Pete Travis’ Dredd was a pretty great (if under-rated) comic book movie in a year filled with some great comic book movies. Dredd even made it to number 2 of my best CBMs of 2012… though I’m still waiting for a night time visit from a certain Dark Knight with a crowbar for that decision. Though the film – which will be released on Jan 8th in the US and Jan 14th in the UK – got great performances from both Olivia Thirlby as Judge Anderson and Lena Headey at her most deranged as Ma-Ma, the druglord Dredd is trying to take down, it’s Karl Urban as the titular Judge Dredd that really seals the deal. He (and his chin) did a great job of portraying 2000ADs no-nonsense and badass Judge.
Check out the latest trailer from Lionsgate for Dredd’s DVD/Blu-ray release below:
The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, 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 (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge – a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of “Slo-Mo” experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed.
During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture- a 200 story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) and her ruthless clan. When they capture one of the clan’s inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound’s control center and wages a dirty, vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire. With the body count climbing and no way out, Dredd and Anderson must confront the odds and engage in the relentless battle for their survival.
The DVD/Blu-ray will come with the following 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 Peach Trees” featurette
- Dredd Motion Comic Prequel
If you’ve not had a chance to check this one out, we suggest you rectify that situation immediately… otherwise justice will be served! (I apologise for that, but I couldn’t resist).Tags: dredd, karl urban, lena headey, olivia thirlby