It’s still depressing to me that Dredd arrived in theaters with a resounding thud. Aside from being a damned entertaining way to spend a couple of hours, I really liked screenwriter Alex Garland’s take on the classic characters and the world of the iconic Judge Dredd. I would have liked to see how that world expanded in future Dredd movies. Sadly, however, the movie hasn’t even earned back its budget so Dredd is doomed to remain an entertaining one-off and a batch of wasted potential. For those of you who didn’t check out Dredd in theaters (based on the box office, that’s most of you), you can check it out for yourself and see what I’m going on about when the movie gets its home video release on January 8, 2013.
Lionsgate will be releasing Dredd in the usual array of formats: 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, digital download, On Demand, and Pay-Per-View. Here’s one silver lining: Dredd is actually getting some bonus features on the disc, something that’s never a given for a movie that underperformed like it did. I’d still be picking up a copy of Dredd even if it was bare-bones, so the special features are just gravy. Here’s the rundown:
- “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
Hopefully Dredd will find an audience on DVD that it never could in theaters. The Blu-ray will list for $39.99, and the DVD $29.95.