Bullitt

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Just about every "lonely guy" cop flick, from Dirty Harry to Black Rain, owes a debt to Peter Yates' Bullitt, even if few of its imitators live up to the comparison. Centered by Steve McQueen's defining performance in the title role, the movie's step-by-step, "just the facts, ma'am" approach is hypnotic. Even a scene as seemingly irrelevant to the plot as McQueen shopping for TV dinners is completely transfixing. While this Warner DVD release of the stylish police procedural isn't perfect, it still stacks up ...
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Just about every "lonely guy" cop flick, from Dirty Harry to Black Rain, owes a debt to Peter Yates' Bullitt, even if few of its imitators live up to the comparison. Centered by Steve McQueen's defining performance in the title role, the movie's step-by-step, "just the facts, ma'am" approach is hypnotic. Even a scene as seemingly irrelevant to the plot as McQueen shopping for TV dinners is completely transfixing. While this Warner DVD release of the stylish police procedural isn't perfect, it still stacks up nicely when placed against the video version. The anamorphic widescreen remastering is a little uneven from scene to scene, but it shows off William Fraker's exquisite location photography. The audio track has been spruced up to Digital Dolby Surround 2.0 and Lalo Schifrin's popular jazz score sounds great; the audio work is about as good as viewers are going to get from a movie shot in 1968. The original "making of" documentary is a hoot (it's even more hardboiled than the movie), but an audio commentary from Yates, Fraker, or editor Frank Keller (who won an Academy Award for his fine work here) would have been nice. Warner has also released a collector's set DVD of Bullitt. The DVD is the same, but it comes stocked with extras such as lobby cards, the shooting script, and a movie poster. This disc is perfect for Steve McQueen fanatics.
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Special Features

Interactive menus; Production notes; Scene access; Theatrical trailer; Languages and subtitles: English, Français, and Español
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Editorial Reviews

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1968's surprisingly influential Bullitt is a precursor to the hyper-explosive action movies that ruled the box-office in the 1980s and 1990s. More immediately, it made car chases de rigueur for nearly every police film of the 1970s. Bullitt's chase scene, a roaring ten minutes up and down seemingly every hill in San Francisco, took about three weeks to shoot; along with the two in The French Connection and the more protracted one in The Road Warrior, the scene is still regarded as one of the best pursuits ever filmed. Apart from this rather dubious legacy, Bullitt is also significant for recharging the crime-thriller genre with its snappy, faux-naturalistic look. Finely stylized by director Peter Yates and editor Frank Keller who won an Oscar for his work, the film wears its gritty, urban feel on its sleeve; such an attitude would become a major hallmark of American films in the 1970s. Bullitt also elevated Steve McQueen from the status of mere star to that of worldwide superstar. The actor delivers perhaps the most consequential performance of his career as the fashionably icy title character. Brendon Hanley
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1968's surprisingly influential Bullitt is a precursor to the hyper-explosive action movies that ruled the box-office in the 1980s and 1990s. More immediately, it made car chases de rigueur for nearly every police film of the 1970s. Bullitt's chase scene, a roaring ten minutes up and down seemingly every hill in San Francisco, took about three weeks to shoot; along with the two in The French Connection and the more protracted one in The Road Warrior, the scene is still regarded as one of the best pursuits ever filmed. Apart from this rather dubious legacy, Bullitt is also significant for recharging the crime-thriller genre with its snappy, faux-naturalistic look. Finely stylized by director Peter Yates and editor Frank Keller (who won an Oscar for his work), the film wears its gritty, urban feel on its sleeve; such an attitude would become a major hallmark of American films in the 1970s. Bullitt also elevated Steve McQueen from the status of mere star to that of worldwide superstar. The actor delivers perhaps the most consequential performance of his career as the fashionably icy title character.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/1997
  • UPC: 012569102927
  • Original Release: 1968
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan / Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve McQueen Frank Bullitt
Robert Vaughn Chalmers
Jacqueline Bisset Cathy
Don Gordon Delgetti
Robert Duvall Weissberg
Simon Oakland Capt. Bennett
Norman Fell Baker
Justin Tarr Eddy
Carl Reindel Stanton
Felice Orlandi Rennick
Vic Tayback Pete Ross
Ed Peck Wescott
John Aprea Killer
Georg Stanford Brown Dr. Willard
Joanna Cassidy
Al Checco Desk Clerk
Charles Dorsett Airport counterperson
Paul Genge Mike
Bill Hickman Phil
Robert Lipton First Aide
Pat Renella John Ross
Suzanne Somers
Technical Credits
Peter Yates Director
Albert Brenner Art Director
Phil D'Antoni Producer
Phillip D'Antoni Producer
Bud Ekins Stunts
William A. Fraker Cinematographer
John K. Kean Sound/Sound Designer
Frank Keller Editor
Harry Kleiner Screenwriter
Robert E. Relyea Executive Producer, Producer
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer
Alan R. Trustman Screenwriter
Theadora Van Runkle Costumes/Costume Designer
Tim Zinnemann Asst. Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Jump to a Scene
1. Marked Man [6:39]
2. Bullitt's Wakeup Call [2:07]
3. Chalmers' Important Job [7:09]
4. Cathy: At Work and Play [3:50]
5. The Hit [7:12]
6. The Hospital [6:14]
7. Chalmers Calls the Shots [3:53]
8. "Our Man's in the Hospital" [6:04]
9. Cardiac Arrest [6:29]
10. Chalmers: "Nail Him" [4:48]
11. Trail of a Hit Man [5:51]
12. Chalmers Serves a Writ [2:10]
13. Eddie's Information [2:38]
14. High-Speed Chase [10:36]
15. Bullitt's Report [3:23]
16. Death in San Mateo [2:52]
17. Bullitt's World [2:40]
18. Telltale Luggage [5:00]
19. Dead Man's Identity [3:03]
20. The Airport: No Compromises [6:49]
21. Dodging Jets and Bullets [12:13]
22. The Face in the Mirror [1:47]
Side #2 -- Standard
0. Jump to a Scene
1. Marked Man [6:39]
2. Bullitt's Wakeup Call [2:07]
3. Chalmers' Important Job [7:09]
4. Cathy: At Work and Play [3:50]
5. The Hit [7:12]
6. The Hospital [6:14]
7. Chalmers Calls the Shots [3:53]
8. "Our Man's in the Hospital" [6:04]
9. Cardiac Arrest [6:29]
10. Chalmers: "Nail Him" [4:48]
11. Trail of a Hit Man [5:51]
12. Chalmers Serves a Writ [2:10]
13. Eddie's Information [2:38]
14. High-Speed Chase [10:36]
15. Bullitt's Report [3:23]
16. Death in San Mateo [2:52]
17. Bullitt's World [2:40]
18. Telltale Luggage [5:00]
19. Dead Man's Identity [3:03]
20. The Airport: No Compromises [6:49]
21. Dodging Jets and Bullets [12:13]
22. The Face in the Mirror [1:47]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Widescreen
   Select Languages
      Soundtracks: English
      Soundtracks: Français
      Soundtracks: Español
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
         Steve McQueen
            Film Highlights
         Jacqueline Bisset
            Film Highlights
         Don Gordon
            Film Highlights
         Robert Duvall
            Film Highlights
         Simon Oakland
            Film Highlights
         Norman Fell
            Film Highlights
         Robert Vaughn
            Film Highlights
         Alan R. Trustman
         Harry Kleiner
            Film Highlights
         Peter Yates
            Film Highlights
      On Location
      Awards
      Theatrical Trailer
      Bullitt: Steve McQueen's Commitment to Reality
   Reel Recommendations
      By Actor
      By Genre
   Return to the Movie
Side #2 -- Standard
   Select Languages
      Soundtracks: English
      Soundtracks: Français
      Soundtracks: Español
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
         Steve McQueen
            Film Highlights
         Jacqueline Bisset
            Film Highlights
         Don Gordon
            Film Highlights
         Robert Duvall
            Film Highlights
         Simon Oakland
            Film Highlights
         Norman Fell
            Film Highlights
         Robert Vaughn
            Film Highlights
         Alan R. Trustman
         Harry Kleiner
            Film Highlights
         Peter Yates
            Film Highlights
      On Location
      Awards
      Theatrical Trailer
      Bullitt: Steve McQueen's Commitment to Reality
   Reel Recommendations
      By Actor
      By Genre
   Return to the Movie
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    GREATEST CHASE EVER

    The greatest chase scene ever produced in a movie. Great stars good story. Ford releases this Mustang every 10 years and only in those years do they use that color green.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BULLITT

    The movie that made MCQueen, singlehandedly, an international star.A lot can be said for the direction, cinematography, music score, and unparalleled car chase sequence...never mind the confusing storyline, what makes this picture work and sets it apart from all other cop films is the mood of the film is set by the MCQueen presence. Whenever on screen your eyes are glued to him, not taking anything away from Ms.Bisset's charms. Police everywhere emulated his turtleneck look, when this film was released, and even today, a '68 Mustang fastback and San Francisco seem synonymous. Even if your taste doesn't salivate for cop films this is the one to see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    McQueen in a roll that fit him like a glove!

    There are good cops, there are bad cops, and then there's Bullitt. McQueen gives a wonderful performance as Lt. Frank Bullitt. For his own good Walter Chalmers(Robert Vaughn) wants Jonny Ross to testify against his mob buddies. So he assigned the best cop on the force, Bullitt, to watch over him and keep him alive. But someone else has other plans and Jonny Ross ends up in the hospital, critically wounded. Chalmers, just wanting to blame someone, tells Bullitt that it is his fault, and that he could prove negliegence on Bullitt's part. Bullitt decides to take matters into his own hands, not caring if he stays with in the rules or not, and go after his slim leads. One of these leads ends up as, I still think, the best car chase in history. A great movie for all. I like the dvd edition best because it has the better picture quality and sound. Steve McQueen is a great actor and this movie was one of his best. Steve McQueen will always be known as the King of Cool and this movie, a classic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    McQUEEN STYLE, McQUEEN COOL

    Despite the gaudy pasiey print pajamas, this is McQueen style and cool all the way! A film of tight suspense featuring the first great cinematic car chase. It would spawn countless others of the Phil D'Antoni school of speed. Why didn't Don Gordon become a bigger star?

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