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Format: DVD
Sku: 203947388
UPC: 024543423645
UPC 14: 00024543423645
Category Keywords: Action  Betrayal  Cops  Crime  Essential Cinema  Mercenaries  Police
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20th Century Fox Double Feature 2-DVD Set.
In this exclusive 20th Century Fox Double Feature, you will get two masterpieces of action, adventure, and car chases! First, take a ride with Gene Hackman in the 1971 classic The French Connection. Next, watch Robert De Niro take down deadly terrorists in the 1998 thriller, Ronin!

The French Connection: New York City detectives "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman) and Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) hope to break a narcotics smuggling ring and ultimately uncover The French Connection. But when one of the criminals tries to kill Doyle, he begins a deadly pursuit that takes him far outside the city limits. Based on a true story, this action-filled thriller, with its renowned chase scene, won five Academy Awards in 1971, including Best Picture, Best Director (William Friedkin) and Best Actor for Hackman.

Ronin: In a world where loyalties are easily abandoned and allegiances can be bought, a new and deadlier terrorist threat has emerged - free agent killers! The Cold War may be over, but a new world order keeps a group of covert mercenaries employed by the highest bidder. These operatives, known as Ronin, are assembled in France by a mysterious client for a seemingly routine mission: steal a top-secret briefcase. But the simple task soon proves explosive as other underworld organizations vie for the same prize...and to get the job done, the members of Ronin must do something they've never done before - trust each other!

"[Ronin] ...the atmosphere is tense, the style impeccable.  Bill Gallo, Dallas Observer
"[Ronin] ...hard-boiled performances...visceral excitement.  Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times
"[French] ...incredible suspense...it includes, among a great many chilling delights, the most brilliantly executed chase sequence I have ever seen.  Roger Greenspun, The New York Times
"[French] ...tough, brilliant crime film...  TV Guide

Editor's Note
This double feature presents a pair of action-packed crime-drama classics by two of Hollywood's most veteran directors. William Friedkin's THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971) is based on the true story of two New York City police detectives (Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider) and their investigation into a French heroin smuggling operation. And in John Frankenheimer's RONIN (1998), a group of former government agents (including Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, and Stellan Skarsgaard) have been hired by the IRA to steal a briefcase containing unknown contents somewhere in Europe. See individual titles for further details.
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/6/2007
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1971
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2242364
Video UPC UPC: 00024543423645
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen/Widescreen/Standard  1.85:1/2.35:1/1.33:1
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Fernando Rey
Video Cast Info Gene Hackman
Video Cast Info Jean Reno
Video Cast Info Natascha McElhone
Video Cast Info Robert De Niro
Video Cast Info Roy Scheider
Video Cast Info Sean Bean
Video Cast Info Tony Lo Bianco
Video Cast Info John Frankenheimer - [Ronin] Director
Video Cast Info William Friedkin - [French] Director

Awards


Nominee (1999)
   Video Award Name MTV Award, Robert De Niro, Natascha McElhone, [Ronin] Best Action Sequence

Winner (1972)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, William Friedkin, [French] Best Director - Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Gene Hackman, [French] Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, The French Connection, [French] Best Motion Picture - Drama
   Video Award Name Oscar, Gene Hackman, [French] Best Actor in a Leading Role
   Video Award Name Oscar, William Friedkin, [French] Best Director
   Video Award Name Oscar, Gerald B. Greenberg, [French] Best Film Editing
   Video Award Name Oscar, Philip D'Antoni, [French] Best Picture
   Video Award Name Oscar, Ernest Tidyman, [French] Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium

Professional Reviews

ReelViews 9 of 10
[Ronin] Unlike many thrillers of this sort, which devolve into a series of mindless action sequences, Ronin manages to remain focused on the plot and the characters, even while staging increasingly complicated pyrotechnic set pieces and offering its share of white-knuckle moments. The film is consistently exciting, if a little overlong, and never fails to keep us guessing. Ronin also snubs a few conventions of the genre. For example, when a character departs before the midpoint, he does not suddenly re-appear later in the movie to either (a) cause trouble, (b) take revenge, or (c) save the day. That's certainly not the only reason to see this picture, but it's one of several small pleasures that, when they're all combined, make Ronin a significant cut above the average thriller. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
[French] "The French Connection" is routinely included, along with "Bullitt," "Diva" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark," on the short list of movies with the greatest chase scenes of all time. What is not always remembered is what a good movie it is apart from the chase scene. It featured a great early Gene Hackman performance that won an Academy Award, and it also won Oscars for best picture, direction, screenplay and editing...The movie is all surface, movement, violence and suspense. Only one of the characters really emerges into three dimensions: Popeye Doyle Gene Hackman, a New York narc who is vicious, obsessed and a little mad...The chase scene has, in a way, been a mixed blessing, distracting from the film's other qualities. - Roger Ebert

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