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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), French (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003INBNOS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,208 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By J. F. Cramer on March 28, 2002
Format: DVD
This package includes both The French Connection and its sequel, and movies don't get any better than this. Here, you get to see two great directors handle the character of Popeye Doyle and the cinematic presentation of the film(s) in two completely different ways.
Friedkin created more of an off-beat cop thriller that made people think. Instead of the shoot-em-up approach that the second one made, the original takes a more logical step to the action. Some of the action isn't even shooting; it's mainly verbal. Friedkin's setting for the movie is dark, gritty, and perfect for the movie. There are no lush sets; only the cold and pain of the city, which creates an unbeatable realistic tone for the whole film. The movie grabbed 5 oscars, most notably best actor for Gene Hackman. His performance is legendary, testing the difference between cop and crook and how much it takes to cross the line. His partner, acted out by Roy Scheider, is great, too. He plays more of the cautionary cop, holding back Doyle when he's about to explode.
The sequel, I thought, is even better. Gene Hackman's performance is stepped up considerably, and Marseille is just as good as a setting as New York was in the original. The set pieces fit in perfectly, creating many memorable scenes. In one scene, Doyle is randomly pooring gasoline all over an urban apartment building, yelling "The exterminator is here!" He soon sets it on fire, killing two of his many enemies. Other great scenes consist of Doyle relentlessly trying to make commuication wih the french and him trying to get hooked off of heroin. The action is this movie is a lot less subtle than the first; director Frankenheimer creates grisly shootouts in shipyards and heroin processing plants, all of which add as much to the film as the chase did in the first.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Slowwit Billy on October 1, 2001
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Billy Friedkin's film is the most influential crime thriller since film noir. Look at the cop shows on TV today. Bocchco and Wolf would be lost without this as a model. It set the tone for Hollywood in the 70's and stands up today with it's great acting, terrific dialogue, and charcter driven action. On a personal level I saw this movie at the ripe age of 9 at a drive-in with my parents. This film was the movie that made me fall in love with movies. For that I am forever grateful to Friedkin, D'Antoini, Hackman and Company.
The bonuses on this DVD package are terrific. Mark Kermode's BBC documentary is as good as the one he did on "The Exorcist" and Friedkin's commentary on the film itself is informative and entertaining. The lost scenes are interesting if you're a fan of the film and a fan of Friedkin the director.It is instructive to watch an extended scene, such as the one in the hotel lobby, that lasts 2 or 3 minutes on film in the outtake last only a few seconds in the finished film, yet all the information that is communicated in the longer scene is in the finished product without stopping the pacing and it allows the audience to fill in the blanks. Even while being pushed along on a viseral high the audience is using their heads. I always felt this was Friedkin's strentgh as a filmmaker, telling a lot of information visually and quickly, even if the audience doesn't catch on at first.
This package also contains John Frankenheimers underrated sequel that isn't based on fact put is purely a fictional account of Popeye Doyle in France. Frankenheimers commentary is also worth listening to as he speaks of his admiration for the first film and desire to stay loyal to the style Friedkin developed(what urban crime film of the 70s didn't?).
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sheriff Buford T. Justice on January 21, 2011
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Films from the 1970s have a unique quality that will, in all likelihood, never be replicated. The French Connection certainly has the qualities that make it one of my all time favorites. Footage throughout the film of New York City are obviously authentic from run down tenement housing right down to dirty dank streets. Gene Hackman plays "Popeye" Doyle as the cop hell bent on tracking down Alain Charnier, the largest heroin supplier to North America. There are no computer generated images in this film and the few special effects there are will keep you at the edge of your seat, including the famous car chase. The film stands out by simply being what it is not; antiseptic, politically correct, apologetic and pretentious. The French Connection II is not as technically challenging as the first film. Gene Hackman is the man of the hour here, and parts of the film seem to drag on. The end of the film is quite dramatic as the Frenchman finally gets his comeuppance.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Flickstein on September 12, 2010
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The original French Connection is a grippingly uncomfortable story of parasitic individuals attempting to prey on the weak. They are intercepted by a common policeman fanatic about his duty. The movie is both sickening and heart-pounding, with the greatest car chase ever. Gene Hackman is amazing in the lead role. Roy Scheider is not too shabby either. Fernando Rey and Tony LoBianco are also standouts. French Connection II, other than being a Hackman tour-de-force, is reasonable entertainment. But the plot is contrived and not easy to swallow. The intentional discomfort level from the first film follows into the second, which helps the film's ability to maintain attention. The first film is five stars only because it is the maximum allowable. The second merits only three stars, and maybe another half for Hackman's performance. The guy is always terrific.
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