Includes a making-of featurette and two audio commentaries: one with David Twohy, Vin Diesel, and Cole Hauser; the other with Twohy, producer Tom Engelman and visual effects supervisor Peter Chiang. There are also production notes, cast and crew biographies, theatrical trailers, and a Raveworld Pitch Black Events (dance parties promoting the movie) video.
DVD General Information
Universal Studios Home Video
Rated R for sci-fi violence and gore and for language.
Also available in an unrated version (catalog number 21106).
When mechanical failures cause the crash landing of a spaceship on an abandoned planet, the surviving passengers
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits the same excellent quality. The picture is sharp and finely detailed, with crisp details and impeccable clarity. The alien planet under the yellow & red suns is an absolutely engrossing picture, as are scenes when the blue sun rises. As discussed in the audio commentary, cinematographer David Eggby used filters in front of the light sources, instead of using red or blue filters on the camera lens, then made an unprecedented decision to bleach-bypass the original negative-as opposed to the interpositive. In normal cases when an interpositive is bleach-bypassed, the process is visually done to enhance blacks (as in Se7en), and every scene is affected. Eggby and director David Twohy wanted an overexposed, radical look for the exterior scenes only, while scenes on the spaceship and during the eclipse to be processed normally. Colors are vibrant and balanced in the normally processed scenes, while appearing surreal and beautiful in the bleach-bypassed scenes. Lighting was weighed heavily during filming because, during the eclipse, the only light on the planet would originate from whatever the space travellers had available (flashlights, candles, or fiber optics from the space ship). Backlighting was used during the rain sequences, but most of the time, blackness fills the backgrounds. This is a visually stunning picture on all accounts. (Suzanne Hodges)
The first thing that grabbed my interest was the DVD reviews. But after I purchased that first issue and read the reviews, I got hooked on all of the other information contained in each issue. I had adopted the DVD format fairly early on, and I have had a strong preference for widescreen, dating back to my VHS days. The technical information is a godsend. I feel that I have saved so much money by avoiding inferior quality DVDs. I was very ignorant about the technology out there for home theatre and was not aware of the resources I had that were really going to waste. (5.1 in my movie collection) I read and read and read and finally updated my antiquated system. It is such a wonderful joy to turn down the lights, turn up the sound, and enjoy movies more than I ever could at a theatre. I knew it was worth it even more when my wife said, “Cool” as we watched The Others with true surround sound. Widescreen Review has actually helped improve my quality of life!