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Liberty Stands Still
     

Liberty Stands Still

Director: Kari Skogland, Wesley Snipes, Linda Fiorentino, Martin Cummins

Cast: Kari Skogland, Wesley Snipes, Linda Fiorentino, Martin Cummins

 

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Wesley Snipes and Linda Fiorentino star in the drama Liberty Stands Still. The film is presented in a fine 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. The colors and black levels are all bright and bold without any instances of edge enhancement marring the image. Overall this is a very presentable transfer by Lion's Gate. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital

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Wesley Snipes and Linda Fiorentino star in the drama Liberty Stands Still. The film is presented in a fine 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. The colors and black levels are all bright and bold without any instances of edge enhancement marring the image. Overall this is a very presentable transfer by Lion's Gate. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English. This audio track is a fairly aggressive mix that often utilizes both the front and rear speakers to maximum effect. All aspects of the mix are free and clear of any hiss or distortion, making this a great compliment to a home theater system. Also included on this disc are English and Spanish subtitles. A few extra features have been included on this edition of Liberty Stands Still, starting with a commentary track by director Kari Skogland. This is a very informative track that features a wealth of information about the screenplay and casting of the film. Four split-screen scenes offer the viewer a chance to see how certain sequences were shot using multiple camera angles while a multi-angle feature allows the viewer a chance to see different shots at various perspectives. Finally there is a theatrical trailer for the film included on this disc.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Liberty Stands Still is a reasonably absorbing thriller, but it's also contrived and heavy-handed. The problems begin with the title. Liberty is the name of the endangered arms manufacturer played by Linda Fiorentino. This accounts for more than one obvious play on words about threats to Liberty, those who would abandon Liberty, etc. And the film's central conceit is that Liberty has come to represent something evil -- the prevalence of a dangerous gun culture in the U.S. and abroad. Writer/director Kari Skogland begins her film with a jazzed-up opening credits sequence featuring techno music with highlighted images of the Constitution and Second Amendment. The setup is solidly B-movie, as Liberty finds herself chained to a bomb in a public park, while Joe aims a sniper rifle at her and various passersby, and lectures her about the evils of her chosen line of work. While Fiorentino and Snipes deliver solid, restrained performances, bringing a human dimension to the story, the flashy cinematography and editing pumps up the action, making it seem like there's a lot more going on than just a conversation about gun control. The techno-inspired score by Michael Convertino is clearly meant to serve a similar purpose, but it's mixed too loud, nearly drowning out the dialogue at some points. The music is too wall-to-wall, and it irritatingly draws too much attention to itself. Russell (Martin Cummins), Liberty's lover, has also been taken hostage and strapped to a bomb by Joe, a situation that adds another layer of suspense to the film, although it's never clear why Joe involves Russell to begin with. But Liberty Stands Still has enough going for it to maintain audience interest. Skogland demonstrates some talent, along with a lot of passion for her subject matter.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/22/2002
UPC:
0031398813828
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
63,078

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen; 5.1 Dolby Digital; Split screen scenes; Production commentary; Interactive menus; Scene access; English and Spanish subtitles; 1/2 hour of alternate camera angles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wesley Snipes Joe
Linda Fiorentino Liberty Wallace
Martin Cummins Russell Williams
Ian Tracey MacMunro
Brian Markinson Rex Perry
Jeff Seymour Officer Pritchard
Roger R. Cross Officer Miller
Hart Bochner Hank Wilford
Oliver Platt Actor
Tanya Allen May
Jonathan Scarfe Ted
Ronald Selmour Dwayne
Fulvio Cecere Burt McGovern

Technical Credits
Kari Skogland Director,Screenwriter
Mairzee Almas Asst. Director
Heike Brandstatter Casting
Keith Brian Burns Production Designer
Michael Convertino Score Composer
Joel C. High Musical Direction/Supervision
Johanne Hubert Set Decoration/Design
Alisa Krost Costumes/Costume Designer
Denis Maloney Cinematographer
Peter Marshall Executive Producer
Coreen Mayrs Casting
Jim Munro Editor
Mario Ohoven Executive Producer
Sue Parker Art Director
Gary Pearl Producer
Kevin Sands Sound/Sound Designer
William Vince Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. We the People [3:11]
2. I Meant It [3:11]
3. Holding Curtain [4:09]
4. Walk Over [4:09]
5. Stepped Away [4:00]
6. Ask for It [4:00]
7. Help Dog [3:54]
8. Understand Loss [3:54]
9. Death Warrant [3:32]
10. Hostage Situation [3:32]
11. Brilliant [2:40]
12. Ball Rolling [2:40]
13. Call My Father [4:06]
14. Serve & Protect [4:06]
15. Responsibility [3:18]
16. Calling the Shots [3:18]
17. Your Show [4:03]
18. Family Talk [4:03]
19. Mental Health Thing [3:27]
20. Final Stretch [3:27]
21. Don't [4:15]
22. Time to Choose [4:15]
23. Promise [4:41]
24. End Credits [4:41]

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