Top Gun

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Paramount;
Action;
$14.99 Blu-ray, $22.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG.’
Stars Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt, Michael Ironside, Rick Rossovich, James Tolkan, Tim Robbins, Meg Ryan.

The new Blu-ray editions of 1986’s Top Gun were clearly timed to coincide with what would have been the theatrical release of the film’s long-awaited sequel. However, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic shutting down theaters, Top Gun: Maverick was pushed back six months to Dec. 23.

The new Blu-ray does include a trailer for the new film, plus a new six-minute “The Legacy of Top Gun” featurette in which Tom Cruise and some of the filmmakers behind the sequel discuss the impact of the director Tony Scott’s original, which has become an iconic depiction of fighter aircraft combat action. The film still holds up well (despite some cheesy over-the-top machismo that is part of its charm).

Of course, the other thing the film is well known for is its beach volleyball scene that has fueled the film’s reputation as a homoerotic fantasy. The volleyball scene has become so intrinsically associated with the film that a recent board game based on the film lets players either try their hand at the airplane combat of the famed Top Gun dogfighting school, or simulate the volleyball game.

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The bright, vivid image of the new Blu-ray transfer shows off every detail, to the point where it’s impossible not to notice how almost everyone is sweating profusely in practically every scene (it must be hot on those airplanes and carriers). The disc also brings out the film’s legendary soundtrack in a 5.1 mix that perfectly services the action.

The other extra listed as new for this edition is the five-part half-hour retrospective “On Your Six: Thirty Years of Top Gun.” It’s filled with great stories about the production ( such as Scott getting a Navy captain to turn an aircraft carrier around in order to get the perfect lighting from the sun). It was obviously filmed a few years ago, since this year is the 34th anniversary of the film, and Cruise talks about having just read an early draft of the sequel screenplay (the same sequel that is now finished and waiting to hit theaters).

The Blu-ray also includes all the bonus material from previous releases, including a commentary with the filmmakers and naval experts; storyboards; vintage interviews; four music videos (which have not aged particularly well); an earlier behind-the-scenes featurette from the 2008 Blu-ray; and an interesting look at the real Top Gun school, also from 2008.

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FandangoNow Launches Movie ‘Flashbacks’ Promo

Video-on-demand service FandangoNow is running a “Flashbacks” promotion, kicking off with discounts on You’ve Got Mail for its 2oth anniversary.

Through Dec. 23, the film, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, will be available to rent for $2.99 ($3.99 HD) and to own for $7.99 at FandangoNow Flashbacks.

FandangoNow will also be offering special promotions for the 30th anniversary of the 1988 Bette Midler classic Beaches (Dec. 23-29, rent for $2.99 and $3.99 HD, own for $14.99) and for the fifth anniversary of the Oscar-nominated Leonardo DiCaprio starrer The Wolf of Wall Street (Dec. 25-31, rent for $3.99 SD or HD, own for $6.99).

Empire State Building Lights Up for 25th Anniversary of ‘Sleepless in Seattle’

Manhattan’s Empire State Building, where Meg Ryan’s and Tom Hanks’ characters fall in love in Sleepless in Seattle, lit up the night of June 26 for the 25th anniversary of the romance’s original release.

The lighting scheme, a red heart against white lights, was designed to match the one immortalized in the film.

Also honoring the anniversary, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has released the film on DVD, digital and a new Blu-ray featuring four never-before-seen deleted scenes and additional archival special features with the cast and filmmakers.

Written and directed by the late Nora Ephron, the film, which earned more than $220 million at the box office, follows a recently widowed man whose son calls a radio talk show on Christmas Eve in an attempt to find his father a new wife.  Nominated for two Academy Awards and three Golden Globes, Sleepless in Seattle also stars Rosie O’Donnell, Rita Wilson, Rob Reiner and Bill Pullman.

Sony Celebrates Silver Anniversary of ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ With June 26 Blu-ray Release

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the classic romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle with a June 26 Blu-ray Disc release.

Written and directed by Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally…Julie & Julia), Sleepless in Seattle stars the classic romantic duo of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in the tale of a recently widowed man whose son calls a radio talk-show on Christmas Eve in an attempt to find his father a new wife. The film earned more than $220 million at the box office and was nominated for two Academy Awards and three Golden Globes. Co-stars include Rosie O’Donnell, Rita Wilson, Rob Reiner and Bill Pullman.

The new Blu-ray release of the film features four never-before-seen deleted scenes and additional archival special features featuring the cast and filmmakers.

The film is also available now on DVD and digital.