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French Connection + French Connection II [Blu-ray]


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Product details

  • Language: French, English
  • Subtitles: French, English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B2PN932
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,374 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 April 2014
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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Two classic films of their era and genre. The first film won Hackman his first Oscar, for Best Actor, as the hard nosed, tough New York cop, Popeye Doyle. The sequel in my opinion, was a good follow up, with Popeye Doyle this time, hunting the drug lord down in his layer, in Marseille and going to hell and back, in the process of doing it.
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By Ben on 10 July 2014
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Just what my husband wanted
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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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By JF Horton on 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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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 By Firesale1 on 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Katbamna on 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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