“The Connection” is a modern French take on that nasty heroin epidemic they had going on through the 60s and 70s. What I appreciate about this film is the push to show the emotional tolls of the War on Drugs. Jean Dujardin plays our lead who is doing the right thing. But, he’s losing his family due to the time spent stopping the heroin trade. While there’s always the next drug lord to arrest, when can he make time for his family?

The cool, reserved nature of the film seems to play like a Michael Mann film. But, Mann films never try to tug at the heart like this one. That being said, the film does get personal with the criminal action. Much of the film is shot handheld and close to action, as they want to draw you into the conflict. It’s not that out of place anymore, but it’s still neat.

The Blu-Ray comes with a nearly feature length documentary, deleted scenes, a digital copy and a booklet as the special features. The A/V Quality is on par with past Drafthouse releases. The 1080p transfer is reserved, but supportive for the film. The same goes for the DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

Release Date: 9/29/15

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