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French Connection 1 & 2 Box Set [DVD] [1975]

Gene Hackman , Fernando Rey , John Frankenheimer , William Friedkin    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, Bernard Fresson, Philippe Léotard
  • Directors: John Frankenheimer, William Friedkin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Jan 2004
  • Run Time: 213 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000X7S7U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,140 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Directors commentaries by William Friedkin and John Frankenheimer.

French Connection commentaries by Gene Hackman and Roy Schneider.

French Connection 2 commentaries by Gene Hackman and produced by Robert Rosen.

Original Theatrical Trailers

French Connection 2 Still Galleries.

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Gene Hackman French Connection/French Connection 2

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4.4 out of 5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All The Spinach You Can Eat... 9 April 2014
By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
..or at least it appears that Gene Hackman’s hard-bitten, uncompromising narcotics cop, Jimmy 'Popeye’ Doyle has imbibed something that didn’t agree with him in this fast-moving, visceral 1971 police thriller directed by ‘budding movie brat’ William Friedkin. Despite borrowing some of its cinema-verité, hand-held camera techniques from fellow budding cineaste John Cassavetes, Friedkin’s film was to set the tone for future 'maverick cops’ (from Eastwood’s Dirty Harry and Lumet’s Frank Serpico through to TV’s Jack Regan and, even, John Luther) and the realism of the later films of Lumet and Martin Scorsese, thereby making The French Connection a seminal example of the genre. The other particularly notable (and refreshing) thing about Friedkin’s film, particularly given its (initially at least) elliptical narrative style (as his parallel stories of Marseille and Brooklyn-based drug barons and gangsters takes some minutes to come together) and its (relatively) novel filming techniques, was how comprehensively it swept up at the Oscars, winning for film, director, actor and adapted screenplay (by Ernest Tidyman, based on Robin Moore’s real-life tale of New York narcotics cops, Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso).

The fact that Hackman took the top acting award is not surprising given that his bravura turn as the 'cop with (apparently) no conscience’ – a vulgar racist ('Frog One’) who has 'history’ with his fellow cops – is one of the most unsympathetic, but engaging, that has ever made the big screen and, whilst solid support is provided by the likes of Fernando Rey’s French (heroin-smuggling) 'Mr Big’, Alain Charnier, Tony Lo Bianco’s ‘small-time’ crook, Sal Bocca and Roy Scheider as Doyle’s sidekick, Buddy Russo, it is Hackman’s presence which commands the screen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 July 2014
By Ben
Format:DVD
Just what my husband wanted
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5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make them like this anymore. 7 July 2014
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Two classic 70's cop films that helped define the gritty anti-hero protagonist role, along with other such classics as Bullitt and Dirty Harry. This came way before, it seems, every protagonist was mass produced from the same blueprints.

You won't find any flashy effects or choreographed action scenes here, instead what you get is a fresh serving of tension, class dialogue and excellent writing, which go together to create a great pair of films in a fantastically priced box.

I was surprised with the sequel, having become accustomed to today's standards of trash that get the go ahead for rebooting from Hollywood producers for quick dollars. This film, although fictional, unlike its predecessor, provides a great experience for fans of the original and gives some closure to the story after the first films brilliant, yet frustrating ending.

The complete antithesis to today's standards in (big budget) film, and all the better for it. Buy it. Buy it now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intense obsession 11 May 2014
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These are still excellent films. They do not quite have their original impact but they are still good to watch. Gene Hackman portrayed quirky, unusual personas in those days. These films beautifully illustrate the effects of intense obsession.
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4.0 out of 5 stars you just have to see it for yourself 3 Feb 2013
By verity
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Gene Hackman as the American cop who tries to do things his way in France is super. There is laughter and frustration. You have to feel for him. He knows no better than the way things are done where he comes from and these foreignors don't even speak good old american . Don't mistake this for a light hearted film. There is violence and determination from beginning to end.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Both brilliant films 10 Feb 2013
Format:DVD
Seriously gritty and atmospheric films: both of them are just as good as the other. Like another reviewer, I was completely unaware there was a sequel. However, although it is not as well-known, it is equally as good as the first. Highly recommended
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Jay
Format:DVD
These 2 films have a close parallel to the two Godfather films made in the same time. If Godfather I and II made superstars out of Pacino, De Niro and Robert Duvall; French Connection on the other hand propelled Gene Hackman into the big league.

The 70's rarely pulled punches when it came to top billed cop movies, starting with Dirty Harry, the original French Connection and snowballing into classics like Serpico, French Connection II is no exception. This movie won't disappoint any fan of either the original, or anyone that wanted to see for themselves Gene Hackman carrying a lead action role almost through the screen.Gene Hackman as Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle and Roy Scheider as Buddy 'Cloudy' Russo are great as the two detectives chasing and following a couple of people including Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey) and Salvatore Boca (Tony Lo Bianco)

Hackman plays Popeye Doyle as if it were him really. Every emotion doesn't seem to be acted;it seems real !
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The French Connection - Says it all really... 13 Nov 2009
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Timeless and significant pieces of cinema.

An excellent price for an even heightened product of epic proportions. I love The French Connection which is a safe statement to make as it's a general certainty that the film will forever be etched in history as one of the greatest. However I love THE SEQUEL just a little bit more and feel it is the superior film - either way I can't go wrong and nor can any movie lover.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great old classic (s)
Published 18 days ago by Jim Black
5.0 out of 5 stars TWO OF THE BEST Al.
HI, TWO OF THE BEST Al.
Published 1 month ago by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars 70's Action Thrillers
A fantastic way to begin a decade with movies like this double bill, little delay between the two (four years, 1971 - 1975). Read more
Published 6 months ago by ALewis,
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Action Film
I well recall seeing this film and its successor when it came out at the cinema, but over the intervening years had forgotten its fast pace and thrills. Read more
Published 7 months ago by PAR
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time classic
I enjoy these films every time I watch them, especially French Connection II. I first watched that over twenty years ago with my father. Now I watch it with my son.
Published 9 months ago by Peter Tariq Vincent HILLMAN
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed this
seen this film before a bit long winded but very good story and plot would recommend this film to most people
Published 11 months ago by john rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic stuff
Splendid - saw this years ago - probably twice - and enjoyed it hugely, as did 'Himself'. No suggestion of this film having dated and the extra 'features' were of generous... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Isobel Abbott
4.0 out of 5 stars What I wanted
I was looking in,one for this DVD and new I'd get it off amazon, with cheap prices and fab delivery it's really a no brainier. Don't go anywhere else for my DVDs now
Published 13 months ago by Miss Katie L. Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars as good as when it came out .
a really good film/s.Highly entertaining.a shame its still adapted for the old system of viewing ,but nonetheless very good.I would reccomend it to my friends.
Published 14 months ago by thelma a o'brien
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