It was only back in March that "Dredd 3D" producer Adi Shankar was declaring any hopes of a sequel to last year's film adaptation all but dead. Between its R-rating, the limited rollout of 2D prints of the film (some people didn't want to pay 3D prices for the movie), and maybe a little of the stink of 1994's "Judge Dredd," Lionsgate's "Dredd 3D" was D.O.A. at the box office.
But then, "Dredd 3D" became one of the most successful home video releases of the last year, and 2000AD, publisher of the "Judge Dredd" comics, thinks there's a good chance fans might be able to convince Lionsgate to make a sequel.
"Dredd 3D" is a nearly perfect action movie, stripped down and kicked bloody and growling into the world. I'm not sure how much sense that metaphor just made, but this second adaptation of the "2000 A.D." character is lean, mean, and efficient in a way many recent action films fail to be.
Comparisons to Gareth Evans' "The Raid" will persist and they're fair: but whereas Evans delivers a knockout of technical martial arts prowess, director Pete Travis and "28 Days Later" screenwriter Alex Garland deliver a gun-crazy drugs and murder movie.
One of the biggest surprises of 2012 was "Dredd 3D," the second big-screen adaptation of "Judge Dredd" co-creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra's ultra-violent, fascist super cop. With "Star Trek" and "Return of the King" star Karl Urban in the lead, the 3D action movie found just the right balance of sneering viciousness and black humor without trying to ape the comic.
Unfortunately, moviegoers were for whatever reason apprehensive about seeing the movie, leading to a quiet death at the box office this summer. Which is a shame, because I'm really hoping Lionsgate will have faith in the film to revisit the same world with Urban in the lead.
You'll get a chance to see it for yourself when "Dredd" lands on DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD on January 8th. After the jump, we've got the full specs on the disc. But I implore you people, if you like some seriously brutal, dangerous, funny action, see "Dredd" ASAP.