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The Stunt Man (Widescreen Limited Edition)

Peter O'Toole , Steve Railsback , Richard Rush    R (Restricted)   DVD
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The "lost" sleeper hit of 1980 has since become one of the most revered cult movies of all time, largely due to its bawdy, irreverent story about the art and artifice of filmmaking and an outrageously clever performance by Peter O'Toole. As megalomaniacal film director Eli Cross, O'Toole plays a larger-than-life figure whose ability to manipulate reality is like a power-trip narcotic. The focus of his latest mind game is a fugitive (Steve Railsback) recruited to replace a stuntman killed during a recent on-set accident. In return for protective sanctuary, the fugitive takes a crash course in stunt work but soon discovers that he's the paranoid player in a game he can't control, with the dictatorial director making up the rules. Or is he? The Stunt Man is a game of its own, played through the fantasy of filmmaking, and half the fun of watching the movie comes from sharing the stuntman's paranoid confusion. Barbara Hershey has a smart, sexy supporting role as a lead actress who won't submit to her director's seemingly devious behavior; but it's clearly O'Toole who steals the show. Director Richard Rush adds to the movie's maverick appeal--in a career plagued by struggles against the mainstream studio system, Rush hasn't made a better movie before or since. The Stunt Man clearly represents the potential of his neglected talent. --Jeff Shannon

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


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Illusion, reality and the industry July 23 2011
By Gary Fuhrman TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the top cult movies from the eighties! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars o'toole should have gotten the oscar 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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5.0 out of 5 stars o'toole should have gotten the oscar 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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3.0 out of 5 stars DIDN'T FLIP MY MINNOW June 26 2004
Format:DVD
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! I guess I'm supposed to watch this numerous times, but it just wasn't that interesting to me. Where's the innovation? The crane?(Golly gee Cletus, I never seen a crane that big before) The reflected faces? The cliched lines of the Vietnam Vet? Then there is that quote that's always bandied about, "You're an actor playing a stuntman playing an actor..." I understand what he is saying, it's just not very pithy.
I kept waiting for the big suprise, the part of the movie that floored me. It never came. I wasn't drawn into an anti-reality, didn't see a dual reality and did not see any allegory. To some reviewers this is the greatest film ever. There's a guy at DVD Verdict who wrote that this film changed the way he looked at movies. I didn't see that. I watched a movie, that while good, was not thought provoking. I suppose I should watch it again, but it just didn't flip my minnow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great 2 DVD set!!! Jan. 16 2004
Format:DVD
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 Railsback,Alex Rocco and Adam Roarke!!! And directed by the legendary Richard Rush!!!Contains a great widescreen transfer of the film!!! And a super cool documentary(a 114 min.documentary!!!) on disc 2!!! The great extras include: an audio commentary,theatrical trailers,deleted scenes,and more!!! A five star package!!! Two thumbs up!!! A+
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1.0 out of 5 stars A poor investment
This review is based partially on ignorance as, with 45 minutes remaining, I stopped watching this film. Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2004 by "thrilho"
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Classic!
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 more
Published on Oct. 28 2003 by Tony Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent lost sleeper hit.
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 more
Published on Nov. 28 2002 by Christian Pelchat
5.0 out of 5 stars the BEST camerawork !
This is the only movie , which I had to watch 7 times in 2 days . In Russia . Few weeks before I had been send to Afghanistan . As professional photographer , published writer ... Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2002 by Vlad
5.0 out of 5 stars a stuntman who is an actor ...
"A stuntman, who is an actor, who is a character in a movie! Who will find you among all these!"
This is one of my favorite movies of all time. Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2002 by Patrick Loughlin
4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating stuff
A strange,interesting film that has an atmosphere quite unlike any other movie I can think of.Peter O'Toole is great as the director who'll stop at nothing to get what he wants. Read more
Published on July 10 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Cutting-edge brilliance of both story and acting
Surprising this great film, which now on DVD seems to be making its long-deserved way from "cult classic" to "genuine cinematic masterpiece", was in the can for... Read more
Published on June 27 2002
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