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DREDD 3D Blu-ray Review

Easily the most underseen film of 2012. Did you see it? No you didn’t, don’t even pretend like you did. It’s ok though, because all you need to know is that you should go out and buy this blu-ray. If action movies are your thing and you sat in a movie theater and complained that movies like Taken 2, Battleship and Wrath of the Titans are cookie cutter and boring, this is your medicine.

Karl Urban is an amazing actor and he broke all of the rules with the character of Judge Dredd, this is a legitimate comic book film. Our hero never takes his mask off, and the rules of the film are never broken, just all of the bones of those that oppose Dredd.

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Hyperbolic praise aside, Dredd 3D might appear similar to The Raid (another underseen movie, but was aided by some great word-of-mouth), but it’s got more substance than a foreign actioner with little dialogue. Lena Headey plays a great villain, and the film is shot incredibly well. For a dystopian future that is supposed to dingy and ugly, there’s something beautiful to the way it’s shot.

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Official Synopsis:

The future America is an irradiated wasteland. On its east coast, running from Boston to Washington D.C., 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.  Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge, a dangerous drug called “Slo-Mo,” and the sadistic crime boss Ma-Ma (Headey) who is using it to take over the city.

Special Features:

  • Mega City Masters: 35 Years Of Judge Dredd Featurette
  • Day Of Chaos: The Visual Effects Of Dredd 3DFeaturette
  • Dredd Featurette
  • Dredd’s Gear Featurette
  • Welcome To Peach Trees Featurette
  • Dredd Motion Comic Prequel
  • The Third Demsion Featurette

Thankfully, the special features in this set do not disappoint. They are incredibly thorough, and even include a small introduction to Madeline, the villain of the film via a very cool motion comic. There are interviews with the creators of Dredd as they go through a retrospective of the character, a look at the mega block the film takes place in, all great and interesting stuff. There aren’t a lot of times when I will insert myself into a review, but this is one instance where I implore you, on a personal level, to seek out this film. In order for film and movies to become better, the great ones have to be seen, this is a great film.

Dredd 3D is available now on Amazon

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Hailing from Austin, Tx. J.C. is maybe the biggest fan of sports movies you'll ever see. He's got an affinity for great writing and two of his favorites are Aaron Sorkin and Shane Black. When he's not watching movies at home, he can be found watching movies at the Alamo Drafthouse. He occasionally tries to play video games, but he's not very good at them. Follow him on Twitter for witty tweets and pictures of his cats.