Face/Off is one of the best action flicks of the last 10 years and well worth buying, it was my first ever disc i bought when i got my dvd player along with The Matrix, The Mummy and the X Files, Face/Off features an immersive exciting Dolby 5.1 track and better than average picture quality, John Woo has not made a better american film although you might want to check out Hard Boiled or The Killer to see just how good Woo can be, so my advice is to buy Face/Off and if you are an action film fan you will not be disappointed.
Panic Room was predictable and for me i'd say rent Panic Room, i can't understand why Columbia think Panic Room is worth a 3 disc special edition when they have better films which have been treated shamefully, Panic Room is very average and is only saved by some good direction and performances.
IMO John Woo's American made film's have ALL been lackluster to say the least, certainly nowhere near the hights he achieved with his homegrown films, some of which have already been mentioned (Hard Boiled, The Killer).
I fairly enjoyed Panic Room and because of that have watched it twice but admit the second viewing was mainly to take in director David Fincher's unique visual style he used for the film and not because I really wanted to follow the story again.
I'd add another vote to the "rent both" box, unless you can find them dirt cheap (£5-6 or less)... maybe in the trades section of the forums...
I bought the R1 Superbit Panic room, as it was very cheap and I'm a big Fincher and Foster fan. However, the film is only average and should have been much better. As I am a film editor, I absolutely loved one partincluar scene for it's tention and to be honest, it was this 1 minute sequence that made me purchase the disc! How sad am I!!??
Never seen Face Off, but would like to, as everone I know who has seen it (all with varied tastes) have said it is rediculous but good entertainment!
Coincidentally I watched Panic Room for the first time last night and thought it was dreadfully boring. I was surprised Fincher could produce something so lame after Fight Club and Seven were so good. It's only saving grace was some of the camera work was interesting and the opening credits were good! Luckily I had as a free trial rental so it didn't cost me anything.
Panic Room had great potential ruined by a very predictable script, its saving grace was the great camerawork and good performances but other than that it has nothing worthwhile to offer, Face/Off has some amazing action scenes and definately comes close to recreating John Woo's Hong Kong efforts, yes its like a comic book but it beats most of the so called lame action films being produced by Hollywood.
I got the Superbit as a freebie from Deep Discount ages ago and quite enjoyed it especially as it was a freebie . Don't think it is good enough to buy though.
Face/Off is one of my most enjoyed action movies. Yes, it is ridiculous at times but is great entertainment. Managed to pick up a Region 3 DTS copy not long ago and the soundtrack is pretty awesome compared to DD5.1
Face off was great!
Cage's ott performance suited the role perfectly.
Travolta was mabye a bit suspect, was supposed to be sinister, or should that be vice versa
great popcorn movie but like said before not as good as Woo's previous work (like to add a better tomorrow and bullet in the head)
perhaps his best american effort was the 1st, Hard Target?
Broken Arrow was good but a bit, well too americanised !
Mission impossible 2: it ws easy to see woos hands were tied for this film.
never seen another amercin woo film since apart from the bmw ones (v.good)
Panic room was ok - bit long and boring and predictable and grey - but finchers direction was nice - loved that shot where the camera glides through the object.
still never forgave fincher for alien 3 - dont get me started....
finchers bmw film was also quite good but no as good as woo's or ang lee's