Cop on the Edge IX Details

Cop on the Edge IX CoverCop on the Edge IX: Prelude to Justice

Cert: Uncertified
Running: 75 mins approx.
Category: Action / Comedy
Format: Hi-8 / Betacam
Stars: Darren Jamieson, Edward Keaton, Nick Murray, Marijan Hubert von Staufer.
Directors: Edward Keaton, Darren Jamieson, Nick Murray.


The streets of LA are tough, they need a tough cop, ‘Jake Cop’.

Shot in Newport, South Wales, but set in LA (go figure), ‘Cop 9’ tells the story of maverick Los Angeles police detective ‘Jake Cop’ and his attempts to catch the murderer of his long time trusted partner ‘Jimmy’ by the evil Colombian drug baron ‘Sanchez Conchita Gonzalez’.

The film opens with a black and white flashback sequence set on the top of one of Newport’s, I mean La.’s, highest buildings. A violent shoot-out sees Jimmy plummeting to his death and Sanchez escaping from Jake’s wrath, thus setting up the rest of the film for a cliché fest of truly spoof proportions. Will Jake wrestle with his guilt and catch the bad guys, how many times will Jimmy appear in flashbacks, and more to the point, who wrote this garbage?

When they made ‘Cop on the Edge IX: Prelude to justice’ they not only broke the mold, they smashed it deliberately.

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DVD Copies of Cop on the Edge?

When Cop on the Edge IX: Prelude to Justice was first made, it was the late 90s and DVDs hadn’t really taken off in the way they would inevitably do. More importantly, making DVD copies of your own work at home wasn’t possible without a sizable budget, as DVD burners were only just starting to come out and were incredibly expensive. Therefore, when we made Cop in 1998, and created our first copies in 1999, they were produced on Video CD – a medium that few remember and fewer still actually used.

Video CDs were video discs burnt on standard CDs. They had the same time constraints as regular CDs for runtime (about 70 odd minutes) and they were limited in file capacity, which meant any MPG Video file would run out of space before it would run out of running time on the CD. Still, we ploughed on and produced a large run of double set Video CDs, complete with special features such as the ‘making of’ documentary and the original TV spots. Sadly, Video CDs aren’t particularly good in terms of quality (they’re worse than VHS) and they’re not especially good with reliability either, as many of the original discs no longer work properly.

Luckily, with modern home technology the way it is today, we now have DVD copies of Cop on the Edge too. These DVD copies were produced by Eddie Keaton, who resampled the original Beta master of Cop for the process. The DVD copies have many of the same special features as the original VCDs, complete with some new, DVD exclusive, features.

The new DVD copies include new features such as directors’ commentaries with Darren Jamieson, Eddie Keaton and Marijan von Staufer, as well as a special hidden Easter Egg that you can find by completing a specific sequence on the main menu – the only remaining scenes with original Captain Jack Harris actor, Graham Cox.

You can’t buy this in any shops (but let’s face it, before long you won’t be able to buy any DVDs in any shops because they’ll all have closed down) but you may be able to get a copy of the Cop on the Edge DVD if you enquire on this site, and be prepared to negotiate with Eddie.

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