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

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  • 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.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JNNDAQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,681 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 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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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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14 of 15 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Sanders on 20 July 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This film is one of the all time classics, a crime thriller that really breaks the mould.

Gene hackman spent months working with the real Detective who worked this case (who also appears in the film)

A second DVD of the making of and a Mark Kermode program about the film are included which are great and maybe worth a watch before the film to help you see more detail in the film.

Anything featuring Mark Kermode is always worth a good look at. In my opinion he is one of the great movie reviewers, knows his subject and is able to articulate a conversation that makes you also ask the same questions he does.

Like Bullitt, and the Clint Eastwood Dirty Harry films, this is an example of great 70's police drama.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raven Shaddock on 7 May 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This is one of the greatest films of all time and came during a period when Hollywood's output probably peaked (the 70s). The two disc, 5-star US collectors release was the first DVD I ever bought about 15 years ago and I still watch it regularly. I also hate it when directors tinker with their releases: the blu ray of The Warriors is almost unwatchable now that Walter Hill has ruined it with terrible comic interludes.

So I was concerned about all the criticisms of the blu ray. Having finally bought it, I have to say the carping is - almost - much ado about nothing and is definitely out-weighed by the increase in sharpness.

The images do at times look too washed out, I will admit that. The scene where Doyle drives over Brooklyn bridge following and eventually losing Sal Boca is very washed out with the colours of the NYC skyline drained. The exterior of Sal's cafe is also too drained and loses too much of the green and red colouring in the store front. The worst scene for me was probably the sequence in Washington DC - this was really pale and washed out and really lacked punch. It was unnecessary and looked like an accident.

In other places, I thought the colder palette worked - when Doyle is waiting outside the NYC restaurant while Charnier and Frog2 eat a three-course meal, the exterior is a much colder blue than before compared to the interior. But this works - it highlights that Doyle is staking out Charnier in the cold while the French enjoy haute cuisine. So at times it works.

But leaving the issue of colour aside, people who say the blu ray is inferior to the DVD are well wide of the mark. From the outset, the blu ray is sharper (taking account of the generally very grainy and night lit nature of the film).
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