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Dredd [Blu-ray]  [Region A] [US Import]
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The worldwide box office returns may not have been up to the level that the makers of Dredd had wanted, but they've nonetheless got a lot to be pleased about with the film itself. Dredd is, after all, a strong, respectful adaptation of the 2000AD comic strip, that boasts a terrific leading performance from Karl Urban.
Firmly resigning memories of the lesser Sylvester Stallone-headlined Judge Dredd where they belong, this new Dredd is a grittier, far more interesting piece of cinema. Urban stars in the title role, a law enforcer of the future who works as judge, jury and executioner, in the fight to keep crime under control. Taking the rookie Anderson under his wing, played by Olivia Thirlby, the pair of them have to clean out a huge tower block full of criminals, who want them both dead.
Eschewing the need quickly to appeal to a young audience, Dredd is a hard, gritty, enthralling piece of cinema, full of visual zest. Backed up by a disc featuring interesting and diverting extra features, Dredd might not have been the most popular comic book adaptation to hit the big screen in 2012, but it's pretty much the bravest. It deserves to find a far wider audience on disc. --Jon Foster--This text refers to the DVD edition.
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This film is the true incarnation of the comic, yes minus the huge golden shoulder pads. It's set in a futuristic America after a global war. People are reduced to living in an extremely over populated 'Mega City' where crime is rife. The government found that the only way to combat the ever increasing crime and disorder were to give the police the ability to judge a criminal there and then... That premise to what Judges do alone creates an interesting scenario on its own.
This film is violent, without a shadow of a doubt and I do hear a lot of people not custom to the Dredd comics complaining about this. But to take away the violence would then strip the nature of what life is like in the Mega city and thereby removing the necessity for the Judge's role.
The story in the film itself is generic. Good guys stuck in a building with the odds greatly stacked against them, having to make their way to the top to take out the boss. The different here is that this is Judge Dredd with a rookie partner, who happens to be psychic, making their way to the top in the most calculative, violent way possible.
What has tarnished this is the Stallone version that came out in 1995. That and the fact that most theatres didn't show this long enough, there was only a 3D option when it was showing and very little to no PR went into it. Once word of mouth got around at how good it is it was already taken off from theatres.
Dredd is a good action movie that sticks closely to the source material which makes a nice change for a comic book movie. Karl Urban to me has found his Christopher Reeve to Superman. You don't need to have read the comics to understand what's going on. Also a nice change to mention is that the film goes straight into the plot, there is no hour and a half origin plot followed by 30 min of action. It's b**ls to the wall straight to the point. Get this. Watch it. Enjoy it and sign the petition to get the sequel!!
Its shot in a dirty, grimy way (as Mega City One should be) some people are complaining about this but i understand this was done to make the 'Slow Mo' scenes much more clear and sharp which moves me onto my next point. The Slow Mo scenes were absolutely beautiful, they were shot in extreme slow motion with a track that sounded like Loscil's 'Argonaut'. The effect was a tiny glimpse into the mind of a poor drug taker seeing a snatched moment of perfection in an otherwise ugly world...i remember the scene with Ma Ma in the bath and the droplets of water looked like a a shower of diamonds floating in the air. Cinematically combining these moments with the grey, grim futuristic settings with only flashes of sickly and nuclear yellows to draw the eye i was impressed.
Its Good Vs Evil in a strictly darwinian way. The justice is doled out in a totally impartial way...many people have said this is pure fascism but these people obviously do not know the story behind the judges...retirement is called 'the long walk' and means leaving Mega City One to wander the cursed earth and try to bring justice to the mutant wastelands. The Judges are selfless upholders of the law who reap no reward other than seeing a perp get what they deserve.
Dredd the man was a job well done by Mr Urban, admittedly its not the hardest role to act but it requires a little subtlety in his growls that Dredd fans like myself saw and appreciated. Anderson was as fragile and uncertain as any rookie would be on the job (i loved her mental battles with the gang member 'Kay') MaMa was probably the most evil (and skanky) looking female criminal i have seen on the screen in a long time! i really felt for the tech guy who was terrified of her! Yes their was no glorious end-of-level shoot-out with the boss...MaMa was just another perp to Dredd and he summed up the understatement when the Chief Judge asked him at the end what happened here and he simply replied '...Drug bust'
These are just little gripes of my own as a huge fan...I would have loved to have seen more of Mega City One and its huge range of interesting sub-cultures. The city looked a little sparse and it should have been a little more like bladerunner complete with hover pods flying about. It did not feel as futuristic as the comic.
The marketing and the 'Stallone Dredd Factor'...basically killing this film at the box office as everyone thought "oh they have re-made that crappy movie?" and thus it did not make it its targets for a sequel deal however....Its wonderful to see this has become an instant cult classic and the Blu Ray & DVD sales and fan interest will probably put the baddest Lawman in the planet up where he belongs!
Loved it!I cannot wait for the sequel!!!...then i can start getting excited for Dredd 3!!!!
I was very disappointed that it made so little at the cinemas but this can be put down to poor advertising. It was brilliant in 3d at the cinema and I've lost count of the amount of times I've watched it on blu ray.
Even if you dont follow the Dredd comic books (which i dont) it is so worth while watching this film.
I would love them to make another one but they wont as it only made £35 million from a £50 million budget.
I liked it so much that I ended up buying it on Blu Ray - at the current price it was rude not to. The Blu Ray experience was everything that it should be, great audio and superb picture. My only criticism is that Karl Urban tends to mumble quite a bit, making it difficult to hear what he is saying unless the volume is turned up a few above the norm. This has a knock on effect of making the explosions and music twice as loud - not that it bothers me, but it may cause issues for others, especially if watched later at night when the kids are in bed ;-)
There is nothing overly complicated about the plot and the film is all the better for it. All in all one of the better action movies that I have seen for a while.
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