by • November 1, 2011 • Blu-Ray, ReviewComments (0)100

Blu-ray Review: COP LAND (Collector’s Edition)

Rating: R
Studio: Lionsgate/Miramax
MSRP: $14.99, but Amazon has it for $10.99
Running Time: 121 mins

What’s Going On?

One of two long-awaited Blu-ray releases this week. This under seen film from 1997 about a city full of corrupt cops and the lone sheriff with morals who’s aim is to stop them. Although it wasn’t too long ago, it was made in a time when if you said a film was coming out with an ensemble cast, that actually you know, meant something. Usually that you were in for a good film.

Who’s In It?

Sylvester Stallone (who gained 50 lbs for the role), Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Robert Deniro, Robert Patrick, Janeane Garofalo, Peter Berg, Michael Rappaport and much more. Did I mention this was an ensemble cast that means something?

If You Like…

Movies this is for you. I know that’s an overly simplistic statement, but quite simply this is a fantastic film from a time in the late ’90s that we may not think of too fondly as a time that produced really great cinema. This is a straight up cop drama with some really good performances, and one of the better Stallone performances that he didn’t write for himself.

Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director James Mangold, Actors Sylvester Stallone and Robert Patrick and Producer Cathy Konrad: It’s a pretty good commentary at times. Director James Mangold discusses his intent on making a modern western set in the present. Everyone at times seems to talk over each other and there are moments of silence throughout making it a chore at times to get through.
  • Cop Land: The Making of An Urban Western: The commentary makes a more compelling case for the film attempting to be a western than this short extra feature does.
  • Storyboard Comparison
  • Deleted Scenes with an optional commentary by Mangold, Stallone and Konrad

The Technical Gist:

Presented in 1.78:1. It’s a mix of really great looking scenes and some with some sloppy coloring and too much grain. Overall though, it’s not a bad looking film that was always kind of gritty looking to begin with.
The Verdict:
It’s a great film and one that features an ensemble cast for the sake of what they’re able to do collectively rather than as individual pieces to a larger story. It’s a great cop story with an admirable hero. Overall it’s a film that any movie lover should absolutely BUY and since it’s not a very expensive Blu-ray it shouldn’t be passed over this holiday season.
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