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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 204822400
UPC: 097361232843
UPC 14: 00097361232843
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"In Order to Trap Him, He Must Become Him."
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.

"...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".  Adam Smith, Empire
"...relentlessly exciting, thanks to Woo's operatically staged fight and chase scenes and the bravura acting of the two stars.  Andy Seiler, USA Today
"A delirious mixture of spectacular gun battles, furious explosions and breathtaking stunt work...  Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"...a mega-movie...strong characters, smart plotting, breathless action and a gimmick that hasn't been seen before.  Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times
"...the first to balance [Woo's] visual imagination with the emotional intensity of his Hong Kong films.  Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"...[an] elegant, high-spirited, intensely satisfying production...  Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Exciting and then some...supercharged images of balletic brutality and spiritual catharsis with an off-the-wall humor...  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A delirious mixture of spectacular gun battles, furious explosions and breathtaking stunt work...  Desson Thomson, The Washington Post

Editor's 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.

Features

Video Features Widescreen, English, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, No Longer Produced

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Paramount
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/17/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 140 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1997
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 12328
Video UPC UPC: 00097361232843
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Colm Feore
Video Cast Info Dominique Swain
Video Cast Info Gina Gershon
Video Cast Info Joan Allen
Video Cast Info John Travolta
Video Cast Info Nick Cassavetes
Video Cast Info Nicolas Cage
Video Cast Info Thomas Jane
Video Cast Info Christian Wagner - Editor
Video Cast Info Jeff Levine - Producer
Video Cast Info John Powell - Original Music By
Video Cast Info John Woo - Director
Video Cast Info Michael Colleary - Writer
Video Cast Info Michael Douglas - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Mike Werb - Writer
Video Cast Info Oliver Wood - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Steve Arnold - Art Director
Video Cast Info Steven Kemper - Editor

Awards


Winner (1998)
   Video Award Name MTV Award, Face/Off, Best Action Sequence
   Video Award Name MTV Award, John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Best On-Screen Duo

Nominee (1998)
   Video Award Name MTV Award, Nicolas Cage, Best Male Performance
   Video Award Name MTV Award, John Travolta, Best Male Performance
   Video Award Name MTV Award, Face/Off, Best Movie
   Video Award Name MTV Award, Nicolas Cage, John Travolta, Best Villain
   Video Award Name Oscar, Mark P. Stoeckinger, Per Hallberg, Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing

MTV Award (1998)
Video Award Name Face/Off, Winner, Best Action Sequence
   Video Award Name Face/Off, Nominee, Best Movie
Video Award Name John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Winner, Best On-Screen Duo

Oscar (1998)
   Video Award Name Mark P. Stoeckinger, Per Hallberg, Nominee, Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing

MTV Award (1998)
   Video Award Name Nicolas Cage, Nominee, Best Male Performance
   Video Award Name Nicolas Cage, John Travolta, Nominee, Best Villain

Professional 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

ReelViews 8 of 10
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. - James Berardinelli

San Francisco Chronicle 10 of 10
``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. - Mick LaSalle

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Travolta,John
Product attributeLabel:   Paramount Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   Blu-ray DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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