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Top Gun Movie Review

Now available on Blu-ray and DVD (Buy on Amazon)

at physical media is running on fumes. While the Tony Scott classic looks great in high-definition Blu-ray, this re-release (“just in time for Memorial Day and Father’s Day!”) appears to offer nothing new in terms of special features or any real reason for existing at all, other than to milk a few more bucks from our wallets.

Just as rumors of a Top Gun sequel suggest the movie will be about drone warfare and the fading relevancy of manned fighter jets, this Blu-ray set is a reminder that what was once important isn’t as important now: if you already own the movie in some way or form, or have Amazon Prime where you can watch it for “free,” there isn’t much use in buying another version of the film, repackaged only to present the same old options again. A quick search on YouTube led me to many of the included bonus features.

In fact, the most exciting part about receiving this iteration of Top Gun in the mail is that it comes with a digital copy that allows me to take the movie with me wherever I want, or at least not even get up from the couch whenever I want to enjoy that loving feeling.

On the positive side, up until the moment it showed up in my mailbox, I only owned a DVD version of the movie—this 30th Anniversary edition is a massive upgrade in terms of visual quality and sound. The colors are crisp, the action vibrant, and the sound effects through the roof—of course, the music sounds as good as ever.

Top Gun holds up extremely well 30 years on; sure, the whole Tom Cruise/Kelly McGillis romance is a bit of a headscratcher these days, but otherwise the movie feels as fresh as the day it was released.

Top Gun is one of those movies any movie fan should have in his or her collection; but if you already have it, there’s little reason to invest in this “new” version.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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