One of the early releases from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment was one of the original machismo driven dramas, The Right Stuff. Despite the great film, a poor transfer, sparse extras and a horrible disc flip point made the DVD a disappointment. But the time has come to revisit the film with a new 2 disc special edition.
They were Mercury astronauts: men named 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 Yeager, 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.
The film gets its respect with an anamorphic widescreen transfer and audio in Dolby Digital 5.0. A packed audio commentary will feature director Philip Kaufman, producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, cinematographer Caleb Deschanel and cast members Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid and Barbara Hershey will accompany the film. Thirteen deleted scenes including Trudy’s Dream, Chimp and Center Fuse, Milkshake Connecting, Second Convolution, Specimen Request, Glen Gets Out of Centerfuge, Astronauts Walk Down Hall, Gus and Trudy at Motel, Dayroom Liaison Man Speech, Blood/Mission Control, New Congress Lift, NASA Man “Socks” and Trudy Wakes will be on the set and as will a documentary introduced by author Thomas Wolfe, including interviews with Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Quaid, Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, Wally Schirra and the coolest human who has ever lived, test pilot Chuck Yeager.
Coming on June 10th, the set will arrive on $26.99.