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Bullitt: Special Edition (2 Discs)

Featuring: Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn & Jacqueline Bisset

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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  Classic McQueen

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The original and best film car chase. Brilliant cinematoography and a wonderfully understated cool performance from McQueen.

  STEVE MCQUEEN IS THE KING OF COOL.

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how cool can one be? with his brown corduroy suit, blue poloneck sweater and outstanding stunt driving through the streets of san francisco, steve mcqueen simply exudes style. lalo schifrin's jazzy soundtrack is as cool as mcqueen's icy blue eyes and iaconic performance as lieutenant frank bullitt. a rebellious detective on the san francisco police force, bullitt is assigned to protect a key witness in a mafia trial until the time is right for slippery politician chalmers (vaughn) to present the witness in front of a senate crime committee. when the witness is murdered, bullitt's determination to catch the killers by any means alarms his girlfriend (bisset) and incurs the wrath of his superiors.

  BITE THE BULLITT

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Steve McQueen is the element of cool in this classic sixties cop thriller that sees him as Detective Frank Bullitt who is trying to stop a mobster responsible of murdering a star witness to a crime who had been placed in his care. While not as overblown with things like action sequences, special effects, explosions etc Bullitt has a very strong script that is carried by some brilliant acting from Steve McQueen (his eyes and facial expressions say it all!), Robert Vaughn (Hustle) and Jacqueline Bisset amongst others.

The plot itself is laced numerous great twists and turns, several sub-plots (Bullitts relationship with his girlfriend for example being realistically handled right up to that fantastic open ending), brilliant moments of dark humour and of course a few great action sequences of which the car chase is well known and has gone down in cinema history yet the final chase across and through the airport is just as outstanding and concludes the film nicely. In addition Lalo Schifrin provides an outstanding but somewhat mysterious music score and the cinematography of sixties San Francisco in the film is simply stunning (especially during that car chase!).

On the whole Bullitt is a classic thriller of a film that makes strong use of a fantastic plot, its lead actors, the locations and of course the cars involved (the Ford Mustang mainly. What a car!!!), the latter of which is made all the more brilliant by not having music or dialogue over the top but instead the pure raw sound of the cars which helps the chase become so great. Thats not to say the rest of the film isnt good because it is, infact there is a lot more to Bullitt than the car chase as all round its an exceptional film and certainly one of Steve McQueens best starring roles.

  Perfect!

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What a movie!
It is so full of emotions and adrenaline that you really hold your breathe from the beginning to the end!
And Steve ..he was simply perfect. His eyes said more than his words.

  Oozes style and cool.

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Even aside from the car chase - which has passed into cinema legend and may never quite be toppled from the pinnacle of most people's best car chase lists - the film around that sequence is still a fine police thriller on it's own.

After an informant is murdered the chase is on to discover who leaked his whereabouts and the man assigned to his protection will do everything to find out who killed his charge.

From the classy opening sequence to the airport chase finale (so that's where Heat took some license from!) this is the epitome of cool, stylish yet gritty and murky thrillers that rarely get made anymore. It also may take a couple of watches to fully understand what's been going on, but it tends to thus reward the viewer more as they do.

The extras are decent if unspectacular. A feature commentary from director Peter Yates, a solid documentary on the legendary Steve McQueen with career retrospective and candid insights into even his dark spells, and a rather odd (but quite watchable) Kathy Bates narrated documentary on the role and importance of the Editor in the film-making process.

  brilliant

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this film was one of Steve McQueen's highest grossing films and it's easy to see why, the plot is fairly slow at beginning and the film does take good concentration to understand it but it's worth it and the car chase was voted once as the best film car chase ever and i think it will remain that, also on disc 2 there is an hour and a half documentary on Steve McQueen's life which is worth the price of the film itself.

  THE CAR CHASE IS A THING OF LEGEND!

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The car chase is now a thing of movie legend, but this film is not just about the car chase. The film is actually a excellent cop thriller, although the highlight is the car chase. McQueen was at the top of his game, and effortly oozes cool. This is one of the best cop thrillers of the early 70's( only beaten by Dirty Harry) and if you have not seen it yet, you are missing a milestone in movie history.
This movie is a master-class in cool, and raised the bar on all that followed.
ICONIC!

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  THE CAR CHASE IS A THING OF LEGEND!

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The car chase is now a thing of movie legend, but this film is not just about the car chase. The film is actually a excellent cop thriller, although the highlight is the car chase. McQueen was at the top of his game, and effortly oozes cool. This is one of the best cop thrillers of the early 70's( only beaten by Dirty Harry) and if you have not seen it yet, you are missing a milestone in movie history.
This movie is a master-class in cool, and raised the bar on all that followed.
ICONIC!

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  The best thriller of the Sixties?

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What do you think? It just possibly might be. You have to watch it a few times to really get the plot, and it gets better when you fully understand it.

This is McQueen's best movie, with several suspenseful scenes, three engrossing action sequences (the opening getaway, the car chase [of course] and the final shootout) and an entertainingly sinister turn from Robert Vaughn as the DA who clashes with good cop Bullitt. It's a pity he didn't go onto bigger things after playing the deceitful Walter Chalmers.

This harks back to a time when movies had ounces of style and there was none of that 'shaky camerawork' nonsense.

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  McQueen's best!

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"Bullitt" is so much more than just "that film with the great car chase". Certainly, the chase scene is still awe-inspiring after all these years. Looking beyond that, though, this is also a brilliant character piece about an alienated cop who's seen it all and cannot relate to society the way most others do.

Compared with most modern thrillers, there's little action to speak of in the film and the plot is often rather hard to grasp. None of this matters, though; the sunny San Francisco locations are excellent, the film has a documetary-like realism, the late '60s period is highly evocative... and McQueen is the coolest man in town. He totally inhabits his role, the King of Cool at his absolute pinnacle.

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