Summer Glau's Serenity is paired with Vin Diesel's hit movie The Chronicles of Riddick in a DVD box set released by Universal Studios.
Product Details (may vary depending on the DVD sets) :
Actors: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Vin Diesel, Judi Dench
Directors: David Twohy, Joss Whedon
Writers: David Twohy, Joss Whedon, Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat
Producers: Alisa Tager, Barry Mendel
Format: Color, NTSC
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Number of discs: 2
Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Universal Studios
DVD Release Date: April 25, 2006
Run Time: 239 minutes
Customer Review (By Oxford42) :
The 2-in-1 cd pack includes Chronicles of Riddick and Serenity.
Chronicles of Riddick, the sequel to Pitchblack, is a Sci-Fi movie with a Mad Max feel. It is very different movie from the original, Riddick is of course, still Riddick: hard-edged and full of attitude. Chronicles Of Riddick takes place after Riddick's escape from the planet where Pitch Black takes place. It starts with his recapture after being in hiding for many years and propels us intot the futuristic universe of the story where a large sect of religious fanatics called Necromongers are taking over, moving from planet to planet, converting the willing to their faith and killing those who will not convert.
Necromongers are borg-like half-machine half-man beings from many different original planets. Unlike Borgs, they retain their individuality when they are converted. Riddick gets caught up with the Necromongers after he is taken to the prison planet of Crematoria. Crematoria is a sort of reverse to the world of Pitch Black. Here daylight, not nightfall, is the killer. Overall, this is a great movie for action fans.
In Serenity, Joss Whedon expands the Firefly Universe in the same way that his brilliantly unique series pushed the boundries of Television and Movies. This is a good sci-fi flick set in a world ruled by the "Alliance" (think the Imperials from Star Wars). The plot was well constructed, with a progressing storyline and characters who became more developed as the movie continued.
The crew of Serenity, also the name of their ship, are an eccentric mix of people including war veterans, a priest, a mercenary, a pilot, a mechanic, and a doctor and his strange sister who is being who are both wanted by the Alliance. When the crew learns of a secret Alliance project, they feel there is only one right thing to do, and at any cost. The genius that is Joss Whedon, created a thouroghly enjoyable movie that is watchable whether you are familiar with the show that spawned it or not.
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