Disc One includes an up-front Fox ad, two audio commentary tracks (one by director William Friedkin; the other by actors Roy Scheider and Gene Hackman), and THX Optimode. Disc Two includes a stills gallery, seven deleted scenes, a making-of documentary, a BBC documentary, and a documentary in which Friedkin discusses the deleted scenes. There are also trailers for both French Connection movies.
Also available in a French Connection/French Connection II double feature DVD set ($39.98)
The French Connection swept the 1971 Academy Awards
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits a dated picture, but one that is quite sharp, with good contrast. Colors are well balanced, with generally accurate fleshtones, and endless blacks. The source element is revealing of artifacts and film grain. Edge enhancement can be obtrusive at times. The LaserDisc (Issue 20), by comparison, is totally undefined with limited contrast. (Suzanne Hodges)
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