Excerpt: Garrison New Jersey has almost no high level crime. Sheriff Freddy Heflin (Sylvester Stallone) deals in menial offenses, i.e., misplaced garbage. His small roster of staffers don’t have much to protect. After all, it’s a suburban town loaded with cops, but their crimes are dealt with on their terms. Garrison is rocked after a late night collision and shooting ends one of their own over a bridge in an apparent suicide.
Excerpt: Freddy Heflin (Sylvester Stallone) is the sheriff of Garrison, New Jersey, a small town that is home to numerous police officers from New York. Heflin was never able to become a cop himself, thanks to his deafness and lack of physical fitness. Even so, he has always admired those who protect and serve, putting the profession on a pedestal. His kind nature and likable persona did allow him to live his dream in the end, as he was elected sheriff of Garrison.
Conclusion: Having owned the previous special edition DVD and seeing the film in theaters back in the day, experiencing the Blu-ray in all it’s high definition glory was exactly what the doctor ordered. Cop Land is an urban western, and with a cast like that, you know how things are going to play out. It takes no prisoners, is very entertaining, and Stallone gets to act again.
Excerpt: Freddy Heflin (Sylvester Stallone, Rocky ) is the sheriff of Garrison, New Jersey. On the surface, it looks like an ordinary place, but there's something which sets Garrison apart from most small towns: it's almost entirely populated by cops. It's a place where cops who work in the big city can get away from the chaos they have to put up with at work.
Conclusion: As an actor's piece, Cop Land is aces, with full bodied work by a slew of fantastic performers. As a cohesive drama, the film is simply too stuffed with sidebars to ever develop real momentum and emotional impact with regard to Freddy's plight. Every time it seems as if Freddy is finally going to emerge front and center, yet another subplot intrudes and the film's energy is dissipated as a result of that tendency.
Conclusion: 'Cop Land' is an entertaining and suspenseful crime drama that puts a modern and gritty spin on tried-and-true western conventions. Led by an exceptional ensemble of heavy weight actors and solid direction from James Mangold, the film has actually improved with age. The video transfer is strong and the audio mix features some inventive design work. Supplements are a bit light, but the included commentary is entertaining and insightful.