of Riddick: Dark Fury (2004)
(voices) Vin Diesel, Nick Chinlund, Keith David
Directed by: Peter Chung
Written by: David Twohy (story) Brett Mathews (screenplay)
Produced by: Jae Y. Moh, John Kafka
Running Time: 102 minutes
Rating: not rated
say that I mind the new trend of releasing an OVA (original
video animation) with your big budget film. We got a sweet
deal with last year’s Animatrix, released
with the two Matrix sequels, Van Helsing had an
OVA (which I haven’t seen) and now we get Dark
Fury, on the heels of the Chronicles of Riddick.
The gang who
brought us Chronicles of Riddick (the movie) had
the presence of mind to snatch one of the hottest and most
innovative animation directors around for this gig. Peter
Chung is the mind behind MTV’s brilliant Aeon
Flux animated series (and soon to be motion
picture), the guy who helmed Matriculated on
the aforementioned Animatrix, and the perfect choice to
bring Riddick to life in the animated world. If you’re
familiar with Chung’s overly sinewy heroes and heroines,
then you’ll realize why that style works so well with
Vin Diesel as the model.
basically picks up right after Riddick’s first appearance
in Pitch Black and answers some questions about
what the cast did before the Chronicles of Riddick
movie. Riddick and the survivors of Pitch Black
get caught on a bounty hunter ship and must face mercenaries
and a seriously freaky chick who takes art appreciation
to a new level.
plenty of good one-liners here, some familiar characters
and some new things you won’t see anywhere else. The
action scenes are very good, much better than anything you’ll
see outside of Japan. This is a tight animated short. If
there’s anything I can complain about it is the fact
that it’s only 35 minutes in length, but they pack
a lot in for that length of time.
The extras on
this DVD will double your viewing time though. There is
a behind-the-scenes featurette that has interviews with
Vin Diesel, David Twohy (the director of the Chronicles
of Riddick) and Peter Chung, plus some footage from
all three incarnations of Riddick. There’s also a
great interview that focuses on Peter Chung alone, a teaser
for Chronicles of Riddick and a version of the
animated short that has moving storyboards that run the
full length of the original.
You should be
able to get this DVD for around ten bones and it’s
well worth that. If you enjoy animation as much as the Beefboy,
then you should check this out.
this DVD a 7, out of 10.
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