Remakes, reboots, and re-releases. Regardless of what you think about them, they are happening all the damn time these days. So why not a re-release of a remake/reboot of Judge Dredd? Well at least this time it’s getting bumped up to 4K and put on a new format. Let’s take a look at Dredd 4K UHD.
I’d like to think that most people out there on the internet have seen Judge Dredd. But who am I kidding? Most of my coworkers haven’t seen Mad Max Fury Road yet, let alone the originals. So, as a very brief primer, Judge Dredd is a 1995 sci-fi action flick starting Sylvester Stallone as a Judge. It’s a futuristic society where Judges are exactly that — but also jury and executioner. Basically super cops.
2012’s Dredd, which I am reviewing today, was a soft reboot some would say? Maybe a sequel? Regardless, it is set in a similar time and place with Karl Urban playing Judge Dredd. We follow him as he brings a trainee into a high-rise apartment complex and take down the dealers of a drug called slo-mo. This drug, when taken, nearly freezes time and puts the world into crystal vision (you can see in the screenshots how much flare there is, JJ Abrams probable files this film with the rest of his porn somewhere).
So on this training mission/take down, Dredd and his recruit encounter significantly more threat than they were equipped to handle, and the entire building goes into lockdown — essentially locking these two Judges with an entire village of baddies and poverty stricken bystanders.
Their struggle to survive is full of action, entertainment, and badass slow-mo goodness. Although maybe just a little too much slow-mo.
While Dredd may not be as timeless as it’s predecessor, it is a perfectly fine action flick to put on and enjoy. I’m extremely glad that they opted to not completely remake the original and take this one in a different direction, I just wish they had put a little more depth in this one. Oh well, can’t win them all. Big fans of the original will likely feel a bit let down, but if you just want a fun action flick, this is pretty good.
When looking at the video and audio quality of this release, it is a bit hard to tell that the video is 4K. This isn’t to say that this film looks bad — far from it. But it doesn’t necessarily look a ton better than you’d see on Blu-ray. The HDR is nice, but again, you would likely need to look side by side to see a huge difference. This is a very good looking transfer, and for the price, I wouldn’t recommend anyone get the Blu-ray version (they are similarly priced and this has the BD with it).
The audio however, hot damn. Slow motion effects plus gun battles equal a happy surround system. This movie has a lot of action and layered ambient sounds and they will put your system to work. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this release, and I don’t remember having the same thought when I watched it on Blu-ray for the first time.
- Mega-City Masters: 35 Years of Judge Dredd
- Day of Chaos: The Visual Effects of Dredd
- Dredd Featurette
- Dredd’s Gear
- The 3rd Dimension
- Welcome to Peachtrees
- Dredd Motion Comic Prequel’
- Theatrical Trailer
There aren’t any new special features for this release.
As is the norm with Lionsgate 4K releases, Dredd comes in a very attractive and shiny slipcover and the standard black amaray case. Inside is a UV code, the 4K disc, and a Blu-ray copy of the film.
If you’re looking for another Judge Dredd, this isn’t it. But it does bring up fond memories and is a perfectly decent action flick. It’s priced pretty well and looks and sounds great. I’d pick this one up for sure.
Note: This Blu-ray was sent to us for review. This has not affected our judgement or editorial process in any way. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this process.