Yesterday saw the release of the Dredd movie in the UK and yeah, like a bad nerd I waited till today to pick it up.
Seems to be going down well. It’s topping the chart on Amazon and I had to go to three stores before I found one that hadn’t sold out. Sainsbury’s Pontypridd by the way, which now HAS sold out as I got the last copy. It’s also too late to pick up a breakfast if that was looking enticing. Anyway, flying off the shelves apparently and the nice lady in Tesco told me I was the fourth person this morning to ask if there were any more copies hidden away anywhere .
Picture quality on the blu-ray is amazing. The film does lose something going to 2D but the disk has the 3D option for if I ever go for a new tv. Extras could possibly be a bit better. There’s 30 minutes of interviews but the other features can only really be classed as featurettes as none clock in over 4 minutes. Maybe I was just spoiled by the brilliant 2hr making of on my Amazing Spider-Man blu-ray. Seeing Alex Garland sat with John Wagner on the set made me wish for a joint commentaty from them but alas there isn’t one.
Online reaction? Well on my facebook and twitter and stuff it so far seems to be a lot of Americans doing the “DAMN! Why didnt anyone tell me it was this good when it was in the cinema?” thing so its getting great, if a little late, word of mouth. Also some noise from the UK faithful along the lines of “Let’s hope the dvd sales are massive as that might give us a sequel”. Am I optimistic this will happen? Realistically no. Am I joining in with those who are smugly pouring scorn on those who do still have their fingers crossed this happens? Fuck no. The fact we got a Dredd movie this good was a fucking miracle. Why not hold out for another one?