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French Connection [Blu-ray] [1971] [US Import]


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Product details

  • Actors: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco, Marcel Bozzuffi
  • Directors: William Friedkin
  • Writers: Ernest Tidyman, Howard Hawks, Robin Moore
  • Producers: G. David Schine, Kenneth Utt, Philip D'Antoni
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Feb 2009
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JNNDAQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,583 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

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A milestone film from 1971 and winner of five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor, The French Connection transformed the crime thriller with its gritty, authentic story about New York City police detectives on the trail of a large shipment of heroin. Based on an actual police case and the illustrious career of New York cop Eddie Egan, the film stars Gene Hackman as Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle, whose unorthodox methods of crime fighting are anything but diplomatic. With his partner (Roy Scheider), Popeye investigates the international shipment of heroin masterminded by the suave Frenchman (Fernando Rey) who eludes Popeye throughout an escalating series of pursuits. The obsessive tension of Doyle's investigation reaches peak intensity during the film's breathtaking car chase, in which Doyle races under New York's elevated train tracks in a borrowed sedan--a sequence that earned an Oscar for editing and was instantly hailed as one of the greatest chase scenes ever filmed. Produced on location, The French Connection had an immediate influence on dozens of movies and TV shows to follow, virtually redefining the crime thriller with its combination of brutal realism and high-octane craftsmanship. Boosted by the film's phenomenal success, director William Friedkin gained even more attention with his follow-up film, The Exorcist. --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P. Morgan on 31 Dec 2008
Format: Blu-ray
I agree, with reservations, with the last reviewers comments: this is a great film (one of the very best of the '70s), but perhaps one not ever best suited to Blu Ray technology certainly when compared to newer films. Having said that, this film is over 37 years old now and was originally filmed in a grainy, washed-out semi-documentary style which suits the film perfectly and is indeed integral to its overall impact. The problem is partly that this look coupled with the age of the film itself doesn't transcend well to the high definition medium. This is by no means a restoration of this classic like say The Godfather films before it; as I understand it, its simply being cleaned-up for transfer to Blu Ray disc and the improvements over the previous releases on DVD are negligible at best. I've given this five stars purely because, as a film, its an absolute classic, featuring Gene Hackman at his very best and one of the pivotal moments on '70s American cinema. A essential purchase, but only if you don't already have it on DVD.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Stewart on 21 Mar 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Let's get onto the blu ray review the transfer has been ruined with Friedkin's colour timing tinkering although over the last couple of years i got used to it but always wished the original un-tinkered version was released.

There are lots of special features on this 2 disc set which will please fans sound quality is also good on the disc.

Good news here for fans of the film Best Buy in the US has released a new blu ray of the french connection supervised by both William friedkin & Owen Roizman it is region free. I bought my copy off e-bay and the picture is miles better & worth importing.

Update i noticed amazon are now selling the new blu ray of the french connection it has William Friedkin's signature on it the disc was released in march 2012.

New Update the UK has released a steelbook version of the french connection and it has been confirmed it is the same transfer as the 2012 US signature series reviewed above.

My advice would be buy the UK steelbook or the US Signature series if cheaper but avoid the UK 2009 disc at all costs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By gerrard on 2 Jan 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This U.S. blu-ray has three choices of audio
DTS- HD Surround,5.1 Dolby surround and original mono in english.french and spanish audio in 5.1 dolby digital only.
There are a choice of six languages with subtitles including english for the hard of hearing.
I found the picture quality to be a huge improvement on the original UK release which really was a disappointment. there are no colours bleeding all over the place and it still retains it's dark 70's look.even though this is a one BD set compared to the two disc original release most of the extras are on it,The Poughkeepsie Shuffle documentary and Friedkin's explanation for his changing the original colour are not included though.well worth getting if you like this movie and weren't impressed by the first blu-ray release.it's also region free.just make sure it's the march 2012 release that you purchase.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Muldowney on 23 Nov 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Does he really think this is the best way to view this movie. Even the 27 year old Magnetic VHS copy i still have of this film is of better "quality". The director of photography was correct in saying this BLU-RAY is not the film he shot. This blu-ray version is fuzzy and dark and really hard on the eyes. Save your money and buy the DVD produced a few years ago, as its prefectly acceptable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. H. Campbell on 7 Mar 2009
Format: DVD
Both the first film, winner of 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture 1971 -directed by William Friedkin ('The Exorcist', 'Cruising' The Exorcist - Director's Cut [DVD] [1974]Cruising [DVD] [1980]) and the second, directed by John Frankenheimer ('I Walk The Line', 'Ronin') I Walk the Line [DVD] [1970] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] are here presented in lovingly restored anamorphic letterbox presentation, together with a treasury of archival material, extras, trailers, production notes, cleaned up sound mixes and detailed commentaries, not only from the directors and crew, but also from the actors themselves.

The first film offers the most 'meat', and Friedkin clearly enjoyed making this film as detailed in the interviews on the disc plus an extended 53 minute BBC 'making of...' documentary that goes into fascinating detail about the criminal case, based fairly closely upon a true story with real police detectives.

The second film is a different animal entirely, that demonstrates Frankenheimer's clear affection for France, in this case the port of Marseille - throughout. What is notable for this film is its infamous, harrowing, and almost unbearable scenes involving a particular aspect of the Heroin criminal underground -which I won't spoil for you here- in which which actor Gene Hackman plays the driven, resolute 'Popeye' Doyle in a convincingly real and desperate scene.
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