So I have got three copies of Face to Face now - an old DVD (I think it was the Kino Lorber but I haven’t looked at it recently), the US Blu Ray (also Kino Lorber), and the German Blu Ray 2-disc set from Explosive Media. Curious about some things before I do a full rewatch of this classic. I put in the extended cut from the Explosive Media set today, and while the length of the cut is promising, I noticed immediately that the additional scenes are noticeably poorer quality. I knew in advance that they were upscaled, but they also look basically un-restored, I thought. Also, the English audio track is distractingly off-sync - not the dubbing (that’s par for the course), but gunshots and other Foley work lags well behind the on-screen action. I got about 20 minutes in before I started wondering about this and paused my player.
I guess my first question is, anyone who owns the Explosive Media Blu Ray set, do you experience the same sound sync issues with the English audio track? I didn’t have this with the Kino Lorber theatrical cut, which I’ve watched fairly recently. The quality of the additional scenes is what it is, I suppose, but the audio issue bugs me.
My next question is, I see there’s a really lavish-looking French release (Wild Side) that runs even a bit longer than the EM extended, and also includes English audio. How is that one? Quality of the extra scenes, and how is the English track? And is it region-locked (I know the EM one is region-free)? I don’t know if I need 4 copies of one movie, but if that one improves on the EM release in any way, maybe it’s worth snagging.