The French Connection I & II (US BD) in February

Fox Home Entertainment have announced the US Blu-ray Disc release of The French Connection and its sequel French Connection II on 24th February 2009. Gene Hackman stars as iconic New York City Police Detective Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle, a man who will stop at nothing to get his man. Directed by William Friedkin, Doyle and his partner Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) work to break a narcotics smuggling ring in The French Connection. The sequel, directed by John Frankenheimer, sees Doyle head to Marseilles tracking the one drug trafficker that eluded him in the original.

Priced at $34.99 SRP each, features are detailed below…

The French Connection and French Connection II Blu-ray discs will be presented in widescreen format (1.85:1 aspect ratio) with newly mastered English 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital plus English and includes English, Spanish, French, Cantonese and Mandarin subtitles. All new special features will be presented in high-definition. Special features include:

The French Connection
Disc 1:

  • NEW HD – William Friedkin Introduction to The French Connection
  • Commentary by William Friedkin
  • Commentary by Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider
  • NEW Trivia Track
  • NEW Isolated 5.1 Score Track
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • NEW D-Box Motion Control

Disc 2:
  • NEW HD – William Friedkin Discusses Deleted Scenes
    • Tailing the Frog
    • The Whip Girl
    • Devereaux at Work
    • Mutchie’s Bar
    • Mutchie’s Bar Part 2
    • Girl on a Bicycle
    • Street Walker
    • Hector
  • NEW HD Featurette: Anatomy of a Chase
  • NEW HD Featurette: Gene Hackman on Popeye Doyle
  • NEW HD Featurette: Friedkin and Grosso Remember the Real French Connection
  • NEW HD Featurette: Scene of the Crime
  • NEW HD Featurette: Color Timing The French Connection
  • NEW HD Featurette: Cop Jazz-The Music of Don Ellis
  • NEW HD Featurette: Rogue Cop-The Noir Connection
  • BBC Documentary: The Poughkeepsie Shuffle
  • Making the Connection: The Untold Stories of The French Connection

French Connection II
  • Commentary by Director John Frankenheimer
  • NEW HD Featurette: Frankenheimer in Focus
  • NEW HD Featurette: A Conversation with Gene Hackman
  • NEW D-Box Motion Control
  • NEW HD Stills Gallery
  • NEW Isolated 5.1 Score Track

Region coding is TBC.

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