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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Gun 3D : IS IT REALLY THAT BAD ???, 31 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: Top Gun (Blu-ray 3D) [1986] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
I noticed a lot of negative comments on the Top Gun 3D DVD, which almost
resulted in me not buying the DVD. But fortunately I was stubborn enough
to buy it anyway.

And I feel it is really necessary that I put things in the proper perspective
given all the negative remarks made.

I watched the movie in 2D, in 2D to 3D conversion (say 3D "light") and in
full 3D. These are my findings :

1) REGARDING THE "GRAINY" IMAGES :
True, the film is a bit grainy and in a couple of scenes,
this is quite visible.
Most of the time however, it is not that obvious and it isn't disturbing at
all. Films in the '80's were much grainier than that and did that ruin our
experience ? Of course not ! Conclusion : if you are a hardcore bluray fan
and like supersharp images, skip this movie because you're going to be
disappointed. All the others : don't worry, picture quality is certainly
sufficient ! Note : I watched it on a 40 inch AND on a 80 inch screen - there was no noticeable difference in quality, both were just fine.

2) REGARDING THE COLOURS :
True, sometimes the colours seem a little bit out of balance.
Sometimes. A little bit. If I hadn't read the remarks, I probably wouldn't
have really noticed myself. Or in any case, it does not ruin the experience
at all !!! Colours are plenty ok !!

3) REGARDING THE 3D
The 3D effect is fantastic !!! Really well done! Jets seem to fly off your
screen right into your living room. They really did a good job on this one !
Are there better 3D transfers than this ? Probably, possibly. Who cares,
this one is just great ! It is awesome to relive Top Gun in 3D. What an
experience ! If you watch the 2D version of Top Gun, in a 2D to 3D
conversion mode on your TV, it is fun, but the real 3D is a whole lot better.
The difference is huge !

4) REGARDING THE MOVIE ITSELF
...and the "it's-a-cheesy-80's-movie"-remark
Okay, some parts are a bit over the top, such as the victory scene at the
end (when they land on the flightdeck ship).
But in general, I totally disagree !
This is one of the best films *** ever *** made.
After almost 30 years, this movie is still as fascinating and as breathtaking
as 30 years ago, when it just hit the cinemas. A lot of movies from that
period now seem hopelessly outdated. But Top Gun ? No ! If they had
waited 30 years to launch the movie in cinemas, the movie would be as
popular today as it was in 1986.
Look at how great the composition of the images are (f. ex. at the start of
the movie), the jets rolling by, the heads of the crew turning simultaneously,...
Listen to the music.
Notice how much attention they paid to numerous details and how much
effort that must have took : if you see a jet from a distance with a pilot,
with a red helmet, looking at his right side, and then you see a close up,
the pilot wears the red helmet and is actually looking at his right side.
Don't laugh, I have seen movies where an F-18 is pictured, with a pilot
wearing a green helmet looking to his right side, where in close up, the pilot
is wearing a red helmet and looking to his left side, sitting in what seems to
be an F-16 (certainly NOT an F-18). Notice how Maverick squeezes his
eyes, just after performing a sharp turn with his F-14, mimicing G-forces.
It's the sum of all these little details that made this into one of the best movies of all times !!!

CONCLUSION
Hardcore bluray fans who demand supersharp images : skip this movie.
All others, and certainly Top Gun fans : do NOT miss out on this one,
chances of being disappointed (after being fully informed now) are very low !!
Top Gun in 3D is a fantastic experience !!!
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