22 Issues We Realized from the ‘Pitch Black’ Commentary


“That’s in all probability my favourite shot within the movie. Thank god it was on me.”

By Rob Hunter · Printed on February seventeenth, 2023

Welcome to Commentary Commentary, the place we sit and hearken to filmmakers speak about their work, then share essentially the most fascinating components. On this version, Rob Hunter revisits the movie that kicked off the Riddick franchise, Pitch Black.

It was not too long ago introduced {that a} fourth entry within the Riddick franchise is heading into pre-production quickly with each author/director David Twohy and lead Vin Diesel returning. Furya will reportedly see Riddick return to his residence planet for some motion/sci-fi/horror shenanigans. The information acquired me nostalgic for the very best movie within the franchise — that’s proper, the very first one.

Pitch Black is a stable little B-movie on a price range — a far cry from the bloated value of 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick and nonetheless cheaper than 2013’s again to fundamentals Riddick — and it delivers enjoyable thrills and funky pictures as a sci-fi creature characteristic. The movie not too long ago made the bounce ti UHD courtesy of Arrow Video, and along with quite a few particular options it additionally features a commentary monitor with Twohy, Diesel, and Cole Hauser. Maintain studying to see what I heard on the commentary monitor for Pitch Black.

Pitch Black (2000)

Commentators: David Twohy (director, co-writer), Vin Diesel (actor), Cole Hauser (actor)

1. The opening credit initially performed over inside pictures with Fry’s (Radha Mitchell) character waking up from cryo-sleep. Early preview audiences have been disoriented, although, and didn’t know the place they have been.

2. The opening voice-over dialogue wasn’t within the script, but it surely was added, once more, to assist orient viewers.

3. Vin Diesel had an anxiousness assault whereas contained in the cryo-chamber as he felt he was trapped in there too lengthy. “I had management of that,” provides Cole Hauser.

4. The POV pictures round 7:50 of the craft rushing nearer and nearer to the alien planet’s floor have been filmed by way of a helicopter. Apparently they acquired too shut at one level and the chopper’s skids grazed the bottom at fifty miles per hour.

5. The out-of-focus pictures are intentional, and Twohy recollects having to work laborious to persuade the cameramen to do it on objective.

6. The Muslim pilgrims do their prayers in the direction of Mecca, and Twohy needed to persuade the Muslim extras to face a number of instructions as this planet has a number of suns.

7. It takes lower than fourteen minutes earlier than Diesel brags about his personal skills. The escape beat the place he lifts his cuffed arms over the pole from behind was deliberate as an results shot, however he managed to do most of it himself.

8. These are all doubles strolling up the hill at 19:22 — principally evident by the hair on Hauser’s double’s head.

9. Hauser might see Diesel whereas reciting his dialogue at 21:32, however his character couldn’t He was fearful that audiences would assume he was silly.

10. Riddick (Diesel) secretly cuts a few of Fry’s hair and smells it, however Diesel hates the shot that instantly follows of him blowing it away as if he was making a want. “It was made up on the day and simply didn’t work and it simply discovered its method within the last reduce.” Twohy, who had management of the reduce, simply says “hmm.”

11. The robotic initially had dialogue, apparently voiced by Diesel, but it surely was deemed pointless and eliminated.

12. The man who’s shot at 26:26 is Diesel’s stunt double.

13. Diesel talks over Twohy to take credit score for the crash zoom shot of Riddick sitting beneath the umbrella with a drink. The director corrects him on some features.

14. “I used to be involved that Riddick appeared too anemic right here,” says Diesel of his character’s combat with Johns (Hauser), “so we needed to discover a method to rip off his goggles and notice that he was nonetheless form of popping out of a deep sleep.”

15. Diesel was fearful about exhibiting transient glimpses of the creatures when Fry enters that cave, particularly as they don’t reach harming her. He was finally satisfied in any other case.

16. Johns shoots up in his tear duct, and it’s one thing Hauser discovered from a neighborhood man throughout manufacturing. He introduced it to Twohy, and after confirming it’s an actual factor and determining learn how to do it virtually, the director added it to the scene. “You’re loopy,” says Diesel.

17. Riddick tosses one thing at 1:01:34 after the creature swarm assault, but it surely’s unclear what it’s. Apparently they shot an insert of him holding a bone up into the wave of creatures solely to see them shortly devour and destroy half of it as they go. “It’s like Riddick testing how harmful” these monsters are.

18. Diesel compares Jack (Rhiana Griffith) calling “Riddick!” to Shane (1953).

19. Diesel “wasn’t gung ho” about his dialogue — “He didn’t know who he was fucking with.” — after defeating the creature by hand. He was completely happy to be confirmed incorrect by viewers response to it.

20. “This complete speaking over the movie might be actually retarded,” says Diesel in reference to them recording a commentary monitor. “On the finish of the day it should belittle the movie. It’s in all probability one of the asinine issues ever created.”

21. Diesel’s view on Riddick is unsurprisingly bloated on the ego entrance. He was involved with the beat the place Fry jumps and knocks him off the ramp as a result of he’s a giant sturdy man, so that they had Riddick be distracted by a sound. Diesel was additionally involved concerning the scene the place Fry comes to avoid wasting him as a result of he feared they have been “giving her somewhat an excessive amount of energy with the intention to rescue” the large sturdy man.

22. The shot at 1:45:12 of the skiff leaving orbit reveals a path of particles. That’s the material wings that are designed to fritter away leaving the environment.

Greatest in Context-Free Commentary

“I like that Common emblem.”

“These guys get fired for capturing out of concentrate on an Oliver Stone movie, or one thing.”

“I just like the backs of individuals’s heads generally.”

“Keith David, the person who smiles and also you smile alongside.”

“Younger boys in all places, you’re welcome.”

“I’m flexing as a lot as I can to heat my physique.”

“This can be a semi-dangerous set.”

“Not wild about my supply or dialogue there.”

“That’s in all probability my favourite shot within the movie. Thank god it was on me.”

Closing Ideas

Pitch Black stays a enjoyable time, and whereas a number of the results have aged they by no means get in the way in which of the leisure. This monitor is an efficient pay attention for followers as all three categorical their appreciation for varied features of the movie. Twohy presents up some technical particulars, Diesel makes himself appear to be one thing of a instrument, and Hauser doesn’t discuss practically sufficient.

Learn extra Commentary Commentary from the archives.

Associated Subjects: Commentary Commentary, Vin Diesel

Rob Hunter has been writing for Movie Faculty Rejects since earlier than you have been born, which is bizarre seeing as he is so rattling younger. He is our Chief Movie Critic and Affiliate Editor and lists ‘Broadcast Information’ as his favourite movie of all time. Be at liberty to say hello for those who see him on Twitter @FakeRobHunter.


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