DREDD Tops Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download Sales

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While it may not have been a box office success, Pete Travis’ Dredd is getting a much fairer trial on home video having topped the Blu-ray and DVD sales list for a 2012 new release.  Dredd has also come in first in this week’s digital downloads.  It’s great to see the film getting new life after its theatrical release, especially since it’s much closer to the version of Judge Dredd that fans wanted to see.  Karl Urban (Star Trek) is the law and deserves another go-round as the titular peacemaker.  You can check out Phil’s review of Dredd 3D here along with Bill’s glowing review of the Blu-ray.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer and see how you can get your hands on a copy of Dredd.

Watch the trailer for Dredd if you haven’t seen it yet:

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Check out the full press release below:

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 22, 2013 /CNW/ – The verdict is in and Lionsgate (LGF), a leading global entertainment company, announced today that the home entertainment release of DREDD claimed the number one spot on the DVD sell-through and Blu-ray charts with 650,000 units sold, making it the best-selling new release title of the year. Blu-ray units accounted for nearly 50% of week 1 POS at retail. In addition, the critically acclaimed thriller, starring Karl Urban (Star Trek) as the titular character Judge Dredd , was the top film download for the week, outpacing all other titles in digital sales as well.

Adapted by Alex Garland from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s legendary comic book and released in a stunning 3-D Blu-ray, DREDD adds to Lionsgate’s long history of theatrical titles that have overconverted their box office performance on Blu-ray, DVD and digital. Lionsgate continues to lead the industry in DVD-to-box office conversion rates.

Hailed by audiences and critics alike, the post-apocalyptic thriller also stars Olivia Thirlby (Juno) and Lena Headey (HBO’s “Game Of Thrones”). Blending pulse-pounding action with mesmerizing visual effects sequences, the sci-fi thriller directed by Pete Travis (Vantage Point) takes place in a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. The Blu-ray Disc and DVD both contain multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes including a look back at the 35 years of Judge Dredd .

With a highly competitive landscape during its theatrical debut, the thriller’s powerful home entertainment success underscores the importance of the market, allowing entertainment enthusiasts to enjoy their favorite films in a multitude of formats.

DREDD‘s chart topping performance demonstrates the breadth of the home entertainment audience for this exciting, high caliber film as well as underscoring our ability to monetize theatrical titles across all home entertainment platforms through the highest packaged, VOD and digital conversion rates in the industry,” said Ron Schwartz , Lionsgate Executive Vice President & General Manager, Home Entertainment. “We’re also pleased that a film released on 3-D Blu-ray was able to top the sales charts, a clear reflection of how quality films in this up and coming format can find their audience.”

Lionsgate recently announced a partnership with Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung to convert select Lionsgate action and thriller titles for the booming 3-D home entertainment market.




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  • mattedscreen

    Totally loved this movie, had a hard time finding the blu-ray at most stores I went to, always a good thing to see. If you have a 3D set, you’re in for a real treat if you haven’t seen it yet!

  • Dr Knowitall

    YESSS!!!!!!!

    SEQUELS! SEQUELS! SEQUELS! SEQUELS!

    My fave film of 2012, well and the Hobbit too. So glad he’s dispensing justice on the small screen. I’ve had to wait till now to hear some friends opinions on the film as they didn’t see it in cinemas. So far theyre raving about it, too bad they missed it in 3D though as for this film the 3D was put to great use.

    I hope to see some cursed earth adventures in sequels, Mean Angel would be great in this style. And needs a few mutants too. Ron Perlman would be a great Mean Angel, but also Mathew Fox if he’s still ripped and weird looking like that last film of his.

    • wes

      There is a loong way to go before a sequel gets greenlit, that said hopefully people will keep buying it.

  • DPW

    Thought Dredd was a solid action flick. Was really impressed/surprised at how good it was. Think a lot of people wrote it off as a Raid rip off, but picture was well done. Really liked Urban in the role.

  • Decado

    Sadly, it’s just a drop in the bucket and won’t make a bit of difference in terms of the 0% likelihood of seeing a sequel. I’d love for it to happen, but the film came up around $35m short in the domestic BO alone. Even Avatar-like home DVD/Blu-Ray sales probably couldn’t greenlight a sequel. It also flopped overseas.

  • Hunter

    Good! This film deserves to finally bring in a little bit of bacon. Hopefully it continues to bring in money. If more people finally see the movie on Blu-ray/DVD, I assume it will increase the likelihood of people showing up to see a potential sequel in theaters. The booming home video sales should have somewhat of a cult-growth effect on the dissemination of the movie. So hopefully many more people will have seen it within the next year.

    Ideally the execs will take that into account and move ahead with a sequel. Unfortunately that’s somewhat of a shot in the dark. But a guy can dream, right?

  • DREDD

    Well, your wrong about Avatar. JC is making 2 more next. Hopefully you are wrong about Dredd. I NEED sequels to that great flick. I suspect, if they made a sequel, the people that caught up with it on dvd may go see a sequel on the big screen. But they need to drop the word 3D from the title, and have more 2D options. (though the 3D was fantastic!)

  • Mark

    What the hell are you talking about? It’s 9 million short where have you gotten 35 million?

  • Mark

    The only reason Dredd failed was poor marketing, ya know like releasing the home media version 2 weeks after Christmas, that kind of genius marketing right there, the kind of genius marketing which meant it was almost entirely available only in 3D, forcing people who had little marketing exposure to pay higher entry prices or people like me to watch their first 3D film ever just to be able to watch it.

    • INSTANT JUSTICE

      You mean the kind of genius that got it to number one in home video in a market free of genre competition? If they’d released it before Christmas it would’ve been lost in the rush to buy Avengers, Batman, Spider-Man and all else.

      • wyrdy

        I mostly agree with you but Mark doe`s have a point about it only being available in 3-D,i saw it in 3-D and loved it but there’s a lot of people that just wont watch a film in 3-D in the cinema

  • wes

    GREAT NEWS!! I recommend everyone buy this movie it’s amazing and need your support!

  • wes

    Garland said that a North American gross of over $50 million for Dredd would make sequels possible. It grossed 36 million at the box office. So maybe just maybe with very very strong DVD/Blu-Ray sales we might get a sequel.

  • Ray

    I’ve had this idea for a while, especially after watching Dredd in theaters. Karl Urban must be Batman in Justice League 2014. He can pull off bad-ass, he looks intelligent, has the height (1.85m same as Henry Cavill!) and possibly potential for the build, and looks like a real Bruce Wayne. I was honestly disappointed with Christian Bale’s interpretation of the character, maybe no fault of his own, but he never seemed intelligent enough through the trilogy, had the build but not the height, and his fighting was ridiculous in that constrictive suit. Lets not forget the voice…compare that with Urban in Dredd. Urban is over 40 though so training to be at the level of Batman we’d all hope for with killer fighting skills might be a challenge. Obviously while wearing a mask, a stunt double could do the job. I just hope someone in a powerful position could see this…he has the chops.

    • GunsOfNavarone

      I like the cut of your jib Ray.

  • Ray

    I’ve had this idea for a while, especially after watching Dredd in theaters. Karl Urban must be Batman in Justice League 2014. He can pull off bad-ass, he looks intelligent, has the height (1.85m same as Henry Cavill!) and possibly potential for the build, and looks like a real Bruce Wayne. I was honestly disappointed with Christian Bale\’s interpretation of the character, maybe no fault of his own, but he never seemed intelligent enough through the trilogy, had the build but not the height, and his fighting was ridiculous in that constrictive suit. Lets not forget the voice…compare that with Urban in Dredd. Urban is over 40 though so training to be at the level of Batman we\’d all hope for with killer fighting skills might be a challenge. Obviously while wearing a mask, a stunt double could do the job. I just hope someone in a powerful position could see this…he has the chops.

  • JWarren82

    This movie rocked!! Totally worth the purchase I made!

  • Northern Star

    Whilst the early sales for ‘Dredd’ are extremely heartening, there’s still a LONG way to go before a sequel is even considered… but for the sake of argument, if one is given the greenlight eventually, it could be done on a relatively equal budget to the current one if they adapt the JD comic story ‘The Pit’ which takes place in a single sector of Mega-City One, combined with the pro-democracy terrorism story idea that Alex Garland mentioned last year, both of which taken together would make for a great sequel…

  • nNark

    Was there supposed to be a link to a giveaway, or was that a bit of misdirection?
    “…and see how you can get your hands on a copy of Dredd.”

  • bored

    im sorry but dredd is boring as hell. too much use of slow mo. the editing is not good

  • DPW

    Dude, good call on Urban as Bats! Love JGL, and he would be a top rate Robin, but never Batman…can’t see it.

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  • S. Spradling

    Good news….all we can do, and I have, is spread the word and buy a copy of the movie!!! It Rocks!!

  • S. Spradling

    Good news….all we can do, and I have, is spread the word and buy a copy of the movie!!! It Rocks!!!

  • S. Spradling

    Good news….all we can do, and I have, is spread the word and buy a copy of the movie!!! It Rocks!!!!

  • Gavin

    I missed this in theaters, but I’m glad I saw it online. I love to see a sequel too if it’s home video sales can be larger.

  • Pffft!

    It’s time for Dredd and Anderson to catch a little Sun out in the Cursed Earth…In DREDD 2.

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