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COP LAND: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Freddy Heflin (Sylvester Stallone) has been the sheriff of Garrison, for the past ten years, and he's always admired the men in blue, although he could never become one after becoming deaf in one year when saving the life of Liz Randone (Annabella Sciorra) years ago. The many cops, including senior cop Ray Donlan (Harvey Keitel), are friendly, but look down on him. When young officer, Murray Babitch (Michael Rapaport) is believed dead after jumping off the bridge into the Hudson River, internal affairs agent Moe Tilden (Robert De Niro), asks Freddy to watch Donlan, who has been under investigation.

Review by Louise Keller:
It hasn't been released on DVD before, and although there are not many special features of which to boast, the featurettes, cast and crew interviews and biographies make interesting viewing.

James Mangold's well constructed and compelling script gives plenty of opportunity for this star powered cast to shine, in a fascinating town where corruption reigns. Sylvester Stallone gives a startlingly complete performance as Freddy, the paunchy, lost soul who lives his life in submission and complacency. His character development is totally credible, heartbreaking at times, and this performance will no doubt open new doors for this Hollywood star. Stallone gives subtlety and appeal to Freddy, who as the underdog, is used to putting up and shutting up.

Solid as usual, Harvey Keitel gives great depth to the character of the cop who constructed this Mafia-built town, and keeps all the cops dishonest. All the players are excellent, with the cameos carefully cast, but Ray Liotta is especially worthy of mention. Less physically 'pretty' in this role, Liotta gives a gutsy and complex performance as the crooked cop with a conscience.

The interaction between the characters, played by actors of such a high calibre is a joy to watch, although the final showdown is perhaps a little contrived and lacks the emotional charge it deserves. Backed by Howard Shore's strong, emotive music score, there is lots of action and interesting characters to absorb in this town of dirty garbage, where all lives are tainted. Copland is a well made film with excellent entertainment value that dishes up the goods with panache and style.

Published February 14, 2008

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COP LAND: DVD (M15+)
(US, 1997)

CAST: Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Peter Berg, Janeane Garofalo, Robert Patrick Michael Rapaport, Annabella Sciorra, Noah Emmerich, Cathy Moriarty, John Spencer, Frank Vincent, Arthur J. Nascarella

PRODUCER: Cary Wods, Cathy Konrad, Ezra Swerdlow

DIRECTOR: James Mangold

SCRIPT: James Mangold

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Eric Edwards

EDITOR: Craig McKay

MUSIC: Howard Shore

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Lester Cohen

RUNNING TIME: 105 minutes

PRESENTATION: Widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES: Featurettes, cast and crew interviews, biographies

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Reel DVD

DVD RELEASE: February 6, 2008







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