I saw this film in it's original dvd form, and was hugely impressed, but this blue ray version is so much better.
In 1997 this was Director Mangold's first venture into big time Hollywood, and look at the cast, De Niro, Liotta, Keitel, but the biggest surprise (even to himself) was Stallone. The latter plays the overweight, overlooked sap of a Sheriff, Freddy Heflin, who is charged with looking after 'Copland', being the homes and families of the the 'real' cops who work over the river.
Freddy looks up to the big-city police officers, who ultimately are revealed as less than wholesome and who try to 'protect' one of their own, with the complicity of Cop Land and, of course, Freddy. This is a superior Cop movie lending it's self to the western genre, with particular thanks to High Noon in it's build up and final shoot out.
What I would say to anyone who has not seen this film is not to be put off by Stallone's inclusion, as he plays his part very well and to those who have previously seen it, then buy this blu ray version. It is extended in small but significant ways, which have all been included at the director's express wish and which only serve to enhance the film. The blu ray rendition is of very high quality as is the haunting soundtrack by Howard Shore, which all add to the viewing experience. There are also interesting extras and director's commentary.
The acting is of the highest order, with Liotta probably taking the plaudits. I think this film is a much overlooked gem, which is a must for all De Niro fans and for those who are not fans of Stallone, prepare to be pleasantly surprised.