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Face/Off [DVD] [1997]

John Travolta , Nicolas Cage , John Woo    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
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  • 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: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: 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: 18
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Jun 2001
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CXIG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,551 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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-barrelled 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

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At his best, director John Woo turns action movies into ballets of blood and bullets grounded in character drama. Face/Off marks Woos 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 Cages 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 terrorists 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

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST ACTION THRILLER EVER! 31 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This film I honestly thought was the best action thriller I have ever seen, with amazing gun fights, excellent stunts and a brilliant plot. John Travalta is Sean Archer, a top FBI Agent who was just brought to justice the killer of his young son, Castor Troy. But there is a complication. Although his family can settle down and live in peace, there is a bomb planted somewhere in LA but only Castor and his buddies know where. To solve this, Archer agrees to a ridiculous operation to have his face swapped with Castor's (who is in a coma), his voice and his hair aswell. As Archer goes undercover as Castor in a high-force prison, he finds out information about the whereabouts of the bomb. But then the real Castor wakes out of his coma and burns all the documents that prove the face-swap ever happened and kills all the people who know about it. Sean soon realises that he is stuck in jail, whilst Castor lives his life. As further complications ensue, the action and stunts of John Woo get better and better. Both Nicholas Cage and John Travolta have to act each other's characters and do it very well when they must. This film is absolutely brilliant. BUY IT NOW!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 1 July 2013
By Mr D A
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
region free US edition, This is one of my favourite movies and one of the best action flicks, the main reason I purchased this version is its fully uncut, so you get to see the additional 7 seconds that have been cut on UK version, plus the UK version is bare bones so you don't get any of the special features, its good to see some US region free blu-rays available on Amazon UK and at a good price.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cut by the censors 13 Feb 2008
By Paul P
Format:Blu-ray
Good film - but you need to buy the US release to avoid the censorship cuts. US version is unfortunately region coded. What is the point of region coding older films apart from being able to charge more in the UK? In fact what is the point of region coding period.

UPDATE : I wrote this review ages ago and have stumbled across some comments which warrant a response. The current US version is NOT region coded, as pointed out. (I think the initial pressing was, at the time of writting, but the US version is now a Paramount release which is region free).
The BBFC website shows if films are cut. Sometimes the guidance changes and previous cuts are waived, this is noted in any new classifications. There is no mention of previous cuts waived. With older releases such as this, it is sometimes more difficult to establish if there are cuts, as the video version will be labelled as 'uncut', but there will be a note indicating 'as UKCV', so you then need to check if the UK cinema version was cut. Sometimes this note is not there, so although the BBFC entry might say 'passed with no cuts' there are caveats to this. Unless the reclassification says 'all previous cuts waived' then tread with caution.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only one will survive 11 Aug 2011
Format:DVD
Face/Off today is cheesy. Not that this is bad because it the over the top shoot outs, the hilarious one liners and a plot so bizarre that it instantly memorable. It one of those of those films which grabs you at the very start and throws you in with the characters , not letting go until the very ending . Something you expect for a action film.

Travolta and Cage are exceptional. You won't forget these two rivalry for years to come after watching them both. The lines they are given can, at times, be cringe-worthy but you won't act negatively towards them as they fit in perfectly with the rest of the film.

Woo delivers the shootouts with dedication and perfection. He never over does the slow-mo and he adds plenty of eye candy. Every shootout in the film will stay crystal clear for years after viewing them.

There not many negatives to this film. If your looking for a serious story and a realistic conflict between two men, then you will most likely not enjoy face/off. However, if you love explosions, OTT characters, rolling and diving and cool one liners, then this will won't disappoint.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A collection worth having! 21 Nov 2003
Format:DVD
If you are a big fan of Nicholas Cage, then get this. It inludes some of his best movies and is well worth the price! Don't miss out on this!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best collection yet ! 15 Aug 2002
By Diane
Format:DVD
These are 3 of the best Cage films that exist. The Rock features Nicolas Cage as a bio-chemicals specialist (along with being a beatles maniac), and Sean Connery, the only man to have ever escaped from the most secure jail in the world - Alcatraz. Now, after some members of the public have been held hostage, Connery needs to be the only man to have ever broken into the place! It's a brilliant film offering something for everyone including adventure, excitement, comedy... and Cage! Face/Off is another classic film. John Travolta and Nick Cage star together impecibly. A fantastic storyline offering the viewer suspense, drama, brilliant acting and an intense thriller! Gone in 60 seconds is a 'must-see'. After Cage's brother gets into trouble, the only man that can save him is Nick! To do this, he needs to reunite his old friends and if that's not enough, steal 50 cars in just one very short night! Watch this film if you like amazing acting, comedy, and of course... cars!
3 wonderful films bringing complete entertainment into your home!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hatchet job censor 14 Oct 2010
By troyus
Format:Blu-ray
Do not buy this BD from UK!

Every other country has teh full cut movie, except this one where the switchblade scenes have been removed.
Its only a few seconds but done very poorly and easily seen.
I havent watched the movie in ten years yet I noticed it straight away.

PQ and AQ is great otherwise, dunno why its censored in UK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great film. a really good copy too
a great film. a really good copy too. They say second hand but i honestly couldnt see a scratch on 100% of the DVD's i have bought from this company
Published 19 days ago by Leanne Dearden
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
this is a great film
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5.0 out of 5 stars whos who
an fbi agents catches a most wanted criminal and to stop a massive bomb decides to swap faces,literally. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best John woo film ever?
One of the all-time best Hollywood action epics ever. Awesome acting. Excellent explosions. Stupendous stunts. What more could you ask for?
Published 4 months ago by BigAl82
5.0 out of 5 stars Face/Off
A Classic! it is one of cages best movies! Those to are so good in this movie, never tired of seeing it.
Published 6 months ago by Kirloj
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Film
Bought this film for myself, seen it a few years ago.
Decided I wanted a copy for myself.
Great value for money
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
I really enjoyed this film. it had me sitting on the edge of my chair Would recommend this film to friends
Published 7 months ago by Mr R Goldsmith
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Video was amazing quality it came in was amazing love it I would recommend u buying it!!! U won't regret it
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