I’m happy enough to admit that whilst I generally did not enjoy the majority of the original Stallone Judge Dredd story I really loved the visuals and some of the epic landscapes in the film. Everything else was rubbish and after reading about what went wrong you can completely see it up on the screen. Stallone didn’t know or really get the character and he thought he was supposed to be funny.
That all being said I do not own a copy of Judge Dredd and nor would I consider it.
Dredd on the other hand I do have a copy of and after watching it again for this project I’m reaffirmed to the fact that Karl Urban is Judge Dredd and for the most part this is a pretty bloody good film. It’s a real shame it didn’t do better at the box office and I’m really excited to hear that they are making a television series and Urban may return as old stony face.
I’m a massive 2000 AD fan from the 90s where I devoured every issue and of course Judge Dredd was such a huge part of that. He was this amazing character that was so angry but detached and for a teenager the violence in Heavy Metal Dredd was glorious.
As awesome as Dredd the film is though it does lack some of the satirical humour found in the comic, Mega City One isn’t quite so bizarre as the books portrayed it. There is kind of a hint at it with the homeless man who will debase himself for money and is squashed by the blast doors as Dredd approaches him to kick his arse on the way out. But the scene is pretty isolated and on its own doesn’t really bring the film up to 2000 AD style writing.
So I really enjoyed watching Dredd again and I think the look and feel for the characters in this are great but I’m sorry to say that this is one blu-ray that is not staying with me. I just can’t imagine me wanting to watch again anytime soon and I’m sure I can find it streaming somewhere if I do. So we have the first film to get the cut from the collection, and it’s not even a bad film, it’s a really bloody good one!
This is part of an ongoing series where I examine each movie in my Blu-ray collection to evaluate if I should keep it (I’m attempting to streamline as I feel it’s growing too big again). Read about the project here.
The original illustration is available on Etsy to buy. If there is any interest I might bring it out in prints.
You can download and print your own colouring page for free.