For a start, the title’s different! To save confusion.
For a second point, the synopses are different! Here’s the one for the ‘95 Stallone train-wreck: In a dystopian future, Dredd, the most famous judge is convicted for a crime he did not commit while his murderous counterpart escapes.
Here’s the synopsis for Dredd 3D: In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.
See? Totally different, except for the fact the main character is Judge Dredd! So can people stop calling Dredd 3D a remake of Judge Dredd? Dredd 3D is the movie fans wanted in the first place! It’s not a remake, it’s more like a chance to put things right. It’s a new story, so I suppose you could class it as a (very) late sequel with a different cast and a different look!
SO STOP CALLING DREDD 3D A REMAKE OF THE ‘95 JUDGE DREDD MOVIE!!
This issues certainly seems to have got on some peoples’ nerves. Quite right too.
Oh my. I’m glad I watched this. This is a truly “so bad you need to see it movie”. It has everything going for it, a future setting, a lead you can’t understand, classic 90s comic sidekick, a nonsensical script, it’s pretty much perfect. Take a listen to the How Did This Get Made podcast, it’s why I watched this, and they cover everything I could think of. SPAGHETTI ROBOT.
In this Very First Episode of MOVIEcomm : Your Alternative Movie Commentary Podcast, Adam, Billy and Marcus sit down and watch the 1995 Stallone Action Comic Book Movie “Judge Dredd”. Listen along as a simple Podcast packed with Movie banter, Trivia and entertaining discussion or you can Listen along as an Alternative Movie Commentary and watch the Movie as we watch it. Experience a New Type of Commentary with the MOVIEcomm Crew.
Comparison between the Dredd’s. Like Stallone’s shoulder pads more, but Karl Urban has the perfect Dredd Helmet… The new bulletproof looking leather armour is nice as well. Suits Dredd well but if I was picky Stallone has the more close to the comic version of the outfit. Which do I like better? Well both have their draw backs… Stallone’s is more canonically correct but is also extremely dated looking. Helmet wise he looks like a Power Ranger. Urban’s outfit is more protective but makes him look small and not very intimidating due to the lack of huge shoulder pads. However he has the correct look for the helmet. That’s not to say I don’t like the new Dredd but he does look different and more average compared to the incredibly huge Judge from the comics. Acting-wise: This is a tough one I can’t pre-judge Urban’s acting based on a trailer but he sounds quieter and less meat-headed than Stallone. Whether that’s a good or bad thing we’ll have to wait and see. Stallone has the original booming Dredd voice and it works for Dredd’s character however Dredd has always been a character without a dedicated voice. I don’t believe there has ever been a cartoon which means that it’s often been imagined by fans of the series alike. Regardless I really look forward to seeing Dredd. Right now I prefer old Dredd for the Shoulder pads alone but things need to evolve and who knows maybe the new Dredd’s outfit may become a new uniform for Dredd in the comics. Either way it’s a face off.
Here we are then, on the cusp of a new Judge Dredd film. John Wagner’s given it the thumbs up, so who knows? At least Karl Urban swears blind that Dredd will keep his lid on for the whole film. Maybe it’ll have a great script that does the Dredd concept justice (no pun intended), and we’ll forget all about that atrocious 1995 effort, Stallone’s Judge Dredd. Or maybe, once again, the Daily Mail fascism, gallows humour and satire of 2000AD’s most famous son will have gone undetected by Hollywood’s radar - despite the fact that those elements were present and correct for Robocop, which is the best Dredd film we’ve so far had. Still, for all it’s badness, there are a few things really worth celebrating about the original Judge Dredd, and they’re all due to the art department.
Herded by designer Nigel Phelps, who did a sterling job on bringing Gotham to the screen in Burton’s 1989 Batman, and an effects team under Joel Hynek, Joss Williams & Robert U. Taylor, the artists, designers, model makers & set builders of Judge Dredd created an exceptional vision of Mega-City One - one which still relied heavily on practical models & effects (not to mention a sprawling, full-scale backlot set where most of the action was shot), while also diving headfirst into the then still relatively infant realms of pre-visualisation & CG. Fun fact - miniature shots were supervised by Dave Stewart, alumnus of the Blade Runner crew.
The crown jewel of Judge Dredd’s production tho, has to be the ABC Warrior - a full-size, fully animatronic robot capable of lifting nearly 100 pounds, yet articulated by only five operators, thanks to how brilliantly it was designed.
Visually, there’s plenty of other stunning stuff in the film; the Lawmasters and H-bikes, the costumes & weapons, and the prosthetics used for the Angel gang - particularly Mean Machine, who was reimagined for the film by his original 2000AD designer, concept artist Chris Halls. A more blink-and-you-miss-it prop is the City Cab; a full size, working vehicle designed & built by Land Rover, but which - despite actually existing in several flavours, and being in several shots - seems to nearly always blend into the background.
The yellow city cab had a life of its own after the movie’s release; a car audio company bought it as demo vehicle, and fitted it with a gnarly soundsystem and immense bass bins, as these classy girls demonstrate.
Judge Dredd. Bloody awful film, yes, but with more to recommend another gawp than you might think.