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on 19 September 2013
I have been dying to see a true adaptation of the Judge Dredd comics and it seemed to take an awful long time for someone to stand up and say 'Hey, lets remake Judge Dredd' and what with comic book movies being the main revenue source of most films companies these days, I'm really surprised this wasn't picked up earlier. Even Spiderman AND Superman got rebooted twice in less than 10 years!

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!!
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on 16 April 2013
O.k. I am a huge fan of the comics. I never got into the safe, coffee table marvel comic story lines and always fel Dredd to have more of an edge with its drug addicts, terrorists, mutants and serial killers that filled the story lines. For years i looked forward to the movie...then Stallone did one that was NOT anything to do with the comic OR character.......and that was that!...until now!

The Good-
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'

The Bad-
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!

Summary-
Loved it!I cannot wait for the sequel!!!...then i can start getting excited for Dredd 3!!!!
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on 9 April 2017
Just a great film. Dark and gory and paced brilliantly. Karl Urban is just fantastic as Dredd, they really made up for the awful stallone Dredd from the 90's.

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.
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on 6 June 2014
I grew up reading the 2000AD comics and was in my late teens when Stallone played Dredd in a quite dreadful film in the mid nineties. So it was with some trepidation that I sat down to watch this latest instalment. I loved it, chalk and cheese, Keaton's Batman to Christian Bale's Batman. It is probably one of the most graphic films that I have watched for a while, there is plenty of gore.

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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on 7 March 2014
DREDD 3D [2012] [3D Blu-ray + 2D Blu-ray] [UK Release] Judgement Is Coming! He Is The Law! Awesome!

The future America is an irradiated waste land. Mega City One a vast, violent metropolis of over 400 million citizens living in perpetual fear, The only ones attempting to impose order are The Judges; Law enforcers, juries, judges and executioners rolled into one.

The epitome of these is Dreed. Dredd and rookie Judge, the powerful psychic Cassandra Anderson, head out to a routine homicide in the notorious “Peachtrees” Mega-block a 200 story vertical slum run by the pitiless “Ma-Ma” gang. Our two judges are caught in a vicious and relentless fight for survival when “Ma-Ma” shuts down the building and orders her clan to hunt them down.

Cast: Karl Urban, Lena Headey, Rachel Wood, Andile Mngadi, Porteus Xandau Steenkamp, Jason Cope, Emma Breschi, Olivia Thirlby, Rakie Ayola, Lena Headey, Tamer Burjaq, Warrick Grier, Wood Harris, Shoki Mokgapa, Desmond Lai Lan, Deobia Oparei, Patrick Lyster, Travis Snyders, Chad Phillips, Domhnall Gleeson, Joe Vaz, Scott Sparrow, Martin Kintu, Daniel Hadebe, Francis Chouler, Junior Singo, Luke Tyler, Langley Kirkwood, Edwin Perry, Karl Thaning, Michele Levin, Allen Irwin (uncredited), Brandon Livanos (uncredited) Marc Pleass (uncredited) Santi Scinelli (uncredited) and Julie Summers (uncredited)

Director: Pete Travis

Producers: Adi Shankar, Alex Garland, Allon Reich, Andrew Macdonald, Chris Kingsley, Jason Kingsley and Michael S. Murphey

Screenplay: Alex Garland, Carlos Ezquerra (characters) and Carlos Ezquerra (characters)

Composer: Paul Leonard-Morgan

Cinematography: Anthony Dod Mantle

Video Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

Subtitles: English SDH

Running Time: 95 minutes

Region: Region B/2

Number of discs: 1

Studio: Entertainment in Video

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: Judge Dredd [Karl Urban] and his rookie in training Judge Anderson [Olivia Thirlby] are called out to the “Peachtree” Mega-block after three people are murdered. Soon after their arrival and the arrest of a local thug, the crime boss of the Mega-block, Madeline Madrigal, also known as "Ma-Ma" [Lena Headey] locks down the entire 200 floor block and says she’s not opening up again until the two judges are killed. Times are dire for the two law enforcers but one of those Judges is Judge Dredd and he’s not so easy to take out.

In 2012 ‘Dredd’ proved to be somewhat of an antidote to the comic book hero films that just keep on getting bigger and bigger. A simple premise, a limited cast, a gritty and violent approach that services the lead character's origins rather than hollows him out for mass consumption. Of course, there’s nothing all that original here. This really is the same plot that most video games serve up every couple of months. Enclosed space! Weapons options! Increasingly more difficult foes as you work up the levels. It’s all typical stuff but when you throw Judge Dredd into the mix, played by a perfectly grimacing Karl Urban this elevates into something way more fun than the basics would usually deliver.

Elevation is genuinely the key here. As the characters get higher up the Mega-block everything seems to grow more and more extreme. Gunfire, blood sprays, gore, Ma Ma’s madness and just extreme amounts of destruction. Everything builds and builds but still there’s time for quiet moments between waves to fill out the world of Mega City One. Sure, it’s not exactly much in the way of set up and backstory for newbies to Judge Dredd but there’s enough to paint a bigger simple picture of his world and just how hard edged it is to warrant people like Judge Dredd to enforce the law.

Director Pete Travis has kept everything streamlined. We know the odds very early on. We know what’s at stake. We know Dredd has to look out for Anderson as she grows a backbone and we know “Ma-Ma” is real bad and enough to throw all she can at the judges in order to come out of this one the victor. The real success here however is that Travis uses all of this to sell exactly how tough and driven Dredd is at every turn. Every set piece celebrates the 2000AD character like we've never seen on the big screen and it all works. Travis even pulls off the impossible and never has a single frame of Dredd out of his helmet. Karl Urban never really get much more to do that scowl but he does it well and Dredd comes out of this film a total and vindicated hero I’d like to see again in more sequels.

Blu-ray Video Quality – To begin with, when the scenes are well lit, the colours and the textures are really quite great. Kinks and scratches on Dredd’s helmet look fantastic as does the stubble on his chin and many a set pops with neon lighting and other well placed light sources. The “Slo-Mo” scenes pop with amazing vivid colour and really play with images beautifully for an 1080p presentation but… and this is a big old but, every now and again this Blu-ray can look not visually tip top. It begins with a real sense of heightened grain or indeed digital noise. It’s sometimes quite filmic and fitting for the style of the movie but at other times it’s like a veil has been placed over the screen. This mutes colours, dirties light sources and turns every deep black into a grubby dark green or blue. When this drop in quality occurs at its worst, it’s luckily only for a very short time before we pop back into a much better looking portion of a scene but between the low lighting, boosted with neon oranges, blues and reds there is a distinct murky feel to a lot of the corridors of this Mega-block.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – The award for aggressive bass goes to… Dredd! The bass on this 5.1 DTS-Master Audio track is relentless as well as awesome and I have to say it’s all in great ways. It almost becomes a supporting role as it lends so much to the film. Everything from the score to simply Dredd walking has a bass boost that will kick the hell out of you and it seems to be used throughout the film, even when you least expect it. The bass underpinning score gives the film a constant presence and when it’s not setting a mood, Dredd’s bike is rumbling in wonderful ways, guns are tearing up the Mega-block or there are scenes filled out with the heavy end of dance music or crowd ambience, just to keep everything feeling like a heartbeat to the rawness of the film. Because of the entire bass and general boost to most things dialogue can sometimes feel a little bit low in quieter conversations but it’s certainly not a consistent thing as non-whispered dialogue is generally strong and clear.

Blu-ray Special features and Extras:

Special Feature: Dredd: 200AD The Original [2012] [1080p] [3:28] This is a short documentary covering the history of Judge Dredd.

Special Feature: Slo-Mo [2012] [1080p] [2:12] Shows the ideas behind the drug induced visuals and the super “slo-mo” effect generated in the film. Slo-Mo was manufactured in the Peachtree Block of Sector 13 by the Ma-Ma Clan. Slo-Mo is a caramel-colored liquid that comes in a white inhaler with a clear capsule. The white inhaler has a heart on it to mark the Ma-Ma Clan.

Special Feature: Welcome To Peachtree [2012] [1080p] [2:34] This is a look at Mega City One's Mega-blocks.

Special Feature: The 3rd Dimension [2012] [1080p] [2:00] Tackles the approach to the hyper stylised 3D in the film as well as the approach to added depth and the process. We also get a look at the slow-motion cameras used for the “Slo-Mo” sequences and get to see a lot of the camera tests they ran to get the blood to look the way they wanted.

Special Feature: Dredd’s Gear [2012] [1080p] [2:32] Shows us the making of Dredd’s costumes.

Special Feature: Dredd [2012] [1080p] [1:52] An overview look at the film.

Special Feature: Interviews [2012] [1080p] [26:35] The biggest chunk on the extras are the ‘Interviews’ which are with all involved in the project. It’s a shame they are cobbled together with static question cards and bland talking head answers.

Special Feature: Previews: ‘Underworld Awakening 3D;’ ‘Piranha 3D;’ ‘Shark Fight 3D;’ ‘Hugo 3D;’ ‘Killing Them Softly 2D;’ ‘Alex Cross 3D;’ ‘Lockout;’ ‘Chasing Mavericks’ 2D and ‘Stand Up Guys’ 2D.

Finally, ‘DREDD’ 3D maybe wasn’t quite as hard hitting this second time around as it was the first time I saw it but even with that said, there’s a whole lot to enjoy here. Karl Urban does Judge Dredd some real justice, the story is simple and to the point and extremely violent compared to the other comic book films out there and really this ninety odd minute fight to get to the boss shoot fest is exactly what the doctor ordered to kick the Judge Dredd franchise off to a good start. I really do hope sequels are enabled after this first outing and it would be good to see the world of ‘DREDD’ expanded to all the places the comics go. The disc itself is great for the most part but a little chaotic in the visuals department and thin on real extras. That said, the punchy audio set-up should keep most happy as it captures the large cinematic oomph very well indeed. This is a great companion to the Sylvester Stallone ‘Judge Dredd’ Blu-ray disc and I am so happy to add ‘DREDD’ 3D to my ever expanding 3D Blu-ray Disc Collection. Highly Recommended!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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on 15 February 2014
I'll be honest, when I bought this film, I wasn't expecting much. This habit of remaking cheesy action flicks from the nineties (Total Recall, for example) has left me kind of jaded. I was pleasantly surprised by this though.

The movie itself doesn't try to work on as grand of a scale as the original Stallone movie did. It's set almost entirely within the confines of a large tower block residence. This is a more gritty and down to earth (relatively speaking) retelling of dystopian police in the near future, and it works very well. Karl Urban plays the character of Judge Dredd very well, and Olivia Thirlby plays the sidekick just as well.

Overall, it's not a complicated movie by any stretch, but it functions very well as an action movie. All round a pleasant surprise.
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on 5 May 2017
Dredd is a pretty good film! Much like the Raid but not a rip-off of it as both were produced simultaneously. I think the unfair comparisons to the Raid really hurt its success. But it's a great wee film and Karl Urban is the best Dredd you could wish for. It's by no means perfect but I wish there would be a sequel. That would be amazing. Even if it were a series on Amazon or Netflix - I would definitely watch it!
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Beyond the walls of the mega city in america......wasteland.
within the walls the law is executed by 'the judges'
'Dredd' is assigned a rookie 'Cassandra Anderson' ( a powerful psychic )
for assessment.
the two accept a mission to investigate three deaths in the 200 storey
tower block (peach trees)
the block is under the control of the drug-dealing 'ma-ma' gang.
after taking one of the suspects into custody the tower block is locked
down by the order of 'ma-ma' who cannot afford the judges prisoner to talk.
'ma-ma's' large army of armed thugs are set to do battle with the two judges.
an action packed blood and guts non-stop thrill ride with plenty of attitude.
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The film world's previous foray into Dredd territory was Dredd-ful ;) so I was a bit apprehensive about this one, but I bought it on good reviews and curiously. It turns out to be actually a very good movie, with some of the scenes and imagery being very comic book artsy. Highly entertaining, good plot, a movie which I will definitely watch a few more times. The only thing which takes away the fifth star is that by setting almost the entire film inside a representation of a mega building, the background/scenery is not always very visually interesting.
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Gruesome, gory and not for those who faint at the sight of a bit of claret or dismembered (and/or skinned) bodies. Dredd is well played by Karl Urban and the story line is pure comic book: i.e. no multiple plot-lines or sidebars, just a simple uncomplicated story that works as a standalone. The 3D version gives a great feeling of depth and works well. Like the Batman series, Dredd has gone back to the dark dystopian comic book roots after Sly Stallone version, and is the better for it. Look forward to a sequel.
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