Universal’s Riddick starring Vin Diesel is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on January 14, 2014.. The Digital HD release date is nearly a month earlier on December 17, timed to take advantage of the holidays.
Riddick is the third film in the franchise from writer and director David Twohy that stars Diesel as a deadly Furyan that everyone seemingly wants to kill. The Blu-ray edition will include a new unrated cut of the film with an alternate ending in addition to the R-rated theatrical cut that runs eight minutes longer at 127 minutes total. The film co-stars Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff, Jordi Molla, WWE superstar Dave Bautista, Noah Danby, Danny Blanco Hall, Bokeem Woodbine, Matt Nable, Raoul Trujillo, Conrad Pla, Neil Napier, Nolan Gerard Funk and Keri Lynn Hilson.
Universal will present Riddick on Blu-ray in 2.4:1 1080p video and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio with the following extras including Blu-ray exclusives as noted:
- Blu-ray Exclusive: 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.
- Blu-ray Exclusive: 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.
- Blu-ray Exclusive: 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 Molla, 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.
Releasing alongside Riddick on Blu-ray will be Riddick: The Complete Collection on Blu-ray that includes Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick and Riddick, as well as an added bonus in the animated film The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury.
Click here to pre-order Riddick for a discounted price at Amazon.com.