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Dredd 4K (2012/Lionsgate 4K UHD w/Blu-ray 3D and 2D Blu-ray)

4K Ultra HD Picture: A 3D Picture: B+ 2D Picture: B+ Sound: A/A-/A- Extras: B Film: B+

Looking back on the history of comic book to film adaptations, it's hard to find one that captures the spirit of the character as true as Dredd (2012), which has just been given a welcome update on the new 4K UHD Blu-ray format. Starring Karl Urban (the Star Trek revival) as Dredd, the film features incredible special effects and a tight screenplay that has done far better on the home video market than it did initially in theaters and is a more faithful adaptation than the Sly Stallone version from the '90s. There have been talks about Urban reprising the role many times and one can only hope that he one day will again.

Aside from Urban, the film also stars (a fantastic villain you love to hate played by) Lena Headey, Olivia Thirlby, Wood Harris, and Warrick Grier.

Mega City One is the current wasteland of future America and a world where the most vile and vicious flourish. In a gated community, a ruthless criminal named Ma-Ma (Headey) has manufactured a drug called 'slow-mo' that has a heavy and addictive effect on its users. As the drug spreads and creates mass chaos, two Judges are brought in to take down the criminal - Dredd (Urban) and the psychic Anderson (Thirlby). Once they track down Ma-Ma, she locks the Judges inside the facility and puts a warrant out for their death with a heavy reward. Can they escape and take down this convict and her army of drug addicts before its too late?

Dredd is presented in stunning 2160p HEVC/H.265, HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition image looking and sounding way better than before with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1. The HDR brings out the colors and textures more profoundly than the Blu-ray versions and fleshes out the superb cinematography in the film and most notably its slow motion sequences. Also included are the 1080p versions of the film on 2D Blu-ray and a 1080p MVC-encoded 3-D - Full Resolution digital High Definition presentation, the same disc as the previous release. The 3D is fine, but the 4K look more three-dimensional.

As for the audio, the film is presented with a great sounding English Dolby Atmos 11.1 track on the 4K Blu-ray that leaves little to complain about (it plays as Dolby TrueHD 7.1 on systems lacking Atmos), while the 3D and 2D 1080p versions offer a nice sounding, lossless English 7.1 DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) track that isn't half bad either. The Atmos track is a bit more impressive with some heavier bass and a few more pronounced moments than the DTS-HD track.

It should be noted that the Stallone Dredd film offered its best theatrical audio on screens that could play its 8-channel Sony Dynamic Digital Sound (SDDS) so we expect a DTS: X and/or Dolby Atmos 11.1 upgrade on that film down the line and it will be interesting then to compare the two sonically. After almost a few years, still no sign of that from Disney/Touchstone.

A digital UV copy is also included.

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'' featurette

and a Theatrical Trailer

While there isn't much new in terms of supplements, this version of Dredd looks and sounds far better than its predecessor and is definitely worth the upgrade for fans of the film.

- James Lockhart



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