hope for survival with eerie eyes that can see in the night. Will it be enough to make it through the darkness?

I found Pitch Black to be an enjoyable watch. The seeing in the dark bit was innovative and the movie conveyed the sense of space travel without having to resort initially to a lot of special effect (so it appears). The aliens are well designed and terrifying to look at although on occasion the CGI was not particularly convincing. The story is solid and entertaining. Sound quality is good and on a decent surround system you will find yourself ducking attacks from all around you. The movie looks good and I could not discern any mpeg artifacts (little squares on the screen) and the blacks naturally enough came through nicely.

A nice title to add to your collection.

- Tory Favro

Widescreen Presentation
Audio commentary by director David Twohy, Vin Diesel and Cole Hauser
Audio commentary by director David Twohy, producer Tom Engelman and visual effects supervisor Peter Chiang
Behind the scenes featurette with interviews
Original movie Trailers
Raveworld Pitch Black event - footage from rave parties celebrating the US release of Pitch Black
Cast & Filmmakers notes
Production notes

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