The Right Stuff [2 Discs] [DVD] [1983]

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.
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Special Features

  • All-new digital transfer
  • Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Interactive menus
  • Awards notes
  • Scene access
  • 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
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Documentary scene access
  • Closed Captioned


The Right Stuff
Covering some 15 years, The Right Stuff recounts the formation of America's space program, concentrating on the original Mercury astronauts. Scott Glenn plays Alan Shepard, the first American in space; Fred Ward is Gus Grissom, the benighted astronaut for whom nothing works out as planned; and Ed Harris is John Glenn, the straight-arrow "boy scout" of the bunch who was the first American to orbit the earth. The remaining four Mercury boys are Deke Slayton (Scott Paulin), Scott Carpenter (Charles Frank), Wally Schirra (Lance Henriksen) and Gordon Cooper (Dennis Quaid). Wolfe's original book related in straightforward fashion the dangers and frustrations facing the astronauts (including Glenn's oft-repeated complaint that it's hard to be confident when you know that the missile you're sitting on has been built by the lowest bidder), the various personal crises involving their families (Glenn's wife Annie, a stutterer, dreads being interviewed on television, while Grissom's wife Betty, angered that her husband is not regarded as a hero because his mission was a failure, bitterly declares "I want my parade!"), and the schism between the squeaky-clean public image of the Mercury pilots and their sometimes raunchy earthbound shenanigans. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Sam Shepard
    Sam Shepard - Chuck Yeager
  • Scott Glenn
    Scott Glenn - Alan Shepard
  • Ed Harris
    Ed Harris - John Glenn
  • Dennis Quaid
    Dennis Quaid - Gordon Cooper
  • Fred Ward
    Fred Ward - Gus Grissom

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