REVIEW: BAD LIEUTENANT:
PORT OF CALL
OVERVIEW: First Look Studios proudly announces the DVD and Blu-Ray release of the critically acclaimed BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS, director Werner Herzog’s darkly comedic interpretation of the of the popular action/crime genre. The screenplay, written by veteran crime scribe, William Finkelstein (“NYPD Blues”, “LA Law”, “Hill Street Blues”), allows for Nicolas Cage’s critically acclaimed performance as Detective Terrence McDonagh to be truly memorable. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun – Times gave the film four stars and A.O. Scott and Michael Phillips of “At the Movies” rave, “See it. Cage is astonishing…otherwise you wont believe it.
SYNOPSIS: In Werner Herzog’s BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS, Nicolas Cage plays a rogue detective who is as devoted to his job as he is at scoring drugs -- while playing fast and loose with the law. He wields his badge as often as he wields his gun in order to get his way. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina he becomes a high-functioning addict who is a deeply intuitive, fearless detective reigning over the beautiful ruins of New Orleans with authority and abandon. Complicating his tumultuous life is the prostitute he loves (played by Eva Mendes). Together they descend into their own world marked by desire, compulsion, and conscience. The result is a singular masterpiece of filmmaking: equally sad and manically humorous. Also starring Val Kilmer, Alvin “Xzibit” Joiner, Fairuza Balk, Shawn Hatosy and Jennifer Coolidge.
BLU-RAY: The film is
presented in 1080P with a 1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratio preserving its theatrical
format. The film doesn't have many dark scenes so the
quality of the pictures is flawless. First Look Studios has done
an excellent job in this transfer. Not only the picture looks
excellent in this release, also the sound it is good, a 5.1
Dolby TrueHD in English that provides a nice complement to the
picture. It also includes Spanish subtitles.
In terms of Special Features,
the Blu-ray Disc includes Digital
Photography Book by Lena Herzog ans an interesting
"Making of" featurette covering details on how the
film was made.
Overall director Werner Herzog
successfully transports audiences back to the 70's, the time of
the true crime classics.
1080P Anamorphic Widescreen
TrueHD Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - Spanish French
Subtitles - English, Spanish,
BAD LIEUTENANT:PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS
Digital Photography Book Photos by Lena Herzog
The Making of “BAD LIEUTENANT:PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS
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