This Tuesday marks the first day in February, which
drags us out of the video release doldrums an into a
wealth of worthwhile mediocrity with a couple of true
gems thrown in for good measure.

First, the genre releases:

Now, the non-genre releases:

Finally, the pick of the week. Given the wealth of
non-genre material
out this week, it should surprise nobody that the
choice is not genre
entertainment. The
French
Connection
is a great movie that won Hackman an
Oscar. I can’t
tell if this is a rerelease of the existing edition,
or if it’s a new
single disk release, but I know I’m quite happy with
my copy of the
two disk edition. I prefer The
Conversation

for my fix of Gene Hackman making art films, but that
doesn’t mean
The French Connection isn’t great. I just
wish it didn’t
have the “where are they now” epilogue attached.