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Great film - but the DVD is a mutilated version of the film,
This review is from: The Right Stuff  [DVD]  (DVD)
The Right Stuff is a great and very enjoyable film, even though it bends history considerably. This is NOT the true story of the events depicted, but it is still great and envigorating entertainment. It begins with Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier in the Bell X-1 and then follows the story of John Glenn and the other Mercury astronauts. All guys who are a certain American type with "The Right Stuff", as reported by Tom Wolff in his book.
Chuck Yeager himself has a little cameo roll and is on screen with Sam Shepard and Barbara Hershey as Chuck Yeager and his wife Glennis.
BTW the cast is incredible - from Jeff Goldblum and Donald Moffat to all the guys with "The Right Stuff" like Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris and Dennis Quaid. Not to mention the women.
However, I can not understand why this DVD was released with a mutilated version of the film which is missing many important scenes. I immeadiately noticed that at least these scenes are missing: Life's publisher Luce, the fire at Panchos, John Glenns "fireflies" and Sally Rand's fandance (while the Mecury astronauts are at Lyndon Johnson's party and Chuck Yeager is flying a dangerous test of a special F-104). Why release a DVD without these scenes? If these are missing I am sure others I didn't notice also are missing.
There is now a later DVD version called a Special Edition, which perhaps contains the normal, unadulterated, version of the movie....
One little interesting detail. When this film was made they apparently could not find a USAF F-104 to use for Yeager's flight. They must have all been retired. The aircraft shown is a Starfighter from the German Air Force and is flown by a German pilot. How strange.