The French Connection/French Connection II Blu-ray

John Frankenheimer, 1971


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Film Details

Directed by John Frankenheimer

Produced in 1971

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - American film

Film Description

A pairing of the two 1970s narcotics movies.

In The French Connection (Friedkin, 1971), 'Popeye' Doyle (an Academy Award-winning Gene Hackman) and Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) are tough New York cops attempting to crack a drug smuggling ring. They have a small candy store under surveillance, but Doyle is not happy when he receives the order to work with a pair of French federal agents on the case, one of whom he has a long-standing feud with. Gene Hackman and director William Friedkin both earned Academy Awards for the film, which also took Best Picture. The legendary car chase and the bleak, ambiguous ending remain amongst the greatest sequences in American movies of the 1970s.

French Connection II (Frankenheimer, 1975) sees Popeye Doyle travel to Marseilles to track down Charnier, the leader of a drug smuggling ring whom he failed to capture in 'The French Connection'. Kidnapped by dealers and pumped with heroin, Doyle has to kick his new-found habit before he can set about his revenge. Considered by many as the superior film to the first.

Blu-ray Details

Certificate: 18

Publisher: 20th Century Fox

Length: 213 mins

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 widescreen

Format: Blu-ray Colour

Region: B

Released: 1st December 2008

Cat No: 2310607000

Subtitles: Subtitles (Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, German), Subtitles for hard of hearing (English)

Blu-ray Extras

  • William Friedkin Introduction
  • Audio Commentary by William Friedkin
  • Audio Commentary by Gene Hackman and Roy Schieder
  • Trivia Track
  • Isolated Score Track
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • French Connection II BD Trailer
  • Disc 2: 9 Deleted Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary by William Friedkin
  • Anatomy of a Chase
  • Hackman on Doyle
  • Friedman and Grosso remember the real French Connection
  • Scene of the Crime
  • Colour Timing The French Connection
  • Cop Jazz: The Music of Don Ellis
  • Rouge Cop: The Noir Connection
  • BBC Documentary: The Poughkeepsie Shuffle
  • Making the Connection: The Untold Stories of The French Connection
  • The French Connection II: Audio Commentary by Director John Frankenheimer
  • Audio Commentary by Gene Hackman and Producer Robert Rosen
  • Isolated Score Track
  • A Conversation with Gene Hackman
  • Frankenheimer: In Focus
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Stills Galleries.

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