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Great film, not ideally suited to Blu Ray
, 31 Dec. 2008
This review is from: The French Connection [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (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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