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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An average film made a lot better through DVD.
Although not as good, Days of Thunder can be seen as Top Gun on wheels. Tom Cruise is his normal self, but a special mention must go to both Robert Duvall as the pit crew chief, and especially Randy Quaid who I thought was fantastic in the role of team owner. For sure, to get maximum enjoyment out of this film you have to be a fan of motorsports, on a good surround...
Published on 2 Aug 2000

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, let down by the transfer
I love this film, but I feel its been let down by the picture transfer.

The DVD says Widescreen 2.35:1, so I just assumed that meant anamorphic transfer for unsquishing onto a widescreeen TV...

...not so. It's 2.35:1 letterbox inside 4:3. So if you want to fill the screen on a 16:9 TV, you have to Zoom in - which inevitably lowers the picture...
Published on 28 Dec 2006 by S. CLAYTON


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An average film made a lot better through DVD., 2 Aug 2000
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This review is from: Days Of Thunder [1990] [DVD] (DVD)
Although not as good, Days of Thunder can be seen as Top Gun on wheels. Tom Cruise is his normal self, but a special mention must go to both Robert Duvall as the pit crew chief, and especially Randy Quaid who I thought was fantastic in the role of team owner. For sure, to get maximum enjoyment out of this film you have to be a fan of motorsports, on a good surround sound system, anyone will enjoy the race sequences. In summary Days of Thunder definetly benefits from the transformation to DVD, the sound is excellent and the picture quality very good. An essential purchase for either fans of Tom or NASCAR.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, let down by the transfer, 28 Dec 2006
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This review is from: Days Of Thunder [1990] [DVD] (DVD)
I love this film, but I feel its been let down by the picture transfer.

The DVD says Widescreen 2.35:1, so I just assumed that meant anamorphic transfer for unsquishing onto a widescreeen TV...

...not so. It's 2.35:1 letterbox inside 4:3. So if you want to fill the screen on a 16:9 TV, you have to Zoom in - which inevitably lowers the picture resolution.

Great film, great soundtrack, but Paramount DVD or whoever manufactured it need to get their act in gear about the picture transfer.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Days Of Thunder, 5 July 2005
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Rich Milligan (Thatcham, Berkshire) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Days Of Thunder [1990] [DVD] (DVD)
Replace the jet fighters of Top Gun with NASCAR racing vehicles and hey presto you have a brand new film! When I found out that not only did Tom Cruise star in both films, but they were both directed by Tony Scott, well that really put the icing on the cake!
Seriously though, Days of Thunder is not that bad a film if you're after a few thrilling action sequences, a throwaway storyline and lots of shots of the gorgeous face of Tom Cruise. If you're after anything more then you might just go away slightly disappointed.
As I say the plot doesn't really merit a mention. Rookie Cruise arrives on the scene with lots of talent but no control. Paired up with fatherly Robert Duvall as the car team's chief they argue and fight and eventually come to love and respect each other. Cruise suffers a bad crash and is tended by Nicole Kidman, cue gratuitous love scenes. Cruise recovers to win the final race of the season seeing off his most hated rival and claiming victory. Finish your pop corn and go home.
There are some redeeming features to the film though. Even the most ardent hater of motor sports will find the race scenes somewhat thrilling and very well filmed. Robert Duvall is always good value for money and he makes another well rounded appearance here, and well, you just can't keep Tom Cruise down. The smile, the teeth, the hair, you just gotta like this guy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good but not perfect transfer, 16 Mar 2010
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Mike Williams (South Wales, UK) - See all my reviews
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The film, whilst basically Top Gun for racing cars, is good, escapist fun. Even after several intervening years, the action still looks good and the story competent enough to hold your attention. There is nothing deep in the film - rookie driver, Tom Cruise, is brilliant but unpolished and needs the guidance of pit team boss Robert Duval to mould him into a race winner (with the inevitable on-off buddy relationship along the way). Then comes disaster with a serious crash (and the intervention of beautiful doctor and love-interest Nicole Kidman) before Cruise has a shot at the title. But will he be able to drive again after the trauma of the crash - erm...what do you think?. Along the way, there is a tough-guy rival who Cruise bonds with whilst having a road race; one of the best sequences in the film. You half expect Cruise to request a fly-by at the end of the film or, at least, shoot down a few Migs. Yes, it's a pretty mindless film but you knew that, right? As for the transfer to blu-ray, it was good but not overwhelming. Too much grain on clear blue skies. Same with the sound; it never really grabs you by the throat, even with all the cars screaming round the track. That said, it's an old film and the quality on blu-ray was far superior to my old DVD. Overall, if you want two hours of escapist fun - this is it; Cruise at his boyish best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What do you know about stock car racing?, 6 Sep 2013
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Days Of Thunder [1990] [DVD] (DVD)
Starring Tom Cruise, directed by Tony Scott and brought to us by Bruckheimer and Simpson, that's a roll call of reasons why many would hate this before even watching it!

Days of Thunder is pretty indicative of the films being made by this lot around this time. Sure there's a honest intention somewhere within to build potent character dynamics, to raise moral awareness and etc, but they always came down to relying on speedy thrills, simmering sexual tensions and a punch the air finale. These latter things are evident in Days of Thunder, making it very much enjoyable if judging on those terms.

The actual dynamic of the stock car racing set-up as portrayed here is a bit suspect, but the thrills come in leaps and bounds as the cars career around the tracks and slam into each other while the respective drivers' egos explode in a flaming ball of testosterone. There's Cruise with his arrogant grin, there's Michael Rooker scowling and there's Carey Elwes doing his worst Val Kilmer Iceman impression. While out in the pits Robert Duvall adds the bit of class by juggling a dual role of surrogate father and expert stock-car manager, and Kidman as ace doctor Claire Lewicki shuffles around wondering just what is the point of all this emotionally damaged machismo.

The makers don't cut any corners in their willingness to raise your pulse, and they succeed in that comfort food sort of way. But that's if you are so inclined of course? 6.5/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Cars, Fast Action, 15 Mar 2000
An action movie based on the American stock car scene. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman team up in this great film. Full of great racing footage and not a bad story I have enjoyed watching this film on more than one occasion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good, 21 Mar 2014
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This was very good film and I was totally happy with it. If you need one this is perfect. I am totally happy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feel good cheese that's not as sickening as Top Gun- yes please!, 1 Mar 2014
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Early 90's feel good cheese presented in gorgeous HD, Robert Duvall and Nicole Kidman balance balance this film out nicely. Tom Cruise's teeth and Maria McKee's 'Show Me Heaven'- what more could you want?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review, 11 Jan 2014
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It was packaged well and arrived in good time. There are sound issue in two scenes of the film that the sound goes off which is very off putting
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, 5 Sep 2013
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Great Film, Been a fan of Tom Cruise for many years , I wanted to collect all his films! Just a couple more to collect.
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