New Release: The Conversation Blu-ray

Release Date: Oct. 25, 2011
Price: Blu-ray $24.99
Studio: Lionsgate

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Gene Hackman listens in on The Conversation.

Francis Ford Coppola’s brilliant 1974 thriller The Conversation finally on Blu-ray — and we’re psyched!

The film stars Gene Hackman (Riot) as surveillance expert and wire-tapper Harry Caul, a seasoned professional with a troubled past who makes a point of keeping his head and heart far away from the projects he takes on. Unfortunately, Harry’s latest job, seemingly a routine one, turns out to be more than he bargained for when he’s caught inside a web of deceit, secrecy and murder that threatens not only his safety, but also his sanity.

A small thriller that packs a powerful punch, The Conversation was written and directed by Coppola in between The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974). Looking back now, the movies — all modern classics — are arguably the finest trio of consecutive bull’s eyes of their era.

A three-time Academy Award nominated film, (Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Sound), The Conversation co-stars Robert Duvall (Get Low), the late John Cazale (Dog Day Afternoon), Frederic Forrest (Apocalypse Now) and a young up-and-comer named Harrison Ford (Morning Glory).

Fully restored for its high definition debut, The Conversation on Blu-ray includes the following bonus features, many of them new or never before seen:

  • new interviews with Coppola and composer David Shire
  • archival footage
  • audio commentaries
  • making-of featurette
  • retrospective featurette
  • short film
  • marketing gallery


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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.