DVD of the Week: 'Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans'

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans If you remember the original Bad Lieutenant starring Harvey Keitel, you recall he was a pretty nasty bad cop who did heroin in the bathroom, consorted with prostitutes and gambled his way into serious debt. Director Werner Herzog takes this concept and runs with it in his version, setting it in seedy post-Katrina New Orleans and putting Nic Cage in the bad-cop role, this time addicted to painkillers and recreational drugs due to an accident on the job.

'Bad Lieutenant'

As rogue detective Terence McDonagh, Cage abuses his power for his own gain--accepting bribes, confiscating drugs so he can use them, shaking down and then raping a nightclub-goer while her boyfriend watches just for the thrill of it. He also has a hooker girlfriend (Eva Mendes). And then there's...reptile cam! I won't tell you more about that, other than that I don't think I've laughed so hard at something so weird in a movie in a lonnnng time. Cage is absolutely masterful at keeping his bad lieutenant from going completely over the edge, even as he's acting seriously nuts, and despite his despicable actions, he's somehow likable. Herzog almost seems to be laughing at his own movie--and you will, too, even as you suspect you might go to hell for it. Extras: A making-of, theatrical trailer, digital photography book and two trailers. (DVD/BD) 

Also this week:
The Collector Gorehounds will enjoy this ultra-violent horror film brought to you by the writer of the three last Saw movies. The thin plot involves a burglar who finds the home's owners are being tortured by a masked intruder who has booby-trapped the house. Extras: commentary track, alternate ending, deleted scenes, music video. (DVD/BD)

Yesterday Was a Lie Noir-ish detective story about a tough female private eye whose life takes a weird, mind-bending turn on while on the strangest case of her life.

New to BD:

The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy Don't breathe that sigh of joy yet--it's just the theatrical versions debuting on BD in a 9-disc set, not the granddaddy of all LOTR releases with the directors' cut in Blu. Why the early double-dip? This release precedes this fall's Aragorn's Quest video game. Aha!

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