I was delighted with the sharp, robust, extra-clean image quality of the Fox Home Video French Connection DVD that came out in February ’05. William Friedkin‘s 1971 crime classic probably looked and sounded better than it ever had in Nixon-era theatres.

But it’s not supposed to look too good. Too much attractiveness would take away from the raw-grit vibe that Owen Roizman‘s photography tried very hard to capture as he shot in various Manhattan, Brooklyn and other-borough locales. So I’m wondering what the point is going to be of the French Connection Blu-ray disc that’ll be out on 2.24.09.

Not that I won’t buy it — I probably will, sucker than I am — but I could think of many other Fox Home Video titles that I’d rather see on Blu-ray first.