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
Brilliant on all levels be it visual, thematic, acting, music, sound, etc. Humorous and evocative at the same time. Many visual surprises. Read morePublished 12 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 by "thrilho"
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