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The Right Stuff [Blu-ray] [1983] [Region Free]

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  • Actors: Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid, Barbara Hershey
  • Directors: Philip Kaufman
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Nov 2013
  • Run Time: 185 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CWZXQZW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,243 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An epic aviation film, based on Tom Wolfe's book, which charts the history of flight from Chuck Yeager's (Sam Shepard) legendary sound barrier-breaking flight in the 1940s, to the first men in space in the 1960s. The story centres on the relentless efforts of several US pilots to break all records set before them, finalising in the US space exploration programme of the 1960s, in which seven pilots were chosen to represent America in the heated space race with the Russians.

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Philip Kaufman's intimate epic about the Mercury astronauts (based on Tom Wolfe's book) was one of the most ambitious and spectacularly exciting movies of the 1980s. It surprised almost everybody by not becoming a smash hit. By all rights, the film should have been every bit the success that Apollo 13 would later become; The Right Stuff is not only just as thrilling, but it is also a bigger and better movie. Combining history (both established and revisionist), grand mythmaking (and myth puncturing), adventure, melodrama, behind-the-scenes dish, spectacular visuals, and a down-to-earth sense of humour, The Right Stuff chronicles NASA's efforts to put a man in orbit. Such an achievement would be the first step toward President Kennedy's goal of reaching the moon, and, perhaps most important of all, would win a crucial public relations/morale victory over the Soviets, who had delivered a stunning blow to American pride by launching Sputnik, the first satellite. The movie contrasts the daring feats of the unsung test pilots--one of whom, Chuck Yeager, embodied more than anyone else the skill and spirit of Wolfe's title--against the heavily publicised (and sanitised) accomplishments of the Mercury astronauts. Through no fault of their own, the spacemen became prisoners of the heroic images the government created for them in order to capture the public's imagination. The casting is inspired; the film features Sam Shepard as the legendary Yeager, Ed Harris as John Glenn, Dennis Quaid as "Gordo" Cooper, Scott Glenn as Alan Shepard, Fred Ward as Gus Grissom, Scott Wilson as Scott Crossfield, and Pamela Reed and Veronica Cartwright are superb in their thankless roles as astronauts' wives. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Feb 2004
Format: DVD
This is one of the Best films that appeared in the eighties and even today it still hasn't lost its flair. The special effects are especially good, seeing as they were made in the days before CGI; but what really makes the film is the story and the acting (and not forgetting Bill Conti's stirring soundtrack) which are all excellent. The film follows Tom Wolfe's book quite closelly, although it sadly omits the flights of Schirra, Slayton and Carpenter in favour of running time. The film is also notable for providing a rather accurate portrayl of the Mercury program.
I recommend this film to anyone who has an interest in space or aviation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Frank Messely on 14 Nov 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This 30th Anniversary Edition (All-Region!) is a real treat for all THE RIGHT STUFF fans. Picture and sound quality are great, considering the fact that historical footage of rocket launches was also used. I usually only pay attention to image and sound quality when purchasing a BD, but man, how this edition is presented! A real collector's item, nice booklet with high quality pics, lots of extras on a second disc, and even a letter from director Philip Kaufman. So good it became one of my favorite top 20 movies. Buy it, you cannot be disappointed. The best way I've seen THE RIGHT STUFF so far, since I never saw it in the theater.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bentley on 18 Oct 2006
Format: DVD
I first saw this movie for sale in the US when visiting KSC in Florida - NTSC on VHS over two tapes. I watched it once and immediately searched for it online and found it here at Amazon. The DVD print was excellent from the clear screen transfer through to the ear splitting sound as the Bell X-1 rocket plane thunders across the sky.

The story is one that most space geeks will be familiar with starting with a war hero pilot in the high desert of california flying the Bell rocket plane. You're then introduced to a certain Captain Chuck Yeager - a name that this generation will find synonimous with flight simulator software. The story follows two parallel lines, one line following Yeager and the other following seven astronauts, the Mercury Seven. We see the trials that the prospective astronauts go through, both in their workplace and their homes.

The movie tends towards an element of sentimentality at times and I wonder how much of Tom Wolfe's fiction has any basis in fact but there are some special moments. The flypast with the classic missing man formation at a funeral is an emotive moment, and the ever present preacher arriving like the angel of death carrying the news of another nameless dead hotshot spread across the Mojave adds a darker element.

The film is long, but doesn't feel so and the production values high. The characterisation is, from the biographies of the astronauts and flyers I've read, reasonably accurate and with the mixing in of genuine footage at one point it is difficult to determine whether Al Shepherd is himself or the actor Scott Glenn.

I enjoyed the movie, especially the little touches like the onscreen cameo for General Yeager himself. Watch also for an early Jeff Goldblum role - a marvellous double act with Harry Shearer of Spinal Tap fame. I would suggest that you play the movie loud to experience the full battering wall of sound that is the flight of the X-1 and the launch of the Mercury-Redstone rocket.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Miland Joshi on 15 Feb 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The early story of the American space program is told here with humans at the heart, not scientific or technical problems (like how to design spacecraft). The film focusses on the period before Project Apollo, and in that sense is a good prequel to Apollo 13. It can be recommended for anyone whose view of the American Space program is confined to the latter film. An inspired touch, in my view, is the inclusion of Henry Mancini's theme from The White Dawn used to express the awe of John Glenn when orbiting the earth (and the rest of us humans marvelling at the achievement). Good as the film is, it would also be good to have the mini-series Space (based on the novel by James A. Michener) released on DVD, for a more comprehensive and alternative, albeit fictional, view.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Dec 2000
Format: DVD
Great version of Tom Wolf's book (which I'd also give 5 stars) The movie depicts the transition of test pilots into astronauts during the space race years when not much was known about space travel and exploration and humans were running into an unknown comparable to Columbus's crossing of the Atlantic back then. Exellent shots, although they cannot be compared to today's effects they stand out for their credibility and simplicity. Although a documentary, this movie is pretty well plotted and will keep you stuck in front of the screen for its 3 hours.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tim Sheehan on 9 Aug 2001
Format: DVD
Don't expect to have the Hollywood grip of Apollo 13 as this film was made to show us what these guys had to go through. Your heart will go out to Chuck Yeger who in my book was THE bravest man of all who was bypassed for the space program. However, the film is gripping and I must rate it as one of my favourite films of all time. My wife thought that she wouldn't enjoy it as she was expecting a shoot em up type of film but she was gripped from start to end - and it is a long film. Show it to your kids as these guys really were the "Right Stuff", show them what life was like in simpler times when physical barriers were unknown. When it is over, ask yourself, could you have gone through what these guys did, not knowing if you were ever coming home? A masterpiece of cinematography.
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