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The Right Stuff

review by James S.

Rated PG

Studio: Warner

Running Time: 193 minutes

Starring Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid, Sam Shepard, Fred Ward and Barbara Hershey

Directed by Philip Kaufman

Retail Price: $19.99

Features: Theatrical Trailer, Production Notes

Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Surround, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Chapter Search

Shepard, Grissom, Glenn, Carpenter, Schirra, Cooper, Slayton. These seven names will be etched in history as the first seven astronauts selected in America. Equally important in history are names like Yeager and Crossfield, men who never traded their test pilot wings in for a set of astronaut wings.

"The Right Stuff", based on Tom Wolfe's book, follows the careers of these men before and during the beginnings of the US space program. The movie follows these nine pioneers in two equally important programs, the Mercury space program and the continuation of flight test programs such as the X-1 rocket plane. The juxtaposition between of the two worlds, space and atmospheric, is exquisitely detailed by an all-star cast. The winner of four Academy Awards®, The Right Stuff is an exceptional docudrama.

Despite being released back in the early 1980s, The Right Stuff is enhanced for widescreen televisions. The full screen image is clear except for a few print flaws which have developed over the years.

The audio in The Right Stuff has been updated to modern standards. The soundtrack has been remastered to Dolby Digital 5.1. The movie contains wonderful dimensional effects, and the deep rich bass during flight scenes will have your walls vibrating.

The only weak point to The Right Stuff is the lack of features. The features are limited to a few sound options (no commentary track), production notes, and the original theatrical trailer. In addition, fans of laserdisc can reminisce, as halfway through the film you'll have to manually flip the DVD.

Short on features and long on length, content, and quality, The Right Stuff is a DVD to buy for the drama it tells. A commentary track with the likes of John Glenn and Chuck Yeager are certainly desired. Even without such a feature, this budget DVD is one for every serious film buff. The back of the case sums it up perfectly, calling it "An instant American classic."

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