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‘Pitch Black’ restored in 4k for UHD BD & Blu-ray Special Editions [Updated]

Pitch-Black-Arrow-Video-Blu-ray-special-edition-600pxPitch Black (2000) has been restored to 4k for release on Ultra HD Blu-ray (2160p) and   Blu-ray (1080p) special editions from Arrow Video. The editions include both the theatrical and director cuts of the film, along with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound.

The 4k Blu-ray version features High Dynamic Range via Dolby Vision (compatible with HDR10) for increased color depth. Pitch Black is a notably dark film, so we’re excited to see how HDR can expand the amount of visible details possible with 4k resolution and deeper color depth.

The packaging for the Blu-ray and 4k Blu-ray special editions is notably different (see the Blu-ray design below), but the Ultra HD Blu-ray version is easily recognizable by the header and HDR label on the face.

Pitch Black is list-priced $39.95 (now $27.99 on Blu-ray) and $49.95 (now $19.99 on 4k Blu-ray). Both editions release on Aug. 18, 2020. (Buy on Amazon)

[Update 1: US release date for the 4k Blu-ray edition pushed to Sept. 1, 2020. UK/Canada release dates stay August 17/18.]

[Update 2: Due to a printing error the UHD BD release will no longer include a slipcase in any territory.]

4k Blu-ray Special Edition Contents

  • Brand new 4K restoration by Arrow Films of the Theatrical and Director Cuts of the film, approved by director David Twohy
  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
  • Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround on both cuts
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on both cuts
  • Archive commentary with director David Twohy and stars Vin Diesel and Cole Hauser
  • Archive commentary with director David Twohy, producer Tom Engelman and visual effects supervisor Peter Chiang
  • Nightfall: The Making of Pitch Black, a newly filmed interview with director/co-writer David Twohy
  • Black Box: Jackie’s Journey, a newly filmed interview with actor Rhiana Griffith
  • Black Box: Shazza’s Last Stand, a newly filmed interview with actor Claudia Black
  • Black Box: Bleach Bypassed, a newly filmed interview with cinematographer David Eggby
  • Black Box: Cryo-Locked, a newly filmed interview with visual effects supervisor Peter Chiang
  • Black Box: Primal Sounds, a newly filmed interview with composer Graeme Revell
  • The Making of Pitch Black, a short behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Pitch Black Raw, a comparison between early CG tests and the final footage
  • Additional behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the film
  • 2004 archive bonus features, including an introduction by Twohy, A View Into The Dark, and Chronicles of Riddick Visual Encyclopedia
  • Johns Chase Log, a short prequel narrated by Cole Hauser detailing the character s hunt for Riddick
  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury (in 16:9 widescreen with DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio), an animated short film directed by Peter Chung that acts as a bridgepoint between Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick, featuring vocal performances by Vin Diesel, Keith David and Rhiana Griffith reprising their roles
  • Dark Fury bonus features including Bridging The Gap, Peter Chung: The Mind of an Animator, A View Into The Light, and a pre-animation version of the film
  • Slam City, a motion comic from the film s official website
  • Into Pitch Black, a TV special offering an alternative non-canon glimpse into what happened before and after the events of the film
  • Raveworld: Pitch Black Event, footage of a dance music event held to promote the film
  • Theatrical trailers, plus trailers for the two sequels and video game
  • Image galleries
  • Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned ‘night’ and ‘day’ artwork by Luke Preece
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collectors booklet featuring new writing by Simon Ward on the film’s creature designs.


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2 COMMENTS

  1. Agreed. It is such a cool movie but with that poor color grading looks like an indie or student film! Or, like the old James Bond films that were filmed during day filtered to look like night. For the yeara 2000 you would have expected better. Maybe the 4k restoration will be better than expected. Arrow?

  2. Pitch Black Seriously needs to have the coloring re-edited. They simply applied a 1 second blue filter effect from windows movie maker in the first half of the movie and it looks like a movie from the late 80’s.
    They need to re colour that section of the film its horrendous.
    It’s a very grainy movie and grain makes movies look OLD so up scaling to 4k won’t make it look any better and i’m not sure HDR can save what the movie is.
    ALSO WTF can use simply add dolby atmos seriously it is an extra couple of speakers even if a piss poor effort of attempted it woundn’t cost much . . . . . .

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