Face/Off (Special Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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Can't go wrong with this movie. Action. Intrigue, and a very unique plot that is delivered by an excellent cast. Highly recommend watching.Published 9 days ago by Bel Iblis
The third of John Woo's American-made feature films, Face/Off stars John Travolta as Sean Archer, an FBI agent obsessed with capturing Castor Troy (Nicolas... Read more
Great classic. Over the top yes!! crazy 90s stuff yes!! this movie is campy, but it holds a soft spot for me, as it is alot of fun and I had alot of fun watching it the time it... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Norford
arrived in good time, wrapped well, in great condition made well and do just what I wanted. a great buy, a great deal, and noooo problems!Published 1 month ago by crystal angels
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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:
"The second disc features two featurettes and the... Read More
Sep 11, 2007 by Low-Ranking Reviewer | See all 3 posts
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