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While this reviewer still considers “APOLLO 13” to be the best film
involving the space program, “THE RIGHT STUFF” is still a great film.
While “APOLLO 13” achieved more dramatic aspirations, “THE RIGHT STUFF”
is much more of a reflective film, moving at its own slow, steady pace,
determined to blend overt imagery with metaphor, in telling a story that spans
as many years, as it does trials and tribulations.
“THE RIGHT STUFF” pays homage to the space program in a very different way
than “APOLLO 13” as well. This film examines both the daredevil-ish Chuck
Yeager as well as the extremely fit men of the armed forces whom would
later become the celebrity-astronauts.
When comparing the two films, “APOLLO 13” benefited from better
action/effects sequences, but the more dramatic sequences, especially revolving
around the personal lives of these men, are better realized in “THE RIGHT
Director Philip Kaufman has a penchant for belaboring images. He never
seems to want a scene to last 3 minutes when it can last 6, and this is a minor
problem for the film. “THE RIGHT STUFF” could have benefited from some minor
editing. However, the film has gigantic aspirations, and it is an epic, so the
excessive footage can only hinder a terrific film so much. It’s still a great
WARNER BROS. has previously released “THE RIGHT STUFF,” on dvd.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t enhanced for 16:9 viewing, and while colors were
impressive, they weren’t nearly as distinctive and rich as they are in this
newly remastered version. The film’s correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio, with
16:9 enhancement, is of demonstration quality! Contrast is also
outstanding, allowing for excellent definition in the darkest scenes.
WARNER BROS. has remastered the film’s soundtrack for Dolby Digital 5.1 sound,
and it’s more aggressive than we’d imagined for a film close to 18 years
old! There is excellent separation, and the surrounds are used throughout
the entire film. The dialogue is always intelligible and free from
WARNER BROS. has provided plenty of extras! In addition to Director Philip
Kaufman’s perspective on the film, we also get to hear and see John Glenn,
along with some other great commentary. Some mini-documentaries, filled
with great footage, are also offered.
Add the original theatrical trailer, and this is a “SPECIAL EDITION” that
deserves to be in every film lover’s dvd collection!