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Up, Up & Away

1983 tale of America’s first space cowboys shines on Blu-ray


The Right Stuff: 30th Anniversary Edition

Blu-ray $27.98 (Warner Home Video)

Director Philip Kaufman’s acclaimed 1983 drama about America’s space race and the original seven astronauts of Project Mercury—adapted from writer Tom Wolfe’s equally acclaimed 1979 bestseller—came to the screen in an era before computerized razzle-dazzle and the wizardry of digital special effects. But no matter: It remains a rocket ride of high-spirited, spunky adventure that perfectly captures the space-cowboy tone of the times, spurred along by a dream cast of Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, Sam Shepard, Dennis Quaid, Fred Ward, Barbara Hershey and Levon Helm. The commemorative Blu-ray comes with a generous load of bonus features, including several documentaries, a profile of real-life astronaut John Glenn, and commentary by the director, cast and crew.

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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Strike Up The Band

Sumptuous collector’s edition repackages famed 1971 concert event

TheBand_Live_productThe Band ‘Live At The Academy of Music 1971’

CD + DVD, $75.74 (Capitol / Universal Music Enterprises)

The legendary band with a capital B, the pioneering Canadian-American ensemble led by Robbie Robertson and Levon Helm that went on to influence countless other roots-rockers, performed four legendary concerts at the top of their fame during the final week of 1971 at New York’s Academy of Music. The shows, originally edited down for the group’s classic 1972 double LP Rock of Ages, have now been re-packaged for this sumptuous collector’s edition, with all the original recordings (including “The Shape I’m In,” “Don’t Do It,” “Stage Fright,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and “The Weight”) enhanced with 19 previously unreleased tracks, plus an in-concert DVD and a 48-page book.

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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