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Top Gun 4K UHD Review

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“Top Gun” stills entertains 34 years later

Before the sequel “Top Gun: Maverick” comes out in December, why not take a trip back to 1986’s “Top Gun?” For those that may be rusty on the plot, the story revolves around hotshot Naval aviator pilot (callsign Maverick) and his Naval Flight Officer (callsign Goose) attending TOPGUN (a competitive Naval Fighter Jet School for the best of the best). While there, Maverick experiences trials and tribulations, falls for an instructor (Charlotte) and must contend with the cocky Iceman (a talented pilot).

Directed by the late Tony Scott and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, “Top Gun” is an 80s classic through and through. Although the script by Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr. is extremely safe, by-the-numbers and heavy on cheesy romance, it’s the level of talent surrounding the project that makes it such a beloved cinematic experience. First and foremost, Tony Scott directs the hell out of this movie. Between the intense aerial footage and the quick pace, the film flies by in no time (pun intended). it’s a very breezy Hollywood movie and sometimes that is just what people want. 

The cast here is epic as it contains the likes of Tom Cruise, Anthony Edwards, Val Kilmer, Tom Skerritt, Michael Ironside, Tim Robbins, Meg Ryan, Kelly McGillis, Adrian Pasdar and James Tolkan. Cruise shows why he is a movie star as the reckless, but undeniably talented Maverick who has something to prove. Edwards steals the show here as the charismatic Goose, McGillis has great chemistry with Cruise as Charlotte, Val Kilmer makes a big impression as Iceman, and Skerritt classes up the picture with a memorable performance.

How could I end this review without talking about the soundtrack? It is one for the ages as you get both the Kenny Loggins megahit “Danger Zone” and Berlin’s iconic “Take My Breath Away.”

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 2160p with HDR. How does it look? The 4K remaster maintains the grit and grain of original print while also providing a crisp picture upgrade.

Audio Track Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? This is a perfect track. The dogfights and soundtrack have never sounded this good.

Extras:
* Blu-ray copy
* Digital copy
* “The Legacy Of Top Gun”- A new extra that features “Top Gun: Maverick” cast and crew members talking about the original. Some footage from the sequel is also included.
* “On Your Six- 30 Years Of Top Gun”- A brand new 5 part documentary that covers the cast, soundtrack, flying sequences and success of the original film.
* An informative commentary by Tony Scott, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jack Epps Jr. and Naval experts.
* TV spots
* 2 multi-angle storyboards
* Nearly 7 minutes of interviews with Tom Cruise
* A behind-the-scenes featurette and a survival training featurette
* 3 music videos for “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins, “Take My Breath Away” by Berlin, “Heaven In Your Eyes” by Loverboy, and “Top Gun Anthem” by Steve Stevens and Harold Faltermeyer.
* A self-explanatory extra titled “Best Of The Best: Inside The Real Top Gun.”
* “Danger Zone: The Making Of Top Gun”- An extensive 6 part making of documentary

May 8, 2020 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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