The spot where Steve McQueen began his car chase in San Francisco in Bullitt, the little town firehouse and police department in Easy Rider, the street in Phoenix at the beginning of Psycho. Have you ever wondered what those iconic film locations look like today? That's the premise behind ScenePast: Movie & TV Time Travel (US$1.99, iPhone only).
The app currently shows over 700 spots from movies and TV shows, and the developer notes that new locations are added as time goes by. At this point you're only able to find locations in places like Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Miami and San Francisco, with the occasional oddity like Las Vegas (both New Mexico and Nevada) thrown in for good measure.
The "time-machine" interface of ScenePast lets you select images by years, locations closest to your zip code, or in those locales listed above. Either tap a "Random" button to zip to a random scene location, or tap a "handle" to get more specific results based on your search criteria.
Once you're transported to a site, you have a complete address for the location and a pair of buttons that let you toggle between the past and today. The year of the original movie or TV episode, the title, the episode name (if applicable), and where the scene in question falls during the show are all listed.
If seeing the past and present images gives you a hankering to watch reruns of The Incredible Hulk from 1979, the app provides links to purchase movies and TV seasons on Blu-Ray or DVD, and there's a button that will also zip you to the appropriate stores to purchase streamable content.