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Bullshot [DVD]

4.3 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Actors: Alan Shearman, Diz White, Ron House, Frances Tomelty, Michael Aldridge
  • Directors: Dick Clement
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Optimum Home Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Feb. 2010
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002VD5S2O
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Alan Shearman, Mel Smith, Billy Connolly and Ron Pember star in this spoof of British pulp hero Bulldog Drummond. Dashing Captain Hugh 'Bullshot' Crummond (Shearman) is a WWI ace fighter pilot, Olympic athlete, racing driver, part-time sleuth and all round spiffing chap who must put his incredible talents to the test and save the world from his wartime adversary, the dastardly Count Otto van Bruno (Ronald E. House).

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This is a really great film. Apparently the critics seemed to hate it, but this can only be a result of them possessing a rather different sense of humour from mine. Perhaps they thought it was meant to be serious.
Bulldog Drummond was a James Bond type of UK hero in the pre Second World War (and after) era. He was a bit less naughty than James and was a pipe-smoking wholesome fellow who had fought in the First World War.
Captain Hugh "Bullshot" Crummond is a parody of him. The hero appears to have amazing sang froid ("Fear? Sorry, I don't know the meaning of the word"), and is very well-intentioned, but alas does seem to make some rather serious mistakes (he was an officer in the trenches in the First World War and caused enormous casualties and injuries to his men due to his carelessness. Billy Connolly plays one of them - the blinded Hawkeye MacGillicuddy).
A number of other familiar actors and actresses appear and seem to have a lot of fun. The female lead, Diz White, and Bullshot's mate Binkie are really gormless. Bullshot's valet is the perfect embodiment of a gentleman's gentleman. The German villain, Von Bruno, is really evil and his female partner is after poor old Bullshot's body (we are led to believe that he is apparently rather well endowed in the courting tackle department, although the filming is fortunately very decorous).
I would have to admit that it is a little hammed up perhaps..........
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Very, very funny or purile and stupid - there's no halfway house.

However, did they take the 4:3 original and convert it to widescreen by chopping the top and bottom of the frame off, along with peoples heads?

I'll dig out my VHS copy to check. If so, why didn't they just leave it as 4:3?
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I remember Bullshot from seeing it on Channel 4 years ago. The jokes are still as good, the tone and the overall style of the thing are irresistable. But when you can't see the heads of most of the cast, due to the appalling formatting of the thing, it becomes not only a waste of money, but a tragic way of killing a good film. It feels as though you are watching it through a shop window, staring at someone else's TV. This was a classic film, a lovely British comedy of the first rank, and the producers of this DVD have destroyed it.
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I've just received the bargain priced 2010 Optimum Home Entertainment release of "Bullshot" and thankfully it is in 4:3, preserving the maximum amount of original screen detail. It is apparent how damaging it would be to crop this version down to 16:9, so I understand all those who have written about their disappointment with the 16:9 Anchor Bay edition.

Unfortunately the Amazon system lumps all the review comments for each edition together, so it's important to note that the 2010 Optimum edition is probably closest to what we would have seen in the cinema. Bullshot was not a widescreen film. The Optimum Home Entertainment edition is fullscreen 4:3 for the main feature, but includes a letterboxed aspect ratio to display all of the detail in the opening and closing credits.

The colour and contrast of the Optimum edition are excellent and all round it is a very good transfer from film. For about 10 years I had already owned an Australian "Rainbow Entertainment" edition, but it was clearly a simple transfer from VHS - with washed out colours and severe ghosting. So I am very happy to now have an edition which does this unique and hilarious film due justice.
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Its a very funny film from the "Handmade" stable - but the quality of the DVD is very poor - they must have got the Telekine wrong as they have managed to cut the heads of the actors - there is also a intermitant scratch half way through and toward the end, I think maybe the "production company" got there hands on a old cinema copy and did a quicke copy to dvd for the UK market, Maybe a DVD from the USA would be better?

It also appears quite grainy and not very sharp in it picture quality.

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My entire family love this film and quote it constantly. It has a supporting cast that is almost a who's who of eighties British comedy and it never fails to make me laugh out loud, despite having seen it dozens of times. It's a particularly British comedy, updating PG Woodhouse farce to eighties anarchy, but I challenge anyone not to find some parts of it funny.

Quick Synopsis

Hugh "Bullshot" Crummond is the greatest living Brit. He Rows for Britain, he takes part in virtually every event at the Olympics, he won the war single handedly, men want to be like him and women want to be with him. Or, at least, that is the public percption. Whilst he is, indeed, a remarkable man, he is also a bumbling bafoon.

Professor Fenton has invented a new fuel that will make Britain a force once more. However, Crummond's arch nemesis, the Baron, has stolen it and the professor and so Crummond, with the help of Fenton's besotted daughter, sets out to retrieve the formula and save the world.

In the process he encounters old chums such as Hawkeye MacAdey (Billy Connely), his former lookout but now, sadly, blind after an accident involving Crummond, and "Lofty" Crouch Mel Smith), formerly a striking 6 footer but now somewhat shorter since Bullshot ran him over in a tank.

To give an idea of the humour involved, the opening scene sees our Hero involved in an aerial dog fight with his arch-enemy. As Bullshot closes in for the kill, he notices the machine gun of his rival's focker fighter-plane is jammed and so "Not being of the breed to take advantage of an unarmed man, Crummond pulls alongside to salute a worthy adversary. However, the events you are about to witness would never have occured, had he finished off that Focker in the first place".

It's a classic!
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