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Cop Land (Exclusive Director's Cut) (Miramax Collector's Edition) (1997)

Sylvester Stallone , Harvey Keitel , James Mangold  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Peter Berg
  • Directors: James Mangold
  • Writers: James Mangold
  • Producers: Bob Weinstein, Cary Woods, Cathy Konrad, Christopher Goode, Ezra Swerdlow
  • Format: Anamorphic, Collector's Edition, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001XALT6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,632 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cop Land (Exclusive Director's Cut) (Miramax Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New to this edition:
  • 116-minute Director's Cut of film
  • Commentary from writer/director James Mangold, producer Cathy Konrad, actors Sylvester Stallone & Robert Patrick
  • Deleted scenes with opitional commentary
  • Shootout storyboard sequence
  • "The Making of an Urban Legend" featurette

Editorial Reviews

Additional Features

Too often a "director's cut" only serves to comfort the bruised ego of a director whose film didn't perform as well as expected, but James Mangold's Cop Land actually benefits from the inclusion of subtle scenes and character details that add welcome depth to a story that now has room to breathe. It's not a significantly different film, but 11 minutes of restored material support Mangold's assertion (in his commentary with Sylvester Stallone, costar Robert Patrick, and coproducer Cathy Konrad) that Cop Land is structured as an "urban Western," with emphasis on Stallone's character as a sheriff faced with an ethical dilemma amidst a pack of hungry wolves. Stallone may be overstating the case when he calls Mangold's film "a classic," but his gratitude toward the director is genuine (Stallone was eager to break from his action-hero mold) and his laid-back anecdotes (such as how he gained weight for his role, or his impatience with Harvey Keitel's method-actor demands) are both amusing and critically astute. Patrick and Konrad contribute their own behind-the-scenes perspective, and Mangold provides the film-buff's reference points (such as naming Stallone's character after actor Van Heflin, who often played similar roles). The deleted scenes are routine (although one hints at a possible relationship between Stallone's sheriff and a deputy played by Janeane Garofalo) and the making-of featurette is standard promotional fare, but it includes interview clips with all major cast members--a stellar lineup not likely to be repeated. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

This tense action-thriller explodes with nonstop excitement and riveting star performances! Sylvester Stallone (SPY KIDS(TM) 3-D: GAME OVER, DRIVEN) stars as Freddy Heflin, the sheriff of a place everyone calls "Cop Land" -- a small and seemingly peaceful town populated by the big city police officers he's long admired. Yet something ugly is taking place behind the town's peaceful facade. And when Freddy uncovers a massive, deadly conspiracy among these local residents, he is forced to take action -- and make a dangerous choice between protecting his idols ... and upholding the law! Robert De Niro (ANALYZE THAT!, MEET THE PARENTS), Harvey Keitel (RED DRAGON, U-571) and Ray Liotta (IDENTITY, JOHN Q) head an incredible cast in this critically acclaimed and unforgettable motion picture!

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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I heard there was a way of life out here. May 9, 2004
Sylvester Stallone can act. There. I said it. And as ridiculous as that statement may appear to some readers, you really do owe it to yourself to take a look at "Cop Land," and see just how good of an actor Sylvester can be!
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.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stallone nails it November 16, 2011
I've seen this movie a couple of times and it still gets me.
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.......
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By Cubist
Cop Land is a homage to police corruption films like Sidney Lumet's Serpico and Prince of the City. In many respects, Cop Land is also a modern western, complete with a High Noon-style showdown. Miramax previously released this film on a movie-only DVD. This new version is a huge improvement but is it worth the upgrade?
"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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! November 12, 2011
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This is a terrific cop flick and crime drama with a glittering cast. And, this brand new blu ray release is far superior to the Canadian blue ray release of a few years ago. The print has been scrubbed of all artifacts and blemishes. Well done!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great blu ray transfer November 1, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Cop land looks great on blu ray.This film is very underrated.I was very pleased with the picture quality of this blu ray.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I previously owned the Cop Land (Exclusive Director's Cut) (Miramax Collector's Edition) on DVD, which had a decent transfer for a standard definition DVD. You can tell by the output, that a lot of effort went into restoring this movie to bring an authentic movie experience to your HD television. The colors are crisp and vibrant, and the sound is loud and clear. All of the special features from the Collector's Edition DVD are on this Blu-Ray disc as well. Upgrading to the HD version for a movie like this was well worth it, especially for the action at the end of the third act. Anyone who is a fan of this movie that has a Blu-Ray player should definitely upgrade to this edition.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
cop land is a suspence thriller
Published 2 days ago by ted wright
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
Stallones best, this is where I learned he could actually act.
Published 17 days ago by Coach58
5.0 out of 5 stars The main character is both pathetic and sympathetic
A compelling story. The main character is both pathetic and sympathetic, so as he decides to change, we root for the better man he becomes. The acting throughout is good.
Published 21 days ago by reggorf
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 23 days ago by 1
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Another Stallone movie that is pretty good for it's time.
Published 1 month ago by Dawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Fran
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, Stallone at his best...
Most people think I am crazy when I mention that Stallone can act. While most will agree he is good in the roles that are custom made for him such as Rambo or the self-penned Rocky... Read more
Published 3 months ago by C. Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars "...One Of The Good Guys..." - Copland (2011 15th Anniversary Edition)...
Rewatching "Copland" on BLU RAY - you're struck by a few things. First - what a top movie this is - and the reputation it's gained as such since its 1997 release - is fully... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mark Barry
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Good movie, but the way the movie portrays Sylvester Stallone (Sheriff Freddy Heflin) is a bit ridiculous. Other than Stallone's role, the movie is overall good. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tony S.
5.0 out of 5 stars I was fool for not seeing this sooner
The terrible title and a long absent Stallone kept me watching this film for years. One day, I decided to give it a shot on PPV and was shocked at the great execution of this... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Thomas B
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