Bullitt

Bullitt

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Bullitt races to DVD with this high-octane special edition from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment that manages to put a definitive stamp on the highly regarded actioner. Also available in the Essential Steve McQueen Collection box, this two-disc set is a fantastic edition of the film in both its presentation and bonus features. With a vivid new digital…  See more details below

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Bullitt races to DVD with this high-octane special edition from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment that manages to put a definitive stamp on the highly regarded actioner. Also available in the Essential Steve McQueen Collection box, this two-disc set is a fantastic edition of the film in both its presentation and bonus features. With a vivid new digital transfer, the anamorphic 1.85:1 picture is stellar, as is the Dolby Digital Stereo soundtrack, which despite lacking the 5.1 surround option, manages to still deliver the goods on any audio system. Extra features start with the one and only Peter Yates in a director's commentary that digs deep into how his British sensibilities and commercial training were integral into what made Bullitt look and feel so different for an American production back in 1968. Two feature-length documentaries are included on the second disc, starting with the 87-minute Steve McQueen: The Essence of Cool special from Turner Classic Movies. Following his career from his days on the stage back in Greenwich Village all the way to his death in 1980, Essence tracks the original bad boy's rise to fame through family and friends and does well to shed light on the complicated actor's life. The second documentary is the 2004 Starz/Encore special The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing, which goes a long way to explain the craft that has sadly lost much of its technical brilliance through the years thanks to the specialized computer systems available today. Finally, the vintage featurette "Bullitt: McQueen's Commitment to Reality" is presented and is a welcome inclusion, thanks to the archived audio clips from the actor as he explains the complicated car chase that virtually reinvented the action-film chase scene. With the theatrical trailer rounding out the extras, the Bullitt Special Edition is a must for McQueen fans and should live on thanks to the fine work done by Warner Bros.

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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

Product Details

Release Date:
05/31/2005
UPC:
0012569705944
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:54:00
Sales rank:
21,678

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If for no other reason, &quot Bullitt&quot is a classic film because of its chase scene pitting Frank Bullitt's Highland Green 1968 Mustang GT 390 fastback against the hit men's black Dodge Charger. More than that though, &quot Bullitt&quot is a taut cop thriller pitting the honest loner cop Steve McQueen against the publicity-craving San Francisco DA Robert Vaughn who will bend every rule in the book to better his career at the expense of justice. McQueen, on the other hand, wants justice done and will stop at nothing to obtain it--Robert Vaughn be damned. Frank Bullitt is, for my money, one of Steve McQueen's best roles if not his best and clearly shows why the icon McQueen became known as the King of Cool in the sixties and seventies.
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