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!
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