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Cop Land (Collector's Series) [Blu-ray]
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• “Cop Land: The Making of an Urban Western”: Behind the Scenes
• Feature Commentary with Director James Mangold, Producer Cathy Konrad, Actors Sylvester Stallone and Robert Patrick
• Storyboard Comparison
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Its the best dramatic performance by Sly he's ever done. He plays a pathetic wanna be cop who idolizes
the real cops around him who he knows are corrupt and don't take him seriously.
Then he's approached by an internal affairs cop ( played by De Niro) and asked to help bust the corrupt cops.
Its been said that the mark of a good actor is when you can
look at his face and tell what he's thinking.
Anybody who ever wondered if Sly is a real actor and not just a movie star like Arnold should see this.
A great movie with a great cast with a real story about trust, betrayal and redemption.
A must see.......
Who would believe that Stallone could appear on the same screen as Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, and Robert De Niro, and hold his own? Certainly not this viewer, and I admit that when I originally went to see the film it was BECAUSE of Keitel, Liotta, and De Niro. So you can imagine just how surprised I was that Stallone wasn't blasted off the screen by the combined talent of his heavyweight co-stars.
Stallone plays "Sheriff Freddy Heflin," the law in the small, New Jersey town of Garrison, just across the George Washington Bridge. What makes Garrison special is that a large percentage of the residents are cops who work the other side of the bridge; hence the nick-name of "Cop Land." There are very few burglaries in Garrison, in fact, there is very little CRIME in Garrison period, so Freddy's days seem to be an endless round of completing paperwork for littering violations, cautioning the occasional drunk, and rescuing children's soft toys from being run over in the road.
This is a shame, because Freddy wants to be a REAL cop, he wants to work the other side of the bridge, but an injury sustained when he saved a women who's car ended up in the river has left him deaf in one ear. Poor Freddy would never pass the physical, but the town showed its appreciation by allowing him to be the Sheriff... kind-of a consolation prize.
But all is not well, there's something rotten in the town of Garrison, a corruption that's eating at the towns soul, and this corruption is personified in the character of "Ray Donlan," played by Keitel.Read more ›
"Cop Land: The Making of an Urban Western" is an excellent retrospective featurette. Stallone to be interested in the role but the actor wanted to something different, to go back to his starving actor roots. After him, came De Niro and then everyone else followed.
Next, there is a "Storyboard Comparison" that allows one to watch part of the film's climatic shoot-out simultaneously with the storyboards for it.
There are two deleted scenes with optional commentary.
Rounding out the extras is a solid audio commentary with director James Mangold, producer Cathy Konrad and actors Sylvester Stallone and Robert Patrick. Not surprisingly, Mangold and Stallone dominate this track. Stallone comes across as a very humble and gracious guy. Mangold keeps everyone talking, acting as an informal moderator and asking everyone questions. This is a really good track and definitely worth a listen if you're a fan of this movie.
Cop Land features a killer cast and allows them to flex their acting chops with a top-notch screenplay. This DVD is a definite improvement over the previous bare bones edition and is worth the upgrade. Miramax has finally done this film justice with an excellent special edition.
As for the movie itself, what else can be said that hasn't already been said? It's one of Sly Stallone's best performances in his entire career, he's amazing as Sheriff Freddy Heflin. Gone is the wise cracking action star of the 80s, and in its place is a down on his luck, out of shape guy that few if anyone in the world of Cop Land takes seriously or respects. His lack of hearing in one ear has kept him from getting a spot on the NYPD, an injury from the rescue of a young woman who lives in the town and whom he still keeps in touch with. Ray Donlan (Harvey Keitel), the man who took care of Freddy and got him his job as sheriff of Garrison, NJ, smiles and pats him on the back but underneath it all you can see full well his using and manipulation of this guy who likes to help people but is dismissed outright for his shyness and awkward manner. Once Freddy truly catches on and sees the results of his supposed friends' illegal activities and how the town of Garrison came to be, he decides he'd rather be right than have these leeches benefitting off of his blindness. He takes them all on. Freddy's left with almost no friends, including the woman whose life he saved. One of the most maddening scenes is when she outright accuses him of trying to replace her husband, when Freddy has done nothing but listen and comfort her amid her husband's severe short comings.
If you haven't seen Cop Land, rectify that immediately!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a woefully underrated film. Stallone's performance is just one of many excellent performances.Published 4 days ago by Jeff Patterson
WOW!! What a great movie, anchored by a Oscar worthy performance from Sylvester Stallone. In this movie, Stallone reminds of the great dramatic actor that he has always been. Read morePublished 11 days ago by TDAWG107
Great movie. Item shipped fast and exactly as advertised ASAP rating. Buy with confidence.Published 23 days ago by dante scirea
If you love cop movies, this is great. Stallone is Stallone but I really enjoyed this movie.Published 1 month ago by Tom Tench
This is the best movie made by James Mangold.
I always watched the director's work more closely because he graduated the same film school with me. Read more
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