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The Right Stuff: 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray

Posted July 18, 2013 09:18 AM by Webmaster

Warner 90th AnniversaryWarner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray release of writer/director Philip Kaufman's The Right Stuff, starring Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Dennis Quaid, Ed Harris, Fred Ward, Barbara Hershey, Lance Henriksen, Jeff Goldblum and Veronica Cartwright. The classic 1983 adaptation of Tom Wolfe's 1979 book of the same name streets on November 5th.

Synopsis: Chronicling the exciting early years of the United States' race to conquer the final frontier, and the daredevil test pilots who ultimately became the first Americans in space, The Right Stuff begins as America is pondering its future and looking to the skies. And intrepid test pilot Chuck Yeager (Shepard) and the seven pioneering astronauts of the Project Mercury space program are the ones the country looks to. Kaufman scripts and directs, pushing the envelope with a filmmaking bravado that matches this soaring story of training, heroism and of sudden fame for which there is no training.

The Right Stuff is being released in DigiBook packaging and boasts Dolby TrueHD audio with advanced 96k upsampling. Disc One is Feature Film BD-50, Disc Two is a Bonus Features DVD. Extras include:

  • The Journey and the Mission: Scene-Specific Commentaries with Director/Screenwriter Philip Kaufman, Cast and Crew Members
  • Additional Scenes
  • John Glenn: American Hero (1988 PBS Documentary)
  • Realizing the Right Stuff
  • T-20 Years and Counting
  • The Real Men with the Right Stuff
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Premium 40-Page DigiBook Packaging



Source: Blu-ray.com | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

News comments (46 comments)



spf781
  Jul 18, 2013
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A beautiful way to start the day: this official announcement!

Brad1963
  Jul 18, 2013
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About time.

lordmorpheus72
  Jul 18, 2013
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This is great news. A day one for me.

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varmintx
  Jul 18, 2013
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TrueHD? I guess that's a good indicator of how long Warner has been sitting on it.

cb1
  Jul 18, 2013
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Day 1!! awesome
BrowncoatJedi
  Jul 18, 2013
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YES! My favorite movie ever!
MoulinBlu
  Jul 18, 2013
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I don't understand studio's insisting on using dvds for bonus discs. They didn't use VCD's for bonus discs with the dvd format, so why do they think using dvd with BD is any better of an idea? I at least understood it early on when BD replication was much more costly and limited - though usually they were just being cheap and lazy, like Universal tossing in the entire dvd release, movie and all, to avoid additional authoring time and expense. Even if the extras are all SD, they still benefit from BD's interactivity and disc durability. But, as varmintx already pointed out, if it's TrueHD, they've likely been sitting on this for a while. They probably saw poor sales of catalog titles a few years back and decided to delay it until the anniversary. At least with WB, the price is usually right.

rockinrick
  Jul 18, 2013
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This should be good !!

unclejay73
  Jul 18, 2013
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One of my all-time favorite films ever!!

Darth Marcus
  Jul 18, 2013
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I've never seen this, but I'm excited that my very first experience will be on Blu!!!
ArtVandelay
  Jul 18, 2013
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Finally!

It's hard to grasp the Blu-ray format had to be around for close to eight years before we got this.

One of my five most favorite films.

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mport5150
  Jul 18, 2013
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I've been waiting for this one for a long time! Thrilled with this announcement and the Digibook!

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wnicholas76
  Jul 18, 2013
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Finally!! One of my all-time favorites!! Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid, and Fred Ward give the performances of their careers!! Day one for me, baby!!

Now if only Warner Bros. can hurry up and announce Ryan's Daughter...

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donzo29
  Jul 18, 2013
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Out-freaking-standing!! Love this movie!

Maggot
  Jul 18, 2013
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Thank You Warner Brothers! You made my day!

Ingram
  Jul 18, 2013
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YES!! FINALLY!!! (I actually shouted that out loud before I typed it). The Right Stuff is among my Top 10 favorite films of all time. It is a true classic. A splendor of visuals, music, sound design and naturally immersive, low-key performances. Chuck Yeager was a hero of my dad's and thus a hero of mine when I was a kid. This movie, though not without some creative liberties, accompanies the man's greatness poignantly, along with the rest of NASA's pioneering days. It is a true tonal masterpiece.

Thank you, Warner Bros. Best movie news all damn month -- *Ingram runs outside with arms spread apart like wings*

Iron Eagle 74
  Jul 18, 2013
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THANK YOU GOD!!!! I've been waiting and waiting and waiting for this movie to come to blu-ray! YES!!!!!!!!!!!

Dorklord
  Jul 18, 2013
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Oh WOW! YES! Been waiting for this one! One of my favorite films! Looking very forward to November 5th!!!

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Jamison
  Jul 18, 2013
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Great news! Hopefully an amazing transfer so I can retire my SE DVD.

John Hermes
  Jul 18, 2013
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This BD utilizes the new Dolby® TrueHD with advanced 96k upsampling, one of the first films doing so.

Rupert305
  Jul 18, 2013
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Day 1 buy without a doubt.

zltbamf92
  Jul 18, 2013
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Just when I thought Dolby TrueHD was out, they pull it back in. I really shouldn't bash it just yet since it could be the be all, end all TrueHD track.

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prkprkprk
  Jul 18, 2013
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Buying immediately. Great news indeed.
indianajmb
  Jul 18, 2013
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I was really looking forward to this, but will hold off because I hate the digibooks

cran-blu
  Jul 18, 2013
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To answer the question about why they put the extras on DVD instead of Blu-ray, the extras are usually in standard def for older flicks and they do not usually transfer them to HiDef because they are cheap and don't care...why waste a Blu-ray disk if they don't have to?

jayxrico
  Jul 18, 2013
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Definitely going to blind buy this. Haven't seen it yet, but looks like a definite purchase to me.

kevinbellamy
  Jul 18, 2013
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Great flick!
Immensely underrated

Shagadelic
  Jul 18, 2013
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Finally! something to look forward to.

ifireun
  Jul 18, 2013
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One of Ed Harris' best performances, now if they could also get The Abyss and Pollock out on Blu...
"And most of all, I am sick and tired of being second to those... those darn Russians!"

fdm
  Jul 18, 2013
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Good, been looking forward to this for quite some time. Hope it has a rocking transfer.

fdm
  Jul 18, 2013
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Per MoulinBlu's dvd-related paragraph, after having seen how the Blade Runner dvd material was seemingly botched some when it was merged onto the blu-rays, I don't mind so much that they are sticking to the dvds for the bonus materials. If the extras originated from hd materials that would be another story, but if it's going to look better coming from the dvds I'd just as soon they stuck with them.
reidw
  Jul 18, 2013
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OK! Now I want the Oscar Winning Around The World In 80 days (1956), 55 Days At Peking and Ryan's Daughter. After that I'll probably stop buying BDs.

ChiefSequatchie
  Jul 18, 2013
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First Day, I might even preorder!!

They could have up-converted the extras to Blu-ray!
reidw
  Jul 18, 2013
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I've never understood the purpose of upconverting standard definition material. It never looks very good but I guess some people just want to see the BD light/indicator on their player light up?
MichaelBate
  Jul 18, 2013
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Great news! The first (and only time) that I saw "Apollo 13" I kept thinking how vastly superior a film "The Right Stuff" was/is.

I'll be purchasing this for sure.
sjt
  Jul 18, 2013
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Unfortunately, and for no reason that I've ever been able to ascertain, Warner's do not release any films here in the UK in Digibook format. Worse, because they then have to be repackaged, much of the time the films in question don't get released here at all, like Deliverance or Guys and Dolls or Driving Miss Daisy. Or this, which appears nowhere in Warner's release plans for the UK. Grrrrrrrr.
Nikonfan
  Jul 19, 2013
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YES!!! Day one purchase!

f451
  Jul 19, 2013
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Some say there are *titles* up there waiting to be re-leased -- and no one knew their names ...

But at *long* last this *finally* comes to Blu-ray and gets the exposure it deserves. Looks like WB is giving one the special care and presentation package it deserves -- a true contemporary classic. Great cast, crew, story -- a fantastic movie! This is simply a must have title!

(Hope it has an isolated film score track -- one of Conti's best and a hard-to-find rarity.)

Thank you WB!!!

themadpanner
  Jul 19, 2013
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Sorry sjt but i pre-ordered the Uk disc at WOWHD 4 or 5 weeks ago currently it is £12.49, but they had 15% off then so I got it for £10.24. The UK was the first country to announce it. It is released on 11th November. Uk had this movie in 70mm so picture ratio of the BD will be interesting. This is one of the GREAT movies.
Paulo Elias
  Jul 19, 2013
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So far The Right Stuff is still one of the best looking DVDs I own. I am pleased to see that Dolby TrueHD is back. Many months ago I exchanged e-mails with Dolby Labs in this regard, and they said the TrueHD workload, which was the basic reason why the codecs was abandoned, had already been sorted out.

Coincidence or not, TrueHD tracks sound superbly good in all of my Blu-Ray discs. There is plenty of good sound material in The Right Stuff to make it right. Originally this movie had a 6-channel 70 mm mix that is well preserved in the DVD version.
peterraes
  Jul 19, 2013
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great news but will wait for a "regular" release (blu ray case + booklet),i dont like th digibooks,they tend to "crackle" after been handled a x times at the joints!
thats the beauty of regular cases,if they arrive with a scratch on or corner damged,etc....just grab another replacement case and its brandnew again:)

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repete66211
  Jul 19, 2013
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Sweet! The Right Stuff was on the very first Blu-ray wish list.

PeterTHX
  Jul 19, 2013
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A great looking digibook. Warner's special releases are always a class presentation.

Looking forward to the remastered soundtrack.

The only "disappointment" is that the supplement disc is a DVD. Even for SD extras, BDs are a lot more robust with the anti-scratch coating and other improvements.
ZoetMB
  Jul 20, 2013
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I've been waiting for this for a long time. Glad to see it's a digibook, assuming, of course, that the printed material is done well. I understand the complaints about the extras disc being a DVD, but if they made it a BD, but it was all SD anyway, wouldn't we get even more pissed and consider it to be false advertising?

This was released as a 70mm blowup. Wonder if they used the 6-tk mag as a source for the audio? (Would still have to be remixed, since it was the Dolby Baby Boom format: L, LowFq effects, C, Low Fq effects, R, mono surround.)
scarecroe
  Jul 22, 2013
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I'll buy this on day one. Thanks for the news!

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dobyblue
  Jul 22, 2013
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Great to see this title released but "upsampled 96k" - sounds like snake oil to me. Give me the track at its original resolution.


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