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on February 27, 2001
I really love this movie. I used to watch it when I was a kid. When i bought it on DVD, I expected it to be really great - high quality picture, explosive sound - but it really wasn't all that better than the original. The picture is similar to a VH Scan and the dialog was horrible. For the first half of the movie, none of the dialog matches the actors' lips. It seems like this imperfection could have been ameliorated in the editing room fairly easily. The sound effects and musical score redeem the movie to some extent, but the mismatched dialog is dificult to ignore. Maybee I'm just nitpicking here, but when I buy a DVD over cassette format, I expect a higher quality movie. I didn't get that with this DVD. My suggestion is to buy the cassette version and maybee save a couple of bucks.
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on May 29, 2003
The best of the best? Well, not the script. THe acting isn't that bad. Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards could never be bested by any other duo for Mav and Goose. Same for Val and Rick Rossovich as Iceman and Slider. Great chemistry for the two teams as they verbally abuse each other while trying to vie for the honours at Top Gun. Special FX for flights and airfights are great. Kelly Mcgillis is somewhat misplaced as the roamantic interest for Tom Cruise. The rest of the cast is well placed, and so are the other bits.
Highlight: Iceman / Slider engaged against 5 (or was it 6?) Mig 28's and barely keeping away from becoming cannon fodder. Really tense.
Lowpoint: Mav trying to lure Charlie (McGillis) into lustly ventures. Bad lines.
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on May 29, 2003
The best of the best? Well, not the script. THe acting isn't that bad. Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards could never be bested by any other duo for Mav and Goose. Same for Val and Rick Rossovich as Iceman and Slider. Great chemistry for the two teams as they verbally abuse each other while trying to vie for the honours at Top Gun. Special FX for flights and airfights are great. Kelly Mcgillis is somewhat misplaced as the roamantic interest for Tom Cruise. The rest of the cast is well placed, and so are the other bits.
Highlight: Iceman / Slider engaged against 5 (or was it 6?) Mig 28's and barely keeping away from becoming cannon fodder. Really tense.
Lowpoint: Mav trying to lure Charlie (McGillis) into lustly ventures. Bad lines.
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on December 29, 1998
This movie has great cinematography in the air dogfight scenes, and a great, loud soundtrack. It also has one of the most embarrassing lines in filmdom when McGillis says, "I was afraid they'd see that I'd fallen for you." It is clear that the character "Goose" will be, as the movie parody "Hot Shots" named his counterpart, dead meat, but Anthony Edward's acting is dead on for the spirit of this movie. Tom Skerritt also brings good acting. Otherwise, you can use the chapter skip or fast forward features of your DVD player to bypass the very unlikely and unconvincing romantic subplot and Cruise's prolonged crying scenes in the last quarter of the film.
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on August 30, 2000
This should have been a great film after all it is directed by Tony Scott, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and has one of the best scores of the eighties, or indeed any other decade, composed as it is by Harold Faltermeyer (Beverly Hills Cop I & II), not as some seem to think Giorgio Moroder. However not even the dramatic flight sequences and terrific score can save this film overrun as it is with romance and sentimentality, which slows down the pace of the film unnecessarily. Buy this DVD only for the improved sound quality. Pity it doesn't contain more special features, such as isolated score, let's hope future Paramount releases imporve on this.
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on February 26, 2002
the movie follows a very predictable formula of personal high, hit rock bottom then recover-at-the-end flow. impressive movie back then during its days but watching it over and over makes me want more out of the end dogfight scenes. [why did they include a-6 footages to show maverick in waiting at the catapults? clearly, the tomcat and the intruder have different undercarriage looks] nice sounds though....i like watching it for the thunderous sounds of the navy jets...nice cinematography on pilot rescue and tied-down tomcat on carrier deck...pick up a copy of the documentary dvds "the story of top gun" and firepower2000 if you're into military aviation...
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on August 30, 2000
This should have been a great film after all it is directed byTony Scott, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and has one of the best scores of the eighties, or indeed any other decade, composed as it is by Harold Faltermeyer (Beverly Hills Cop I & II), not as some seem to think Giorgio Moroder. However not even the dramatic flight sequences and terrific score can save this film overrun as it is with romance and sentimentality, which slows down the pace of the film unnecessarily. Buy this DVD only for the improved sound quality. Pity it doesn't contain more special features, such as isolated score...
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on December 10, 1999
This has to be one of the best films of all time. The air sequences are fantastic, the relationships between characters are excellently played out, the story overall superb and it's got the right music at the right times. The film gets 5 stars. However, when we choose to buy a film, we choose between two formats. The DVD should have extra features otherwise it is a waste of a format. I realise this is an older movie, but I'm sure they could have added something. Hence 3 stars. Buy it if you love the film, avoid it if you get annoyed (like I do) at DVD's without at least 1 or 2 features.
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on February 27, 2003
The movie is terrific. The sound is spectacular.
But both the non-anamorphic widescreen and fullscreen
pictures were full of defects, which appear to me
to be from the poor quality film print that was used
to make the digital transfer. Scratches and dust
particles were more than just noticeable; they were
annoying. I love this movie and have made it part of
my collection, however if you are expecting a DVD that
you can use to show off your new home theater, you should
probably pick another.
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on March 11, 2004
Utterly preposterous storyline. But being an aviation buff, the flying sequences were like porn to me. Some of the finest aerial cinematography I've ever seen.
Kelly McGillis is easy on the eyes as well. Tony Scott takes a stupid script and turns it into a success by making it like high school. Which everyone can relate to.
Overall a fun movie to watch but people in the know need to really suspend their disbelief.
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