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Spec'd: Dredd

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Saturday, November 17, 2012

Dredd, the 2012 movie adaptation that stars Karl Urban (Star Trek) as the helmeted 2000 AD comic book lawman, is coming to 3-D Blu-ray, DVD and digital download on January 8, 2013.

While Dredd only managed to eke out a disappointing $13 million dollars from the domestic box office (and that was just a third of the haul that the Sylvester Stallone starrer Judge Dredd made back in 1995), it found supporters from the online film community as well as its core comic book fanbase that appreciated the movie's faithful tone and approach to character.

Set in a future time where most of America is an irradiated ruin and the survivors live inside walled-off mega-cities, law is brought to the masses by street judges that have the power of judge, jury and executioner. Dredd is one of the most feared and respected of the judges, and on a typical workday he's assigned to supervise a rookie judge named Anderson (Olivia Thirby). Together the two officers must enter a slum known as Peach Trees and ruled by the despotic drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey). After locking down Peach Trees, Ma-Ma issues a command to its 50,000 residents: whoever kills the judges will win her favor and a supply of her sought-after drug Slo-Mo.

Along with the 95-minute movie the Dredd disc will come with some special bonus features including 6 featurettes:

  • "Mega-City Masters": a short that looks at 35 Years of Judge Dredd adventures
  • "Day of Chaos: a look at the visual effects of Dredd 3D
  • "Dredd's Gear": how Karl Urban was suited up as Mega-City One's toughest lawman
  • "The 3rd Dimension": how filming Dredd 3D was done with 3-D cameras
  • "Welcome to Peach Trees": an introduction to Ma-Ma's walled off fortress
  • "Dredd": a general look at the making of the movie

Also included in the goodies is a Dredd motion comic prequel detailing the mission that the Judge undertook just before the events in the movie.

Lionsgate is shipping Dredd with a recommended retail price of $29.99 for the DVD version and $39.99 for the 3D Blu-ray one.

-Lionsgate.

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