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Frank Riva: The Complete Series

Alain Delon , Patrick Jamain  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alain Delon
  • Directors: Patrick Jamain
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MHz Networks
  • DVD Release Date: August 27, 2013
  • Run Time: 552 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DZ492SY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,304 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

In French with English Subtitles
He's lost his past, he's lost his roots - but not his enemies. Legendary French stage and screen actor Alain Delon (René Clément's Purple Noon, Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Samouraï and Luchino Visconti's Rocco and His Brothers) stars as Frank Riva, an ex-undercover cop called in from retirement after 25 years of exile to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding the murder of his brother in a drug sting operation. He soon finds himself back on the trail of the notorious Loggia crime family, who had put a bounty on his head during the French Connection days. Frank is forced to pick up the pieces of a life he left behind a quarter of a century ago: his old flame Catherine, Nina Rizzi, the daughter he never knew, and Xavier Unger, his former partner, now chief of the Paris police. He must also put together a new team to confront the Loggia gang: Superintendent Lydie Herzog, his nominal superior, the headstrong Captain Hervé Sebastian, and rookie computer whiz Juliette Janssen. Frank Riva is a police officer who follows his instinct and refuses to be deflected from his mission, a man who ignores social convention and flouts rules and regulations, and who lives according to his own deep conviction of right and wrong.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Surely one of the coolest cats to ever grace the silver screen, Alain Delon has long been one of my favorites. With so many iconic roles spread across six decades, I still always picture Delon as the enigmatic Thomas Ripley in 1960's "Purple Noon." With his icy good looks, his dangerous allure might have been overlooked or undervalued in favor of more romantic leading roles. Working with the best directors of the French New Wave, however, this never happened. His best performances disarmed us and surprised us with his attractive exterior often masking a rather ruthless inner beast! One of the pleasures inherent in the DVD universe is that it gives you the opportunity to catch programs you'd never otherwise have the chance to see. As I really enjoy international programming (not to mention being a huge Delon fan), specifically mysteries or crime drama, I snapped at the chance to sample the French offering "Frank Riva: The Complete Series."

Don't get too excited, however, by the complete series moniker thinking that you'll be getting a massive set. "Frank Riva" consists of two seasons (shot in 2003 and 2004), each with only three episodes. The episodes themselves are approximately 90 minutes in length for about nine hours of viewing content spread across a three disc DVD set. And hopefully I don't have to mention it, but this is in French with English subtitles.

"Frank Riva" unravels as a typical crime procedural. After the initial set-up that introduces us to a complicated back story, the show falls into a more expected pattern. In each episode, there might be a peripheral crime to solve. But throughout the season, a more intricate story arc that brings Delon face to face with demons he thought he left behind 25 years ago provide more grit and character development.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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...May I have more please?
An excellent series that was off to a dubious start but caught the early stumble and roared back with well fleshed characters, a sound and plausable
story line. Better that very good direction and competent production.
Mmm. Mmm. GOOD!
Bring Frank Riva back.
By the way, M.Delon should be ashamed of looking so Damned good at his age. Gives the rest of us geezers a bad name.
Get it. You will enjoy. A LOT!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Frank Riva October 9, 2013
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This was a terrific Series!...I only wish there was more of them...It's not only a great detective story it also was a great family story...The actors are teriffic and the plot is fantastic...I really enjoyed every minute of it and would like to know if there is an equivlant to it...Watched it from beginning to end
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frank Riva September 8, 2013
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I saw this TV show while visiting San Francisco this summer. It's not available in my area, so I ordered it from Amazon. If you enjoying hearing the beautiful French language and don't mind subtitles, you'll love this French police drama. The series is captivating, and Alain Delon is quite simply gorgeous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A questionable attempt at old time crime drama... February 27, 2014
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My wife and I have been on a bit of a run with Nordic Noir dramas. I'd stumbled upon this while searching around and bought it because I knew my wife used to love Alain Delon.

We really wanted to like this series but we just couldn't. Some strange decisions were made to make this like some 80's detective production. When the sultry sax started playing all the time, we knew we were in the wrong place with this series.

There's an interesting mobster versus cop story here but between that sax and some rather stilted acting we barely made it past the first episode before just giving up. Plus, there's an actress speaking English but dubbed over in French which drove me crazy (I hate dubbing). You'd think there are plenty of female actresses in France that could be part of this production.

It's a shame because there are some great actors involved. Jacques Perrin, Philippe Leroy, and of course Alain Delon. There was a lot of potential but in the end, it just felt flat, like someone wanted to just give it a try but without really trying to make a great series. Instead, they just wanted to bring some famous French actors together and have fun making a series.

It's a personal opinion so take it with a grain of salt but I can't recommend this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Series January 30, 2014
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Delon is at his best; the plot is very good taking just the right amount of time to develop the characters. It is a pleasure to watch the twists and turns of the plot. Well worth buying and watching
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Poor Effort December 19, 2013
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This really is a pretty miserable effort: thoroughly derivative plots, bad writing, acting barely above the soap opera level, woefully unskillful direction and cutting of scenes. It seems to be little more than a vehicle for the aging Delon, who essentially walks through his role, sleeping with two women about 40 years his junior and with an obvious opportunity to sleep with two others roughly the same age. One can't help but be amused by the credits at the end of each film, which list no fewer than 8 separate assistants to Monsieur Delon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series October 28, 2013
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Riveting detective series with excellent plot lines and wonderful characters. Alain Delon is perfect for the part and of course as usual is his appealing self. The other characters in the story are woven well into the story and I highly recommend the series for those who like good detective stories withou too much gore.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Alain Delon, a class act.
It is amazing what a difference it makes having a genuine star heading the cast. It is undeniably Alain Delon’s star power that gives FRANK RIVA it’s gravitas. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Jon Wynne
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than ever
I never was a big fan of Alain Delon
but this series changed all that. I only he had made more of theses
Published 1 month ago by J. Bullock
1.0 out of 5 stars The Roar of Time
Alan Delon, who was the most gorgeous Frenchman on the planet, has aged. Not well. His face has gone south to gather in folds under his chin. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joan Elizabeth Delmonte
3.0 out of 5 stars 1st Series GREAT! 2ns Series...padded and silly.
I loved the 1st series but the 2nd runs out of steam, with a ridiculous (and poorly acted) subplot. But, Delon is great.
Published 3 months ago by Milan Simich
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mini-series
I watched all of this series on TV and I bought this DVD package for a friend. He loved it.
Published 4 months ago by Robert M. Weiner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cop show.
First-rate, off-beat cop show. Each of the six episodes is a full-length film. Delon's craggy face and sad eyes speak volumes. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Thomas F. Glick
3.0 out of 5 stars Soap Opera
I've now watched 4 episodes. I am bored. There is so much of repetition, indicating, poor directing, boring plot. There is just nothing to make me want to watch more. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Meryl M.
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