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French Connection II Blu-ray

United States
20th Century Fox | 1975 | 119 min | Rated R | Feb 24, 2009

French Connection II (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (23.78 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: Dolby Digital Mono (Original) (224 kbps)
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono (224 kbps)
French: Dolby Digital Mono

Subtitles
English, Spanish, Mandarin (Simplified), Mandarin (Traditional)

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)
D-Box

Playback
Region A (B, C untested)

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Blu-ray rating
Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 3.1 of 53.1
Extras 2.8 of 52.8
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Crime49%
Thriller38%
Action1%

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French Connection II

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French Connection II Blu-ray delivers great video and decent audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

Gene Hackman returns as hard-boiled New York narcotics cop Popeye Doyle in the sequel to the Oscar-winning 'The French Connection'. Still on the trail of heroin kingpin Charnier (Fernando Rey), whom he's dubbed Frog One, Doyle heads for Marseilles. On arrival, his aggressive ugly-American persona alienates French inspector Barthelmy (Bernard Fresson), and his limited ability to speak French doesn't help. Frustrated by Barthelmy's lack of progress, he slips his assigned police protection and goes looking for Frog One on his own. He's soon captured by Charnier's minions, who lock him in a fleabag hotel and shoot him up repeatedly with free samples of their product until Doyle is completely addicted. Charnier uses the detective's narcotized state to interrogate him and is surprised to find that he's virtually ignorant about his operation. The disdainful Charnier has him dumped in front of police headquarters, and Barthemy arranges for him to be put in isolation. Doyle undergoes the lengthy, grueling ordeal of quitting heroin cold turkey while his desperation to capture Charnier builds inside him. Hackman's brilliant performance highlights this somewhat overlooked sequel; Claude Renoir's camera fully captures the squalor of the milieu, and Frankenheimer engineers a harrowing final chase.

For more about French Connection II and the French Connection II Blu-ray release, see French Connection II Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Bernard Fresson, Jean-Pierre Castaldi, Philippe Léotard, Ed Lauter
Director: John Frankenheimer

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French Connection II Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

French Connection II debuts on Blu-ray with a fine 1080p, 1.85:1-framed transfer. Like that of its predecessor, this film's transfer offers viewers some bleak imagery that lacks in fine definition and eye-popping colors, though much of the film offers a far more vibrant and natural appearance than the over-processed, grim, and terribly grainy appearance of the last film. There is a fair amount of detail to be enjoyed here, and colors are more stable and natural. Some scenes absolutely sparkle. Doyle's arrival in Marseilles, for instance, is bright and clean, with minimal grain, strong colors, detailed foregrounds and backgrounds, and overall pleasing-on-the-eye imagery. Various rough surfaces, for instances the small room in which Doyle recovers from his addiction, reveal the lines and texture of stone walls nicely. Blacks are deeper here, and flesh tones are generally solid. The transfer does see plenty of grain, though it is not nearly as prominent as that seen in the previous film, but this transfer does see more in the way of speckles over the print. French Connection II rates as another quality catalogue transfer from Fox.


French Connection II Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.0 of 5

20th Century Fox brings French Connection II to Blu-ray with the expected DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless soundtrack, in addition to a monaural presentation. Like the soundtrack accompanying The French Connection, dialogue is sometimes difficult to make out, either lost under effects or just not presented with adequate volume at reference levels in relation to the remainder of the mix. The track never strays very far from the center channel; sound effects are mostly unimpressive, and even scenes that would seem to call for an obvious flow of sound from one channel to another remain focused in the middle of the soundstage. An explosion in chapter six during a police raid is uninspired at best with little in the way of an authoritative punch. Even a major shootout sequence about three-quarters of the way through the film offers minimal sonic impact; it's loud but hardly aggressive, adequate but not at all memorable from an audio standpoint. Generally, the lossless mix enjoys a bit more clarity than the one-channel track, but that's all.



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