Philip Kaufman's masterpiece The Right Stuff gets the superb two-disc treatment it richly deserves on this high-quality release from Warner Bros. The film is presented in a gorgeous widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio. Ace cinematographer Caleb Deschanel's beautiful colors are presented brilliantly. There are English and French soundtracks; the English track has been remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include scene-specific commentary from Kaufman, Deschanel, producer Irwin Winkler, and conductor Bill Conti. Those same scenes also contain commentary from cast members Dennis Quaid, Ed Harris, Barbara Hershey, Jeff Goldblum, Fred Ward, Veronica Cartwright, Pamela Reed, and Harry Shearer, as well as the real Chuck Yeager. Everyone provides interesting insights into the difficult process of making this sweeping film. Deleted scenes, a timeline of the space program, and a documentary on John Glenn (made at the time he was training to become the oldest man to travel in space) round out this outstanding, highly recommended DVD.
All-new digital transfer
Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
English and French language tracks
English, Spanish, and French subtitles
Biographical profile "John Glenn: American Hero"
"The Journey and the Mission": scene-specific commentaries with director/screenwriter Philip Kaufman, cast and crew members
3 documentaries featuring cast, crew, and/or the real-life heroes portrayed in the movie: "Realizing the Right Stuff," "T-20 Years and Counting," and "The Real Men With the Right Stuff"
13 additional scenes
Interactive timeline to space incorporating vintage NASA footage
When TRS was released in 1983, I saw Siskel and Ebert’s laudatory joint review and thought I’d like to see it, Then it tanked at the box office and I never had the chance. In 2020 I finally picked this up and watched it in 5.1 surround sound. Whoah! The subwoofer made me feel like I was breaking the sound barrier right along with Chuck Yeager! The characters are relatively one-note and some unfortunate liberties were taken with Tom Wolfe’s book, but the performances steal the show anyway and the flight sequences are imaginatively staged—incredibly convincing. If you have any interest at all in the history of aeronautics and space flight in the US, see it. And hear it! The 3-hour-plus runtime is a bit much, but the lovely transfer, the bombastic sound (an Oscar winner for it), and the thrill of flight carries it through.
This is the perfect movie for anyone that wants to learn what the early days of space travel were like.... It's very entertaining and I would recommend this film to anyone with kids who want to be astronauts when they grow up.