This flick also has a lot more going for it aside from all the stuff above. Never mind that reuniting two of the Magnificent Seven in Steve McQueen and Robert Vaughn is already enough to stir movement in my pants, BULLITT also looks awesome, especially if you’re into cool retro stuff. The film is set in San Fran which is pretty picturesque and has some really clean cuts and action that give it a real flow. It also plays very well on tempo, going from mad action to slow conversations in dark hallways. The last fifteen minutes of the movie alone shift pace so much as to give you seizure if you’re epileptic. It’s not what we’re used to seeing on the big screen nowadays so if your idea of police drama is Beverley Hills Cop, you probably won’t get past the opening credits in BULLITT but if you’re looking for an intelligent film that gave the modern “rogue cop” his image, then travel back a few years and feast your eyes on this one.
Full Length Audio Commentary by Director Peter Yates: It’s always a nice touch to hear what people have to say about movies long after they’ve been released and been termed “classics”. Yates yields up a lot of information both about his experience on the shoot and on working with a near mythical figure like Steve McQueen. He maintains a very good pace and never gets boring.
Steve McQueen: The Essence of Cool (90 minutes): AN awesome documentary about the King of Cool featuring about a dozen different stars including Robert Vaughn, Robert Culp and LeVar Burton (?) discussing the man and the tremendous mark he left on Hollywood. It’s neatly divided into sections featuring each of his major pictures and there’s an extremely moving recounting of his long illness and death with input from close friends and family members. If you were a fan before, you might become obsessed and if you’re already obsessed, this could very well drive you over the edge. It’s a must-see for any serious movie fan.
Bullitt: Steve McQueen’s Commitment to Reality (10 minutes): It’s sort of a making of feature with a focus on how Yates and McQueen (and in their own words) put forth every effort to give the film as much grit and realism as possible. You’ll get some information about the locations and actors as well as on the preparations taken to orchestrate the now legendary car chase sequence.
The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (95 minutes): A modern feature on the history and importance of editing. The likes of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Marty Scorcese among others relate the weight the editor carries in the filmmaking process. There are discussions about techniques and on the changes that technological evolution has had on the profession. For those who are interested, Sharon Stone’s infamous bush shot from BASIC INSTINCT turns up near the 45 minutes mark.