The Right Stuff (30th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]
30th Anniversary Edition
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The time was the late 1940s. World War II had just ended and the United States was entering into a new kind of war, a Cold War. New technology and the development of high-speed aircraft became one of the centerpieces of this new kind of conflict. The race to space between the United States and the Soviet Union had just begun. Adapted from Tom Wolfe's best-selling book, The Right Stuff tells the heroic story of Chuck Yeager (the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound), the Flying Fraternity and the Mercury Astronauts – the first Americans in space. The bravery and daring exploits of these men captured the imagination of the American public during the 1940s and 1950s,and The Right Stuff re-creates these breathtaking events in emotionally riveting and suspenseful detail.]]>
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If NASA felt he panicked, why would they involve him in the following Gemini and Apollo missions? The movie's story makes a good movie, but, being a space coast kid and hearing the stories from people who worked on these missions, I think there was too much injection of Hollywood and not enough injection of fact.
1. Time flies when you're watching it. At no time will you ever check your watch wondering when this thing's gonna end or how long you've been sitting there. There's not one scene that doesn't inform or entertain or seems out of place. When the movie is over and the end credits start to roll, you'll be wondering where the time went. It does NOT seem like it's 3+ hours long!
I've seen other very long movies that are considered great, and NONE of them pass the time as well as this one. Lord of the Rings is practically a snooze-fest in comparison -- too much of Frodo and Sam staring at each other with misty eyes.
2. Subject Matter: what's the movie about? All the usual candidates for the GMEM have the right stuff of course, such as plot, dialogue, acting, characterization, photography, editing, music and so on. So does this one. But in the end what did you see for the past 2 or 3 hours?
Citizen Kane - the most commonly cited one - it's about the life and times of a newspaper publisher.
The Godfather - it's about a mafia boss and his family, how he handed the reigns of his criminal empire to his son.
Gone with the Wind - it's about a love story with Union and Confederate soldiers in it.
Casablanca - it's about a love story with Nazis in it.
Shawshank Redemption - IMDB's pick as the GMEM - is about an innocent man sent to prison who breaks out.
The Right Stuff - it's about the early days of the greatest endeavor mankind has ever undertaken, one that is still playing out in present day, and one that will be writing history long after you and I are gone - the conquest of space.
And it's a true story. Everything you saw really happened! The other movies are made up.
3. It's the most rousing film you're likely to ever see (Braveheart comes close). When the end credits started rolling, I practically got on my feet, clapping and shouting "Go Gordo, Go!"
4. Music. Anyone with even a tiny amount of affinity for orchestral music will want to sit through the end credits just to hear Bill Conti's magnificent theme of The Right Stuff. And they saved the best for last, as it is played very sparingly throughout the movie and only comes into full forte at the very end. And in my opinion it was absolutely the right thing to do.
Even if you don't agree that this is the Greatest Movie Ever Made, you will no doubt enjoy it immensely and learn a few facts about the space race in the process. A must see!