- Written by John E. Johnson, Jr.
- Published on 02 February 2009
- Movie Renter's Guide - February, 2009
- W. (Blue-ray)
- Changeling (Blu-ray)
- Miracle at St. Anna (Blu-ray)
- Eagle Eye (Blu-ray)
- Traitor (Blu-ray)
- High School Musical 3: Senior Year (Blu-ray); High School Musical Remix (Blu-ray)
- Pride and Glory (SD DVD)
- The French Connection I & II (Blu-ray)
- Ghost (Blu-ray)
- Hulk vs. Thor, Hulk vs. Wolverine (Blu-ray)
- Babylon A.D. (Blu-ray)
- Body of Lies (Blu-ray)
- Street Fighter (Blu-ray)
- Raging Bull (Blu-ray)
- Zodiac (Blu-ray)
- The Passion of the Christ (Blu-ray)
- Friday the 13th - Uncut (Blu-ray)
- The Boondock Saints (Blu-ray)
- Repo! The Genetic Opera (Blu-ray)
- All Pages
"The French Connection I & II" (Blu-ray)
NYPD Detectives Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle (Hackman) and his partner Buddy Russo (Scheider) are narcotics officers, andÂ they areÂ passionate about their jobs, going after suspects furiously.
In Part I,Â the narcotics squad gets word that aÂ huge shipment of heroin is on its way to New York. They note that a local gangster, Sal Boca (Lo Bianco), is connected to a businessman, Joel Weinstein, and follow the lead to aÂ French movie star, Henri Devereaux (de Pasquale), and French businessman,Â Alain Charnier (Rey).
They confiscate Devereaux' car that he had brought with him from France and find 120 pounds of heroin hidden inside.
So, they chase Charnier all over New York, with the finale in an abandoned warehouse. Charnier escapes.
In Part II, Doyle goes to Marseille, France, to capture Charnier and put him out of business, but the French Police, particularly Detective BarthÃ©lÃ©my (Fresson) tells Doyle that he is an observer only, and not to carry a gun. Of course, Doyle is not about to go to the most dangerous parts of the city without a weapon.
Charnier's henchmen kidnap Doyle and addict him to heroin. They see that Doyle has not really learned anything about their operation, so they give him an overdose and dump him in front of the Police Station. The police save his life, and Doyle is back on the streets again, this time burning down the hotel where Charnier had held him captive.
The climax to the story is on board a yacht, as Charnier thinks he has once again escaped capture.
- Twentieth Century Fox
- 1971,1975, Color,Â Rated R, 1 Hr 44 min, 1 Hr 59 min
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Codec: AVC @ 34.5 Mbps, 26 Mbps
- EnglishÂ 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
- StarringÂ Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, Bernard Fresson, FrÃ©dÃ©ric de Pasquale
- Directed by William Friedkin, John Frankenheimer
- Violence: Yes
- Sex: Nudity
- Language: Bad
The first film was a surprise hit, and it has one of the best car chase scenes in film history (like Steve McQueen's chase in Bullitt). It won five Academy AwardsÂ®, including Best Picture.Â Part II is not quite as good as Part I, but it still is an incredible story.
Part I is extremely grainy, but is as sharp as a razor, while Part II has no visible grain but is not as sharp. I think they applied a low-pass filter on Part II. The sound in Part II doesn't have much of a soundstage.
These include Director's Introduction, Actors' Commentary, Hackman on Doyle, Scene of the Crime, Rogue Cop: The Noir Connection, The Music of Don Ellis, and The Poughkeepsie Shuffle.