Top Gun 4K Ultra Steelbook               review by Bobby Blakey

There are few stars as big as Tom Cruise. While these days he is most connected with his massive hit franchise Mission Impossible, for years he had a string of hits in all sorts of genres. One of his biggest hits is the 1986 film Top Gun. The film has had numerous releases over the years, but Paramount is stepping it up again with and all-new 4K Ultra Steelbook. Does it take it to the next level or will it fail to get through the Danger Zone?

 

Top Gun follows Pete Mitchell, code named Maverick, the impetuous daredevil Navy-pilot ace who is accepted into Miramar's elite Fighter School, also known as "Top Gun". There, as the impulsive pilot competes with the best of the best, not only will he meet Charlie, the flying school's curvaceous astrophysics instructor, but also the brilliant and highly competitive fellow student, "Iceman", with whom right from the start, he will engage in a reckless contest. As Maverick is haunted by his father's mysterious death, will he be able to suppress his wild nature to win the prestigious Top Gun Trophy? 

 

I never understood the appeal to this movie and spent years telling people how I thought this movie just wasn’t good. Over the last couple of years I have changed my tune and found an appreciation to what it is much like Days of Thunder. While I think Days of Thunder is a better film Top Gun does stand on its own as something special. The entire cast are great with all

of them having great chemistry both good and bad across the board.

This is yet another film that is built for the HD release. The visuals and action of the film is stepped up to the next level in this 4K release to fully immerse you into the action. Across the board this film delivers and the action is what really helps it to stand out throughout. The dog fights are insanely well shot and really holds up better than I thought it would.

 

Revisiting this one not only further cements my new appreciation of the film but also excitement to see the highly anticipated sequel Top Gun: Maverick that was sadly delayed due to Covid. In addition to the film in 4K Ultra this release offers up bonus content including commentary by producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott, co-screenwriter Jack Epps, Jr. and naval experts; Danger Zone: The Making of Top Gun; a look inside the real Top Gun; original theatrical promotional material; music videos, and more.

 

Climb into the cockpit and grab your copy of Top Gun 4K Ultra Steelbook when it hits stores on December 1st from Paramount Home Entertainment.

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