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Day of DREDD

The big ‘Day of Dredd’ push last September was massively successful – Dredd went straight to the top of the DVD and Blu-Ray charts in multiple countries and sparking acres of press coverage. Today, Wednesday 1st October is the Day of Dredd 2014!

This is a fan-created, fan-run, fan-made campaign that aims to show Hollywood that the clamor for a sequel has not gone away. Today the campaigners want everyone to shout about DREDD – buy it on DVD or Blu-Ray, get it back up those charts or, even better, get it sold out! Watch it with friends, talk about it online, share it on your Facebook and Twitter accounts with the hashtag #DayofDredd, encourage your favourite news outlets to cover the big push, even wear your DREDD suit when you go shopping! It all helps keep DREDD in the public eye.


Gun Machine – Trailer

After a shootout claims the life of his partner in a condemned tenement building on Pearl Street, Detective John Tallow unwittingly stumbles across an apartment stacked high with guns. When examined, each weapon leads to a different, previously unsolved murder. Someone has been killing people for twenty years or more and storing the weapons together for some inexplicable purpose.

Check out the trailer for the new Warren Ellis book: Gun Machine. Narrated by Wil Wheaton, Illustrated by Ben Templesmith from 30 Days of Night fame and Directed by Jim Batt.

Dredd 3D ****

In the near future, the post-apocalyptic Mega City One stretches the length of the Eastern seaboard of the United States. It has over 800 million inhabitants and a crime rate so out of control that the City’s law enforcement, the Judges, can only handle 6% of crimes committed.

Uncompromising Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is assigned rookie Judge Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) for assessment in the field; Anderson has failed her final exam but is being a chance due to her rare psi abilities.

They’re called to a triple homicide at Peach Tree apartments, one of the massive tower blocks that dominate the Mega City skyline. The block is run by drug dealer Ma Ma (Lena Headey), main distributor behind new drug on the market Slo-Mo, which gives the users the sensation of time moving at 1% speed. With the block sealed by blast doors, the Judges trapped inside and Ma Ma placing a price on their heads, the Judges have to fight for survival against endless armed thugs.

Fairly true to the source material, the film is written by long time Dredd fan Alex Garland (28 Days Later), with input from Dredd creator John Wagner, the script and visuals are littered with references to the comic. Director Pete Travis does a great job, especially considering the budget restrictions; the action is violent, frequent and very bloody. Some of the slo-mo fuelled set-pieces are incredibly stylish and a real showcase for the 3D.

The cast are all solid, Karl Urban is a pretty good Dredd, he looks the part, thankfully doesn’t remove his helmet, and is believable in the action scenes; however his voice wavers slightly during some of his longer deliveries. Lena Headey is a convincing villain, with this and her role in Game of Thrones, she’s cornering the market in evil characters. The strongest performance is that of Olivia Thirlby, she has the most to work with as her Judge Anderson undergoes the most growth and development over the course of the film.

The simple premise works well, both in terms of action, and budget limitations. This is a violent, humorous, bleak and almost fascistic film, just like the comics… violently adult, this is great fun and well worth a look for action fans. I’d love to see a sequel focussing on Dredd stories The Cursed Earth or Judge Death, however, the film hasn’t had a very successful run in the U.S. so a sequel seems unlikely.

Much better than I anticipated, a film to finally erase memories of the awful Stallone adaptation.

Quality: ****

Any Good: ****

Dredd Motion Comic Prequel and Free APP

Finally going to see Dredd next week, meanwhile check out the Dredd Motion Comic Prequel… and download the free Dredd game for your iPhone or Android from the iTunes Store or Google Play.

Simon Bisley

Simon Bisley (born March 4, 1962) is a British comics artist best known for his 1990’s work at 2000 AD on ABC Warriors and Slaine. While still a student, Bisley did a painting of a robot holding a baby that he sent to the offices of 2000 AD. The image was seen by Pat Mills and inspired him to relaunch the ABC Warriors strip, with Bisley as artist, in 1987. Following this, Bisley took over drawing of Sláine.

Bisley also painted the intercompany crossover Judge Dredd and Batman, Judgement on Gotham. Bisley has worked on Hellblazer, done pin-ups for Spider-Man, Daredevil, Hulk and Terminator, is also an occasional contributor to the comics magazine Heavy Metal and illustrated the Bible.

His style, reliant on paints, acrylics, inks and multiple-mediums, is strongly influenced by Frank Frazetta, Bill Sienkiewicz, Gustav Klimt, Salvador Dali, Egon Schiele and Richard Corben. He also took inspiration from rock album covers and graffiti as well as traditional comics art. In turn he and his work has inspired various forms in media, including the Beast in the 2006 Doctor Who episode “The Satan Pit”, and Simon Pegg’s character graphic artist Tim Bisley on the Channel 4 sitcom ‘Spaced’.

Check out his work at the comic book database and the Simon Bisley Gallery.

Dredd – Update

Late last week there was news about Dredd, the new film that seeks to bring the 2000AD comic character Judge Dredd to the screen once more. (This is apparaently more in-keeping with the comic than the 1995 Sylvester Stallone schlock-fest Judge Dredd).

Apparently, director Pete Travis had been locked out of the editing room due to creative differences that arose between he and the producers. One of those producers, Alex Garland (Author of ‘The Beach’ and scriptwriter of ’28 Days Later…’), is also the screenwriter. Garland has been overseeing the current stage of post-production and was rumored to be seeking co-director credit.

Now Garland and Travis have released a joint statement that basically says “we’re going about this in a weird way, but there’s no real issue, move on.” Read full article here.

As is often the case in a situation like this you’ve got to draw your own conclusions about that release and whether it might be truth or spin. I’m shying towards ‘spin,’ only because there aren’t any real details about how the production is using an “unorthodox collaboration.”

Regardless, the film is moving along. With Karl Urban playing the perpetually-helmeted Judge Dredd and Olivia Tirlby and Lena Headey in key roles, hopefully this will turn out a lot better than the Stallone version. We haven’t yet seen any footage but the film is scheduled for September 21, 2012.