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Face/Off/Snake Eyes/Bringing Out the Dead (3 Discs)

Nicolas CageGary SiniseJohn Travolta

Director: John WooMartin ScorseseBrian De Palma

rated: R

released: September 11, 2007

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The third time was the charm for John Woo in Hollywood, as his 1997 blockbuster Face/Off reached the passionate intensity of his best Hong Kong works. Anchored by dexterous performances by John Travolta and Nicolas Cage as the face-switching antagonists Sean Archer and Castor Troy, the preposterous story line becomes apt material for Woo to once again examine the intimate bond between cop and villain. Whether literally attempting to blow away the man in the mirror or insinuating themselves into the other's personal life, Travolta and Cage inhabit each other's persona with an adept mix of pathos and glee, rendering the transformation as plausible as it is fun. Woo's virtuoso action sequences, culminating in a dove-ridden church shoot-out reminiscent of The Killer (1989), are replete with his signature balletic slow-motion, razor-sharp editing, and two-fisted gunplay, reaching the emotional pitch of high melodrama with well-choreographed visuals akin to a lethal musical. Hailed for its action pyrotechnics and its strong, high-class cast, Face/Off became a summer hit and Woo's first unqualified American success. Lucia Bozzola, All Movie Guide

Set in the recently departed past of pre-Rudy Giuliani New York, Bringing Out the Dead (1999) reunites Martin Scorsese and Paul Schrader for another, different night crawl through a yet to be sanitized Hell's Kitchen. The manholes still belch Stygian steam and the protagonist still exists on the edge of sanity, but this time Nicolas Cage's ambulance driver makes a rocky ascent toward a tentative salvation rather than repeating Taxi Driver's (1976) descent into an ultra-violent inferno. Scorsese's customary visual brio and musical panache are amply displayed in such set pieces as a visit to a drug dealer's lair that climaxes with a victim enjoying a burst of "fireworks," while John Goodman, radio dispatchers Queen Latifah and Scorsese, and especially Ving Rhames add mordant humor to Cage's waking nightmare. Though Bringing Out the Dead pulsates with energy, chaos, and very brief rests, the ceaseless nature of the paramedic's job became a narrative frustration for critics and viewers who expected such a motion-filled picture to actually go somewhere. Even so, Bringing Out the Dead has enough moments of moviemaking courage and beauty to confirm Scorsese's place as an extraordinary teller of New York stories. Lucia Bozzola, All Movie Guide

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