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M*A*S*H/Patton/The French Connection/The Poseidon Adventure [4 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Access 3-D views and schematics of the ship as you watch the film!
  • Audio commentary by Francis Ford Coppola
  • Audio commentary by director Ronal Neame
  • Commentary by director Robert Altman
  • Director's commentary by William Friedkin
  • Full-length audio commentary by stars Pamela Sue Martin, Stella Stevens and Carol Lynley
  • Hollywood backstories: M*A*S*H
  • Interactive "follow the escape" feature
  • Introduction by Francis Ford Coppola
  • M*A*S*H:
  • Original theatrial trailer
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Patton:
  • Scene-specific commentary by Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider
  • Still gallery
  • The French Connection:
  • The Poseidon Adventure:
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

The French Connection
This gritty, fast-paced, and innovative police drama earned five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay (written by Ernest Tidyman), and Best Actor (Gene Hackman). Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle (Hackman) and his partner, Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider), are New York City police detectives on narcotics detail, trying to track down the source of heroin from Europe into the United States. Suave Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey) is the French drug kingpin who provides a large percentage of New York City's dope, and Pierre Nicoli (Marcel Bozzuffi) is a hired killer and Charnier's right-hand man. Acting on a hunch, Popeye and Buddy start tailing Sal Boca (Tony Lo Bianco) and his wife, Angie (Arlene Faber), who live pretty high for a couple whose corner store brings in about 7,000 dollars a year. It turns out Popeye's suspicions are right -- Sal and Angie are the New York agents for Charnier, who will be smuggling 32 million dollars' worth of heroin into the city in a car shipped over from France. The French Connection broke plenty of new ground for screen thrillers; Popeye Doyle was a highly unusual "hero," an often violent, racist, and mean-spirited cop whose dedication to his job fell just short of dangerous obsession. The film's high point, a high-speed car chase with Popeye tailing an elevated train, was one of the most viscerally exciting screen moments of its day and set the stage for dozens of action sequences to follow. And the film's grimy realism (and downbeat ending) was a big change from the buff-and-shine gloss and good-guys-always-win heroics of most police dramas that preceded it. The French Connection was inspired by a true story, and Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso, Popeye and Buddy's real life counterparts, both have small roles in the film. A sequel followed four years later. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

The Poseidon Adventure
The Poseidon is an ocean liner charting its course on New Year's Eve. Just after midnight, Captain Harrison (Leslie Nielsen) spots the mother of all tidal waves. It is the last thing that Harrison and practically everyone else onboard sees before drowning -- the Poseidon is turned upside down, with only a handful of survivors. The ten lucky ones -- including Mike Rogo (Ernest Borgnine), Linda Rogo (Stella Stevens), Acres (Roddy McDowall), Belle Rosen (Shelley Winters), and Manny Rosen (Jack Albertson) -- led by no-nonsense minister Frank Scott (Gene Hackman), desperately attempt to climb from the top of the ship (now submerged) to the bottom (now "the top"). The film's theme song, "The Morning After," sung by Maureen McGovern, earned an Oscar. In addition, The Poseidon Adventure received the Special Achievement Award for Special Effects; L.B. Abbott and A.D. Flowers were the recipients. A sequel, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, came out in 1979. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Patton
Now, the 7-time Academy-award-winning epic drama about legendary general George S. Patton is available in an exclusive Metalpak case. In this stirring portrait of an American original, the polarizing and uncompromising Patton (George C. Scott) rouses the troops to combat the advancing Nazi front in the Mediterranean and European theaters, paving the way for Allied victory in World War II. ~ Violet LeVoit, Rovi

M*A*S*H

Cast & Crew

  • Gene Hackman
    Gene Hackman - Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle
  • Fernando Rey
    Fernando Rey - Alain Charnier
  • Roy Scheider
    Roy Scheider - Buddy Russo
  • Tony Lo Bianco
    Tony Lo Bianco - Sal Boca
  • Marcel Bozzuffi
    Marcel Bozzuffi - Pierre Nicoli
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