Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Judge Dredd… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
“The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”
A film that looked so promising from the trailers and previews we saw back in the day but turned out to be a big disappointment for the comic book fans. Casting a very popular actor at the time to play a comic book hero is never a good idea. Always best to go with unknown. Stallone was a huge power house in the 90s and being a credible director and writer he was going to have some control over the creative style of the film. Judge Dredd never removes his helmet in the comics and in the movie he removes it in the first 15 minutes. Big shock to the fans! It was a directed by Danny Cannon who was a huge fan of Dredd and you can clearly see. The style and design of the production is beautiful, he got the right people involved to produce the film… Dredd is still a fun and dumb movie that is great to look at but don’t be offended if you’re a fan of the comic strip there is a new Dredd film out this year so hopefully this new version will please the fans.
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