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Pitch Black + The Chronicles of Riddick (Universal Blu-ray)


Picture: B+ †††Sound: A-††† Extras: B- †††Films: B/C+



Weíve already extensively covered Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick when they arrived on the now defunct HD-DVD format, you can read about each of them here:


Pitch Black


The Chronicles of Riddick



Now both films are available for fans who chose the Blu-ray format, which won the HD battle.While the film is essentially the same (both are unrated directors cut) the Blu-rays feature better picture and sound quality here.


The HD-DVDís were far too soft and showcased the films digital work poorly, these Blu-ray editions are still presented in 2.35 X 1 with 1080p High Definition transfers, but the Blu-rays get the mix just right with excellent detail, color/contrast, and give the films new life on the format.The same can be said for the films sound, which you can read about the previous HD-DVDís and their limitations, even though they were released with DTS soundtracks, they were not DTS-HD 5.1 mixes like we have here on the Blu-ray.The lossless DTS-HD mixes finally restore the energy and sound design that these films had in the theater with plenty of kick throughout.I always thought that Pitch Black had a very unique soundtrack that was utilized quite well with its stylized camerawork; finally the Blu-ray offers that sound mix with more detail, fidelity, and overall depth that fans know the film is capable of.


While the supplements are carried over, make no mistake about it that the Blu-rays run laps around the HD-DVDs, which at the time were a step above the standard definition DVDís issued.Fans will be incredibly glad to finally see lossless mixes that these films are clearly designed for and we are getting to the point where there are very few films left that have yet to be released on Blu-ray that were on HD-DVD.



-†† Nate Goss


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