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DVD review: 'Dredd' uses much better judgement on this latest docket

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DVD: Dredd

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Studio 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.

Studio: Lionsgate
Running Time: 95 minutes
Rating: R
Number of Disks: 1

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

Aside from the pun-fueled fun one could have with its title alone, “Dredd” seemed almost poised to plummet into the gaping hole created by Stallone’s own 1995 lapse in judgment. Imagine now that Stallone was graced with a treatment filled with gritty action and unapologetic violence and you’ll jump 18 years into the future to the film most Dredd devotees have been clamoring for.

Maybe the fault back in ‘95 lay firmly with Stallone and the unwarranted star power he brought to the role, and maybe not. But even with Dredd’s current one-liner bravado, perpetual scowl and ridiculous bobble-head helmet, Urban is exceptional in this latest redemption. As fun as it is fantastical, the film offers little in the way of articulate stimulation, but instead empties out both barrels aimed squarely at action-seeking avarice.

The extras bring most of what’s to be expected, from looks at the leap of Dredd from comic to cinema, to probes into the nuts and bolts of production. Most segments are far too short for any true fans taste, but they are all still well worth your time. The motion comic prequel being of particular interest to anyone unfamiliar with the Dredd mythology, and as such, could be viewed even before the feature.

So while exhibit A stands clearly for amped-up action and exhibit B stands for balls-out distraction, I leave this film and these words to your own examination…in the end, you be the judge.

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Additional Resources:
Central Cast: Karl Urban | Evan Rachel Wood | Lena Headey | Warrick Grier
Director: Pete Travis
Central Writers: John Wagner | Carlos Ezquerra
Theatrical Release: September 21, 2012
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: January 8, 2013
Genre: Action | Crime | Sci-Fi
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE

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