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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I get a strong feeling from this release that instead of "dialing it in" some tender loving care was taken with this film. This does not feel like one of the lousy Warner Bros Releases where everything is just "okay". No, this feels like the Steven Spielberg collection where the film is fine-grain and the sound shakes the room.
The presentation even on the packaging is impressive with gorgeous artwork/photographs and even a letter from the film maker. Honestly this release is almost buying for the packaging alone.
The film itself is a woefully under-rated classic that should have swept the Academy Awards. It's filled with incredible optical effects and practical effects and great widescreen photography. The performances are incredible and Sam Shepard's performance is the stuff of legend. His final scene in the film is that of an iconic hero. The writing, music, and production quality are all stellar. And this film is filled with iconic moments, like the sun moving across John Glenn's face as he orbits the Earth (which I'm now remembering was imitated in the classic anime Wings of Honneamise).
Whether or not you want to own this film will depend on your appreciation for docu-dramas and how much you love the history of space exploration. Personally I enjoy this massive epic more every time I see it. Finally this wonderful film can be enjoyed the way it was meant to be.
This is about the very beginnings of american space exploration, starting with those early super sonic flights by Chuck Yeager, making him the fastest man on earth. But when Project Mercury Space Program started he wasn't among the pilots chosen for the program, officially because he wasn't college trained but the real reason was probably more like those in charge fearing they would be unable to control him, since he could think for himself. As it turned out so could the pilots actually chosen for the program and once they got past that initial chock of being thrust straight into rockstar-fame without having done anything to deserve this, they actually began asserting them selves, forcing a shift in power towards the astronauts, of which they were the first.
These were true pioneers, taking enormous and incalculable risks to reach speeds and altitudes never before reached by man (with the exception of Gagarin and Titov). They probably didn't do it to better the lives of mankind, but look at the impact: P.C's, sat-phones, sat-tv, sat-navigation, velcro, more precise weather-forecasts and a much greater understanding of what makes our home planet tick, yes even the polarized glasses in your Ray-Bans are byproducts of space exploration or have been developed much faster as a consequence of those early programmes.
The movie however deserves your consideration not just as lesson in history but as an extremely entertaining, hilarious, well acted, well directed, beautifully shot piece of Motion Picture history, telling that early tale in a gripping and heart-warming manor. Pauline Kael of "The New Yorker" called it Astonishingly entertaining and great fun to watch. The Academy agreed and awarded it 4 Oscars. Now, who am I to argue...
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