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The French Connection Blu-ray

United States
20th Century Fox | 1971 | 104 min | Rated R | Feb 24, 2009

The French Connection (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (34.60 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0
English: Dolby Digital Mono
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1

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

Discs
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Audio 3.5 of 53.5
Extras 4.3 of 54.3
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The French Connection

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The French Connection Blu-ray offers solid video and decent audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Tough-talking New York City detective Popeye Doyle and his partner uncover an international drug smuggling ring, but it's Doyle's feverish and relentless pursuit of the suspects that drives the investigation forward.

For more about The French Connection and the The French Connection Blu-ray release, see the The French Connection Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, Marcel Bozzuffi, Frederic de Pasquale
Director: William Friedkin

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The French Connection Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

The French Connection arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of 20th Century Fox in a 1080p, 1.85:1-framed transfer. The transfer is the source of much contention between Director Friedkin and Cinematographer Roizman, and hence amongst Blu-ray fans as well. Friedkin has personally approved the transfer as-seen on this disc and goes into some detail about the process of lending to the film a new color-timing that is discussed on disc two of this set in a supplement aptly entitled Color Timing 'The French Connection.' Rather than delve into any perceived strengths and weaknesses of the alterations, this review will examine only the image as seen on-screen; both the supplement noted above as well as various interview snippets available around the Internet may provide more in-depth analysis from both the director and cinematographer themselves.

The French Connection is a rough-looking film and the results generally aren't pretty; I, Robot or Baraka this is not, but what it is is a faithful reproduction of William Friedkin's now-intended look of the film. It's gritty style reflects both the era in which it was made and the shady world in which the film takes place. The French Connection features a tremendous amount of grain, an occasional spot on the print, some soft focus, minimal detail, harsh whites, and colors that bleed and offer rather unimpressive definition, Doyle's red Santa Claus suit a good example. Various segments of the film enjoy increased levels of visible detail, stronger colors that don't appear to smear quite as much, and a minimized grain field. Flesh tones look a bit pale, though they appear to be in keeping with the intended look of the film. Blacks are dark but oftentimes lend moderate crushing to many scenes. It's hard to argue against a director-approved transfer, though cinephiles may be rightly concerned that The French Connection may not appear as they remember it on Blu-ray. Nevertheless, the transfer as-is is definitely rough around the edges, just as it should be.


The French Connection Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.0 of 5

20th Century Fox unravels The French Connection on Blu-ray with both the film's monaural soundtrack as well as a lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix. The lossless mix offers a bit of improvement over the mono track, creating a wider sound field and lending more precision to the music and effects, but it's not head-and-shoulders above the single-channel track, either. The lossless 5.1 mix certainly grabs one's attention form the get-go. It blares through the speakers with alarming presence at reference volume over the opening title sequence. Adjusting the volume a bit downward, the track becomes a mostly enjoyable experience; effects pan nicely around the speakers, primarily up front. Sound effects play with decent authority, particularly gunshots. The film's climactic shootout fills the entire soundstage with the thunderous booms of shotguns and the lesser report of the snub-nosed revolvers. Ambience is also sufficient; the sounds of a noisy club -- the music and the patron's chatter -- come through with decent clarity. A subtle hiss accompanies the track. Dialogue seems a bit low in volume compared to the rest of the track. It's occasionally a strain to hear, and it doesn't match the intensity or volume of other parts of the track. The track features something of a harsh edge and lacks much in the way of fine definition. It definitely fails to encapsulate all the best features of a modern action extravaganza soundtrack, but it's certainly sufficient for what it is.


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