Bullitt's dramatic pursuit through the San Francisco streets is the quintessential movie car chase. It's still as exciting today as it was when filmed 30 years ago. And, it's not overly long or over the top. You can smell the San Francisco streets under Peter Yates crisp direction.
     Steve McQueen, of course, is the big kahuna in Bullitt. McQueen's cool is perfectly suited to the rebellious detective Frank Bullitt. Similar stories about witnesses in protective custody has been done in the intervening years, but this one's simple and straight forward. Robert Vaughn's ambitious bureaucrat may be slightly unctuous, but compared to screen heavies these days, he's a smoothie.

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Cool McQueen and nasty Vaughn. ©Warner

   The Warner DVD uses relatively good elements for the transfer. Colors are less vital than I would like and there are scenes that have excess grain, but generally, Bullitt looks good. The anamorphic 1.85 transfer serves the film well, providing maximum detail. The Dolby Digital 2-channel sound is fine.


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