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My take: Dredd (2012)

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Old 01-11-2013, 04:42 PM   #1
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Title: Dredd (2012)
BD-50 Dual-Layer Disc
Video: 1080p / AVC
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Subtitles: English SDH, English, and Spanish
Run time: 95 minutes
Studio: Lionsgate Films
Rating: R
Region Coding: Region A Locked

Karl Urban as Judge Dredd
Olivia Thirlby as Anderson
Rakie Ayola as Chief Judge
Lena Headey as Ma-Ma
Wood Harris as Kay
Langley Kirkwood as Judge Lex
Karl Thaning as Judge Chan
Directed by Pete Travis

From the same man who brought us Vantage Point in 2008 comes a much more risky undertaking, that is, the re-tackling of a once dieing franchise with his new film Dredd. I personally read quite a bit of negative criticism of the film when it was released, but as time has passed it seems that the positives critiques have begun to outweigh the negative ones. Also, in case any of you were wondering Dredd blows the original Judge Dredd film away.

The date is sometime in the future and America has become an irradiated wasteland. The exception is a small strip of land that covers what's left of Washington D.C. This piece of land is home to about 800 million inhabitants, which is of course extremely overcrowded. To combat this the only form of law and order, known as the Hall of Justice, has built megablocks across the area, which are just extra large skyscrapers to combat the overcrowding. Crime runs rampant and the judges of the Hall of Justice are capable of responding to about 6% of the reported crimes. This is Mega City One.

Dredd is a veteran judge who knows the law better than any other judge in Mega City One. He never ask for help or expects anything from anyone. One day the Chief Judge asks him to give a failed rookie named Anderson another chance and Dredd fails to understand why until he discovers that she has the ability to read people's thoughts. Dredd is given the task to train her to see if she can take the tough streets of Mega City One.

For her first day Anderson chooses to investigate a triple homicide at the Peach Trees megablock. The two discover that three junkies have more than likely been murdered by the woman who runs the entire building known as Ma-Ma. Most of the building is loyal to her and she intends to kill the judges before they start snooping into her illegal activities, but she is definitely in for more than she bargained for.

Filled with a believable script, intense action sequences, and a fantastic performance Dredd is a film that is not to be missed. Due to extreme violence and profanity this one is not for children of any age.

Dredd shoots its way onto with a well done transfer, but don't set your hopes too high since this one is far from clean and glossy. The cinematographer intentionally had the film shot so that it is rather soft, grainy, and noisy. The slow motion sequences look far cleaner and more of a treat for the eyes, but the grittiness of the rest of the film works to the story's advantage. Colors are accurate with no problems concerning bleeding or saturation. However, I did feel that the noise was slightly excessive at times, but that's more of a personal preference. I feel fans of the film will most certainly appreciate the raw feeling that transfer produces. My own screen captures from Dredd can be found below.


















Dredd is equipped with a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track that is absolutely reference in every regard. Dialogue is clear and concise in the center channel with excellent separation between the fronts and surrounds. The film's score is balanced extremely well without glaring faults. To make it even better the sub works overtime with this title between the fast paced music and the explosive action sequences. If you have a powerful system you'll want to make sure to crank it up for this one.

Dredd comes to Blu-ray with rather little in terms of extras other than including the 3D version on the same disc. First up is a 14 minute piece on the Judge Dredd franchise. Next is a 15 minute look at the visual effects from the film, which is the best supplement on the disc by far. Next are several two minute bits which include: a promo, a look at the costumes and props, a interview with three crew members, a look at Peach Trees, a piece on Ma-Ma, and finally the film's theatrical trailer. There is also a insert that contains a code for the Ultraviolet Digital Copy.

Movie: 8/10
PQ: 8/10
AQ: 10/10
Supplements: 3/10
Final Word: A Must Own
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:42 AM   #2
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Great popcorn action flick. Thanks for the review, Goofnut.

The first time I watched this on BD, I thought there was some kind of issue with the 3D and 2D versions being on the same disc (I was watching it in 2D). Some of the CGI and Slow-Mo looked awful... but not in any easily describable way, it just looked bizarre.. almost like watching red-and-blue 3D without the glasses. And then there was some digital noise and some banding. Washed out colors is another major problem. I watched this on 2 different players on 2 different screens so the issues are definitely on the disc. It's a shame this didn't have overall great PQ because at times it does look very, very good... it's too bad the image quality is so inconsistent.

The audio on the other hand was AMAZING, very active with solid LFE thumps.
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Thanks for the review - due to the fact that the last one Judge Dredd was absolutely dread-ful I planned on skipping this but now I will give it a try
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I too didn't really give it a full thumps up maybe 7/10 , did like the Audio even tho it was a rebox rental the sound was awesome in alot of scenes!
I didn't look to see who was playing Dredd , but it took almost half the movie to figure it out who was playing Dredd ... lol
I didn't recognize the name anyway just the smirk lol I recognized the voice and smirk and placed it with the movie RED ..
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Thanks for review great movie..
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I've only watched this one on DVD with a 5.1 system. Unfortunately, I have yet to experience this one on blu-ray. It wouldn't load on my PS3 or my blu-ray player. Not sure if it was the disc or that my equipment sucks. Probably the latter.

The DVD was really amazing, though. The picture quality, while upscaled, was spectacular. And the audio was pretty damn good, too.

Besides all that I really enjoyed this story. Gritty and gruesome. This is how it should have been done the first time. I really dislike the Stallone version. And Rob Schneider sucks.

But I digress. Reading this review makes me want to watch this again. Maybe I'll do a double feature with Skyfall... and I'll be cranking this one way up also. Thanks for posting this, HD Goofnut.
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I've only watched this one on DVD with a 5.1 system. Unfortunately, I have yet to experience this one on blu-ray. It wouldn't load on my PS3 or my blu-ray player. Not sure if it was the disc or that my equipment sucks. Probably the latter.

The DVD was really amazing, though. The picture quality, while upscaled, was spectacular. And the audio was pretty damn good, too.

Besides all that I really enjoyed this story. Gritty and gruesome. This is how it should have been done the first time. I really dislike the Stallone version. And Rob Schneider sucks.

But I digress. Reading this review makes me want to watch this again. Maybe I'll do a double feature with Skyfall... and I'll be cranking this one way up also. Thanks for posting this, HD Goofnut.
Did you buy it at Best Buy? They received a large amount of defective discs.
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I borrowed the disc from a friend. He has a Sony blu-ray player and told me he had no problems playing the disc so I was just resigned to thinking the issue is somewhere in my equipment. But now that you told me Best Buy had defective discs, maybe it was the disc.

Still, the DVD did not hamper my thorough enjoyment of the movie. A+
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