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Face/Off (Two-Disc Special Collector's Edition)

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Product Description

An FBI agent and a psychopathic terrorist trade places and faces in the year's most spectacular action thriller.


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

Special Features

  • 7 Deleted Scenes
  • The Light and the Dark: Making Face/Off
  • John Woo: A Life in Pictures
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Alessandro Nivola, Gina Gershon
  • Directors: John Woo
  • Writers: Michael Colleary, Mike Werb
  • Producers: Barrie M. Osborne, Christopher Godsick, David Permut, Jeff Levine, Jonathan D. Krane
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), English (DTS ES 6.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (651 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,850 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Face/Off (Two-Disc Special Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

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By Steve Douglas TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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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Seriously, the premise of this film requires suspension of disbelief. After that, it is very enjoyable, mainly thanks to leading men John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, who soon switch roles while nicely hanging onto their original personalities. Whether these men learned each other's little habits for before the switch (as those portions of the film make up about ten minutes total) or after, it doesn't matter...the switch works because they pull off playing each other. Also, despite his reservations for such roles, Mr. Cage ought to be a villain more often. It'd be refreshing and interesting as I found his performance right at the beginning very good. Anyway, Joan Allen and Gina Gershon make great leading ladies as the intelligent wife of the fed and the ex-girlfriend of the evil terrorist who wants a better life for her son. True, things got a bit corny at the end, but it's an action movie. So, if you'd just like to be entertained and are willing to suspend your disbelief, go right on ahead. Enjoy.
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By A Customer on August 3, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Castor Troy a terrorist has planted a deadly bomb somewhere in L.A and now he is in a coma,The FBI has to dispose it and save the city, How!.You could ask his brother phollex but this guy is a paranoid and would not talk to anyone besides his brother.So what do you do, Simple you ask Sean Archer a Fellow FBI agent who knows troy very well to do a special surgery that takes his face off and replaces it with that of castor troy. Everything goes fine but Troy wakes up from the coma and bullied the doctors to put the face of archer.And Now we have two guys running arround with each others face.
The plot is yes as plausable as winged pigs,Then how does it works because john travolta and nick cage makes us belive.The film is directed by ace hongkong director john Woo. And not surprisingly it has one of the best action sences ever seen in a hollywood film. An extended helicopter stunt,A climatic boat chase,A dizzy seuence on an oil rig.The action sences are truely poetric.But the action doesnt quite swamp the story line.
Do you know the writers actually wrote the for arnold and stallone why didnt that happen it could be more interesting that way.
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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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