Top Gun: Special Edition DVD Review
PictureTop Gun is presented
2.35:1, framed anamorphically,
and looks fab. Colours are
accurate - helping to bring out
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.
SoundWe 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.
ExtrasThis 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
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
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
VerdictA fantastic DVD release of a great '80s film.
This is what we want!
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £19.99
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