Blu-ray, DVD Release: Rampart

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 15, 2012
Price: DVD $28.99, Blu-ray $29.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.99
Studio: Millennium

Rampart movie sceneWoody Harrelson (The Messenger) turns up the hate as a nasty Los Angeles cop in the 2011 crime drama Rampart.

Dave Brown (Harrelson), a misogynistic, racist and violent L.A. police officer who works out of the Rampart Division, finds his life put under a microscope after he is caught on video brutally beating a person with whom he got into an automobile crash.

This situation is made all the more difficult for the police department because of the bitter memory of L.A.’s Rampart police corruption scandals of the late-1990s. As the investigation into Brown’s career heats up, he must figure out who he can and cannot trust among his colleagues and new associates. That Brown lives with two of his ex-wives—sisters, no less—and that his nickname is “Date Rape Dave” doesn’t help matters.

Directed and co-written by Oren Moverman (novelist James Ellroy also shares a screenwriting credit), the film also stars Robin Wright (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Steve Buscemi (TV’s Boardwalk Empire), Sigourney Weaver (Paul), Ben Foster (Pandorum), Anne Heche (Cedar Rapids), Cynthia Nixon (TV’s The Big C) and Brie Larson (TV’s The United States of Tara).

Despite mostly positive reviews—particularly for Harrelson’s performance—the R-rated Rampart only rang up a disappointing $700,000 at the domestic box office when it played in U.S. theaters in February, 2012.

The Blu-ray and DVD contain the following bonus features:

  • interviews with cast and crew
  • behind-the-scenes featurettes
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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.