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The Right Stuff [DVD] [1983]

Release Date:02/08/2011
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The Right Stuff, Philip Kaufman's adaptation of Tom Wolfe's ode to the U.S. space race, is a beautiful collection of sights and sounds on DVD. The print used for the digital transfer is a bit dirty at times, with specs and black lines making appearances, but the 1.85:1 widescreen transfer is an entirely winning affair. Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel's elegant earth tones and stylish period photography shine. The movie also sounds incredible, with dynamic remastered Dolby Digital Sound that allows Bill Conti's evocative score to soar. Whether Ed Harris' John Glenn is struggling not to use profanity, or a government official is claiming "our Germans are better than their Germans," the dialogue comes across swimmingly. The humor and emotional undertones of the film have never seemed as personally affecting as they do on this DVD. As for supplemental features, things are a little bleak. Outside of the letterboxed theatrical trailer and the "Jump to a Scene" feature, the "Gallery" is where the supplements reside. The "Gallery" is a difficult-to-navigate hodgepodge of text and endless screens of information containing profiles of the cast and the actual Mercury astronauts, as well as pilot lingo, space terms, important space flight dates and events, behind-the-scenes facts, and awards. The information presented is worthwhile, but the interface is boring and static. Outside of the supplemental material, the DVD excels, providing a worthy home-theater experience of The Right Stuff.


Interactive menus

Languages: English and Français

Production notes

Scene access

Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English, Français, Español

Theatrical trailer