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Vin Diesel stars in "The Chronicles of Riddick"

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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Sept. 28, 2004 - Vin Diesel is back as Riddick in the action-packed event "The Chronicles of Riddick," coming to DVD and VHS on November 16, 2004. Available in an exclusive Unrated Director's Cut version that takes fans beyond the movie experience with 14 additional minutes of footage not seen in theaters, the extended film includes a new character and never-before-seen visual effects. Additionally, video game fans can place the DVD in their Xbox(R) console and play the first level of the acclaimed "The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay" game from Vivendi Universal Games. From writer-director David Twohy, the film continues the story of escaped convict Riddick, who through incredible battles in fantastic and dangerous worlds, emerges as the most unlikely of heroes in a fight for survival that will determine the fate of humanity.

Joining Diesel is a talented ensemble cast including Alexa Davalos (HBO's "And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself"), Thandie Newton ("Mission: Impossible II"), Karl Urban ("The Bourne Supremacy," "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" and "The Return of the King"), Colm Feore ("Chicago," "The Sum of All Fears") Academy Award(R) winner Judi Dench ("Shakespeare in Love," "Chocolat"), and Keith David, reprising his "Pitch Black" role as Imam.

Building upon the scope and vision of his "Pitch Black," writer-director Twohy and his accomplished team of creative and technical artists establish an astonishing backdrop on which the explosive story plays out. With incredible special effects, "The Chronicles of Riddick" fills the screen with incredible battles, creating a non-stop thrill like you've never experienced before.

"The Chronicles of Riddick" DVD includes a universe of exciting special features that showcase the film's action and visual effects:
* Riddick's Worlds
* Vin Diesel takes you on a behind-the-scenes guided tour of the Riddick sets
* Interactive 360 degree view of 8 different sets from the film
* Play "The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay" Xbox Game!
* Put this DVD into your Xbox console and play the first level of the stunning "The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay" game from Vivendi Universal Games.
* Virtual Guide to "The Chronicles of Riddick" * An interactive guide that immerses the viewer in "The Chronicles of Riddick" from the perspectives of the characters
* Riddick Insider Facts on Demand
* Scene specific background facts and trivia on the characters, planetary guides and more behind-the-story information are displayed on-screen in real time as you watch the movie!
* Visual Effects Revealed
* A play-by-play breakdown of the most complex and compelling visual effects in "The Chronicles of Riddick"
* Toombs' Chase Log
* Track the hunt for Riddick from bounty-hunter "Toombs'" perspective and follow the action leading up to the opening scene of the movie

In addition to the aforementioned bonus features, "The Chronicles of Riddick Unrated Director's Cut" DVD also includes:
* Deleted Scenes -- to further extend the Riddick experiences, in addition to the extended film, the Director's Cut DVD will also feature five minutes of never-before-seen deleted scenes.
* Audio commentary with writer/director David Twohy and actors Karl Urban and Alexa Davalos

"THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK" SYNOPSIS:
After spending five years outrunning ruthless bounty hunters, escaped convict Riddick (Vin Diesel) finds himself between opposing forces in a fight for the future of the human race. Aided by the mysterious Aereon (Judi Dench), who helps him unearth the secrets of his past, Riddick emerges as a reluctant hero in the fight against the evil Lord Marshal (Colm Feore) and his army led by young commander Vaako (Karl Urban) and his beautiful, power-hungry wife (Thandie Newton). Exiled to a subterranean prison, Riddick encounters Kyra (Alexa Davalos), the lone survivor from an earlier chapter in his life. Riddick's efforts to free himself and Kyra lead them to the enemy command ship where he wages a battle that will determine the fate of the universe.

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