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on November 20, 2003
"Top Gun" is not the movie to watch if you are looking for authentic military activities. It is, however, a showcase for Tom Cruise to show how hot he and his band of young stud actors are. Cruise plays Maverick, a crack Navy pilot who get the chance to go to the elite Top Gun Avaiation School. There he is placed in competition with other excellent pilots, but his cheif rival is Iceman (Val Kilmer). This is your standard story of a boy wonder trying to prove himself to a father figure. The romance with his instructor is also sort of superficial. It is, however, very funny to watch all the bloated egos trying to function, resulting in very funny lines of dialog. Also the dog fights are very cool and exciting. Good job Tony Scott. I have met a lot of pilots who act just like these guys, but it didn't seem as funny at the time, though.
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on April 11, 1999
I ordered this DVD as soon as it was announced, and I'm glad that I own it (I absolutely love Top Gun, and the DD 5.1 track is very nice), but Paramount needs to get a clue! The video transfer is better-than-average, but there is some MPEG artifacting (especially in the widescreen cut), *no* extras, and the menus are rather annoying. Top Gun is a great movie, definitely worth buying if you enjoy it, but compared to the disc Gods (New Line, Criterion, Warner), this is hardly a DVD spectacle. There are far better demonstrations of what the medium can do in terms of audio (Fifth Element, Armageddon, Ghost in the Shell), video (LA Confidential, Tomorrow Never Dies:SE), and virtually all discs have more extras than this. Shame on Paramount for making a wonderful movie but a far-below-standard disc.
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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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