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4K Ultra HD Review: Top Gun (Steelbook)

December 1, 2020

By John Corrado

Earlier this year, Paramount released the 1986 classic Top Gun on 4K Ultra HD, and now the studio is reissuing the 4K edition with collectible Steelbook packaging. Directed by the late Tony Scott, the film of course stars Tom Cruise as cocky fighter pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, and it remains an iconic piece of pop culture. It’s a lot of fun, with exciting flight sequences, and a classic soundtrack.

As is the case with all Steelbook editions, the packaging itself is obviously the biggest draw of this new release. The new cover art is quite appealing, with some stylish blue and grey illustrations on the outside and inside. It’s an attractive set that would make a fine gift. This is notably also the second Steelbook edition that the film has received, with it previously having been given the special treatment on Blu-ray back in 2016 for its 30th anniversary (review here).

This Steelbook edition was meant to coincide with the Christmas theatrical release of the sequel Top Gun: Maverick, which was initially slated to open over the summer but had its release date shifted due to the pandemic, and has now been pushed to next year due to most theatres remaining closed. For more on the film itself, you can read my review of the non-Steelbook 4K edition right here.

Bonus Features:

The 4K Ultra HD disc includes the exact same bonus features that were included on the earlier release, and the set also comes with a regular Blu-ray disc that includes a number of legacy bonuses as well. A code for a digital copy is also included in the case.

4K Ultra HD:

Commentary by producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott, co-screenwriter Jack Epps Jr., and naval experts

The Legacy of Top Gun (5 minutes, 39 seconds)

On Your Six – Thirty Years of Top Gun (29 minutes, 54 seconds)

Looking Back (7 minutes, 23 seconds)

America’s Best (5 minutes, 27 seconds)

Into the Danger Zone (7 minutes, 30 seconds)

Going Ballistic (3 minutes, 52 seconds)

Narrow Targets and the Future (5 minutes, 39 seconds)

Blu-ray:

Commentary by producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott, co-screenwriter Jack Epps Jr., and naval experts

The Legacy of Top Gun (5 minutes, 39 seconds)

On Your Six – Thirty Years of Top Gun (29 minutes, 54 seconds)

Danger Zone: The Making of Top Gun (2 hours, 27 minutes, 44 seconds)

From the Ground Up – Pre-Production (29 minutes, 59 seconds)

Playing With the Boys – Production: Land and Sea (26 minutes, 40 seconds)

The Need for Speed – Production: Air (28 minutes, 26 seconds)

Back to Basics – Visual Effects (17 minutes, 8 seconds)

Combat Rock – The Music of Top Gun (21 minutes, 31 seconds)

Afterburn – Release and Impact (23 minutes, 57 seconds)

Multi-Angle Storyboards With Optional Commentary by director Tony Scott

Flat Spin (4 minutes, 2 seconds)

Jester’s Dead (2 minutes, 52 seconds)

Best of the Best: Inside the Real Top Gun (28 minutes, 46 seconds)

Music Videos

Kenny Loggins – “Danger Zone” (3 minutes, 48 seconds)

Berlin – “Take My Breath Away” (4 minutes, 13 seconds)

Loverboy – “Heaven in Your Eyes” (4 minutes, 5 seconds)

Harold Faltermeyer and Steve Stevens – “Top Gun Anthem” (4 minutes, 10 seconds)

Original Theatrical Promotional Material

Behind-The-Scenes Featurette (5 minutes, 31 seconds)

Survival Training Featurette (7 minutes, 31 seconds)

Tom Cruise Interviews (6 minutes, 42 seconds)

TV Spots

Top Gun (Steelbook) is a Paramount Home Entertainment release. It’s 109 minutes and rated PG.

Street Date: December 1st, 2020

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