Movie Review: DREDD (4K Ultra HD Combo Pack)

DREDD was adapted by screenwriter Alex Garland from the classic comic book series by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra. The movie was directed by Pete Travis and stars Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Domhnall Gleeson, Wood Harris and Lena Headey.

The future America is an irradiated wasteland — a vast, ultraviolent world where criminals control the mean city streets. Ultimate law enforcers like Dredd (Karl Urban) and his new partner, Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), are Judges — the only force battling for justice. Dispatched by the central authority, the Judges’ target is Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) a ruthless boss bent on expanding her criminal empire through sales of Slo-Mo, a dangerous reality-altering drug. With Dredd calling the shots, the two Judges declare full-scale war on crime in this unrelenting and brutal, three-dimensional thrill ride.

This 2012 sci-fi action thriller takes place in Mega City One and follows street wise veteran Judge Dredd who takes Cassandra Anderson (a rookie with powerful psychic abilities) out for evaluation. As soon as they hit the violent streets of the city they take a call that ends up being an extemely violent run in with Ma-Ma, a drug lord who is pushing her latest addictive drug called Slo-Mo. It takes team work and everything Dredd has in his arsenal to take down the elusive drug lord and her sleazy henchmen who occupy the high-rise complex they’re trapped in. The villains end up learning first hand why he is the most feared of the judges. He is judge, jury and execitioner and once again Judge Dredd saves the day.

Alex Garland did a great job with this story and since then he’s gone on to become a really good director in his own right – just watch Ex Machina and you’ll see. Pete Travis stepped up to the plate to helm a movie about a character that studios have had a hard time understanding – until now. Fans of the comic know that Dredd lives in a violent, post-apocalyptic world and that’s what they wanted for this big screen outing and it’s exactly what they finally got. This movie is awesome all the way through, from the performances to the amazing slow-mo visual effects. There’s also some really graphic scenes to go along with some of these violent killings so get ready if you haven’t witnessed it already. You want blood and gore? You got it! To me Karl Urban is Judge Dredd and hopefully we’ll see him put on that badge again one day. There’s a series being developed for television so who knows, maybe Urban will show up in some form or fashion. Maybe?

The packaging comes with a slipcover. These Ultra HD movies all come in black keep cases which helps them easily standout from the popular blue cases that have been around since day one. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release. Fans will be able to experience this entire franchise like never before with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) release. This features four times the resolution of Full HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) that delivers the brightest, most vivid and realistic color and greatest contrast.

Bottom line is, I had a blast revisiting Dredd on this UHD disc and it looked and sounded absolutely amazing and in my opinion this is the best 4K release to date. Unlike the 1995 sylish outing for Judge Dredd, this version stays closer to the source material and shows a more violent and deadly Mega City One for the hero. This version of Dredd is a much more violent outing than the designer cheesefest from the 90’s and it’s a much better watch in my personal opinion. Don’t get me wrong because I like the first movie but this one here is just freaking awesome. This is a well crafted and executed comic book movie and that’s why fans have been asking for a sequel since its release. Movie fanatics that have already upgraded their home entertainment centers (screens and players) to watch 4K movies are sure to enjoy the experience, but this is also for the high-def loyalists because there’s a Blu-ray disc included for them as well. There’s also a digital copy that you can add to your Vudu library or whatever digital platform you use. Dredd blasts onto 4K Ultra HD+Blu-ray+Digital HD Combo Pack on June 6th and is a must watch.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 96 Minutes

Rated: R

4K Ultra HD Video: 2160p Ultra High Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

4K Ultra HD Audio: English Dolby Atmos / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 / Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / English Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! This new release includes a total of seven featurettes, theatrical trailer and a digital copy of the movie. All of the extras are located on the Blu-ray disc and are pretty much the same as the previous home video release.

  • “Mega-City Masters: 35 Years of Judge Dredd” Featurette (14:27)
  • “Day of Chaos: The Visual Effects of Dredd 3D” Featurette (15:21)
  • Dredd” Featurette (01:53)
  • “Dredd’s Gear” Featurette (02:31)
  • “The 3rd Dimension” Featurette (02:00)
  • “Welcome to Peachtrees” Featurette (02:33)
  • Dredd Motion Comic Prequel” Featurette (02:57)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:30)
  • Digital HD Copy


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