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The Right Stuff (30th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] (2013)

Scott Glenn , Jeff Goldblum , Philip Kaufman  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (406 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Scott Glenn, Jeff Goldblum, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Quaid, Ed Harris
  • Directors: Philip Kaufman
  • Writers: Philip Kaufman, William Goldman
  • Producers: James D. Brubaker, Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Widescreen, Color, Dolby
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 EX)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 193 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (406 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E2083J4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,159 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Additional Scenes Biographical Profile John Glenn: American Hero The Journey and the Mission: Scene-Specific Commentaries with Director/Screenwriter Philip Kaufman, Cast and Crew Members 3 Featurettes Featuring Cast, Crew and/or the Real-LifeHeroes Portrayed in the Movie: Realizing the Right Stuff, T-20 Years and Counting and The Real Men with the Right Stuff Theatrical Trailer

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Right Stuff, The: 30th Anniversary (Blu-ray Book)

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115 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest American Epic June 23, 2004
Format:DVD
The fact that "The Right Stuff" lost the Oscar for best picture to "Terms Of Endearment" is beyond me; this movie should have won. The fact that it wasn't a hit at the box office back in 1983 is also beyond me. We are talking about what I think it's the best American epic in all the sense of the word.
It's strange that a Venezuelan-born like me should talk about a movie like this, but I feel that "The Right Stuff" should have been a classic -well, it is for me. The story of the "Mercury" astronauts is portrayed marvelously by Philip Kaufman's direction, showcased beautifully by Caleb Deschanel's stylish photography, and supported by an incredible cast including Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Barbara Hershey, Sam Shepard, Pamela Reed, Kim Stanley, and Veronica Cartwright.
In fact, I remember when I was watching that movie at home, and my late father asked me if a man that appeared on the screen was astronaut John Glenn because he looked just like him. Of course I told him he was an actor who was playing his role. That said, it's incredible to see how Ed Harris is perfectly cast as Glenn.
And I don't want to forget one of the reasons why I love this movie, and that's Bill Conti's spectacular music score. Of course it may sound a little like Holst's "The Planets", but I usually weep every time I listen to the main theme.
I'm glad that a special edition DVD of "The Right Stuff" has been released, with fantastic extras that include new interviews with the cast and crew, deleted scenes, and an incredible documentary on John Glenn. I'm also glad about it because I think that this movie should be rightfully appreciated not only because it deals with historical events like the breaking of the sound barrier and the first American astronauts, but also because, as I said before, this is a classic.
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104 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pushing the Envelope of Space! October 21, 2000
Format:DVD
'The Right Stuff' is one of the most glorious adventure films ever made, a story of incredible heroism, poignant romance, gripping drama, and broad humor...and amazingly, it has actually happened in our lifetimes!

This is a tale of test pilots, 'pushing the envelope', proving the sound barrier couldn't constrain mankind's reach for space. Leading the way is plain-speaking Chuck Yeager (portrayed by Sam Shepard with Gary Cooper-like charm), a Beeman's gum-chewing cowboy with a passion for his feisty wife (the beautiful Barbara Hershey), and hot planes. Not even a broken rib could hold him back when an opportunity to fly the X-1 was offered. His record-breaking flight could fill a movie by itself...and this is just the BEGINNING of the story!

Jumping ahead a few years, Yeager is joined by a new breed of test pilots, whose total love of flight challenges their relationships, and is the true measure of how they define themselves. Among them are 'Gordo' Cooper (Dennis Quaid), a hot dog jet jockey with an unhappy wife (sensitively played by Pamela Reed); and Gus Grissom (brilliantly portrayed by Fred Ward), coarse and direct, and anxious for his shot at the fastest jets.

The entire world changes when the Russians launch Sputnik, in 1957. As the American space program struggles to 'catch up', the government realizes that American men will have to go into space, and President Eisenhower wants test pilots to fill this role. Yeager is out (he never completed college), but Cooper and Grissom, and many others, compete for spots in the New Frontier.

These pilots, from all services, are weeded down to seven men, dubbed 'Astronauts', and the Mercury Space Program is born!
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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Weighing in at three+ hours, "The Right Stuff" gives us a fantastic insight into the embryonic stages of humanity's journey into space. It is a personal disappointment to me that our species hasn't done more with the opportunities that space travel has given us.

Based on Tom Wolfe's history of the space program, the film takes us through the early stages of American space exploration. It starts with Yeager's historic speed record when he broke the sound barrier and finishes at the end of the Mercury program. For this reason I think "Apollo 13" makes a good sequel to "The Right Stuff" as it concerns itself with the subsequent Apollo program.

The cast is outstanding and they mostly offer strong performances. For much of the film Sam Shepard gets center stage in his role as Chuck Yeager. However since Yeager was never allowed the opportunity to join the space program the second half of the film focuses on the seven astronauts on the Mercury program. The leader of this group is John Glenn played extremely well by Ed Harris.

The beauty of this movie is that it brings the intimidatingly immense NASA program down to a personal and therefore understandable level. We get to see the political infighting, the childish "must beat the Ruskies" mentality and the everyday fears of the astronauts. All of this is achieved without losing the heroics of the people involved. They put their lives on the line with a determined grin on their face while NASA risks its future with every launch.

This is a very good movie as pure entertainment but when its educational potential is added to the equation, I would have to say that it is raised to the height of excellence. But be careful of allowing young boys to watch it, unless you want them growing up to become pilots.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great film. Waited a long time for blu Ray. Not a big difference than dvd
Published 8 days ago by Brannon McBroom
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, almost completely true
Great Movie, almost completely true. My favorite part was seeing Chuck Yeager as a..ah...Chuck's my favorite person in real life.
Published 8 days ago by Ray
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movies, not amazing in terms of character accuracy. Was a little disappointed with how Grissom was portrayed.
Published 11 days ago by Phil Derner
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make 'em like this anymore
Classic film of American Heroes. They don't make 'em like this anymore.
Published 14 days ago by Charles Anzalone
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love this movie
Published 16 days ago by June E. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Can't believe I never watched it before!
Published 23 days ago by Nate Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect condition when received
Been wanting this for my collection for years.
No issues.
Perfect condition when received.
Price was very reasonable.
Published 28 days ago by Kent Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Historical Movie!
Published 29 days ago by Timothy L. Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Space Movie
I saw this movie back when it first came out with my husband 30 years ago. Excellent, though, long story of the space program (3 hours!)
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Finally, fits on one disc!!!!
Published 1 month ago by T. Vaughn
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