[img]http://www.hometheatershack.com/gallery/file.php?n=7049[/img]Title: Top Gun
Starring: Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt
Directed by: Tony Scott
Written by: Jim Cash, Jack Epps jr
Runtime: 110 Minutes
Blu-Ray Release Date:
HTS Overall Score:84
For those of you who aren’t familiar with this 1986 action film from Director Tony Scott, here is my brief summary. Maverick (Cruise) and Goose (Edwards) are two Navy pilots who have been recruited by the top flight school that the Navy has to offer. Top Gun is the name of the school and to be the best a student must compete against his peers and in Maverick’s case, against himself. See his nickname is no coincidence; Maverick is a loner who doesn’t depend on anyone but himself. But when his arrogance and selfishness costs the life of his partner, Maverick has to reconcile with his past and prove to himself, and everyone else, that they can depend on him.
I remember when Top Gun came out. I was in the 8th grade and I was already sick of hearing my friends say “I feel the need; the need for speed!” To say that I wasn’t a fan was putting it mildly. I mean I enjoyed the movie alright, but I could never understand the overall popularity of it. 25 years later and I still don’t really get it however; the nostalgia associated with it is something else entirely.
Top Gun brings back a lot of memories of 80’s movies. From Rambo, Rocky IV and Back to the Future to Breakfast Club, Footloose and Ghostbusters; everything about the 80’s was over produced and shiny compared to the 70’s. That isn’t to say the 70’s were bad at all, just that filmmakers in the 80’s seemed to be less concerned with originality or plot and more concerned with big productions with lots of explosions and action. I enjoy watching certain 80's movies like Big Trouble in Little China, Aliens and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, but looking at some of these now really makes me wonder what were people thinking back then...
PG-13 for language, violence and adult situations.
The video transfer on this Bluray is the exact same transfer that was used on the Bluray that was released about a year ago. This is definitely the best the PQ for Top Gun has ever looked however; it isn’t quite up to the quality that Paramount has been able to produce on other catalog titles; I reveiewed The Ten Commandments and I know what can be done if given the proper resources. The resolution volleys between outstanding to dull. Black levels are deep, but often times falter and end up crushing. Color reproduction varies between extremely accurate with vivid and natural looking hues to muted tones that just don’t pop enough. Fleashtones are pretty accurate throughout the film and I did notice some light digital noise in a couple of the sequences but nothing that I found to distracting. Overall this is a very good transfer that should give fans of the film a much needed update, but fails to overwhelm when compared to some other catalog releases.
I am going to have to give Paramount some credit on this one. The last time I actually watched Top Gun was sometime before 2005 on DVD and the system I watched it on wasn’t near up to par with the technology available today. I always remember people talking about the awesome audio on the film and for the first time I have to agree. While this is by no means comparable to today’s bass laden digital extravaganza action fests, whoever re-mastered this one showed it a lot of love. While directional audio was limited, imaging and surround activity was fairly abundant and the opening sequence, yes Kenny Loggins and that Danger Zone song, was exceptionally well presented. LFE was absolutely bare bones and limited to a few sprinkles throughout the film but I truly believe, similarly to the video transfer, that Top Gun has never sounded better.
This one comes pretty loaded...
- Commentary by Jerry Bruckheimer, Tony Scott, Jack Epps Jr.
- Danger Zone: The making of Top Gun
- 2 multi-angle storyboards with optional director commentary
- Best of the best: Inside the real Top Gun
- 7 TV Spots
- Behind the scenes featurette
- Survival training featurette
- Tom Cruise interviews
- Digital Copy Bonus Disc
- Kenny Loggins – “Danger Zone”
- Berlin – “Take my breath away”
- Loverboy – “Heaven in your eyes”
- Harold Faltmeyer and Steve Stevens – “Top Gun Anthem”
As I stated earlier, I was never and am still not a huge fan of Top Gun. But even I have to admit that this is the best I have ever heard or seen this movie presented. I would think that a movie this popular would have warranted a treatment similar to that of Warner’s Blade Runner but evidently the powers that be disagree with that philosophy. Fans of the film that did not pick up Top Gun’s original Blu Ray release will definitely want to pick this one up; all others will probably just want to give it a rent.
Recommendation: Rent it!
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