3D PHE Press Release: Top Gun (3D Blu-ray Combo)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Amazon pulled preorders for this title a month ago. Nice to see it is available again
     
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    It's going to take your review, Ron, to convince me I need this. No pressure. :)
     
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    Is this the Turner-ization of movies for the 2000s?
     
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    I'm with you, Steve. Top Gun is one of my favorite movies and I really want this conversion to be out of this world, but this is starting to get out of hand. If there's a theater event, I'll be there (I missed the last one in 2011 because of an injury). But I don't know if I need yet another version of Top Gun on disc.
     
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    Kind of my thought. This is a film that was never shot in 3D, was not intended to be viewed in 3D, so adding 3D to it now for me is an instant pass. There is a huge difference as well in taking a film that is or was composited in 3D prior (like a Pixar work) vs. a film that exists ON film designed in this way.

    I don't want a colorized version of anything, why do I want a retrofitted 3D film?

    I don't know if there is any review that would make me buy in. And I'm buying most 3D titles just to show off the coolness of my setup
     
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    The event screening for me was the original run in 1986 on a big screen with an ear-blistering THX sound system. Nothing like it left in Dallas, although some of the 4K digital projection is nice.
     
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    My parents sadly didn't have the foresight to bring me to the theater at 7 years old for the original run.

    But then they got the VHS and my father played it almost every Saturday night. I wonder how that would have shaped me as an adult...
     
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    As an adult, there is definitely some eye candy in Top Gun. :)
    While we have some nice theaters in the Dallas area, I long for the big screens, auditoriums, and sound systems that used to be here, but were cleared away for rubble, churches, parking lots, and multiplexes. We used to have a twin theater with one screen that had 1100 seats and a THX sound system that was the best in the southwest. It was the place to see Jurassic Park in DTS, and Titanic in 70mm DTS. It was the place to see the Star Wars movies, but the original run was before my time. I did see the Special Edition run back in the 90''s, and it was quite good.
    There's another series being converted to 3D...and I generally have no interest in seeing it.
     
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    Gag.
     
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    It was the first laserdisc I had purchased, just for the Dolby Digital track.
     
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    I had the pre-DD laserdisc, but it at least had digital sound.
     
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    Yep.
    10 years ago, movie nuts had, at best, ambivalence towards post-theatrical film tinkering. Today, tinkering is welcomed and hurrahed. I don't know it's a bad thing, but it's interesting to me.
    We'll see in 20 years if 3D-ing is viewed as a good idea or with anything like the contempt towards colorization or pan and scan.
     
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    Here's the thing for me: as long as the original version is available for viewing (and we have excellent home video renditions of Top Gun), I don't care what producers do to films to try to wring a few more bucks out of their properties. If people want to see the results, fine with me.

    I have only a reviewer's interest in seeing what their efforts produce. I didn't think that 3D did anything to enhance I, Robot. I haven't seen the 3D Titanic, but I understand it's superb. I really enjoyed FInding Nemo in 3D, but is it BETTER than the original 2D? Hard to judge since the movie was reconceived for 3D and is something of a different animal. But we have both so everyone should be pleased.

    I felt the same way about colorization except I never saw a single colorized movie that I felt looked natural or true. They always looked artificial and weird, even celebrated efforts like Babes in Toyland. Maybe I had seen the original black and white version too many times. And some colorzied movies were just eye sores (Miracle on 34th Street, Champion, 42nd Street). But one thing was positive about colorization: the studios had to remaster the films before they laid on color, and those remasters were most welcome.
     
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    You're right, Matt. I've stuck with this stance since the beginning of time and I always will: as long as the original version is still available in "as good as" condition as the new rejiggered whatever, I'm okay with that. Which is why all the retro-fitted 3D movies recently (Disney/Pixar and Titanic, for example) pass my sniff test. The discs all include the 2D versions on BD along with the 3D edition. As long as that happens here-and it will, based on the cover art-I'll be happy.
     
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    I see movie fans complain about 3-D conversions (and 3-D in general) all the time, they still have a raging hatred of George Lucas for changing the Star Wars movies and they worry about Peter Jackson messing with Lord Of The Rings so I don't think it's accurate to say that tinkering is welcomed and hurrahed today.
    Outside of both of them having been changed after the theatrical release, I don't really see a parallel between 3-D and colorization. As far as I know, all 3-D conversions have had input from someone on the creative team rather than being done by some random technician making guesses about the look of the movie. And since no 2-D version has been pulled from circulation in favor of a 3-D version, it's tough to get concerned about it.
     
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    You can also put me in the camp of opinion that I don't
    care what Hollywood does with their classic films. They
    can colorize them or convert them to 3D.

    As long as there is always an original untouched version
    available, then the public always has a choice of which
    to watch.
     
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    It isn't a bad thing. I have never been for colorized B&W films, because it never looked even remotely close to natural. Black, and white looks better than unnatural fake colors.
    I'm not even a big 3-D film nut, but if it is done really well, I'm all for seeing an old favorite in a new, and fresh way.
     
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    I don't currently have Top Gun on Blu so I will probably get this if they did a good new transfer to make the 3D version from.
     
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    bruhaha!!! hollywood studios seriously lost their minds.
    whats up with these bs 3d conversions? what next... the great dictator in color and 3d with dts-hd 11.1 audio?
     
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    Post updated with official press release and new official cover art
     

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