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The Stunt Man (Widescreen Limited Edition) [Import]
Richard Rush leads a joyous ensemble of cast members recollecting the making of the prized and maligned production on the DVD's commentary track. Two deleted scenes are included along with production photos. Production and ad art is also shown from initial sketches to the final poster. In addition, Rush shares his struggles in detailed notes on the DVD-ROM script. The print and sound have never been better than on this DVD, which has been digitally remastered with THX certification. The double-disc set also contains a full-length documentary.
The Sinister Saga of Making The Stunt Man
Peter O'Toole puts it succinctly, "The Stunt Man wasn't released, it escaped." Director Richard Rush returns 20 years later to his highly praised film The Stunt Man (1980) in this two-hour documentary chronicling the decade-long struggle from creation to distribution. Rush calls Sinister Saga a home movie, and it essentially is, with Rush talking to the camera; there is no footage from the film's actual shoot. If you can get by the lack of gloss, you're left with an extremely personal view of the filmmaking, and a behind-the-scenes look that is refreshingly void of studio hype. Included are interviews 20 years later with cast members who fondly remember the film's shoot. It's interesting to note that if The Stunt Man had been made 20 years later, it would never have struggled. The film would simply have been regulated to cable or released on video. --Doug Thomas
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The Stunt Man is unique in its seamless blend of action movie, comedy, drama and satire, and one of the best film treatments of the perennial theme of illusion and reality. Rush's direction is imaginative without being obtrusive, and the performances by Hershey, Railsback and especially O'Toole are superb. The story (co-written by Rush) is one of those that keeps you off balance when you see it for the first time -- is the fugitive stunt man's paranoia justified or not? -- and the script continues to delight on second and third viewing. This is one of the best films to come out of that period in the 1970s when Americans found they no longer had to go to an "art house" for innovative and original film fare. And it works almost as well today as it did then.
I would only point to two minor problems with this edition. First, it would have been nice to provide a version of the film that incorporates the deleted scene shown and discussed by Rush on disc 2. It's an excellent scene and would add something to the film as a whole, and the reasons it was cut (as given by Rush) are no longer salient. The other problem is with the packaging: Disc 1 of the first copy i received from Amazon had broken loose and banged around in the case so much that it was unplayable. It was promptly replaced by Amazon, and although disc 1 had also broken loose in the replacement copy, it played perfectly this time.
Link this premise with another two film made in the sixties (Blow up of Antonioni)and Belle de jour (Luis Buñuel) and more recently Parole des enfants (1995) Open you eyes (Alejandro Amenábar 1997) or The rules of engagement (William Friedkin 2000) and you'll be rewarded by that intelligent plot , loaded with thrills, chills, suspense , riddles and surprises , plus an outstanding cast: Peter O'Toole (nominated as best actor in 1980 for this performance) and Hershey .
I'm absolutely convinced since the moment you watch this film , it will become one of your timeless and favorites films.
The doubt for acquire this film never must prevail in your mind even for a second.
of course the main thing here is o'toole. this and my favorite year were made close together and amounted to nothing less than a 'comeback' for the actor.
unfortunatley hollwood hasnt made such excellent use of o'toole since then but its a proud spot on this wonderful actors resume
It defied all odds to become the most unexpected and acclaimed cult hit of the 80s, and it remains one of the most slyly subversive and thrillingly original action/comedy/drama motion pictures of all time. The legendary Peter O’Toole in his iconic Oscar® nominated performance stars as director Eli Cross, a deliciously megalomaniacal madman commanding a film-set circus where a paranoid young veteran [Steve Railsback] finds himself maybe replacing a dead stunt man, possibly falling for the beautiful leading lady [Barbara Hershey], and discovering that love, death and the mayhem of moviemaking can definitely be the wildest illusions of all. THE STUNT MAN now features a stunning High Definition transfer supervised by Oscar® nominated Producer/Director Richard Rush, plus new interviews and commentaries with Rush, Peter O’Toole, Steve Railsback and Alex Rocco, all in the ultimate edition of the classic that the Los Angeles Times calls as innovative today as Citizen Kane was in its time! "If God could do the tricks that we can do, he'd be a happy man."
FILM FACT: Awards and Nominations: Academy Awards®: Nominated: Best Actor for Peter O'Toole. Nominated: Best Director for Richard Rush. Nominated: Best Adapted Screenplay for Lawrence B. Marcus, Richard Rush. Montreal World Film Festival: Win: "Grand Prix des Amériques" Best Film for Richard Rush. Win: Golden Globe® Awards: Best Original Score for Dominic Frontiere. Win: National Society of Film Critics Awards: Best Actor for Peter O'Toole. Peter O'Toole mentions in his DVD commentary that he based his character on David Lean who directed him in ‘Lawrence of Arabia.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Brilliant on all levels be it visual, thematic, acting, music, sound, etc. Humorous and evocative at the same time. Many visual surprises. Read morePublished 18 months ago by George Edelstein
One of Peter O'Toole s greatest performances as the tyrannical director Eli Cross
One of my top 10 of all time
This review is based partially on ignorance as, with 45 minutes remaining, I stopped watching this film. Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2004
this is a marvellous cult classic and has three fabulous performances in the vastly underrated barbara hershey and steve railsback.
of course the main thing here is o'toole. Read more
Don't get me wrong. This is not a bad movie. It just doesn't compare to Citizen Kane in innovation. Really, some LA Times reporter wrote that! Read morePublished on June 26 2004 by T. A. Hansen
This 2 DVD limied edition of The Stunt Man is awesome!!! This is a classic movie!!! With a great story and a great cast including:Peter O' Toole,Barbara Hershey,Steve... Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2004 by Jason P. Pumphrey
Most films that rely heavily on stunts don't provide much of interest in between the airbag falls and vehicle pile-ups - Hooper, Cannonball Run, The Blues Brothers and their ilk... Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2003 by Tony Hughes
When a fugitive on the run turns actor (Steve Railsback) ends up in a movie set control by a Christ-Like Hollywood Director (Oscar-Winner:Peter O'Toole), who become the man's... Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2002 by Christian Pelchat
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