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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pin sharp, gritty transfer, as it should be
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three of the best from McQueen - but no-frills editions
This set includes three of Steve McQueen's best audience pictures - but be warned that this release is pretty much barebones compared to the special editions of all three titles that have subsequently been released.

The Towering Inferno is still the daddy of all the 70s disaster movies, even if time has taken the edge off some of the special effects and...
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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pin sharp, gritty transfer, as it should be, 28 Feb 2010
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This review is from: Bullitt [Blu-ray] [1968] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
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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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it will ever look, 21 Jan 2010
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Ross P. Hyland "ross_hyland" (Stanwell Tops, N.S.W. Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bullitt [Blu-ray] [1968] [Region Free] (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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Magic, 11 Oct 2006
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S J Buck (Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
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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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a joyride, 19 Mar 2001
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Richard (Axminster, Devon United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bullitt [1968] [DVD] (DVD)
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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On Target!, 17 July 2002
This review is from: Bullitt [1968] [DVD] (DVD)
Although at the time, he was still reeling from the after-effects of doing "The Thomas Crown Affair", here star Steve McQueen gave what was possibly the best performance of his life and career, and one that has matured all the more with the passing of time.
"Bullitt", released in 1968, is a very neat, clipped and stylish thriller which, although the basic plot ia little weak, does not detract from this. Known for "that car chase", where McQueen carves up San Francisco in pursuit of a hot rodding black Pontiac
, the actual story focuses on a police operation to guard a mafioso before he gives evidence against his friends in the mob, which goes wrong. McQueen as Detecive Frank Bullitt is as always, clipped and razor-sharp, letting his senses tell half of the story for him. He's excellent, his casting is perfect. Also on board is Robert Vaughn, himself in excellent form as a scheming politician, and Jackie Bissett as Frank's love interest.
No its not the best thriller ever made, but frame for frame it is good.
Now you too have the chance to own this classic on DVD, restored in widescreen and with renewed picture clarity and a a good selection of extras to make this one wicked addition to your collection. If you never buy another McQueen film, buy this one, you will not be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three of the best from McQueen - but no-frills editions, 10 April 2009
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This set includes three of Steve McQueen's best audience pictures - but be warned that this release is pretty much barebones compared to the special editions of all three titles that have subsequently been released.

The Towering Inferno is still the daddy of all the 70s disaster movies, even if time has taken the edge off some of the special effects and rendered the fashions and décor more frightening than the pyrotechnics. It's also the blueprint for Die Hard, which borrows many of its key setpieces almost verbatim - the trapped party guests, the hero crawling around at the top of a seemingly endless lift shaft, the chopper exploding on the roof, the explosion that unleashes a deluge on the building - while scaling down the all-star cast and adding gunplay to the mix. As a rule in the genre, movie stars survive, TV stars die, but it's not ironclad here, although the probability of death does seem directly correlated to the amount of screen time a character gets.

It's a lavishly mounted affair and, unlike the Glass Tower itself, beautifully constructed. Stirling Silliphant's script sets up the characters (although some, like Robert Vaughn, end up sidelined completely for most of the film) and the premise so efficiently that you barely notice it's 36 minutes before anyone even notices the fire, while the survival (or otherwise) set pieces are well-staged and show some imagination - particularly the scenic elevator scene. If with recent history it may seem a tad tasteless to say it, the film is Hollywood enough to enjoy as an old-fashioned survival story/disaster movie and at least doesn't dodge the bullet of the main characters' complicity in the corner-cutting that results in the disaster - even Newman's supposedly idealistic architect takes the blame for his inaction in preventing it.

Unlike Fox's 2-disc NTSC edition, this release only includes the original trailer as an extra.

The car chase in Bullitt may seem a bit less impressive than it once did because filmmakers have been trying to top it for the best part of four decades. More of a cat-and-mouse game than a demolition derby, its overshadowed by the film's other action setpieces - a murder in a safe house, a tense chase in a hospital and a great airport finale that Michael Mann ripped off wholesale in Heat. A beautifully constructed star vehicle for Steve McQueen at his best, it's pretty much the prototype for every Hollywood cop movie that followed, but benefits from good casting (Robert Vaughn, Jacqueline Bisset, Don Gordon, Simon Oakland, Robert Duvall), better characterisation than the norm and a low key approach from director Peter Yates that makes the highs seem a lot more effective than they should. The plot's not bad either, with Lalo Schifrin contributing a cool score and Pablo Ferra a terrific main title sequence.

Unlike the 2-disc set, this release only includes the trailer and a 1968 featurette about the making of the film.

One of the many things that gives 1972's The Getaway the edge over its now almost-forgotten remake is that, unlike Alec Baldwin, Steve McQueen doesn't act like a movie star - he is a movie star. From the days when cool was what you were, not what you wore or owned, the plot itself is nothing special: Steve McQueen's bank robber is sprung from jail to pull a job with wife Ali MacGraw and has to hightail it to Mexico with both the relentless double-crossing Al Lettieri and numerous Texas mobsters in hot pursuit. Like most chase thrillers, you've seen it before: it's what Peckinpah does with it that counts, and Peckinpah does plenty. Most of Peckinpah's usual trademarks can be found in the margins, from children's fascination with violence to the Hellfire and brimstone preacher whose radio sermon goes unheard, and the action scenes are superbly staged - especially the hotel shootout and the lovingly filmed shooting up of a police car - but just as importantly he keeps a clear focus on his characters. The film's emotional terrain is as harsh as the barren landscape the ensuing chase is set against, with the odds on McQueen and MacGraw's marriage making it just as touch-and-go as whether they will make it across the border in one piece, their road to possible marital redemption through ordeal mirrored with the fast-track to Hell that hostage couple Sally Struthers and Jack Dodson take chauffeuring Lettieri's perverse wounded animal on their trail.

It's probably Sam Peckinpah's last truly successful film before self-indulgence, laziness and too much booze and drugs took their toll on his work. True, it's a purely commercial piece that has none of the personal passion that drove The Wild Bunch or The Ballad of Cable Hogue, but it's put together with a level of genuine artistry that's way above the norm for the genre: the editing of the first twenty minutes alone, with its freeze-frames and non-linear structure, is remarkably adventurous and successful. Both perfectly representing the state of mind and frustration and disorientation of McQueen's character in a way that is both complex and yet entirely accessible and transforming what could have been bog-standard exposition into something much more memorable, it's strikingly effective. Far more entertaining than it has any right to be.

(On an incidental note, although Walter Hill claimed that little of his screenplay made it to the screen (the bleak ending of Jim Thompson's novel is replaced by a much sweeter and more optimistic one), it's interesting to note how much of the film he would rework in his own The Driver, from the destruction of a car in a key setpiece to the train sequence with a very (un)lucky bagman.)

No extras at all on this title.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray-MacQueen Would Approve, 18 Jun 2011
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B. Ying (Hong Kong, SAR) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bullitt [Blu-ray] [1968] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
I agree with the 2 reviewers who gave favorable comments on the quality of this Blu-Ray transfer.
It is not appropriate to have pristine super sharp picture and saturated color quality for all Blu-Ray
DVDs.
For this particular film, the quality of the transfer was very good and appropriate for this gritty and superior
police film from the late 60's with one of the best performances by Steve MacQueen.
At the end of the famous car chase sequence I felt dizzy as if I was driving the car.
It ranks one of the 3 top crime films from that era.
The other 2 are 'Dirty Harry' and 'The French Connection'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still cool, 14 Oct 2009
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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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool!, 11 Aug 2005
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Amazingly, I'd never seen this film before, though I've enjoyed listening to the soundtrack for many years.
I'd heard all sorts of stories about the film: "no story", "just a car chase" and "looks good, but no substance", but I was more than pleasantly surprised on how much I enjoyed it. I must admit the car chase was shorter than I'd hoped it would be, but overall the film was great from start to finish.
It looked superb and I can see where George Clooney's "Ocean" films got the look from. The supporting cast was great too, Robert Vaughn and Jacqueline Bissett both being superb in their respective roles.
As for Mr McQueen himself. Has anyone looked cooler? I doubt it.
Five stars.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu Ray transfer ?, 7 Feb 2010
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F. D. Menice (U.K) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bullitt [Blu-ray] [1968] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
This film is brilliant ! Being a Steve McQueen fan i wanted to buy this on Blu Ray. The very first opening scene is a shot from a high building and on Blu Ray was terrible (old film i suppose) which made me think "oh no" BUT moving on into the film i was quite surprised by the transfer, it is actually very good ! Im not gonna go into Blu Ray jargon as i dont know too much ! but given its age it is very clear and the audio is also very good. There are also lots of extras on the disc which in turn i would say make it a good buy if you like this film...
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