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.
Cool McQueen and nasty
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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