Cop Land: Collector's Series [Blu-ray + Digital HD]
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Sylvester Stallone 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 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, Harvey Keitel, and Ray Liotta head an incredible cast in the Director's Cut of this intense action thriller, which explodes with nonstop excitement!
• “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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Using a loophole explained in the opening monologue, some corrupt New York City cops take their families and establish their homes across the Hudson River in the small town of Garrison, New Jersey. The local law enforcement is led by town Sheriff Freddy Heflin, played by Sylvester Stallone. In the wake of a shooting, a cover-up, and the faked suicide of a young officer with a promising career, NYPD Internal Affairs Lieutenant Moe Tilden, portrayed by Robert De Niro, seeks to expose the officers’ corruption and find their ties to the Mafia. but, stymied by jurisdictional limits, he must turn to the local sheriff for help. Freddy, friends with the cops under investigation, is too intimidated to help, though his curiosity and sense of justice get the better of him.
As I’ve said, effort went into this film all around. Apart from De Niro and Stallone turning in strong performances, players like Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Robert Patrick, Michael Rapaport and more all put their best foot forward. This, coupled with a strong script and focused direction by James Mangold, creates a world and conflict you can’t help but get sucked into. My favorite scene is near the end when Stallone, Liotta, and Rapaport meet up with De Niro in the city. It’s a satisfying ending to an engrossing adventure.
James Mangold brought us a gripping tale with plenty of action, suspense, and tension, but there are problems. First, John Spencer is not in the film long enough. This is the John Spencer fan in me talking but, even so, the man has way more talent than what he was allowed to show us here. Second, while Sylvester Stallone is good as the sheriff, I don’t buy him being intimidated to keep quiet about the corruption. Yeah, he’s also blinded by his friendship with the officers, but there’s supposed to be intimidation alongside that. It’s simply not believable because it is Sylvester Stallone…would you ever expect him being intimidated.
Cop Land brings fans of Mr. Stallone and other cast members a film they can add to their collections. Despite any flaws, you will want to see it and it has my recommendation. Enjoy.
Copland takes place in New Jersey and over the bridges to New York City, and the characters on the two sides of the bridges are especially compelling and anchor the significance of the story. There are some great emotions and images played out by Stallone with flashbacks, and this film is chance to see that Sly can have the range of his co-stars like De Niro and Keitel. Ray Liotta gives excellent support. Wonderful film!
Judge Dredd was a comic book, but it makes for a treat in the style of science fiction and action films. Armand Assante and Max von Sydow are great enemies to Stallone's street justice vigilante with a badge. Some great one-liners and comic relief that keep the pace of the dragging parts. The appearance, the sounds, the attitude, and the camerawork are all well-refined and sophisticated and of high standards. There were issues about the budget of this movie and the level of quality, but don't miss this second opportunity to see a fun flick.
A great double-bill.
By 2010, we can enjoy watching Scorsese players romp with "Sopranos" players in the lush playground of North Eastern Hudson County, New Jersey! A terrific chance to watch Keitel mix it up with De Niro (ah, what memories of "Taxi Driver"); and Cathy Moriarity reunite with Bobby D. - wish they had a scene together! She looks like she aged maybe...ten pounds in 15 years! I don't understand the level of her worldweariness - she's one of three female characters who deal with difficult dudes; one being, Jeanine Garofalo, not very convincing as a Cop, but with a good "feel" as the disenchanted feminist from upstate New York. Bruce Springsteen songs lend a little texture to the gray cinematography; and the all the angry agitation.
When Sly's Deputy decides to chill on him right about when he's most vulnerable, when he decides face his enemies just after sunrise, we know someone's been watching "High Noon".
Script does get a bit melodramatic and once or twice I had to suppress a laugh - had too much respect for Stallone to laugh when Kietel grimaced through one too many soliliques about how he found a haven for corrupt New York City cops. But overall, I would say, this is the best acting I've ever watched from Harvey Keitel.
Ray Liotta looks healthy, about five years past his Henry Hill role; has many good scenes, though just once I wish he'd take off that sweaty long-sleeved shirt and put on a cool, tropical short-sleeve. With all the perks of hanging out in Harvey's mecca, it seems no-one can afford an air-conditioner!
Likewise, this might actually be Sylvester Stallone's strongest performance. It seems he added some weight to his frame - maybe DeNiro gave him some pointers on how he ballooned up as Jake LaMotta!
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