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Top Gun: Special Edition DVD Review

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by AVForums Jun 1, 2005

    Top Gun: Special Edition DVD Review
    SRP: £19.99

    Picture

    Top Gun is presented
    2.35:1, framed anamorphically,
    and looks fab. Colours are
    accurate - helping to bring out
    the massively-glossy
    cinematography - and there's a
    pleasant absence of grain, which
    is just as well given the expanses
    of blue sky and sea on display
    during the flying sequences. Yet
    the essential thing to get right
    with Top Gun are the detail levels,
    and more specifically how motion
    is handled. Luckily, fleshtones,
    shiny surfaces and wisps of
    smoke look solid, while there's no
    smearing at all as the planes
    zoom here and there.

    Sound

    We like to think of the
    Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 6.1
    soundtracks as the transfer's
    wing men, and luckily they hold
    up their end well, swatting away
    aural MiG's with ease and never
    once falling into a flat spin.
    Dialogue boasts a high level of
    clarity. Surround work is topnotch,
    with the audio mixes
    constructing both accurate and
    involving soundstages. Yet it's the
    airborne sequences that really
    impress with their mixture of bass
    and top-notch dynamics. Skip to
    the battle scene at the end and
    turn your system up: your sub
    - and probably your neighbours
    - will never be the same again.

    Extras

    This two-disc Special
    Edition contains a whole aircraftcarrier
    full of special features.
    Disc One kicks off with a
    revealing commentary track from
    Jerry Bruckheimer and Tony Scott,
    as well as a screenwriter and
    various technical advisers/plane
    bods.
    The Vintage Gallery contains TV
    spots, and music videos for Kenny
    Loggins' Danger Zone, Berlin's
    Take My Breath Away, Loverboy's
    Heaven in Your Eyes and Top Gun
    Anthem by Harold Faltermeyer
    and Steve Stevens. Rock-tastic.
    More goodies await you when
    you explore the second disc.
    Danger Zone: The Making of Top
    Gun is a whopping two and a half
    hour-long documentary looking at
    nearly every aspect of the movie's
    production, and featuring oodles of
    interviews and behind-the-scenes
    footage. This is what it's all about!
    Next up are two multi-angle
    storyboard features - Flat Spin and
    Jester's Dead - both of which offer
    an optional commentary track from
    Tony Scott.
    Last of all is another Vintage
    Gallery containing even more
    production documentaries and
    interviews, but made around the
    release of the movie. These include
    a Behind the Scenes Featurette, a
    Survival Training Featurette and
    interviews with Tom Cruise.
    Production photos finish off an
    impressive package.

    Verdict

    A fantastic DVD release of a great '80s film.
    This is what we want!

    The Rundown

    Movie

    8

    Picture Quality

    8

    Sound Quality

    8

    Extras

    8

    Overall

    8

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