'Riddick' and 'Riddick: The Complete Collection' Announced for Blu-ray

Posted Wed Nov 13, 2013 at 01:00 PM PST by

Vin Diesel will be hunted down again on Blu-ray this January.

In an early announcement to retailers, Universal Studios says 'Riddick' will have a Blu-ray release on January 14.

Diesel reprises his role as antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy. Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless, Riddick finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he's encountered. The only way off is for the hardened killer to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty. The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won't leave the planet without Riddick's head as their trophy.

The Blu-ray will feature the Unrated Director’s Cut (with even more intense, heart-pounding sequences not shown in theaters and an alternate ending) in 1080p video, a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack, and supplements include: 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; and Riddick - Blindsided: A motion comic prequel that fills in the gap since The Chronicles of Riddick.

Blu-ray exclusives include: 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; 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; and 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.

A Blu-ray boxed set featuring all four films in the franchise will also be available on the same date for diehard fans of the series.

Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is $34.98, while the box set is to be determined.

You can find the latest specs for 'Riddick' and 'Riddick: The Complete Collection' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's now indexed under January 14.

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Riddick (Blu-ray)
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