Liberty Stands Still [DVD] [2002]

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.
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Overview

Special Features

  • 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
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Liberty Stands Still
Liberty Wallace (Linda Fiorentino), the wife and business partner of wealthy weapons manufacturer Victor Wallace (Oliver Platt), is on her way to her regular assignation with her boyfriend, Russell (Martin Cummins), an actor who's about to go on-stage for the closing night of his hit play. Their plans are ruined by a mysterious gunman who calls himself Joe (Wesley Snipes). Joe straps Russell to a bomb in his dressing room, which will go off if he moves or speaks too loudly. Joe then calls Liberty on her cell phone and coerces her into chaining herself to a hot dog stand in a plaza outside the theater. The hot dog stand is rigged with a bomb, which will go off if Liberty hangs up her cell phone, or when it runs out of battery power. Joe also has a high-powered sniper rifle, her company's best gun, trained on Liberty. Joe doesn't make any demands at first, but it's clear that he has a problem with Liberty's weapons empire, which she inherited from her late father. He eventually tells Liberty that his young daughter was killed in a school shooting by one of the guns her company manufactured. Joe lets Liberty know that she's going to die, but she can die a hero if she exposes her company's shady business dealings and political connections before she's killed. As Joe monitors and records her every move, Liberty reveals secrets about her own past, and her business dealings. When Victor, who's also having an affair, finds out that his wife has been taken hostage, he's torn between following company protocol -- protecting himself and allowing his wife to be killed -- and going to help her. Liberty Stands Still was written and directed by Kari Skogland. The film premiered on Cinemax in July 2002. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Wesley Snipes
    Wesley Snipes - Joe
  • Linda Fiorentino
    Linda Fiorentino - Liberty Wallace
  • Martin Cummins
    Martin Cummins - Russell Williams
  • Ian Tracey
    Ian Tracey - MacMunro
  • Brian Markinson
    Brian Markinson - Rex Perry
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