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Face Off [HD DVD] (1997)

John Travolta , Nicolas Cage , John Woo  |  R |  HD DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (484 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Gina Gershon, Alessandro Nivola
  • Directors: John Woo
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (484 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RZIGYU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,064 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Face Off [HD DVD]" on IMDb

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At his best, director John Woo turns action movies into ballets of blood and bullets grounded in character drama. Face/Off marks Woo's first American film to reach the pitched level of his best Hong Kong work (Hard-Boiled). He takes a patently absurd premise--hero and villain exchange identities by literally swapping faces in science-fiction plastic surgery--and creates a double-barreled revenge film driven by the split psyches of its newly redefined characters. FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta) must play the villain to move through the underworld while psychotic terrorist Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) becomes a perversely paternal family man while using every tool at his disposal to destroy his nemesis. Travolta vamps Cage's tics and flamboyant excess with the grace of a dancer after his transformation from cop to criminal, while Cage plays the sullen, bottled-up agent excruciatingly trapped behind the face of the man who killed his son. His attempts to live up to the terrorist's reputation become cathartic explosions of violence that both thrill and terrify him. This is merely icing on the cake for action fans, the dramatic backbone for some of the most visceral action thrills ever. Woo fills the screen with one show-stopping set piece after another, bringing a poetic grace to the action freakout with sweeping camerawork and sophisticated editing. This marriage of melodrama and mayhem ups the ante from cops-and-robbers clichés to a conflict of near-mythic levels. --Sean Axmaker

Product Description

FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta) knows how to stop elusive terrorist Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage). He'll become him. Archer undergoes a futuristic surgery and has Troy's face mapped onto his, then infiltrates the terrorist's world to discover his deadly secrets. But as much as Archer looks and acts like Troy, he doesn't really know him. He never figures Troy will retaliate and force doctors to transform him into Archer. Now the agent faces a shattering nightmare: his archrival is living with his family. The Travolta/Cage star-power comes on strong and so does the excitement in this roaring thrill machine of a movie directed by John Woo (Broken Arrow). So buckle up. It's going to be a furious fight.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece December 11, 1999
Format:DVD
Face/Off is a spectacular film. It is a definite classic in terms of modern action films. Face/Off, like many action films, has enough explosive action scenes to leave you on the edge of your seat. However, unlike most action films, Face/Off's brilliance is found in its story,its direction, and its acting, not in its action sequences. With superb acting by two very talented actors, Nicholas Cage and John Travolta, the viewer is caught up in the story rather than the action, it almost deserves the category of "action drama." Although, being a John Woo movie, the action sequences are nothing short of spectacular. Face/Off, a combination of great acting, a great story, and well-choreographed action, is a must see for any action lover.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Face Off on Blu Ray September 1, 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Not giving a book report summary of the plot or acting critiques here. Just focusing on the Blu Ray transfer itself. Should you check on any of my reviews, and I hope that you do, that is what you will get, only a discussion of the quality of the transfer.

The video transfer onto Blu Ray, as opposed to the standard def version of Face Off, offers an improvement in both resolution and shadow depth....it is not the best video transfer I have ever seen and there are some scenes that appear soft and perhaps muted via the compression, but never the less, the video transfer to Blu Ray is good. There aren't any hints of video banding, aliasing or artifacts. Some snow or grain can be seen if you look for it but it is not very apparent or in any way distracting.

The audio is the star of this transfer, tho the audio on the Standard Def version was also good. You are offered DTS 5.1 or 5.1 EX. I preferred the DTS audio and, tho it is lossy, the disc is still demo worthy as it will definitely give your audio system a huge workout. This is a loud movie and, at one point, I had to turn the volume down a touch. There is excellent use of the discreet channels and panning of effects from front to back and side to side. Your sub woofer is kicking out the jams producing as much bottom end as your system can handle. My system is very high end audiophile gear and it was wonderful to hear it put to good use.

The extras provide deleted scenes, an alternate ending (which I am glad they didn't use) and a lengthy and comprehensive 'Making of'. Commentary tracks are included as well as a very interesting bio of John Woo.

I have long loved this movie. As I said, the standard DVD version was not bad at all.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By Tuco
Format:DVD
We already know this is a great action film with superb performances from both Travolta and Cage so I will just comment on the features:

Featurettes includes a decent amount information on all aspects of the script development, making of, locations, casting, set designs, special effects, weapons and the 'mimic' acting strategies for Cage/Travlota playing each other. Also includes 7 deleted scenes, a biography-type feature covering the life and career of director John Woo, and the original theatrical trailer.

The greatest disappointment here is that while several cast/crew members appear in newly filmed interviews, both Travolta and Cage participate only by way of vintage interviews filmed back when the movie was actually being made. You would think they would have been proud enough of this great film to come back to document it for posterity sake...

This DVD is probably worth the upgrade for fans, especially if you can manage to get a few bucks for your old copy.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars John Woo's Best Hollywood Film September 18, 2007
By Cubist
Format:DVD
It took two Hollywood films (Hard Target and Broken Arrow) before John Woo was allowed to cut loose with his trademark style on Face/Off. The result was his most commercially and critically successful American film at that point in his career. However, for fans of his Hong Kong films, this one seemed like a highlight reel from his earlier work as Woo recycled many of his signature shots Birds flying in slow motion? Check. Guy Leaping in the air while firing two guns simultaneously? Check. Unfortunately, Face/Off marks the apex of his Hollywood career. Woo has done nothing since that's been as good. So, to celebrate the film's 10th anniversary, Paramount has revisited the film with a brand new special edition.

Woo works hard to sell the film's admittedly outlandish gimmick by throwing all kinds of scientific mumbo jumbo at us and lingering on shots of spiffy looking technology. The swapping of identities also allows the filmmaker to examine one of his favourite themes: how two people can exhibit similar characteristics but be on opposite sides of the law and on opposite sides of the moral spectrum. It is nice to see Woo finally given a decent-sized budget to play with and two big-time movie stars like Cage and Travolta to work with. Despite a few audacious glimmers, like staging a chaotic gunfight around a child listening to "Under the Rainbow," we still get a recycling of Woo's stylistic trademarks. However, this can be somewhat forgiven as it was the first real exposure for many North Americans to his work on a mainstream level.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not very good artwork for a great movie.
Published 3 days ago by marc gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars for Acting--Travolta And Cage Are Both really good In This...
The movie is big time heavy on action (John Woo directed). It's a bit much--too much for me. The acting jobs by both John Travolta and Nick Cage are super. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars Good product
I have this DVD, and wanted a collectable version of this movie on blu ray, and found it. Couldn't be happier!
Published 1 month ago by G
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good thriller
This is a good movie from back in the day when great movies where made. A mixture of science brought to the screen with Hollywood fictional flair. Read more
Published 1 month ago by AKsmitty
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Awesome I liked it, it is a really good movie, it has a really good definition and seems good for me.
Published 2 months ago by jorge
2.0 out of 5 stars Pictureis Quality is Very Bad!
I have a DVD of this film and it is better than this BluRay! Picture Quality of this Film is VERY BAD!

DONT BUY THIS!
Published 2 months ago by Madhuranga F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Two-Faced Action and Intrigue
This movie is one of Travolta's best, and not being a huge Cage fan, loved his practiced evil in this one.
Published 2 months ago by J. David Kopp
5.0 out of 5 stars face/off
i love this movie
i think Cage and Travolta are amaizing in this movie,the movie is not so great but the acting of this 2 are soooooo good that it make it ok
Published 3 months ago by rosario h.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I love that movie. I could watch it over and over again. What creative thinking went into this film. i was on the edge of my seat.
Published 3 months ago by Veronica Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars two great actors together
two favorite actors growing up in 1 movie this movie was outstanding!! the plot of the movie two different lives two different backgrounds, the action in this movie..
Published 5 months ago by emmanuel perez
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ign.com seems to like it as it gave the dvd an 8/10 rating. the first disc apparently has 2 audio commentaries with Woo and the writers contributing as well as deleted scenes with optional commentary. as for disc 2, directly from ign:

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