One of the biggest surprises of 2012 was "Dredd 3D," the second big-screen adaptation of "Judge Dredd" co-creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra's ultra-violent, fascist super cop. With "Star Trek" and "Return of the King" star Karl Urban in the lead, the 3D action movie found just the right balance of sneering viciousness and black humor without trying to ape the comic.
Unfortunately, moviegoers were for whatever reason apprehensive about seeing the movie, leading to a quiet death at the box office this summer. Which is a shame, because I'm really hoping Lionsgate will have faith in the film to revisit the same world with Urban in the lead.
You'll get a chance to see it for yourself when "Dredd" lands on DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD on January 8th. After the jump, we've got the full specs on the disc. But I implore you people, if you like some seriously brutal, dangerous, funny action, see "Dredd" ASAP.
SANTA MONICA, CA, November 14, 2012 – Adapted by Alex Garland from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s legendary comic book and filmed in stunning 3-D, Dredd, explodes onto 3-D Blu-ray Disc (includes 3-D and standard version of the film plus Digital Copy and UV), DVD (includes Digital Copy and UV), Digital Download, On Demand and Pay-Per-View January 8 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Mixing pulse-pounding action with mesmerizing visual effects sequences, the post-apocalyptic thriller hailed by audiences and critics alike stars Karl Urban (Star Trek), Olivia Thirlby (Juno) and Lena Headey (HBO’s “Game Of Thrones”). The hugely anticipated sci-fi thriller directed by Pete Travis (Vantage Point) takes place in a futuristicAmerica.
The Blu-ray Disc and DVD both contain multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes including a look back at the 35 years of Judge Dredd. Dredd will be available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.
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.
BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*
* "Mega-City Masters": 35 Years of Judge Dredd" featurette
* "Day of Chaos: The Visual Effects of Dredd 3D" featurette
* "Dredd" featurette
* "Dredd's Gear" featurette
* "The 3rd Dimension" featurette
* "Welcome to Peachtrees" featurette
* Dredd Motion Comic Prequel