The Man Without A Face Review and DVD Features
The Man Without A Face
25 Aug 1993
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Suspicion of Pedophilia
While the film suggests the character Justin McLeod is wholly innocent of others’ suspicions of pedophilia, the novel on which the film was based contains a scene strongly implying that the tutor does molest his student, Chuck. Gibson chose to remove this element from the story in order “to say something more positive.”
Song During Credits
Hey, what is the name of the insturmental song during the credits? It is really beautiful.
According to the CD of the soundtrack that I have, its called Lookout Point/End Credits, no specific artist is listed. .
The entire soundtrack is composed by James Horner.
Its a very nice soundtrack, worth buying.
Young Adult Book
I loved the novel. The movie is a faithful adaptation, but some of the darker events are glossed over, even though this was a young adult book. Also, the characters seem more likable in the movie, as is often the case because diretors want a cast with good screen appeal. For example, Meg was fat in the book, and Chuck was a bit more violent. But even if this glossed over, I thought it was an excellent movie, one of my favorites.
Brilliant coming of age tale
In this overlooked masterpiece he proves himself incredibly good both as an actor also as a director. The story was absolutely great, realistic and touching. Relations between two main characters – former teacher and young student boy (perfectly played by Mel Gibson and Nick Stahl) were shown as great as it possible. It was for sure best Mel Gibson performance ever. Young Nick Stahl acting also looked incredibly good as Chuck Norstadt. All supporting casts also did a very good job in their roles Director and whole cast team brought to us incredibly powerful atmosphere of total misunderstanding in Chuck family and in the whole town. People can’t understand and worst of all they don’t want to understand other people, who are not like all ordinary people in their small town. If you’re not like all – you’re odd and nothing more. This movie teach us never judge people only by appearance and groundless suspicions, teach us always look inside the people. It was very strong, powerful and important messages
Mel Gibson also made his Directing debut with this film and made it something special.
What did end mean?
What was Chuck talking about, at the end? When you hear his voice saying, “There is always a face before me, beyond the edge of the crowd.”
He’s talking about McCleod. Chuck never sees him again but McCleod remains in his memories, in his suboncious, a face at the edge of the crowd. McCleod taught Chuck so much about life that Chuck would never forget him.
RT/Meta Critic Review
Mel Gibson does himself proud with the imperfect but noble, and ultimately satisfying Man Without a Face. (Click here to see)
Offers a glimpse of grace as two individuals restore each other’s souls with gifts of trust and love (Click here to see)
What Gibson gives us is a portrait of a man behaving gracefully under several kinds of pressure, some of it shamefully unfair. It’s a solid acting achievement, and his directing, which never calls attention to itself, is right on the money, too. The Man Without a Face is an affecting evocation of a man of principle who teaches a boy what’s important. (Jay Carr/MetaCritic)
The video quality is very fine indeed. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, I can say without reservation that The Man Without A Face looks fantastic. Colors, blacks, and details are very sharp and well-defined, and the print is very clean and clear. In fact, the only minor imperfection I could spot was a few hints of grain here and there, but it’s most likely due to the source material. Needless to say, this is an excellent effort by the ever-dependable Warner Bros., and I don’t think any fan of the movie will be disappointed in the least. Awesome job here!
The audio also won’t disappoint. On board here are two 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround tracks (English and French), and they get the job done nicely! While this is a dialogue-driven movie, it’s an enjoyably subtle mix that opens up nicely when needed. From the quiet ambience of the outdoors to the warm musical score, this is a great-sounding track that rounds out a solid technical presentation.
The extras were disappointing. In fact, outside of the film’s Theatrical Trailer, the only bonus feature we get is a brief new documentary,Remembering The Man Without A Face. Although the packaging makes it out to be a substantial feature, it runs for under 10 minutes and doesn’t really add the layer of depth that I was hoping for. Granted, it’s a nice retrospective from some of the key cast members involved, but it never really digs under the surface.
Given that The Man Without A Face was a milestone in the career of Mel Gibson (and also a fairly late arrival to DVD), you’d think we’d at least get a commentary track or a more substantial behind-the-scenes featurette. Sadly, the lack of extras makes The Man Without A Face seem like another churned-out DVD for a movie that deserved more (although it’s a great technical presentation).