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  • Actors: Tomas Milian, Gian Maria Volonté, William Berger, Jolanda Modio
  • Directors: Sergio Sollima
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Dubbed, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Jun. 2011
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00450AFRO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,787 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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One of the best films from Italian genre master Sergio Sollima (The Big Gundown), Faccia a Faccia (Face to Face ) is a gangbusting western saga and a gripping parable of the rise of fascism. Upstanding history professor Brad Fletcher (played by the incomparable Gian Maria Volonte) is forced into retirement by his poor health and moves west for the warmer climate. Almost as soon as he arrives, however, he is taken hostage by famed bandit Solomon Bennett (the great Tomas Milian) in an accidental confrontation, and by necessity is forced to take up with his cohorts. But the learned man's growing identification with the gang encourages him to stage a takeover from Bennett, and a new crueller system of leadership is put into place. Produced by Sergio Leone's longtime partner Alberto Grimaldi, featuring stunning Techniscope cinematography, and a pounding score by il maestro Ennio Morricone, this classic spaghetti western is presented in its uncut original Italian version for the first time in the UK, including a collector's booklet and a video interview with director Sergio

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 24 Jun. 2011
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"What's extraordinary is that a man like me has been a spectator for so many years before discovering the force within. Do you know what an intelligent man can do in a place like this where the most ignorant have been able to dominate?"

Perhaps more than any other western, Faccia a Faccia/Face to Face confronts the nature and morality of violence head on. Gian Maria Volonte plays an underachieving unambitious and consumptive Professor of History who goes west for his health. Kidnapped by Tomas Milian's uneducated killer, he finds himself being drawn away from being a spectator to become a willing participant in his violence. Soon he takes a more dominant role, planning their raids and then, when the remainder of the gang are either killed or captured, rejecting them for their weakness and turning the commune of losers where they hide out into a doomed dictatorship.

The principal characters are mere bandits rather than revolutionaries, pursuing no political agenda, yet the political content is much more overt than in better known political paella westerns like Damiano Damiani's A Bullet for the General. It is certainly the better directed film, with a good visual sense that runs through the entire film rather than in sporadic scenes. There are still some of the usual paella western problems (some, such as the clumsiness with the passage of time, down to cuts when the film was trimmed for the US market, are redressed in the uncut version) but the film is clearly thought through and superbly realised.

The equation of intellect and violence is made from the very beginning, where Volonte crumples up the pages of a book to throw at a lizard to wile away his boredom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nostalgicman on 22 Dec. 2014
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This is a non traditional Spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Sollima in 1967. After Segio Leone, Sollima is a strong competitor for Sergio Corbucci for being the second best Italian director of this film genre. As you will notice from a Sollima interview included in the extras of this DVD release, Sollima placed great care and attention to the characters in his westerns, and this one in particular shows that to a great extent. In case you care, the relationship that is established between the two main characters, a bandit played by Tomas Milian and a Yankee teacher played by Gian Maria Volonté (A Fistful of Dollars), gets the most attention in the film compared with the historical background (1863 during the Civil War). The movie centers about the evolution of both characters as they get along. Of course, you have lots of action and the movie is generally well paced. Later, Sollima will become better known after directing The Big Gundown and Run Man Run in 1968, two films where Tomas Milian plays his "cuchillo" character. Overall, the film clearly adds originality to the genre, and so it should like all those seeking to appreciate something on the genre. The film should be avoided by those who are looking for a more traditional SW (e.g., a kill and revenge story).

Technically, this Eureka release comes in a crisp clear and widescreen DVD transfer. The movie runs for about 107 minutes. Something bizarre here is that you have two versions of the film, one with and the other without English subtitles. The audio in both is in Italian, with a few bits of Spanish. The extras include an interesting interview with Director Sergio Sollima, and a nice booklet about the movie and Sollima's career. Finally, extras include two versions of the trailer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arvinder on 18 July 2013
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Transfer to the dvd is quite good,the movie is quite different if compared with other spaghetti westerns,it's cerebral and deep,and it's on my mind just like the great sergio leone's once upon a time in the west.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andrew McSkimming on 29 July 2011
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Its good to have this on DVD at last, the title previously being available either as part of a (now out of print)box set by Koch Media in Germany, or as a grey market disc.

A word of warning. This is not your standard spaghetti western. Action is thin on the ground and those looking for the usual stylistic affectations of the genre won't find them much in evidence here. This is a study of power and morality and Director Sergio Sollima goes for a fairly restrained visual approach, which is miles away from say, that of Sergio Leone. It is a pretty unspectacular-looking western. Performances are similarly restrained, with both Milian and Volonte giving more controlled and tamped-down performances than we are perhaps used to seeing.

Eureka's disc has acceptable but not great video quality. Its in the correct widescreen Techniscope aspect ratio and is anamorphic. The print exhibits considerable grain - more than I would have expected - and light print damage, which is fortunately not distracting. The audio is the original Italian dub with new English subtitles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr A J Bird on 6 Mar. 2013
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fast and well packed, a highly recommendable service to use. i shall look for other spagaetti western and other films on this site
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By S. Holmes on 27 Dec. 2014
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Great Italian Western - not amongst my favourites, but still better than most. The main two stars are always worth watching.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Cinetastic on 15 Dec. 2012
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UPDATE JUNE 2015: There is finally a Blu-ray announced (for August 205) at:
http://www.amazon.com/Face-aka-Faccia-Blu-ray/dp/B00YQTCM5C/ref=pd_sim_74_91?ie=UTF8&refRID=1WYH5Z6BAY12YDW2TNVV

Originally announced as a Blu-ray release for the UK, this was abaondoned as the picture elements made available were not seemingly good enough claimed the company, and it reverted to a PAL DVD. We were also promised an english language track, but this too was abandoned and does not appear on the final specifications of the released DVD.

What went wrong? I would suggest making a 4K scan of the original Techniscope negative, finding the best available english language from an optical print (or master tape if at all available) and filling any audio gaps with a carefully extracted and not overly filtered/cleaned-up english language from the old UK VHS Techno Film (Fletcher) which I am told contains a longer version of the film than the print aired by the BBC and the old Aktiv label VHS.

So the best version currently on sale (12 October 2012) is the recent German Explosive Media (Alive) release at:
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http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B009229F8A

(which is not currently listed on the UK site)
as it has the anamorphic print, a choice of English/German/Italian languages (although the english is NOT complete and subtitles are used over some scenes in Italian).

There is a French DVD which has a similar print quality offering a particularly clear French audio track and Italian audio should that be of any interest too.

This review will be archived 31 July 2015 according to Amazon.
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