August 17, 2020

New 4K remastering of PITCH BLACK

Spent a few weeks on the Universal lot recently, working with a colorist on the remastering of PITCH BLACK.  Arrow Films of London is spearheading this restoration timed to the film’s 20-year anniversary.  (20 effin’ years?  How is it possible?)  So as of September 1, there’ll be a new UHD/4K version and an updated Blu-Ray, both derived from 4K scans of the original negative.  This isn’t a case of the studio pumping out old product with new cover art — we went back to the source and did things right.

Going in, I had intended to pretty much match the vibe of the original release.  But you know, once you get into it, you find yourself fucking around, making a few visual departures — and some corrections, too:  The desire to improve your work apparently never ends, and when you get the chance, you pounce on it.  Even if it’s two decades later.

Both editions hold both the Director’s Cut — the preferred cut, of course — as well as the shorter theatrical version.  In addition, there’re new bonus material, including recent interviews with me, Claudia Black (Shazza), Rhiana Griffith (Jack), Peter Chiang (VFX maven), David Eggby (DP), Graeme Revell (composer).  Haven’t seen any of those yet — the discs are still stacked on my desk, unwrapped — but especially looking forward to what Claudia has to say.  Always an opinionated lady.

Peeking around the corner, soon I expect to have some news for all you faithful re RIDDICK 4: FURYA.

Be good, be safe.



  1. Bilal Chohan August 17, 2020 at 6:16 am

    Looking forward to RIDDICK 4!
    Pre-ordered a copy of the 4k version of Pitch Black, interested to hear those new interviews!

    • Sam Doyle August 17, 2020 at 3:19 pm

      Still love this film. One of my favorites.

  2. Robert Pool August 17, 2020 at 11:43 am

    looking forward to seeing the remaster of Pitch Black and the news on Riddick 4 – Furya.

    Robert Pool
    Designer of the Riddick Furya tartan

  3. Patrick Fleury August 17, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    I preordered it the moment it was available. Hope to have Chronicles in 4K as well, at some point! Also, Riddick 4 will surely kick some serious a**!

  4. Mario Zakall August 17, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    Cool… very excited about Furya! Bring it on :)

  5. Nicole August 18, 2020 at 6:11 am

    I soooooo can’t wait for Riddick 4.

  6. Mario Zakall August 25, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    Very excited for Riddick: Furya!

  7. Christian Munoz December 3, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    oh Hell yes, i’m game dude!!! Been a fan of this franchise for decades ever since it first began, and can’t wait for “Riddick 4: Furya”!!!

    • Sebastian Klauck July 16, 2021 at 10:35 pm

      Great, but since the Planet is getting dark every 22 years, I would wish there would be a Pitch Black 2 next year. Like Riddick (and some other guys) are accidently getting thrown on this fckg planet again and this time they realise that all the creatures are about to come up to the surface when it’s getting dark, even the big ones wich we saw the bones of in the first movie. Something like that would be great!
      Greetings from someone who just rewatches Pitch Black on german TV late at night, and who remembers how much he was entertained back then at the cinema.
      Sorry for shitty english ?

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