Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - January, 2013


"Dredd" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton



The future America is an irradiated wasteland. On its East Coast lies Mega City One - a vast violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called "Judges" who possess the combined powers of judge jury and instant executioner. The ultimate Judge Dredd (Urban) is tasked with ridding the city of its latest scourge -a dangerous drug (Slo Mo) and the sadistic prostitute turned drug pusher who is using it to take over the city.


  • Lionsgate
  • 2013, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 30 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 7.1 DTS-HD Master
  • Starring: Lena Headey, Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby
  • Directed by: Pete Travis
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Yes


Though this film did not do well in the box office, it is far superior to the comedic mash-up with Stallone. Perhaps the association with Stallone is why it bombed. I wasn't sure about Urban in this role, but he really nails the titular character as an emotionless, no holds barred law enforcer. Though the film reminded me a lot of Raid: Redemption, it is better filmed and acted. The slow motion scenes were recorded at 3K frames/second, and they look awesome…even the violent ones. Faithful to its comic book origins, this film delivers some serious justice. If your idea of a fun movies is lots of action, violence, explosion, bullets in stunning video and audio quality, Judgement Day is here!


Shot with Red cameras, this film is very sharp and stylized to take advantage of both the comic origin and the gritty reality of the future (why is our future always so bleak?). Colors are shockingly beautiful with wonderful details. Some of the darker scenes suffer from excessive graininess, but it is not too distracting. The sound field is a marvel to hear and is one of the most active I have heard in the last year. Deep powerful explosions, shattering glass, and massive "chain gun" bullets whizz by; all faithfully captured in 7.1 surround sound. There is even a DTS-HD Master Audio setup in the extras that allows you to fine tune your system for 5.1, 7.1 and even EX. Very cool!     


Some very informative supplements here: Mega-City Masters: 35 Years of Judge Dredd, 'Dredd' Featurette, Day of Chaos: The Visual Effects of 'Dredd 3D', Dredd's Gear, The 3rd Dimension, Welcome to Peach Trees, 'Dredd' Motion Comic Prequel and several movie trailer previews.