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  • Directors: Peter Yates
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005WX43DK

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The legendary Steve McQueen (THE TOWERING INFERNO, THE GREAT ESCAPE) stars as hard-as-nails San Francisco cop Frank Bullitt in one of his most memorable roles. Bullitt has just received what sounds like a routine assignment: keep a star witness out of sight and out of danger for 48 hours, then deliver him to the courtroom on Monday morning. But before the night is out, the witness will lie dying of shotgun wounds and Bullitt won't rest until he nabs the gunmen and the elusive underworld kingpin who hired them. From opening shot to closing shootout, fresh from his recent success with the British film, ROBBERY, director Peter Yates's edge-of-the seat thriller is packed with authentic touches--on-location San Francisco filming, crisp dialogue, and uncompromising to-the-letter police, hospital, and morgue procedures. But most realistic of all is BULLITT's celebrated car chase. McQueen, an expert automobile and motorcycle racer, does his own stunt driving as he propels his high-performance Mustang GT around and over San Francisco's fabled hills at speeds up to 115 miles an hour. The film was based on Robert L. Pike's book MUTE WITNESS.

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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Chris Mac on 28 Feb. 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Okay, lets talk about the difference between grain....and sharpness. The Blu ray transfer of this film is pin sharp,thats because the focus puller and camera man on the original film crew did a very good job and got everything in perfect focus!! The Blu Ray transfer does exemplify the characteristics of the film stock used in 1968....remember this is a film shot entirely on location in an almost semi/documentary style using film stock suited to low light levels and with a minimum use of suplementary lighting, by nature the film stock can be slightly grainy in places but that is no accident and can be considered a creative choice by the director to convey the gritty on the spot realism required. Actually in many ways this film set a trend, not just because of the car chase but the visual style and realistic/ urgent nature of the camera work spawned a slew of gritty action thrillers, (see French Connection/Blu Ray). There is no point in trying to compare the visual quality of a Blu Ray film like "Bullit" to a Blu Ray Bond film, for one thing the visual styles are so disparate as to be incomparable, Bond films present a saturated hyper reality, a high gloss to go with the high fantasy, "Bullitt" is a gritty cop thriller, it doesn't need cleaned up or made glossy like a modern film, watch it as it was intended to be, this Blu ray is good, its sharp, its clear, its grainy in places, its how it should be. I have the DVD and the Blu Ray is far superior...enjoy.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Ross P. Hyland on 21 Jan. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
There have been some pretty tough reviews concerning the picture quality of this blu ray. (I assume everyone knows the movie itself is great). I have to suggest that a direct comparison between the dvd and the blu ray shows what a massive improvement has been made. It's never going to "pop" off the screen the way some modern films do...... but the original footage was never capable of doing that. This blu ray is as good as Bullitt will ever look and it is a very big improvement over the dvd.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr O on 14 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
40 odd years later and still one of the coolest movies ever made. I suppose what makes it so damn cool (besides the presence of Steve McQueen) is the minimal dialogue but each word is meaningful to the plot and character development. So much is also conveyed in looks and expression. A marvelously constructed and tense movie with real characters. And of course THE car chase that started them all. And no CGI or special effects in sight. Just real cars with real drivers on real roads and no ludicrous near misses such as with have these days where you need to suspend all disbelief. People actually die rather than walk away from massive explosions etc only requiring a band aid and a glib one liner. Well acted and tightly directed this movie has held up really well over time. Buy it you will not be disappointed.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Oct. 2006
Format: DVD
This film demonstrates to contemporary Hollywood just how to make a superb thriller without having an explosion every 5 minutes. You know its a classic from the opening shot. Lalo Schifrin's insistent theme kicks in over the credits and the rollercoaster ride starts.

McQueen is marvellous as a Frank Bullitt a no-nonsense, and somewhat rebellious detective who is having no truck with authority. Robert Vaughn, who I've always liked, but never really rated as an actor, is excellent here as Walter Charmers (who is anything but charming!). The scenes between him and McQueen are riveting. Theres the famous car chase of course, which is great, but watching it again recently, the thing that struck me was the completely realistic Hospital scenes. Its all very clinical if you'll excuse the pun.

On disc 1:

There is a commentary by the directory Peter Hyams and a trailer.

On Disc 2:

Documentary 1 'The Cutting Edge: The Magic Of Movie Editing' narrated by Kathy Bates

Documentary 2 'Steve McQueen: The Essence Of Cool' a film about McQueen.

3 'Bullitt: Steve McQueen's Commitment To Reality'.

Of the extras the commentary is probably the best bit, but the film itself is reason alone to buy these discs.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 19 Mar. 2001
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
We all see films that stick in your mind for various reasons, the photography, acting, storyline, atmosphere, direction....Bullit has it all, I remember seeing when it was released in the late sixties and have never tired of it...it still evokes the atmosphere of the time and represented a new landmark in crime movies...the director was not afraid enhance the action of film with relaxed breathing spaces...the scene in the restaurant ( shot at a real restaurant from outside looking in) the jazz music the wondeful serene morning when Bullit parks his car and goes and buys his weeks precooked meals at the chinese grocers opposite his girlfriends apartment If only my shopping trips were so simple!!!! Mqueen superb in this roll as a laid back supercop apparently turned down the part as Dirty Harry...would that have suited him? There is, as in any good film, an excellent supporting cast especially Robert Vaughan who oozes just the right amount of sleaze, Don Gordon his sidekick and Norman Fell his boss. With the magnificent backdrop of San Francisco a stunning car-chase and the airport shoot out (copied in Heat) this film is almost perfect.
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