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The Stunt Man (Widescreen Limited Edition)

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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 One of the top cult movies from the eighties! July 17 2004
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
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
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 Lost Classic! Oct. 28 2003
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 being prime examples, and even the revered likes of Bullitt tend to sag a bit when the protagonists get out of the car. Fortunately this overlooked gem manages to mix stops-out stunt sequences with a borderline-pretentious paranoia plot to cover all bases with ease. Jobbing greenhorn Steve Railsback gets a job in the stunt team of Peter O'Toole's director's World War One action romance, falls for the leading lady, has his every waking moment interrupted by O'Toole on an ace crane-mounted director's chair, and finally takes on the escape from a sinking car stunt that killed his predecessor. There's plenty of elementary-grade symbolism thrown at it (O'Toole's messianic character is called Eli Cross, in true ramming-the-point-home style), and the whole "What is reality after all? Eh? Think about it" ethos of the film won't impress everyone, but it's all done with a light touch, and you really won't see anything like this anywhere else, and the set-pieces, particularly the rooftop gun battle and aerial dogfight, are brilliantly staged.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent lost sleeper hit. Nov. 28 2002
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 mentor. Which the hollywood director sheltered the fugitive from a sherrif (Alex Rocco). While the fugitive starts to fall in love with a famous attractive actress (Barbara Hershey).
Directed by Richard Rush (Color of Night, Psych-Out) made a standout, outragerous, dark comedy. Which is unique and it's offers something different for everyone. Winning Performances by Railsback, O'Toole and Hershey. DVD's has an good anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) transfer and an fine Dolby Digital 5.1 Expanded Surround Sound. DVD Extras has an induction by the Director, Trailers, Two Deleted Scenes and more. This film recieve three Oscar nominations, which are:Best Actor-O'Toole, Best Adapted Screenplay by Lawrence B. Marcus and Director:Rush, and Best Director. This is a marvelous and unique exercise in meta-cinematic manipulation. This is a great film, which makes Reality and Make-Believe blur. Grade:A.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic film that makes you think... May 14 2002
This is mostly for ENZAM, and those who may also be confused.
The Stunt Man is one of my favorite films of all time. I've seen it many times and perhaps I can explain the scene he presented as an example of a 'silly contivance'. In the scene with the original stunt man on the bridge, he stops NOT to give Cameron a ride, but to get ready for a stunt. He then kicks him out when he realizes that Cameron has gotten into the car. He guns the car and turns around NOT to run over Cameron, but to do the stunt.
This scene is a perfect example of why the film works so well. Everything that happens in this scene is seen from Cameron's point of view. Cameron's somewhat paranoid view. Only after this scene plays out are we, along with Cameron, shown the rest of the crew making the movie. And as the film goes on we learn more insight about this scene. The original stunt man, Burt, was so hopped up, to do this dangerous stunt, we understand why he acted the way he did.
The Stunt Man is one of those films that you will have the best experience with on your first viewing. As the audience, you take this ride along with Cameron, finding out what's going on as he does. And the twists and turns are wonderful. This is a GREAT script. It reveals its secrets little by little until, by the end of the film, we understand what's going on, why people have done what they've done, and it's a wonderful payoff.
As for the acting, EVERYONE does a GREAT job in their rolls. Steve Railsback is not 'sleepwalking through the movie'. He's playing a haunted character who doesn't see a place for himself in this world, and he plays it great with all of the cynicism, anger, and frustration of a defeated man.
This film has drama, action, romance and is extremely entertaining, but it's also the kind of movie that will make you think and work to figure out....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Must See
Brilliant on all levels be it visual, thematic, acting, music, sound, etc. Humorous and evocative at the same time. Many visual surprises. Read more
Published 10 days ago by George Edelstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
One of Peter O'Toole s greatest performances as the tyrannical director Eli Cross
One of my top 10 of all time
Published 3 months ago by Peter Eccles
5.0 out of 5 stars Illusion, reality and the industry
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... Read more
Published on July 23 2011 by Gary Fuhrman
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 o'toole should have gotten the oscar
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
Published on June 28 2004 by ageofanxiety
5.0 out of 5 stars A great 2 DVD set!!!
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 more
Published on Jan. 16 2004 by Jason P. Pumphrey
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. 27 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
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