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Never before has an actor so quickly ascended the ranks of my heavily deliberated ‘greatest actors’ hierarchy. Somewhere in the middle of experiencing the whacked-out lunacy that is Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, a realization dawned on me: even at his worst, Cage is always a joy to watch. In The Wicker Man, he wears a bear suit while assaulting women. In Knowing, he crawls into the fetal position and weeps on a bed of rocks. In Ghost Rider, he laughs and screams manically while tearing off his own face. No matter what the film, there always seems to be something about a Nicolas Cage performance that warms my heart and brings a smile to my face, even if it’s for entirely unintended reasons. He may not be the most consistently talented actor, but as far as non-comedic actors go, he is definitely the most consistently funny. Port of Call New Orleans continues this trend, except this time, the effect is fully intentional. I think. In any case, it’s a mad trip of a film, and though from a narrative standpoint it’s kind of a mess, that style is perfectly fitting with the content at hand. It’s really Cage’s show all the way, allowing him to run wild as a drugged-out cop who experiences lengthy reptilian hallucinations, yanks out old ladies’ oxygen tubes, and has gun-toting public sex with the women he’s supposed to be arresting. Director Werner Herzog gives the film a wonderfully subversive, darkly comedic edge, but when it comes to Cage, he doesn’t even attempt to harness the guy, instead opting to point him in the direction he needs to go and letting him do his thing. The final result is kind of magical.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – A digital photography book, and interviews with cast/crew.

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