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|Dark Fury - The Chronicles of Riddick |
Actors: Vin Diesel, Rhiana Griffith, Keith David, Roger Jackson, Tress MacNeille
Director: Peter Chung
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Anime & Manga, Animation
Extend The Chronicles of Riddick experience with this all-new, visionary animated film that bridges the incredible stories of Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick . Starring Vin Diesel as the voice and likeness of Rid... more »
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You Don't Know Jack...
Marc Ruby? | Warren, MI USA | 07/14/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Dark Fury is a set piece that bridges the gap between Pitch Black and its grander cousin, The Chronicles of Riddick. It follows the characters of Riddick, Abu 'Imam al-Walid, and Jack as they cross paths with a ship of body hunters (they catch people and freeze them for later use) and are brought on board. The captain of the ship, Chillingsworth has an interesting hobby - she captures wanted criminals and makes living statues of them.
No surprise, Riddick is high on her list of cryo-candidates. Using Jack and Abu as bait Chillingsworth forces Riddick to participate in a life or death. As you may imagine, Riddick doesn't fight on a schedule, nor does he call it quits when the curtain falls. Be prepared for a string of grim confrontations as our anti-hero takes on an entire ship.
I'm not as big a fan of the Aeon Flux animation team as others are, but they really did managed to make this film work with only a slight touch if CGI. The high level of action seems to fit the style very well, and even Riddick's brutality displays moments of true grace. My big complaint, and the reason this will never get more than four stars from me, is that it is way too short. I would rather pay more for a longer, better-developed story, to be honest.
But it is fun. Hopefully they will make more."
A Brief Respite...
T. Overkamp | Mid-America | 06/16/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Did you love Pitch Black? Then you will probably like Dark Fury.
I recommend it. It is worth seeing.I am a huge fan of Pitch Black and have been since I saw it in the theater. I was very excited about the release of a "Sequel" this summer. I was not particularly impressed by "The Chronicles of Riddick".After I saw "The Chronicles of Riddick" in the theater... I found out about "Dark Fury." I was determined to acquire a copy as soon as it was released."Dark Fury" was a much better "sequel." It really is a shame that it was only 35 minutes long. I will admit, the storyline is pretty straightforward and somewhat trite, but I was beyond caring because of the incredible animation. Peter Chung has brought the characters of Pitch Black to animated life in his distinctive style, but without losing any of their own distinctive characteristics. They really nailed the way Riddick moves, fights, and reacts. There is a sequence that happens in "zero-gee", and is handled beautifully. It is perfect, and wonderful.This story feels less like a "bridging storyline" between two live action films, and more like an episode of a beautiful cartoon series that one might find on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. I found myself desperately wishing that an animated series would be born, thanks to this featurette.There are some good special features. I enjoyed the interviews and the discussions about how they pieced the series together.One bonus: Rhianna Griffith, who originated the role of Jack, provided the voice of Jack for "Dark Fury". This is a treat, since she was replaced in "The Chronicles of Riddick" by Alexa Davalos.
It was nice to hear "Jack" speak in her "own" voice. The other characters from "Pitch Black" were voiced by their original actors as well. A nice touch."
Essential Part Of The Riddick Series
Stephen B. O'Blenis | Nova Scotia, Canada | 12/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Pitch Black"/"Chronicles Of Riddick" fans, do NOT pass this one up just because of its short running time and animated nature! A gem of the Asian style of animation, this underseen chapter covers events between "Pitch Black" and "Chronicles", picking up almost immediately after the former. Tells a more compact tale, meaning the apprx. 30-minute running time is not a hindrance (although if you want to talk price, then yeah, it could be argued that it should be a little less expensive for its brevity. Makes up for it by being just plain better than most 2-hour entries in the Action/Sci-Fi field). The ship carrying the first movie's survivors is picked up by what at first appears to be just another merc ship but turns out to have a much weirder, more original, and more interesting nature; also brings into play some visually astounding alien lifeforms.
Eclipses "Chronicles Of Riddick" and equals, perhaps surpasses "Pitch Black" A must for fans of the series or of such animated fare as "The Animatrix", "Galerians: Rion" or "Blood: The Last Vampire".
Interesting sidenote: this isn't star Vin Diesel's first foray into animation. Also check out the more child-friendly and seriously under-appreciated "Iron Giant" from 1999, where Diesel voices the title character."
Nice bridging, cool anime
Inspector Gadget | On the trail of Doctor Claw | 11/27/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was a big fan of the bizarro Aeon Flux back in the 90's and director Peter Chung brings that wonderful style to the universe of Riddick (much like he did in The Animatrix).
Dark Fury is a small story set between Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick (which I haven't seen) in which Riddick, Jack and Abu dock their scout vessel with an ominous and evil ship filled with frozen Mercs and run by a vicious female overlord with a perverted idea of imprisonment.
The whole thing is basically an excuse for some quick violence but it's entertaining and expands upon the Riddick universe in interesting ways. I can see why Vin Diesel chose this franchise over TFATF and xXx.
The DVD is in non-anamorphic (!) 1.85:1 widescreen with Dolby 5.1 sound and a bunch of whogivesadamn extras."