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, Faccia a Faccia (Face to Face) was originally planned for a Eureka Blu-ray release back in November 2010, but was cancelled when the disc ran into unspecified production problems. These have now been resolved, and the film will be released in the UK on DVD only by Eureka on 20th June 2011 at the RRP of £15.99.
Featuring the original Italian audio with newly translated English subtitles, the disc will have the following extras:
- US & Italian Theatrical trailers;
- Interview with director Sergio Sollima, lavish 16 page booklet containing new essay by spaghetti western expert Howard Hughes.