Dredd 4K Ultra
review by Bobby Blakey
When Stallone's 1995 version of Judge Dredd hit theaters it was clear that while they managed to get a bit of the look right it really ended there. The legion of fans clamored for redemption to this brilliant comic property to get the justice it deserved. After almost 20 years Judge Dredd returned to the big screen led by Karl Urban in 2012s Dredd and now Lionsgate is bringing back home on 4K Ultra HD for the first time.
Dredd follows urban cops with the power to be judge, jury, and executioner known as Judges in the irradiated waste land of future America. When the most feared judge in the city Dredd is trapped inside a 200 story vertical slum controlled by a vicious prostitute turned drug lord, he must engage in a relentless battle alongside his rookie in training psychic judge to get them out alive. For every bad thing that came off the screen of the original cheese fest, Dredd makes up for it in blood and bullets. The story is very simple with no convoluted twists and turns, but instead a straight forward action film. If you thought the story looks like a rip off of The Raid: Redemption, you would be wrong. There are clear aspects of that idea here, but this is a different story completely. Karl Urban was born to play this role as he delivers the serious nature of the character, while still giving him a bit of humanity. The supporting cast do a great job bringing this dark bloody film together and bloody it is. This film takes full advantage of the R rating as it should have to deliver a Dredd film. There are tons of gory creative kills throughout the film that makes you feel like you are really in the world of Dredd. This is a balls to the wall gory action film that works on every level.
There are some slow pacing issues here and there, but nothing that hurts the overall film. It was a bit of a bummer that its simplistic location made it feel a bit smaller, but was probably necessary to get it the gritty tone it needs for rebirth. I was always bummed this movie didn’t get the love it deserved to spawn more chapters of Urban as the gritty hero, but at least we can revisit with this awesome release. The 4K Ultra transfer makes it all the more gritty and cool. This release includes a ton of featurettes and bonus features to take you deeper behind the world of Dredd.
Prepare to judge and grab your copy of Dredd on 4K Ultra HD when it hits stores on June 6th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.