Warner 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
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.
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*
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?
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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:)
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.)