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Product Details

  • Actors: Peter O'Toole, Steve Railsback, Barbara Hershey, Allen Garfield, Alex Rocco
  • Directors: Richard Rush
  • Writers: Richard Rush, Lawrence B. Marcus, Paul Brodeur
  • Producers: Richard Rush, Bart Pierce, Melvin Simon, Paul Lewis
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • Release Date: April 29 2003
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005OCK7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,997 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

Product Description

Special Features

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

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Fuhrman TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 23 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This 2-disc special edition couples a good transfer of the original film with a feature-length documentary in which director Richard Rush narrates "The Sinister Saga of the Making of The Stunt Man" -- which is well worth watching, for anyone wanting a glimpse into the history and internal politics of the Hollywood film industry. It also features more recent interviews with Rush, Peter O'Toole, Barbara Hershey, Steve Railsback and others involved in the production, which was clearly a labor of love for all of them.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo on July 17 2004
Format: DVD
Through this clever , ingenious script , the brilliant film maker Richard Rush (nominated as best director in 1980) made a emblematic and glorious film for those people who wante to taste something different . Built as a smart chines puzzle , a man suddenly in a location film and the delicate boundaries between the reality and the fiction are broken . Under this perspective the viewer is challenged moment by moment and obilgated to establish who is who and what is what . Think that you are in a mirror hall (Lady of Shangai's ending sequence) and try to find the object and not confuse with its image .
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ageofanxiety on June 28 2004
Format: DVD
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. 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
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Format: Blu-ray
THE STUNT MAN [1980] [Blu-ray] [US Import] A Virtuoso Piece Of Moviemaking! Peter O’Toole Gives A Peerless Comic Performance!

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: ‘The Stunt Man’ received three Academy Award nominations: Best Actor – Peter O'Toole. Best Director – Richard Rush. Best Adapted Screenplay – Lawrence B. Marcus, Richard Rush.

The ‘The Stunt Man’ also received three Awards: Montreal World Film Festival – "Grand Prix des Amériques" (Best Film) for Richard Rush. Golden Globe awards – "Best Original Score" for Dominic Frontiere. National Society of Film Critics Awards – "Best Actor" for Peter O'Toole.
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