Featured 3D Blu-ray review: Top Gun
February 17th, 2013
However, I'm not going to review it again. There's simply no point in reviewing the movie a fifth time. You can read my previous review again. I stand by every word in that review, even the typos.
There are no new extras to this version of the Blu-ray. They don't even have the audio commentary track on the 3D disc. Sadly this is still very common for 3D / 2D combo packs. I understand not wanting to convert featurettes to 3D, but that shouldn't prevent audio commentary tracks from being on the 3D disc. Additionally, a lot of the problems I had with the previous Blu-ray release are still present in the 3D version, including a lot of grain. It is distracting at times. On the other hand, the audio is great.
The big question here is the 3D conversion. Did they do a good job? For the most part, yes. The dog-fighting scenes obviously benefit the most from the conversion, with a lot of added depth and separation. There are only a few places where the 3D goes a little wonky, including some scenes that were cut just a little too fast for 3D. There are definitely differences in how you shoot a film in 3D vs. 2D. Quick cuts in 3D are a nightmare for your eyes. Sometimes a post-production 3D conversion ruins a movie, and many times it is a gimmick that adds nothing to the movie. Here, it actually improves the movie. I still think it is silly, but at least the action scenes were better.
A lot of people love Top Gun and think it is one of the best action movies of the 1980s, or indeed one of the best action movies of all time. I am not one of those people. On the other hand, I will admit that the 3D Blu-ray is the best home market release for the film thus far. And unless they perform a million dollar restoration on the film for an Ultra High Definition release, this is as good as it will get.
Submitted by: C.S.Strowbridge
Filed under: Video Review, Top Gun