Since it was released in 1983, Phil Kaufman's The Right Stuff has been on my top ten list, and never below the number five. To me, it's one of the greatest quintessentially American films ever made.
Based upon the book by Tom Wolfe, it captures a very special time in our history, and the men and women who made it. It's all about patriotism, flag-waving, and people brave enough to put their lives on the line, not in battle, but to extend our technological horizons.
I first saw it at the Plitt in Century City in a 70mm blow-up and 6-track magnetic Dolby. The image was huge. The audio was immense, rich and full.
In the intervening years I was content with a 35mm stereo print, which looked superb on my home screen, and sounded incredibly big for my speaker size at that time.
And while I was never quite satisfied with any of the past home video releases, as they had no way of capturing the true aura of this film, we've finally reached a point where I can be thrilled with a home video incarnation of the film.
To those who have never seen The Right Stuff, I'm jealous of your ability to see it for the first time, especially in this quality.
If you have home theater projection, play it big. Play it loud.
And allow yourselves to become immersed in this incredible motion picture achievement.
One of the greatest films ever created.
Image - 5
Audio - 5 (Dolby True HD Advance - 96k upsampling)
A perfect Blu-ray of a perfect motion picture.
Extremely Highly Recommended.