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Top Gun (Blu-ray Review)

12 Oct, 2008 By: John Gaudiosi

Top Gun

$29.99 Blu-ray
Rated ‘PG.’
Stars Tom Cruise, Anthony Edwards, Val Kilmer, Kelly McGillis, Tom Skerritt, Michael Ironside.

Back in the summer of 1986, Top Gun ruled the box office and catapulted Tom Cruise to superstardom. The Tony Scott-directed film also paved the way for style-over-substance blockbuster filmmaking, which relied on loud licensed soundtracks, plenty of surround sound and MTV-style editing to propel the action forward.

Paramount released Top Gun on HD DVD last year without any extras, so this Blu-ray Disc is the first high-def version of the movie that’s worth adding to your library. As far as presentation is concerned, the film has held up well after 22 years. This 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 transfer brings the film’s 2.35:1 aspect ratio to almost 3-D life. Aside from some dirt and graininess from the original print, this HD picture is sharp and detailed. Anyone who purchased the HD DVD version is getting the same transfer here, though.

Where Paramount did upgrade this disc was in the sound department and with the extras. In addition to the Dolby TruHD 5.1 Surround from the HD DVD version, there’s a far superior DTS Lossless Master Audio 5.1 Surround option exclusive to this disc. With the film’s reliance on music and sound effects to propel the action forward, Top Gun has never sounded better.

The disc comes packed with extras from the 20th anniversary DVD edition, which are presented in standard-definition.

Top Gun on Blu-ray Disc is a great ticket down memory lane. This is the kind of movie experience that’s best enjoyed in high-definition.

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