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    Unique ID Code: 0000061614
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    Added on: 25/6/2004 13:57
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    Right Stuff, The (Special Edition) (UK)

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    How the future began
    Certificate: 15
    Running Time: 185 mins
    Retail Price: £19.99
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    Winner of four Academy Awards, The Right Stuff chronicles the story of the pioneering Mercury astronauts: men names Shepard, Grissom, Glenn, Carpenter, Schirra, Cooper and Slayton, the first Americans to ride a primitive spacecraft solo into a new frontier. Preceding them in the history books was the legendary Chuck Yaeger who, far removed from the awesome media spotlight that would focus on the "spacemen" a decade later, became the first man to break the sound barrier piloting the fabled X-1. Sam Shepard (as Yaeger), Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid, Barabara Hershey, Fred Ward and others in a marvellous ensemble cast make director Phhilip Kaufmans`s sweeping saga (based on Tom Wolfe`s book) funny, touching and bracingly human.

    Special Features:
    Cast commentary. Filmmakers commentary. Additional scenes. Interactive timeline to space. `Do You Have the Right Stuff?` interactive featurette. `John Glenn: American Hero` feature. Theatrical trailer.

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Philip Kaufman

    Written By:

    Fred Ward
    Dennis Quaid
    Ed Harris
    Scott Glenn
    Sam Shepard

    Casting By:
    Toni Howard
    Lynn Stalmaster

    Soundtrack By:
    Garth Hudson
    Robert Crawford
    Bill Conti
    Todd Boekelheide

    Director of Photography:
    Caleb Deschanel

    Douglas Stewart
    Stephen A. Rotter
    Tom Rolf
    Lisa Fruchtman
    Glenn Farr

    Production Designer:
    Geoffrey Kirkland

    Irwin Winkler
    Robert Chartoff

    Executive Producer:
    James D. Brubaker

    Warner Home Video

    Your Opinions and Comments

    8 / 10
    This review refers to the non-special edition version.

    Did you miss the space race? Did you miss the cold war?
    Well here is a chance to catch up on some of what you missed.

    The Plot
    Based on the book, it tells the story of Americas space-race and the people involved in it.
    We start with the test pilots at Edwards, trying to break the sound barrier.
    Chuck Yeager does his stuff and sticks with the X program.
    Others take up the challenge of getting into space. It ends at the end of the mercury program.

    It gives a flavour of the book, showing the troubles they went through (like regularly loosing pilots in the test program).
    Chuck breaks the sound barrier with a couple of onlookers.
    The severn astronauts in turn can`t go anywhere without massive publicity.
    They are also at the mercy of the medical profession, putting them through all manner of weird tests.
    Its a pretty good mix of documentary and entertainment, especially if you like this stuff.
    It does show how far we`ve come though!
    At about 3 hours though, its not short.

    The Visuals/Audio
    Visuals are ok, its set in the 50/60s and looks about right for that. Has a 5.1 sound track.

    The Extras
    Nothing on this version - you`ll need the special edition for that.
    It has a bucket load of languages though, so I guess its pretty full.

    A fascinating glimpse into what the space race was like, and some of the personalities involved.
    How true the characters are I`m not sure, but the facts are pretty good.
    I`d go for the special edition though if I were going to get it.
    posted by Julian Onions on 28/6/2004 18:40