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

  • SKU: 5511902
  • Release Date: 06/10/2003
  • Rating: PG
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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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (33 out of 33)

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

Synopsis


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



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good story of America's pioneers of space flight

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    kebmaster

    As an aerospace engineer, I am required by law to like this movie. Actually, I enjoyed it, and I think it is a good movie for a non-aerospace engineer to watch as well. The story follows the pioneering pilots of early supersonic aircraft through space flight. The story focuses on some historical basis, the obstacles of becoming test pilots, as well as the affect of the space training and flight on the families of pilots. Throughout the story humor is infused at certain points to lighten the mood. I especially like the rocket montage scene. Pop! The drawbacks to the movie are length and that certain sections of the movie drag.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A movie must

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    TheoJohn
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    When I saw this on Blu-ray I went crazy. The "Right Stuff" is a movie you must have in anyone's catalog. Watching all the young actors that went on to illustrious careers is great. This is how we went into outer space, caught up with the Russians and surpassed them. No one but the United States has landed a human being on the moon and returned home safely. These heroic boys started it all.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great monitor

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    ProPhotos
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    Beautiful display, extremely clear. Vibrant colors. Has made my photography business easier to sell when my clients see my work on this large display. My photo editing is much more enhanced. My favorite purchase this year!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A must see movie

    Posted
    Jayne1954

    Touches on the basic history of the USA space program. Watching this with teenages brought up a lot of questions that lead to watch more movies of the history of the space program as well as a trip to the library. The story as it is told will make you laugh as well. A good movie to watch as a family.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The Right Stuff

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    Bladerunner
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    Movie chronicles the beginning of NASA from Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier to the Mercury Astronauts which led to John Glenn becoming the first American to orbit the earth. It's a long movie w/ a few dead spots but entertaining to watch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A good classic movie

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    BHRivera
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    Watching it once again after several decades, transported me to the time I first watched, and it comes with all the good memories. You also see young stars that were starting to shine. And helps to remember the competition between Soviets and Americans.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    30th Anniversary.... WELL DONE!

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    Nemo0001
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    Not only was the casting done right (the BEST) but the historical accuracy was spot on! Loved all the extras that this 30th Anniversary edition included. This film picked up 4 Academy Awards for sound, score, editing and best sound effects!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good example of history in the making

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    ajoytiger
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    I remember the space program as a young child and to see it shown as it actually happened was great! I usually don't mind long films or factual films. This film is rather lengthy, but it is a good recording of the start of the space program.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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