The Right Stuff
Warner Bros. / 1983 / 185 Mins / Rated M15+


MOVIE
The Right Stuff is a movie based on Tom Wolfe's biography of the first seven astronauts for the NASA space program and to a lesser extent the first man to break the sound barrier Chuck Yeager. (Sam Shepard) The movie begins in 1947, right about the time that Chuck Yeager becomes the first man to break the sound barrier. 

As the movie moves along the story of the space race begins between Russia and the U.S.A. The race to get the first man in space is waged and this is where the story seven pilots, Grissom, Shepard, Glenn, Carpenter, Schirra, Cooper & Slayton become the first seven astronauts who captivate a nation. 

The story show there highs and lows and how they were the pioneers of today's space program. Top viewing.

VIDEO

The transfer on In The Right Stuff is generally high in quality but there is the occasional picture scratch or flaw, but this not the fault of mastering but more a problem with the film master seeing the movie is about 15 years old. Now I know you are probably thinking that's not very old, but I have seen worse quality video on the Priscilla DVD (See Review soon). On the whole the picture is very clean though and there is very little noise in dark scenes and it's a damn site better than the last version of the movie I've seen on Laserdisc. The only gripe I can have with the movie is the fact that you have to turn the disc over at half way.

The Right Stuff is framed at 1:85:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

This is a dual-sided, single-layer disc.

AUDIO
Sound in The Right Stuff is outstanding, the movie has been remixed in Dolby Digital 5.1 and makes great use of the surround and .1 speakers and is something very special indeed, it really sounds great when a jet flies over top of you, and the channels separate very well, considering the movie was only originally mixed in Dolby Stereo. Now I can finally see why the movie won Academy Awards for best sound & sound effects.
EXTRAS
This disc has many extras including the original theatrical trailer, scene indexes, cast profiles, great info on the real life astronauts and a history & timeline of NASA itself. The Disc also contains a glossary of terms that are included in the movie, so if you are a little confused you can look it up, on top of the awards it has won. So there is an outstanding collection of extras on this disc that makes this great disc a wonderful disc.
FINAL THOUGHTS
This is the best disc I have seen from Warner Brothers so far, the quality of the disc, sound format and many extras really make this the must have disc for your collection.

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

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REVIEW EQUIPMENT

Display: 48" Sony RPTV.
DVD Player:
Panasonic A350 Player using S-Video Cables.
Receiver:
Pioneer VSX-D508 Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround.
Speakers:
Accusound speaker system.

Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 25 May 2000 21:15:01 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating M15+
Running Time: 185 Mins
Case Type: Snapper Case
Release Date: 7/10/1998
Catalog Number: 20027
List Price: $29.95
Distributor: Warner Bros.
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: No Label
Disc Format: DS-SL
Chapters: 42
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: WAMO
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 1:85:1
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

5.1 Surround

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: None
Languages: English
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: None
Theatrical Trailer: Yes
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: None
Cast & Crew Bios: Yes
Deleted Scenes: None
Music Videos: None
DVD Rom Content: None
Collectable Booklet: None
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: None
Production Notes: Yes
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