Top Gun (1986) (30th Anniversary) (Blu-ray/DVD Steelbook Review)

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Top Gun (1986) (30th Anniversary) (Blu-ray/DVD Steelbook Review)
Directed By: Tony Scott
Starring: Tom Cruise, Tim Robbins, Kelly McGillis
Rated: PG/Region A/2:39/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Paramount

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Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell is an expert United States Naval Aviator. When he encounters a pair of MiGs over the Persian Gulf, his wingman is clearly outflown and freaks. On almost no fuel, Maverick is able to talk him back down to the carrier. When his wingman turns in his wings, Maverick is moved up in the standings and sent to the Top Gun Naval Flying School. There he fights the attitudes of the other pilots and an old story of his father’s death in combat that killed others due to his father’s error. Maverick struggles to be the best pilot, stepping on the toes of his other students and in another way to Charlie Blackwood, a civilian instructor to whom he is strongly attracted.

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Top Gun might be to most who have loved it over the years one of the more quintessential 80’s movies you’ll find out there. I had seen parts of it here and there as a kid, but I’m ashamed to admit that this 30th Anniversary steelbook release was my first time of actually seeing the entire thing, from start to finish. A movie like this can show you why everyone was such a big fan of Tom Cruise during this time period. The man really does know how to hold a scene and a plot together and Top Gun might be the best example of all that. The movie is a thrill ride when it needs to be and it also sprinkles in a nice love story on top of all the macho overtones. All in all, it makes for a movie that is not only great for the male demographic but equally appeals to women all at the same time. We had a lot of great 80’s movies but how many of them could say they were perhaps the total package in appeal? The wingman stuff here is fun and you can see why they used this movie’s name to spice up such things as video games after. Tony Scott has always been a master behind the camera and while I’m more of a True Romance guy when it comes to Scott, I never was bored a single time watching this one. No matter of Cruise was playing hot shot in a jet or singing off key to the female lead with his squad backing him up in a bar. Top Gun isn’t a perfect movie to me but believe me when I say I can see why some people consider it as so. It packs action, romance, a strong plot with a who’s who of actors and characters, and you can’t help but enjoy yourself while watching.

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For anyone who does love Top Gun (and steelbooks for that matter), this is a great release for you to pick-up. You get the movie is a very nice looking HD transfer for starters. The colors are very strong and the details pop. I’ve seen a couple Tony Scott movies look a little less than stellar in HD before, but I’m sure this one coming by way of Paramount is one reason why the transfer looks so good. And I think everyone will love how this one looks. The DVD is here as well, but the disc doesn’t come with all of the cool extras the otherwise loaded Blu-ray disc is packing. You get a great movie, you get a commentary, making-of features, as well as music videos featuring the almost as popular as the movie music from the movie. All in all, I’d say we have a great release on our hands here and seeing as how steelbooks are as big as they seem to be now, this release mixed with the affordable price tag on it makes this a must-own release from Paramount. You can see Tom Cruise in his prime, as long with other such as Val Kilmer. If the movie wasn’t enough to keep you reaching for this disc I’m sure the extras on this will be. So if you love Top Gun, trust me when I tell you that you will certainly want to pick this one up as soon as you can.

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Extras

Blu-Ray Disc
Feature film in high definition
– Commentary by producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott, co-screenwriter Jack Epps, Jr. and naval experts
– Danger Zone: The Making of Top Gun
– Multi-Angle Storyboards with optional commentary by Tony Scott
– Best of the Best: Inside the Real Top Gun
– Music Videos:
Kenny Loggins—“Danger Zone”
Berlin—“Take My Breath Away”
Loverboy—“Heaven In Your Eyes”
Harold Faltermeyer and Steve Stevens—“Top Gun Anthem”
– TV Spots
– Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
– Survival Training Featurette
– Tom Cruise Interviews
DVD Disc
Feature film in standard definition
– Commentary by producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott, co-screenwriter Jack Epps, Jr. and naval experts
– Music Videos:
Kenny Loggins—“Danger Zone”
Berlin—“Take My Breath Away”
Loverboy—“Heaven In Your Eyes”
Harold Faltermeyer and Steve Stevens—“Top Gun Anthem”
– TV Spots

Quality of Transfer: 98%

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