Top Gun will take a highway to the IMAX 3D zone next year

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While the sad and untimely death of director Tony Scott earlier in the year has just about scuttled any chances of the proposed sequel to his 1986 classic, Top Gun, one of his last bits of work before his suicide has been completed. Meaning that you’re still going to be able to duke it out with Maverick and Goose on the biggest of screens next year. Granted you find yourself in the right part of the world that is.


Originally intended to bring the original film back into the spotlight again in anticipation of a sequel, Top Gun was converted for IMAX 3D and is now going to see a re-release in select cinemas on February 8, 2013, one week before the film makes its 2D and 3D Blu Ray debut. Since our sunny little part of the world is no longer privileged to have an IMAX facility, much less a 3D one, we’re going to have to make due with the home release. This is really a shame seeing as the director himself oversaw the conversion – which began all the way back in 2011 – so this is more than likely the last time you’ll get to see a Tony Scott film in cinema.

Here’s the press release announcing the news:

“TOP GUN,” Paramount Pictures’ 1986 classic from director Tony Scott, producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, and starring Tom Cruise, takes off on a new adventure with an exclusive six-day 3D engagement in select IMAX theatres beginning February 8, 2013.  The film has been re-mastered for the IMAX 3D release and subsequent debut on Blu-ray.

TOP GUN was re-mastered for the big screen from high-resolution original negative scans and painstakingly converted to 3D by Legend3D under the supervision of the film’s director, Tony Scott.  Rendered in 3D, the film’s complex, long shots reveal extraordinary depth and clarity, allowing viewers to explore every detail of the action.  From the spectacular aerial dogfights to the intense close-ups in the cockpits, each frame enables the audience to feel a part of the story.

The story of an elite group of pilots competing to be the best in their class and earn the title of “TOP GUN” captured the imagination of a generation and earned a worldwide box office of over $350 million upon its release.  The film stars Tom Cruise as Maverick and Kelly McGillis as his civilian instructor. The film also stars Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards and Meg Ryan.

The “TOP GUN” Blu-ray 3D disc presents the film with pristine high definition picture and sparkling sound in spectacular 3D for the ultimate home viewing experience.  The Blu-ray 2D includes the re-mastered film in high definition, along with a six-part documentary on the making of the movie, a behind-the-scenes featurette, interviews with Tom Cruise, commentary by producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott, co-screenwriter Jack Epps, Jr. and more.  The two-disc set available for purchase also includes a digital copy of the film and will be enabled with UltraViolet technology.

Last Updated: December 12, 2012

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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