Nicolas Cage is unhinged as a questionable cop and the writer of the last three Saw
movies makes a wicked directorial debut.
Bad Lieutenant—Port of Call: New Orleans: Terence McDonagh (Nicolas Cage) is a homicide detective in the Big Easy with some trouble with the sweet stuff—cocaine, Vicodin, heroin, gambling and sex—in this demented drama by Werner Herzog. Despite Terence’s addictions that cause him to shake down club-goers in the street for their drugs, he still tries to bring down a big drug dealer who is suspected of massacring a family of African immigrants while nurturing his relationship with a prostitute (Eva Mendes). After years of watching Cage in big-budget action and adventure films, the Oscar winner bites at the chance to tackle an oddball character like he did in films like Raising Arizona, Wild at Heart and A Vampire’s Kiss. To read more about this movie in Blu-ray Bob’s exclusive interview with Cage, click here. Extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain a digital photography book, a making-of featurette and two trailers. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Buy Me
The Collector: If you’re a gore connoisseur you don’t want to miss this ultra-violent and scary little horror film directed by Marcus Dunstan, the writer of the three most recent Saw movies. A handyman named Arkin (Josh Stewart) breaks into a house he’s been working on to steal some jewels only to find that a masked invader is already inside and torturing the owners. Arkin plays a tense game of hide and seek as he tiptoes around the house that has been booby-trapped with deadly devices and tries to rescue family members before it’s too late. Extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain a commentary track, alternate ending, deleted scenes and a music video. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Buy Me (if you’re a horror fan), Forget Me (if you’re squeamish)
Dolan’s Cadillac: In this dark, direct-to-video revenge tale based on a Stephen King short story, a Las Vegas school teacher (Wes Bentley) tries to protect his wife from notorious crime lord Jimmy Dolan (Christian Slater) after she witnesses an execution in the desert and is hunted by the mob. Extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain cast and crew interviews, a behind-the-scenes featurette and B-roll footage. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Rent Me
Dirt! The Movie: Jamie Lee Curtis narrates this award-winning docudrama about humans trying to reconnect to our most precious living natural resource: dirt. The educational movie travels from California vineyards to the plains of Kenya to reveal how repairing our relationship with dirt can benefit all life on Earth. Extras: The DVD contains deleted scenes and interviews. Blu-ray Bob’s Verdict: Rent Me (if you’re feeling green), Forget Me (if you think global warming is a left-wing conspiracy)
Also new this week: Tetro, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (theatrical version) new on Blu, The Italian Straw Hat, Sharpe’s Peril, The Big Gay Musical and Ally McBeal: The Complete Second Season