Posted May 12 2011 - 03:28 AM
Wait a minute, I have this film on video tape, laser disc, the original DVD and the second issue DVD with the Cutting Edge doc, HD-DVD and the blu ray. (I like this movie a little, live near SF and I own a 1967 Mustang.)
Is Mr. Harris referring to the Charger that hits the older car as Bullitt is chasing it midway into the chase? I have watched the crash of the Charger frame by frame in the past. And I did notice a couple of frames was missing on the second issue DVD several years ago.
I also watched the final crash as the Charger hits the gas station at the end of the chase. I have seen the blank frame. But I have not recently checked the frames at the end of the crash on the blu ray.
The first edit of the missing frames of the Charger hitting the car when the DVD first came out. I wrote that off as someone who felt that shot needed to be fixed so you'd think the Charger never hit that car. It's wrong from a purist point of view, I agree. I kind of also understand it. It's sort of like taking the wires out digitally, or removing the reflection of the snake. It was an accident as the driver over-shot the turn.
I'm going to have to watch the last crash now and compare to the old laser disc. I think that version is as it was filmed.
Mr. Harris, are you also saying the final crash into the gas station was also edited?
It would be nice to see Warner re-issue this blu ray and include the original edit, but for a huge fan like me, I guess it's not a deal breaker. I can still enjoy it, but for someone who knows how it was, perhaps it's like it was not edited in my head and I can still see the hit. But for someone whose never seen it, they'll never know.
I wonder if Peter Yates was involved in the edit? If he was I wouldn't question it.
As an aside, I've driven most of the route of the chase. When the Charger, who is following the Mustang turns off Army Street early before the chase, and goes up a side street, that street turns to the left and then right. They edit it here. In reality, it's a narrow street. And I had to make a U-Turn to get out!