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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Judge Dredd (bluray) us import
Judge Dredd bluray us import
this disc is region free so will play on uk players,the picture and sound are great it leaves the old dvd for dead
i cant understand why no uk disc but its easy to import enjoy
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3.0 out of 5 stars The box has WIDESCREEN across the top , 2.35:1.
The box has WIDESCREEN across the top , 2.35:1. This is a LIE. In this day and age, just about most people have a WIDESCREEN tv and you'd expect something marked WIDESCREEN would be a perfect fit on a 16:9 TV. Unfortunately this disc is manufactured by MONKEYS who cant tell the difference between 16:9 and 4:3. Honestly the technical ability of the outfit bringing you this...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The box has WIDESCREEN across the top , 2.35:1., 27 Jan 2010
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The box has WIDESCREEN across the top , 2.35:1. This is a LIE. In this day and age, just about most people have a WIDESCREEN tv and you'd expect something marked WIDESCREEN would be a perfect fit on a 16:9 TV. Unfortunately this disc is manufactured by MONKEYS who cant tell the difference between 16:9 and 4:3. Honestly the technical ability of the outfit bringing you this movie could fit on the head of a pin. Its actually a 2.35:1 picture in a 4:3 frame ( Whatever the hell that works out to be when expanded to 16:9) , so anybody with a widescreen tv has to expand the picture to its fullest extent to get the right shape, which also means you get the LOWEST definition that way. This might seem like I'm making a big deal about nothing , right? Or you can look at it from the angle of, " I've been sold a defective product that should have been scrapped at manufacture, and they're lying to me ON THE COVER ". The Movie gets 3 stars , The DVD presentation gets (minus)-5 stars. Dont waste your money on this or wait until some other distributor remasters it and does it properly.......
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Judge Dredd (bluray) us import, 16 Dec 2013
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Judge Dredd bluray us import
this disc is region free so will play on uk players,the picture and sound are great it leaves the old dvd for dead
i cant understand why no uk disc but its easy to import enjoy
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but frustrating, 2 Aug 2005
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Danny Cannon's Judge Dredd is an entertaining enough sci-fi action flick, but I can't help wincing whenever I watch it. Cannon claims to be a fan of the original comic strip, which suggests that he didn't have a great deal of creative control, because plenty of liberties are taken here.

I would never have expected the makers of the movie to be 100% faithful to the comic, but some of the changes that were made were superficial and pointless, and that's what irritates me. For one thing it's set in the wrong year, the Chief Judge is inexplicably called Chief Justice, Rico is locked up in Aspen rather than Titan, the heroic Chief Judge Griffin is one of the movie's villains, while in the comic both McGruder and Silver were Chief Judges... and Silver was black! And another thing... if Rico is Dredd's clone, shouldn't they be identical??

As a movie it's okay. The dialogue is pretty awful (e.g. "I knew you'd say that"), and the acting is adequate (Stallone is fairly dire and Rob Schneider is exceptionally annoying as Fergie, but Diane Lane does well as Judge Hershey, Armand Assante is deliciously nasty as Rico and Max von Sydow adds some much-needed professionalism to proceedings). The action scenes also just-about pass muster, although the hover-bike chase fails to convince, and the climactic punch-up in the Statue of Liberty is a bit of a damp squib.

In the end though, it's all fairly entertaining nonsense. It's just a shame that when the producers decide to bring Dredd to the big screen, they didn't have the courage to do it properly - as far as I'm concerned not hiring John Wagner or Alan Grant to work on the script was a crime worthy of life in an Iso-Cube.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected, 24 Nov 2004
This film was almost universally hated, by critics and Dredd fans alike, so I didn't get round to watching it for a long time. Dredd is one of my all time favourite comics and I didn't want to see it ruined by a bad film.
WHAT'S GOOD. Sylvester Stallone is the perfect man to play Dredd. I know not everyone agrees, but just scroll up and look at the picture. The first half hour or so of the film captures the atmoshere of the comics and MegaCity 1 perfectly, and gives anyone a good idea of what the comics are like.
WHAT'S BAD. The story. In short the story was not right for the character. I can understand that the film makers wanted Rico as the villain because it gives a lot of the back story as to where Dredd came from, but the way in which it was done had too many holes in it. Like the fact that Dredd has identical DNA to Fargo as well as Rico, was completely ignored. Dredd shouldn't have been sent to prison in the first place, he should have been chasing Rico round MegaCity 1. Diane Lane was very pretty, but essentially mis-cast as Judge Hershey (who's older in the comics and Dredd's superior) .As for Dredd's comedy sidekick bloke... He really DID deserve to go to prison! He was totally unneccesary - less said about him the better.
The other thing that needs to be mentioned is that in the film Dredd takes his helmet off! This upset many a Dreddhead, since he NEVER takes his helmet off in the comics - even when he's standing around in his underpants. I concede this probably couldn't be easily avoided on film, and it wasn't totally gratuitous but still, on screen Stallone was Dredd until he took off the helmet. Then he was just Stallone.
Overall as a film it isn't bad, it's an entertaining piece of sci-fi. If you like the film, you'll like the comics more. If you like the comics the film will leave you cold.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Judge Dredd [Blu-ray] [1995] [US Import], 20 Jun 2013
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after watching the latest Dredd film (brilliant by the way) I was yearning for more Judge Dredd and really the only option is this, This film has aged quite well, I must say I like it more than when I first saw it obviously the 2000 AD purists will be slating me but I really enjoyed this, its not as good as the new dredd film but definitely worth a watch
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5.0 out of 5 stars Judge Dredd [1995] [Blu-ray] [US Import], 9 Mar 2014
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Judge Dredd [1995] [Blu-ray] [US Import] Prepare yourself for the nonstop action-adventure thrill ride ‘Judge Dredd’ – exploding onto Blu-ray for the first time, featuring a digital restoration with enhanced picture and sound. Academy Award® nominees Sylvester Stallone [Best Actor, 1976, Rocky] and Diane Lane [Best Actress, 2002, Unfaithful] brings the story of a legendary comic book hero to life.

In a time when all-powerful “judges” act with supreme authority of both the police force and legal system, Judge Dredd is the most feared law enforcer of them all. But when a former Judge [Armand Assante] hatches a sinister plot to overthrow the government and eliminate the Judges, Dredd is framed for murder! Get ready for an explosive action-adventure thrill ride as Dredd does whatever it takes to restore justice!

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Armand Assante, Rob Schneider, Diane Lane, Jürgen Prochnow, Max von Sydow, Joanna Miles, Joan Chen, Balthazar Getty, Maurice Roëves, Giancarlo Esposito, Ian Dury, Christopher Adamson, Ewen Bremner, Peter Marinker, Angus MacInnes, Scott Wilson and James Earl Jones (narrator voice)

Director: Danny Cannon

Producers: Beau E. L. Marks and Charles Lippincott

Screenplay: Steven E. de Souza and William Wisher, Jr.

Composer: Alan Silvestri

Cinematography: Adrian Biddle

Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French: 5.1 Dolby Digital, and Spanish: 2.0 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

Region: All Regions

Running Time: 96 minutes

Number of discs: 1

Studio: Hollywood Pictures Home Entertainment

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review – Plagued by production delays and reported feuds between its star and director, ‘Judge Dredd’ fizzled at the US box office in the summer of 1995, though it did much better overseas, where Sylvester Stallone was still selling tickets. In his own backyard, Sylvester Stallone's performance was mocked by critics, who also attacked the film's futuristic design as derivative (not without reason) and its effects as cheesy, which some of them were, due to time constraints. Sylvester Stallone was nominated for a Razzie as the worst actor of that year.

Time has been kind to ‘Judge Dredd,’ vindicating those who enjoyed it sitting and watching it in the cinema and of course fans who have discovered it since it was released for home video viewing. By today's CGI standards, all of its effects look cheesy and slightly dated, which is to say, they're largely practical or based on miniatures. After sitting through one cutting-edge computer-generated environment after another, filled with actors who seem increasingly detached from their surroundings, these kinds of productions have acquired new appeal. As for the film's derivative elements, who among us can keep count of the dystopian futurist tales to which we've been exposed in the last two decades? At some point, they all begin to look the same and anything with a coherent story and a memorable character stands apart from the pack. ‘Judge Dredd’ has both, and a lot more.

The character originated in a 1977 comic series first published in the British anthology 2000AD. Director Danny Cannon, who was in his early twenties and had only made one previous film when he was tapped to direct, grew up reading the Dredd comics and had definite ideas about how the character should appear on film. Unfortunately, Sylvester Stallone was the star, and he too had ideas, which included showing his face, unlike the graphic character, who never did. Entire books were written about the production battles, but that's too big a subject for this review.

The unmistakable (and uncredited) voice of James Earl Jones provides our introduction to the bleak future world of Judge Dredd. Humanity is crowded into a few habitable areas called "Mega-cities" that are walled off from the rest of the parched land known as the Cursed Earth. The overcrowded Mega-cities became anarchic and ungovernable until a new order was instituted, based upon the Law and enforced by Judges, each of whom combines the function of judge, jury and executioner. The greatest, most respected and fearsome is Judge Joseph Dredd [Sylvester Stallone]. As our introduction to how the system works, Dredd subdues a vicious "block war" in a vertiginous residential neighbourhood, "judging" and mowing down dozens of combatants, including one of the warlord ringleaders [James Remar]. His only assistance is a junior "street" judge named Hershey [Diane Lane] and a rookie who doesn't survive the operation.

Caught up in the melee is Herman 'Fergee' Ferguson [Rob Schneider], freshly paroled from Aspen Penitentiary. Truly an innocent bystander, he is nevertheless judged by Dredd as a repeat offender and returned to prison for a five-year term. It's the film's first hint that the Law may be overly severe.

The Judges answer to a Council of Justices, of which the leader is Dredd's mentor, Chief Justice Fargo [Max von Sydow]. After the severity of Dredd's handling of the block war, the Chief Justice orders his star pupil to spend two days a week at the Judges' Academy teaching, of all things, ethics to young cadets, including a rising star, Cadet Nathan Olmeyer [Balthazar Getty]. Hershey reproaches Dredd for being too severe in his portrayal of a Judge's lonely existence, but this is life as Dredd understands it. He has no friends and resists all emotion. He had a friend once, but he had to judge him. Dredd's "friend" was actually his brother, Rico [Armand Assante], also a Judge. Contrary to what Dredd and the rest of the world believe, Rico isn't dead but in isolation under maximum security in Aspen Penitentiary. In a scene that recalls Demolition Man, Rico is brought a message from a secret "benefactor" by Warden Miller [Maurice Roëves], which provides an opportunity for a dramatic and bloody escape.

One more detail: Rico kills Vartis Hammond [Mitch Ryan] (and his wife) on camera while successfully impersonating Dredd. Dredd, who can't dispute the Law, is tried, convicted and sentenced to death, but his surrogate father, Chief Justice Fargo, is able to spare his life by resigning and invoking an old custom that the last wish of a resigning Justice be granted. Fargo's successor, Justice Griffin [Jürgen Prochnow], who suggested the strategy (I wonder why?) commutes Dredd's sentence to life imprisonment.

Just like previous films of this calibre, Dredd's prison shuttle is shot down en route, and Dredd has to fight his way through numerous obstacles back to Mega-city, accompanied by Herman 'Fergee' Ferguson [Rob Schneider], who just happened to be seated next to him for the aborted trip to prison. Meanwhile, Rico is pursuing a crazy plan involving world domination, assisted by a mad scientist, Dr. Hayden [Joan Chen] and Dredd is learning dark secrets about himself and the Council that force him to reconsider the truths by which he's lived his life. Really, though, the latter half of the film is all about fireballs, bullets, brawn, explosions, flying motorcycles, killer robots and comic relief from Herman 'Fergee' Ferguson (who does a wickedly funny Dredd impression). All that stuff about "the Law" pretty much goes out the window, or, to be more precise, over the side of the Statue of Liberty, which, in its newly transplanted location, is where Rico and Dredd have their final battle.

Blu-ray Video Quality – ‘Judge Dredd’ was shot by the late Adrian Biddle (whose last film before his untimely death of a heart attack at age 52 was ‘V for Vendetta’). Even at the time, in the pre-digital intermediate era, the film was striking for the clarity of its imagery and the intensity of its blues. Disney's 1080p encoded Blu-ray ranks in the upper tier of their recent round of catalogue releases, reproducing Biddle's shimmering images with a touch less "pop", but with an appropriately saturated palette that fully differentiates between the steely blue and grey world of the Judges and the more colourful cacophony of the rest of Mega-city (not to mention the sickly yellow of the Cursed Earth). Detail is sufficiently well rendered that you can easily tell, as you could with a good film print in 1995, which effects shots were rushed at the last minute. Black levels and shadow detail are good, and there is no evidence of detail filtering or artificial sharpening. The film's grain structure is visible, but it's extremely fine. Nothing in the way of compression artefacts presented itself.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – There's nothing subtle or restrained about Judge Dredd's 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. It's loud, aggressive and in-your-face, like the title character. None of the weapons sound like ordinary gunfire; they're all ramped-up superguns. The crash of the prison transport in the Cursed Earth is especially impressive, if you like your effects noisy, as is the grand finale in Dr. Hayden's lab. A chase sequence involving airborne police scooters offers some nice panning effects, and Rico's robot is good for a few bass notes. In general, those who enjoy bombastic action tracks can expect a good time. One doesn't watch Judge Dredd for the dialogue, but it's clear and intelligible, even with Sylvester Stallone and Armand Assante trying to outdo each other. Alan Silvestri's score is frequently drowned out by the effects, but when you hear it, it strikes the appropriately martial tone. (The balance in favour of the effects isn't a fault of the Blu-ray; it's always been mixed like that.)

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Stallone's Law: The Making of Judge Dredd [20:02] What's this? A new feature on a Disney Blu-ray? Not exactly new, but this made-for-TV promotional piece from 1995 was not included on Disney's 1998 DVD of ‘Judge Dredd.’ Hosted by Sylvester Stallone, and it features on-set interviews with the entire principal cast, as well as director Danny Cannon and many of the department heads and effects people. It's slickly produced and more informative than many contemporary documentaries’.

Theatrical Trailer [SD 2:11] Among other notable features, it opens with a short narration by James Earl Jones.

Sneak Peaks: At start-up the disc plays trailers for Frankenweenie and ABC TV on Blu-ray, plus an anti-smoking. The main menu has an option for "Sneak Peeks" that plays these trailers, plus trailers for‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Avengers, Castle: Season 4 and ABC TV on DVD.

Finally, of course, the reason for Disney to release ‘Judge Dredd’ on Blu-ray at this moment is the release of ‘Dredd’ 3D which of course as you will read by my Review shows you the new film character is an entirely different take on the character and a welcome re-boot. For one thing, Karl Urban's ‘Dredd’ 3D never removes his helmet, which is a good sign, especially a total homage to the fans of the brilliant comic book 2000 AD. Stallone's version will always be a unique creation. Disney has done a capable job with the Blu-ray, especially for the fans; but if you're new to the Judge Dredd experience, you might want to rent this first, before actually purchasing this particular Blu-ray. I know this film has had its critics, but I love it and have always enjoyed it when I had it on an NTSC DVD, but now owning it on this stunning Blu-ray, I feel even more proud to add it to my extensive Blu-ray Collection. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One man is Judge, Jury, AND Executioner, 13 May 2007
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Being a long time reader of Marvel and DC Comics, I found this movie a lifeless, shambolic attempt. To my mind, Dredd is as strong a character as Batman,Spiderman, Superman or Robocop, all of whom have had decent movies. Instead of exploring Dredd's world, its politics, and the almost fascist judges and the like, what we have here is a watered down standard action flick with some reasonable visuals. Perhaps there will be a sequel that will do the character some justice (no pun intended). If so, I hope it's a hell of a lot better than this...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great - for about ten minutes...., 19 Jun 2014
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Despised by both the creators and fans of the nihilistic dystopian British comic strip, for the first ten minutes or so Sylvester Stallone’s Judge Dredd looks like it might actually be a half-decent movie. The sprawling post-Apocalyptic metropolis MegaCity One is created in lavish detail with all its sordid violence and block wars and even Rob Schneider is tolerable. And then Stallone appears in his Versace-designed shoulder pads, climbing off his oversized motorbike and standing with his hands on his hips amid a hail of gunfire. It’s not quite as outrageously camp as Cobra, but Stallone is truly dreadful here, not taking it seriously (“Emotions. There ought to be a law against them”) without being intentionally funny either.

The 2000AD fans came up with a slew of reasons for the film’s failure with public and critics alike – Stallone taking his helmet off (a complete no-no in the comic strips) and changing the mythology and grim tone chief among them – but now that the more faithful 2012 big screen Dredd turned out to be an even bigger box-office flop despite costing a fraction as much it’s clear that the reasons have more to do with a dire script from people who ought to know better (the co-writers of Die Hard and The Terminator among them), a poor plot and Schneider’s unwanted comic relief sidekick, though he’s surprisingly one of the least of the film’s liabilities. Coming off the surprise success of Demolition Man, it’s clearly been retooled in development along similar lines, with Diane Lane’s fellow judge standing in for Sandra Bullock and Armand Assante’s psychotic clone in the Wesley Snipes role, and it’s a poor fit. Where Demolition Man offered smart satire of its superficially perfect future world between the action setpieces, this never seems to know quite what it wants to be, wasting some of its supporting cast (Joan Chen in particular has a nothing role with no other purpose than to give Lane someone to fight at the end) and throwing together a grab bag of clichés and catchphrases for a plot. Bits and pieces work, the production design, on the streets at least, is decent and there are the odd striking bits of imagery along the way, but it’s very much an overpriced also-ran.

Both the US region-free Blu-ray and the UK DVD include a 20-minute making of featurette and trailer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Special effects., 10 Dec 2013
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Great special effects, just love the bikes, Dreadful lead actor,would rather watch Dredd than Stallone.
Much better effects than the new version"Dredd".
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3.0 out of 5 stars This Deserved Better Judgement, 21 Nov 2013
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Positive.
1)Sylvester Stallone tries his best with the material he's given & there are some gteat action scenes.
2)The huge budget show a vast landscape of Mega City & beyond.

Negative.
1)Rob Schneider as Fergie a comic figure that ruins drains all drama & tension out the movie, Danny Cannon should never have cast this prat.
2)The comic book violence as the remake is hardcore & with Sly as Dredd this should've delivered but the violence feels toned down for a Dredd movie & some scenes far too tongue & cheek.

Dvd, Running Time 92 minutes, Trailer, Making of.

Review.
This dvd has 2 missing scenes one of were Dredd emptys a gun on one the Angel Gangs family & a headbutt scene in the Judge Hershey fight, This is the 21st century BBFC treat us as adults not children it's rated 15.

This 80 million dollar film flopped in the US but did better here as Judge Dredd is based on Mega City's 2000AD character.

Sly plays Dredd quite well but the helmet doesn't seem quite correct compared to the remake & he commits the ultimate sin & removes his helmet to the fan's horror.

The films plot is about Block War's, Rico Dredds best friend & as it turns out brother escapes from prison & frames Dredd for murder banishing him to a prison planet.

But as the spaceship carrying the prisoners crashes due to an attack by the Angel Gang Family Dredd & Fergie a guy Dredd arrested earlier in the Block War scenario are captured by the Angel Gang as they hate Dredd for his love for the law.

Dredd breaks free of his shackles during a all out escape & a fight breaks out which sees Dredd taking down the Angel Gang family.

Fergie tags along with Dredd as they make the way back to Mega City One through the cursed earth wastelands to clear Dredds name & set up a final confrontation with his Brother Rico who has killed the Judging council & reactivated the clones for him to rule Mega City One.

I'm a huge fan of Sylvester Stallone & although this is an average film it's not really down to his part so much as there's so much wasted potential here.

This should've been made in tone like the recent remake & made the violence hardcore with brutal action scenes that's tailor made to fit Slys character.

Some of the action scenes do deliver thanks to Sly but many found Dredd removing his helmet sacrilege, Personally it didn't bother me.

The pace & tone af the last 22 minutes is way off compared too the other 70 as theres no big climatic build up to events, The ABC Warrior robot is underused & easily deactivated & the final fight with Rico is awfully choreographed.

The biggest issue i have is Rob Schneider being cast in this movie as he reduces this film to cringeworthy status at times making this movie seem one big joke at least in Demolition Man his part was reduced to a few scenes.

This has good moments as Sly does his best with the material on offer but there is wasted potential here which is disheartening, The toned down comic book violence, a 92 minute summer blockbuster when this should've hit around the 2 hour mark & Rob Schneiders awful annoying acting reduces it to a 3 star review.
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