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I want a TOP GUN SE!

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#1 of 115 OFFLINE   Kieran Coghlan

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Posted July 26 2002 - 09:47 AM

You know, now that Paramount has done a re-release (ST2: Wrath of Kahn) special edition, I think it's time to lobby for a re-release special edition of Top Gun.

This movie SHOULD be one of the ultimate demo movies for surround sound and home theater in general, yet the DVD is a veritable piece of... well, you know what. The transfer sucks worse than almost anything out there, and the DD5.1 sound track is pathetic in comparison to evenm the DPL track from the LD or VHS.

Extras would be nice, but I don't even really care if there are any... just give me an anamorphic new HD transfer, with a high quality 5.1 re-mix of the audio, and I'd be happy. I know so much about this movie, I can provide my own extras! Posted Image

So, what do y'all say? ARE YOU WITH ME?

#2 of 115 OFFLINE   Chris M

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Posted July 26 2002 - 09:57 AM

You're not alone.. I'm still waiting for it.. I want Top Gun, but no point on buying the current non-anamorphic one! Chris.

#3 of 115 OFFLINE   Aaryn Chan

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Posted July 26 2002 - 10:04 AM

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My 2nd Favorite movie of all time.

Titanic beeing first. Too bad they're all from Paramount. Posted Image

#4 of 115 OFFLINE   Dmitry


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Posted July 26 2002 - 11:11 AM

Me, too!

#5 of 115 OFFLINE   Paul McElligott

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Posted July 26 2002 - 11:13 AM

An SE would be nice, that way my local Fry's can stop using that crappy non-16x9 version to demo their widescreen TVs. (Don't they wonder why it looks like crap?)
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#6 of 115 OFFLINE   Ricardo C

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Posted July 26 2002 - 11:16 AM

I don't need an SE. Just a nice anamorphic transfer. Pretty please?
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#7 of 115 OFFLINE   Kieran Coghlan

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Posted July 29 2002 - 10:12 AM

Like I said, at a minimum the movie deserves a new QUALITY anamorphic transfer, and a "TOP NOTCH" Posted Image re-mix of the sound to 5.1 (dts even!)

#8 of 115 OFFLINE   DanHaya


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Posted July 29 2002 - 11:01 AM

I've successfully avoided getting the bare bones, non-anamorphic version. I think both Top Gun AND Crimson Tide deserve a 2-disc Special Edition. Actually, I wouldn't mind it if both films got the Criterion treatment. Since Bruckheimer uses them so much...why not?

#9 of 115 OFFLINE   Jonathan


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Posted July 29 2002 - 12:25 PM

I'd replace my old Top Gun DVD with a new 16x9 SE in a heartbeat. I have only played it once in the 2 years I have had my 16x9 TV. I just can't deal with the crappy picture quality.
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#10 of 115 OFFLINE   Jason Merrick

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Posted July 29 2002 - 01:50 PM

This is also one of my favorite all-time movies.

That being said, the quality of the existing DVD is so bad, I actually sold the disk because I can't stand to watch it in this condition.

Paramount, please sell the rights of Top Gun to Columbia, or just lease the rights to them long enough to "Superbit" it... pretty please!?

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#11 of 115 OFFLINE   Shad R

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Posted July 29 2002 - 02:18 PM

Uh, I don't have a widescreen tv, or anything fancy, but the picture on my disc isn't TERRIBLY bad, I don't think. Of course, a non-anamorphic dvd played on a non-anamorphic tv probably won't tell me a whole lot about the crappy picture.

#12 of 115 OFFLINE   David Von Pein

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Posted July 29 2002 - 02:27 PM

This is curious......

Take a gander at the "WIDESCREEN REVIEW" of the current Top Gun DVD (they seem to love it).......

Widescreen Review:
Picture Quality: 4 (5 is the highest rating)
The non-anamorphic DVD is framed at 1.95:1; altered from the 2.35:1 original compositions. Digital noise and artifacts are apparent, especially in the air scenes. Colors are fully saturated with accurate fleshtones, rich and vibrant colors and deep, solid blacks. Contrast and shadow delineation are mediocre, sometimes lacking natural detail and clarity. The DVD could have been stunning if it were anamorphically processed.

Sound Quality: 5 (5 is the highest rating)
The Dolby® Digital discrete 5.1 soundtrack is a full-throttle sonic experience. Bass extends to below 25Hz with superb spatial envelopment and directional effects.


Question: Are these Widescreen Review people totally off their individual & collective rockers, or are we here at HTF just WAY too demanding (do ya think)?? Posted Image

Because everyone in this thread seems to think the T.G. transfer & sound are certainly nothing to write home about. WS Review expresses exactly the opposite opinion. Very strange.

BTW....Amazon is showing a release date of 01/08/2002 for the existing DVD of Top Gun. Can this be correct?! Seems it's been out much longer than that! (Or is it possibly just the 2nd pressing release date of the original product?)
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#13 of 115 OFFLINE   Ron Reda

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Posted July 29 2002 - 02:34 PM

[quote] Like I said, at a minimum the movie deserves a new QUALITY anamorphic transfer, and a "TOP NOTCH" re-mix of the sound to 5.1 (dts even!) [quote]
Agreed!!! I don't particularly need an SE (personally, I've seen enough of Tom Cruise lately to last a lifetime), but I would like an anamorphic transfer and a killer DTS track to go with it!
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#14 of 115 OFFLINE   Randy B A

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Posted July 29 2002 - 02:39 PM

Paramount it would be nice to have top gun and titanic re-released in 16x9 wide screen with dts es 6.1 sound. a second disc with extras would be a nice bonus.

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Posted July 29 2002 - 02:40 PM

Yup yup... I bought the Top Gun DVD blind, because I like the movie. If I had known the transfer and audio were crap, I probably would've left it on the shelves. I'll upgrade on street date, if Paramount will give me a better verion.
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#16 of 115 OFFLINE   Paul Chi

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Posted July 29 2002 - 04:21 PM

Paramount Please release a SE. I have the current disc and its bad. I would buy a SE in a heart beat along with a Titanic SE. Thanks.

#17 of 115 OFFLINE   Veli-Matti Reitti

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Posted July 29 2002 - 06:24 PM

Count me in on that SE. This is one of my all time favorite movies. Ever since i started buying DVDs this has been on my wish list. Nevertheless i am not going to get it until we get a decent edition. Surely Paramount must understand that this movie deserves a better treatment in terms of picture and sound quality.

#18 of 115 OFFLINE   Dan Hitchman

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Posted July 29 2002 - 06:29 PM

It's kind of a fun movie, sorta... DTS and a new transfer with proper 2.35:1 aspect ratio, please! Dan

#19 of 115 OFFLINE   AnthonyL


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Posted July 29 2002 - 07:32 PM

Where do I sign up. Someone start a petition.

#20 of 115 OFFLINE   Rob Gillespie

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Posted July 29 2002 - 09:09 PM

I always though the film was vastly overrated as an audio demo. The scene from Clear And Present Danger when the F/A 18 takes off from the carrier and then smart-bombs the drug lords house is way, way better IMO.
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