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

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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!

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

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

Product Details

  • 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:
  • Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001XALT6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,311 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cop Land (Exclusive Director's Cut) (Miramax Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

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By Michael J. Brent on November 16, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
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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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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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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By Martin L on November 12, 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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Highly recommended for fans of this underrated movie - this Canadian release is the ONLY way to get the original theatrical cut enhanced for widescreen TVs. The original DVD of the theatrical cut is non-enhanced, meaning it will look "window-boxed" on your widescreen TV (i.e. - black bars not only on the top and bottom, but on each side as well). The domestic Blu-ray includes ONLY the "director's cut," which not only adds material - it re-edits some scenes, changing one element of the story significantly AND has a totally different ending.

For my money, the theatrical cut is the only version of the movie. Spoiler alerts ahead, necessary to discuss why this version is so superior to the "director's cut." In the theatrical cut, Stallone's Sheriff Heflin is painfully naive to think he can house Superboy (Michael Rappaport) in his office without Ray (Harvey Keitel) finding out. That works though, because Heflin is not the most sophisticated law enforcement officer. In the director's cut, Heflin actually goes into the bar where Ray and the other cops hang out and blatantly announces that he has Superboy in custody. Instead of naive, he looks totally stupid. The other big change, and again a necessary spoiler, is the ending. In the theatrical cut, we have a brief coda in which we see Heflin still on the job, doing what he always did (in other words, his acts of heroism gained him nothing in material terms - no promotion, etc - making his selfless actions even more admirable and poignant). In the director's cut, this is completely missing, with a highly abrupt ending that makes it unclear what became of Heflin after the film's climax.

All of this might not bother the average first time viewer. But to me, the changes ruined the movie.
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