By Sandra Kraisirideja
To give people an idea of how popular “Top Gun” was when it was released in 1986, I’m pretty sure it’s the the last movie my uncle—an ex-Marine who served on the USS Midway—deemed worthy enough to see in the theater.
I saw it three times and remember vividly singing “You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling” and “Great Balls of Fire” with my cousin all summer. There’s even a corny photo of us in bomber jackets and aviator sunglasses. Yes, “Top Gun” was all the rage in the summer of 1986.
Now 25 years have past and the movie is still as iconic as ever and the anniversary release of “Top Gun” on Blu-ray is packed with special features that capitalize on the film’s history.
Here is an excerpt from the press release outlining what’s in the Blu-ray extras:
The “Top Gun” Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, English DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital with English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The disc includes the following special features:
· Commentary by producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott, co-screenwriter Jack Epps, Jr. and naval experts
· Danger Zone: The Making of Top Gun (six-part documentary)
· Multi-Angle Storyboards with optional commentary by Tony Scott
· Best of the Best: Inside the Real Top Gun
· Music Videos:
o Kenny Loggins—“Danger Zone”
o Berlin—“Take My Breath Away”
o Loverboy—“Heaven In Your Eyes”
o Harold Faltermeyer and Steve Stevens—“Top Gun Anthem”
· TV Spots
· Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
· Survival Training Featurette
· Tom Cruise Interviews
· Digital Copy—Offered in Windows Media for PC and iTunes for Mac & PC. The digital copy contains a copy of the motion picture only, without DVD special features, in standard definition with English language track in stereo only.
I watched sections of the six-part documentary and noticed the interview footage was quite dated. There were no new interviews that I could see with Tom Cruise or Anthony Edwards. The part I found most interesting was the section that covered the music of “Top Gun,” because of the candid interviews with Kenny Loggins and Terri Nunn from Berlin.
Despite the dated footage and appearance that all the extras were gathered together from previous releasess, the 25th anniversary Blu-ray release of “Top Gun” is an entertaining walk down memory lane. If you don’t have any previous releases in your library this would be a nice addition.