Pig

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Decal;
Drama;
Box Office $3.19 million;
$17.99 DVD, $19.99 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘R’ for language and some violence.

Stars Nicolas Cage, Alex Wolff, Adam Arkin.

A smoldering Nicolas Cage performance highlights this mesmerizing tale of a man’s quest to recover his beloved pet pig, which he uses to make a living digging up and selling truffles.

Cage plays a former gourmet chef who has turned to a life of seclusion in the woods of Oregon. He makes a living using his pig to sniff out truffles, which he sells to Amir (Alex Wolff). However, one day he is attacked and the pig is stolen, leaving him desperate to find her.

With Amir’s help, he returns to Portland to reconnect with the network of contacts he thought he left behind, seeking clues to the whereabouts of his beloved pig.

Cage’s quiet, seething intensity in the role and the way the plot uses a pet to drive the main character’s motivation would at first blush seem to set the movie up to be a sort of “John Wick with a pig” type of movie. But that’s not what it ends up being. The film is more of a dramatic meditation on the nature of loss, the pitfalls of the culinary world, and finding purpose in even the simplest aspects of life.

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The Blu-ray offers a few interesting bonus materials, including two cooking segments with Cage that run about 20 minutes each. Seeing Cage’s fascination with the culinary techniques is almost worth picking up the Blu-ray on its own.

There are also three superfluous deleted scenes that run seven minutes in total.

Nicolas Cage Film ‘Pig’ Due on DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 2

The Nicolas Cage starrer Pig will come out on DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 2 from Distribution Solutions, a division of Alliance Entertainment.

In the film from Decal and Neon, Cage (National Treasure, Mandy, Gone in 60 Seconds) stars as a truffle hunter who lives alone in the Oregonian wilderness who must return to his past in Portland in search of his beloved foraging pig after she is kidnapped.

This thriller also stars Alex Wolff (Jumanji: The Next Level, Patriots Day, Hereditary), Adam Arkin (“Northern Exposure,” “Chicago Hope,” Halloween H20: 20 Years Later), and is directed by Michael Sarnoski.

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Bonus content on DVD and Blu-ray include “Nicolas Cage Cooks,” which follows the actor as he learns to cook two dishes from renowned chefs in preparation for the film, as well as deleted scenes.

Nicolas Cage Drama ‘Pig’ Hitting PVOD Aug. 3

The Nicolas Cage starrer Pig will be available for PVOD rental and sale Aug. 3.

In the dramatic thriller from Neon Films, Cage plays a truffle hunter who lives alone in the Oregon wilderness. He must return to his past in Portland after his beloved foraging pig is kidnapped.

The film, directed by Michael Sarnoski, also stars Alex Wolff and Adam Arkin. Released in theaters July 16, Pig has earned $2.6 million at the box office.

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