on 26 February 2016
This 30th Anniversary Edition of The Right Stuff debut on blu-ray with MPEG-4 AVC (22.50 Mpbs) 1080p 1.85:1 encode. After undergoing a meticulous restoration prior to its 2003 DVD release, this HD transfer raises the bar yet again. The biggest difference lies in the removal of dozens of errant marks that littered the DVD. With such annoyances gone, we are left with a spotless, perfectly balanced image featuring slightly enhanced contrast and clarity. The letters that signify location are markedly sharper than they are on the DVD, and close-ups possess more impact (check out the shot of Cooper reflected in the nurse's eyeglasses), highlighting a host of fine facial details. This transfer offers a pleasingly film-like image that is consistently detailed, fine-grained and colourful with a widely varying palette. The 193 minute length is a little too long. (4.5/5)
A film that wins Academy Awards for Best Sound and Best Sound Effects Editing demands a strong audio track, and Warner delivers with a highly immersive Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix that is smoother, richer, and more nuanced than the previous lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track. Bill Conti's Oscar-winning music score adds an air of majesty to the proceedings, exhibiting great depth of tone as it sweeps across all my nine speakers. Best of all, no hiss, pops, or crackles disrupt the audio's purity, making this finely tuned mix one of the best restored 1980s tracks. (4.5/5)
In 1984, The Right Stuff won 4 Oscars: Best Original Score (Bill Conti), Best Sound, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound Effects. It was also nominated in 4 other categories: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Sam Sheppard), Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction.
The Right Stuff is packaged in one of Warner's slick, handsomely designed 40-page digibooks, which is very informative and educational about the Mercury programs and the movie. I personally prefer this type of presentation and would buy the digibook format whenever available. I feel I get more value for the buck. Other notable blu-ray digibooks include Cleopatra, Deliverance, Chariots Of Fire, Jaws and Easy Rider.
After 30 years, The Right Stuff still delivers the goods. Reverent and respectful, yet laced with biting comedy and a whimsy that belies the toughness of the figures it salutes, Philip Kaufman's epic chronicle of trail-blazing test pilots, America's premier astronauts, and the elusive quality that sets them apart from most mortals remains a terrifically entertaining and exciting film. Warner's handsome digibook presentation honours the film with a striking video transfer and improved audio soundtrack, both superior to its 20th anniversary DVD counterpart. You will also love The Right Stuff for its history, humor, and humanity. The digibook set is indeed “The Right Stuff” and is highly recommended.
on 13 March 2014
The Right Stuff is a 1983 American drama film that was adapted from Tom Wolfe's best-selling 1979 book of the same name about the Navy, Marine and Air Force test pilots who were involved in aeronautical research at Edwards Air Force Base, California, as well as the seven military pilots who were selected to be the astronauts for Project Mercury, the first attempt at manned spaceflight by the United States. The Right Stuff stars Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, Sam Shepard, Fred Ward, Dennis Quaid and Barbara Hershey. Levon Helm is the narrator in the introduction and elsewhere in the film, as well as having a co-starring role as Air Force test pilot Jack Ridley. In 2013 the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant
on 5 November 2014
Brilliantly realised despite some low-budget effects (only in comparison to certain other space-themed films of the era). Sam Shepard stole the show for me but the astronauts took the film in an interesting direction - particularly strong early performances from Scott Glenn, Ed Harris and a decent effort from Dennis Quaid. A long film but keeps the viewer entertained until the end, and takes a surprising glance at those that choose to risk their lives in the name of discovery.
on 10 October 2014
This is a good film. An excellent team of actors, each with their own character foibles, for the seven chosen astronauts. Some interesting early USA rocket launch (and failures) footage, and "1950's USA" sets. Perhaps a few factual inaccuracies (but too few to mention) for the purists. A moderate amount of humour across many of the roles. Recommended.
This is the story of the Mercury project, America's response, prior to Apollo, to Russia's lead in the space race. The film has some impressive and beautiful shots of spacecraft. It is long on exaggerated heroic scenes and short on insight into the characters and events and its style, a cross between slapstick and a government propaganda video, was for me barely watchable for its full 3 hour length.
on 28 December 2000
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.
I once saw this in the 1980's. It was a very bad video which was virtually unwatcheable but I remember it being a very good film. So bought it for our entertainment on long dark snowy nights in January. It's a long film, but brilliant. Won't say more as don't want to spoil it, just get it! Especially if you like aeroplanes, drama, good lines, the history of the space race etc.