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The Stunt Man [Blu-ray] (1979)

Peter O'Toole , Barbara Hershey , Richard Rush  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter O'Toole, Barbara Hershey
  • Directors: Richard Rush
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Severin Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2011
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004VQRC82
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,915 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

It defied all odds to become the most unexpected and acclaimed cult hit of the 80s, and it remains one of the most slyly subversive and thrillingly original action/comedy/drama motion pictures of all time. The legendary Peter O Toole in his iconic Oscar® nominated performance stars as director Eli Cross, a deliciously megalomaniacal madman commanding a film-set circus where a paranoid young veteran (Steve Railsback) finds himself maybe replacing a dead stunt man, possibly falling for the beautiful leading lady (Barbara Hershey), and discovering that love, death and the mayhem of moviemaking can definitely be the wildest illusions of all. THE STUNT MAN now features a stunning HD transfer supervised by Oscar® nominated producer/director Richard Rush, plus new interviews and commentaries with Rush, Peter O Toole, Steve Railsback and Alex Rocco, all in the ultimate edition of the classic that the Los Angeles Times calls as innovative today as Citizen Kane was in its time!

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If God could do the things we do ... November 10, 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
... he'd be a happy man!
I just finished watching the DVD of "The Stunt Man." It's still a smart, amazing, funny, scary, exhilirating experience. This is what great movie making (and great acting) is all about. Richard Rush's direction, the acting from Peter O'Toole and the rest, the terrific screenplay, the great music ... it's just ... perfect. As fresh now as the day it rolled out of the camera.
It's a shame Rush hasn't been able to make more films, but with this classic to his credit he can rest assured that his place in cinema history is complete. Thanks, Mr. Rush!
And Peter O'Toole ... nothing will top his work in "Lawrence of Arabia," but this comes darned close. Eli Cross is the classic "film director as god." O'Toole makes him more than just a petty movie-set tyrant. Cross is sly, witty, mysterious and all-knowing. He's frightening but fascinating. You wouldn't want to introduce him to your mother but you would want to take him out to dinner just to listen to him spin his stories. When he descends from above in his camera crane you'll begin to think he's god incarnate ... just as the stunt man does.
And the plot? That's what made "The Stunt Man" such a hard sell to the movie studios and what makes it a classic. What is reality and what isn't? Are we in control of our lives or aren't we? How do we know what's really going on and what it all means? Is Eli trying to kill the stunt man or just trying to finish his movie on time?
Anchor Bay's DVD transfer is superb. The "Limited Edition" includes Rush's documentary on the making the film. Don't miss it!
If you've never seen this film, get it FAST and enjoy! If you haven't seen it in a while, rediscover why it's so great.
Amen!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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There are just some movies in your life that really speak to you--that connect to you on some emotional or intellectual level in a very special way. "The Stunt Man" from director Richard Rush is such a film for me. Released in 1980, this ode to movie making is a challenging, intelligent, incisive and fun film that very few people saw upon its initial release. After a 10 year preproduction struggle by Rush, a tumultuous shoot, and no support from a studio that didn't care about the film--it was essentially dumped with no fanfare. Even star Peter O'Toole has commented, "The Stunt Man wasn't released, it escaped." But with amazing clarity and foresight, the film was surprisingly awarded with three major Academy Award nominations--Best Actor for Peter O'Toole, Best Director for Rush, and Best Screenplay for Rush and Lawrence Marcus. In the years that have followed, the film has attained a cult status and a legion of faithful fans (myself among them). In fact, I have seen this film probably 15 times and it was the first (really!) VHS tape I ever bought--now that's dating me!

To relate the plot of "The Stunt Man" in a concise way is to deny the subtleties and intricacies that really distinguish this as a bold and unusual work of art. But here's a brief synopsis. The film begins as a convict, played by Steve Railsback (Charles Manson in "Helter Skelter"), makes a break from the cops who are transporting him. Fleeing into the neighboring seaside village, he stumbles onto a film set where a tragedy that will likely be investigated has just struck. To avoid police intervention, the film's director (Peter O'Toole) embraces Railsback and identifies him as the company's stunt man who was just involved in an accident.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunt Man (Limited Edition) December 12, 2001
Format:DVD
The Stunt Man has always been one of my favorite movies. It contains some of the best work of Peter O'Toole's, one of England's great actors. A young Barbara Hershey is, like the candy bar, good enough to eat and Steve Railsback delivers a great performance as the paranoid fugitive/stunt man. When this movie first was released, it was one of the most unique films I had ever seen. A rare blend of action/adventure, comedy, satire, and love story, it defied simple categorization. Although today we are much more knowledgeable about movie making techniques and thus can shoot a few more holes in the story, "The Stunt Man" holds up pretty well to the test of time. After watching it countless times, I still marvel at the witty dialogue and clever plot twists. It is not your typical Hollywood formula movie.
Perhaps the most enjoyable parts of this new DVD are the special features. The director's audio track and the companion disk "The Sinister Saga of the Making of the Stunt Man" finally shed some light on the trials and tribulations that Richard Rush encountered while making and releasing this film. If you loved the movie like I did, you must see this recent (2000) look back by the director on his greatest movie accomplishment. It includes recent interviews with many of the stars. It is interesting to hear how this project affected them and their careers. If you have never seen "The Stunt Man", you owe it to yourself to do so. You won't be disappointed.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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There are just some movies in your life that really speak to you--that connect to you on some emotional or intellectual level in a very special way. "The Stunt Man" from director Richard Rush is such a film for me. Released in 1980, this ode to movie making is a challenging, intelligent, incisive and fun film that very few people saw upon its initial release. After a 10 year preproduction struggle by Rush, a tumultuous shoot, and no support from a studio that didn't care about the film--it was essentially dumped with no fanfare. Even star Peter O'Toole has commented, "The Stunt Man wasn't released, it escaped." But with amazing clarity and foresight, the film was surprisingly awarded with three major Academy Award nomination--Best Actor for Peter O'Toole, Best Director for Rush, and Best Screenplay for Rush and Lawrence Marcus. In the years that have followed, the film has attained a cult status and a legion of faithful fans (myself among them). In fact, I have seen this film probably 15 times and it was the first (really!) VHS tape I ever bought--now that's dating me!

To relate the plot of "The Stunt Man" in a concise way is to deny the subtleties and intricacies that really distinguish this as a bold and unusual work of art. But here's a brief synopsis. The film begins as a convict, played by Steve Railsback (Charles Manson in "Helter Skelter"), makes a break from the cops who are transporting him. Fleeing into the neighboring seaside village, he stumbles onto a film set where a tragedy that will likely be investigated has just struck. To avoid police intervention, the film's director (Peter O'Toole) embraces Railsback and identifies him as the company's stunt man who was just involved in an accident.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great classic from the 80's
One of my favorite films of all time. Great performance by all actors, especially by Barbara Hershey. Read more
Published 3 days ago by onemanforall
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good movie had to have it
Published 3 days ago by minetwo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my all time favourite American films. Truly unforgettable in everyway. A masterpiece.
Published 10 days ago by Peter M
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very happy with purchase.
Published 1 month ago by Mark Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite movies. Good plot and action.
Published 1 month ago by F. Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply rewarding script and acting
Here, Peter O'Toole is equal to anything he ever did as an actor, including Lawrence of Arabia and Beckett. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kevin E Cain
5.0 out of 5 stars Great underrated movie
Droll, clever, and full of plot twists and turns. What's not to like about this movie? Peter O'Toole is delicious as Eli, the movie director, who may be evil or good, or just... Read more
Published 1 month ago by GMAC
5.0 out of 5 stars good for action
the movie is very well done lot of action and a very interesting story, good for re-watching, several times more
Published 2 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars O'Toole Craziness
A devilish film that winds you around like the actor and plays gases with your mind. A truly wonderful and daring picture by the great Peter O'Toole.
Published 2 months ago by Aaron
5.0 out of 5 stars The Stunt Man [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
The Stunt Man [Blu-ray] [Region Free] It defied all odds to become the most unexpected and acclaimed cult hit of the 80s, and it remains one of the most slyly subversive and... Read more
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