Face/Off(Blu-ray)

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Product Overview

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.

Specifications

Studio Paramount
SKU 204822400
UPC 097361232843
UPC 14 00097361232843
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Action
Blockbuster
Enemies
Psychodrama
Recommended
Switching Roles
Terrorism
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note The ordeal of superheroic, singularly dedicated FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta) is only beginning after finally capturing his archnemesis, Castor Troy (Nicholas Cage), an elusive, maniacal terrorist who claimed the life of Archer's son. While Troy languishes in a coma, Archer surgically "borrows" Troy's face in an attempt to gather evidence about Troy's last bomb--which is currently ticking away in a Los Angeles office building. Trouble ensues when Troy wakes up faceless, borrows Archer's visage, and makes a mess of Archer's life; all the while, both men struggle to adapt to their new identities while struggling to blow each other away. Another balletically filmed, thematically complex action-smorgasbord from Hong Kong-vet John Woo. Academy Award Nomination: Best Sound Effects Editing.
Reviews
USA Today "...FACE/OFF is relentlessly exciting, thanks to Woo's operatically staged fight and chase scenes and the bravura acting of the two stars..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars 06/27/1997 p.1D
New York Times "...A mega-movie that actually delivers what mega-movies promise: strong characters, smart plotting, breathless action and a gimmick that hasn't been seen before..." 06/27/1997 p.C1
Los Angeles Times "...A delicious inside-out double-reverse movie that's as outrageous and over the top as anyone could want..." 06/27/1997 p.F1
Chicago Sun-Times "...This is an actor's dream, and Travolta and Cage make the most of it....The high-tech stuff is flawlessly done..." 06/27/1997 p.33
Entertainment Weekly "...[A] successful mating of Hollywood brawn and crazy HK grace..." 01/11/2002 p.41
Ultimate DVD 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] hugely enjoyable cat and mouse bullet fest....This is Woo's best US film..." 11/23/2007 p.111
Wall Street Journal "The co-stars' pairing and facial sharing makes FACE/OFF a crazy thrill." 11/20/2009
Directors
John Woo
Actors
Nicolas Cage
John Travolta
Cast & Crew
Christian Wagner - Editor
Colm Feore - Actor
Dominique Swain - Actor
Gina Gershon - Actor
Jeff Levine - Producer
Joan Allen - Actor
John Powell - Original Music By
John Travolta - Actor
John Woo - Director
Michael Colleary - Writer
Michael Douglas - Executive Producer
Mike Werb - Writer
Nick Cassavetes - Actor
Nicolas Cage - Actor
Oliver Wood - Cinematographer
Steve Arnold - Art Director
Steven Kemper - Editor
Thomas Jane - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1997
Catalog ID 12328
UPC 00097361232843
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 140 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Awards
Winner (1998) MTV Award, Face/Off, Best Action Sequence,MTV Award, John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Best On-Screen Duo
Nominee (1998) MTV Award, Nicolas Cage, Best Male Performance,MTV Award, John Travolta, Best Male Performance,MTV Award, Face/Off, Best Movie,MTV Award, Nicolas Cage, John Travolta, Best Villain,Oscar, Mark P. Stoeckinger, Per Hallberg, Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing
MTV Award (1998) Face/Off, Winner, Best Action Sequence,Face/Off, Nominee, Best Movie,John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Winner, Best On-Screen Duo,Nicolas Cage, Nominee, Best Male Performance,Nicolas Cage, John Travolta, Nominee, Best Villain
Oscar (1998) Mark P. Stoeckinger, Per Hallberg, Nominee, Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Face/Off, the third English-language feature from acclaimed Hong Kong director John Woo, isn't the best movie of the summer, but it certainly features some of the best action. Woo, who is known and appreciated for his unique stylistic approach to violence and bloodshed, creates a kinetic ballet of bullets and explosions that drives the adrenaline level through the roof. There are problems with this film, some of which are quite obvious, but the end result is much like Woo's 1996 effort, Broken Arrow -- as long as you don't think too much, the action maelstrom will suck you into its vortex and keep you spinning for roughly two hours...To Woo's credit, he doesn't stick strictly to action. Face/Off is only in overdrive for about two-thirds of its running length. The rest of the movie is devoted to such mundane tasks and plot exposition, character and relationship development, and ruminations on philosophical issues like identity. While there's very little of the latter (certainly not enough to turn off viewers who don't like their action leavened with anything intellectual), there is enough to give Face/Off an interesting subtext...Face/Off is primarily for hard-core action junkies and those who appreciate Woo's inimitable style. Like the director's other two Western films (Hard Target and Broken Arrow), this is a flawed and occasionally ridiculous piece of work, but there's enough here to hold just about anyone's interest, and it's almost always great fun. The movie is brash, loud, and far from the intellectual cutting-edge, but, on those occasions when Face/Off gets everything right, it's capable of moments of rare cinematic perfection. That alone makes it worth the price of admission.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review ``Face/Off'' is the cream of this year's summer movies. It's the picture that proves action films don't have to be silly, that a few thrill sequences don't mean every other value has to be shot to pieces...In ``Face/Off"...the action is bigger and more imaginatively filmed than in any of the current blockbusters, yet the movie's strongest moments have nothing to do with action. Directed by John Woo, ``Face/Off'' is the most dazzling, eerie and evocative film of the year...It's easily the best acted action thriller since Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones' ``The Fugitive'' four years ago. Yet the unique acting challenges presented by ``Face/Off'' -- as well as the peculiar implications of its story -- make ``The Fugitive'' seem pedestrian. Unlike, say, ``Batman & Robin,'' in which an audience knows exactly what to expect, ``Face/Off'' is elusive and full of surprises. Its meaning can't be exhausted in a single viewing...``Face/Off'' can be enjoyed in a number of ways. The thrill-ride stuff is here. With its full-tilt acting, it is also a riff on stardom and personality...Hong Kong-to-Hollywood director Woo (``Broken Arrow,'' ``Hard Boiled'') plays with the notion of the subjectivity of viewpoint in a remarkable sequence in which a boy witnesses a horrific gun battle while wearing a Walkman and listening to ``Over the Rainbow.'' The scene becomes a wild, slow-motion dance, but not Woo's usual death-as-orgasm thing, fortunately. Rather, through the child's eyes, Woo turns the violence into something distant and awesome...This is grand movie making with grand acting. Travolta and Cage go up against each other, and neither one loses. Everyone wins.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Mick LaSalle
ReviewRating 10
Features
Widescreen, English, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Travolta,John
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Adam Smith, Empire ...may be [Woo's] finest moment so far which, by default, puts it in as having a strong claim on the title "best action movie ever made".
Andy Seiler, USA Today ...relentlessly exciting, thanks to Woo's operatically staged fight and chase scenes and the bravura acting of the two stars.
Desson Thomson, Washington Post A delirious mixture of spectacular gun battles, furious explosions and breathtaking stunt work...
Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times ...a mega-movie...strong characters, smart plotting, breathless action and a gimmick that hasn't been seen before.
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader ...the first to balance [Woo's] visual imagination with the emotional intensity of his Hong Kong films.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly ...[an] elegant, high-spirited, intensely satisfying production...
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Exciting and then some...supercharged images of balletic brutality and spiritual catharsis with an off-the-wall humor...
Desson Thomson, The Washington Post A delirious mixture of spectacular gun battles, furious explosions and breathtaking stunt work...
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