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Learn more about French Connection (Blu-ray):

Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 209973403
UPC: 024543529897
UPC 14: 00024543529897
Sales Rank: 5357
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's Note
Released in the same year as Clint Eastwood's DIRTY HARRY (1971), William Friedkin's THE FRENCH CONNECTION marked the beginning of a new era of gritty, urban police dramas. Here, the theme of tough-cop amorality serves a conservative demand for a police-state crackdown on the domestic chaos and subversive youth culture of the Vietnam War period.

The film is based on the true story of two New York City police detectives and their investigation into a French heroin smuggling operation. THE FRENCH CONNECTION is perhaps best known for its infamous, masterfully filmed chase scene (influenced by Peter Yates' BULLITT) in which the lead policeman, Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman), recklessly drives a stolen car through oncoming traffic in pursuit of a sniper escaping by elevated train. The thrill of this crime drama is accentuated by director William Friedkin's early European influences, perhaps best represented by the handheld documentary-style visuals and Friedkin's claims that the Oscar-winning screenplay was frequently disregarded in favor of improvisation. THE FRENCH CONNECTION marked not only a significant change of course for his career, but also a stylistic shift that all of Hollywood would soon follow.

Features

Video Features Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/14/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 104 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1971
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2252989
Video UPC UPC: 00024543529897
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review The French Connection - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: Josh Lasser Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 2/19/2009 2:55 PM
It is often said when discussion a work of art "they don't make them like that anymore." In the case of William Friedkin's classic, The French Connection, it's actually true. The film, based on a true story, stars Gene Hackman as Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle. The film is a series of chases and reversals as Doyle and his partner, Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) try and track down a massive drug shipment and is now available as a two-disc Blu-ray release....read the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Fernando Rey
Video Cast Info Bill Hickman
Video Cast Info Marcel Bozzufi
Video Cast Info Sonny Grosso
Video Cast Info Tony Lo Bianco
Video Cast Info Frederic de Pasquale
Video Cast Info Gene Hackman
Video Cast Info Roy Scheider
Video Cast Info Harold Gary
Video Cast Info Ann Rebbot
Video Cast Info Don Ellis - Composer
Video Cast Info Robin Moore - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Christopher Newman - Sound
Video Cast Info Ernest Tidyman - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Theodore Soderberg - Sound
Video Cast Info Ben Kazaskow - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Jerry Greenberg - Editor
Video Cast Info Owen Roizman - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Philip D'Antoni - Producer
Video Cast Info William Friedkin - Director

Memorable Quotes

"Ever pick your feet in Poughkeepsie?"----Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman), spoken to various characters

Professional Reviews

USA Today
"...A best-picture Oscar that really holds up..." 09/28/2001 p.5E

Entertainment Weekly
"...To watch it now is to appreciate more than ever Gene Hackman's uncompromising talent..." 09/28/2001 p.56

Premiere
"William Friedkin brings a new documentary-style grittiness and moral ambiguity to the crime thriller." 12/01/2003 p.11

Total Film
"[With] the Greatest Car Chase Ever Filmed." 04/01/2004 p.136

Premiere
4 stars out of 5 -- "It's one of the most influential and exciting crime movies...[with] a level of grit and realism that is almost impossible to duplicate." 02/23/2009

New York Times
"THE FRENCH CONNECTION offered a rush of sights and sounds, sweeping the viewer along in a visceral experience." 10/22/2010

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Hackman,Gene
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   Blu-ray DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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