Making a sequel has got to be one of the toughest jobs there is in the movie industry.  If you’re making one, then there was at least a mediocre level of support for the characters and ideas inside of the original movie.  Now you need to take those same characters, expand them a little bit but not too much, and you need to find an idea and plot which fits those characters well and is still interesting.  That’s rough.  Now one of the great successes of that quest is available in a whole new format.

Starting this February 24th, now available on Blu-ray Disc from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment comes the sequel to one of the greatest and most intense action movies of all time.  French Connection II – Blu-ray Disc is ready to blast out of your television screen and bring a gritty and fiercely realistic slice of life into your living room.  Bring home this groundbreaking sequel today!

If you remember back to the first movie starring Popeye Doyle, there was one heroin trafficker which escaped from Popeye.  Popeye goes over to Marseilles to track him down but ends up being captured by the criminal.  The trafficker tortures him and forces him to become a heroin junkie.  Yet Popeye escapes and, with the help of French police, the chase is on again.  This classic sequel stars Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Bernard Fresson and Cathleen Nesbitt.

The special features included in this Blu-ray disc are a conversation with Gene Hackman about his involvement in this film, an optional audio commentary from actor Gene Hackman and producer Robert Rosen, another optional audio commentary from director John Frankenheimer, a look at John Frankenheimer as a director, the isolated score track from the film and still galleries of the movie.

I like this movie.  I like the extremely gritty feel it has and the way the harsh reality practically smacks you in the face.  With the drug abuse and the fallen hero, this is one of the most prevalent and successful neo noir movies we have seen in the last forty years.  It’s always enjoyable to see Gene Hackman and it was especially fantastic to see Popeye Doyle back in action again.  I had never seen this movie before I watched it in high definition and it was simply magnificent.  The picture quality is wonderful and all of the special features are great and do so much to make this movie a fantastic experience.  Bring home this movie and you will enjoy it many times over.

Get French for a second time!

This Blu-ray Disc is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet

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