Top Gun review (3D Blu-ray)

It's the ultimate child of the 1980s, and now you can enjoy all the high-flying action of Top Gun in 3D.

First up, let's deal with the elephant in the film ... the supposed gay subtext. Is Top Gun homoerotic? It can certainly be seen that way: there's the shirtless beach volleyball scene, the locker-room scenes, the erection references, the bromance between Goose and Maverick, and Maverick and Iceman making eyes at each other. That's all there. Quentin Tarantino even riffed on the gay subtext in a cameo appearance in the film Sleep With Me.

But put that aside; if it's there, it's there, and if not, it's not. Let the viewer decide. The film is basically the story of a group of elite navy pilots battling for the position of "top gun" at a flight training camp. Cruise is Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, a young hotshot who sometimes flies a little too close to the edge. He comes to the attention of one of the civillian instructors (McGillis) and thy get hot and heavy for each other. Oh, and the guys also fly some planes. Very fast.

There is so much to enjoy about Top Gun. I mean, look at that cast: Cruise! Kilmer! Skerritt! Ironside! McGillis! Ryan! Edwards with hair!! There's the pumping 80s synth soundtrack from Harold Faltermeyer and Giorgio Moroder. There's Scotts assured direction. There's Jerry Bruckheimer producing. Top Gun is still one of the most entertaining films of the 1980s. It's the film that established Cruise as a global star. It's fun, it's macho, it's cheesy and it's very, very well made.

3D QUALITY ★ Mostly terrific. This is a great way to rewatch an old favourite, and it's one of the better 3D conversions of an older film that I've seen. It's not perfect – sometimes the background in crowd scenes, such as in the bar, can look a little flat – bot overall it's petty satisfying, and the flying scenes look fantastic. The film itself also looks great, with a gritty, very grainy texture –  quite faithful to a true cinema appearance.

EXTRAS None• Top Gun Blu-ray 3D is out now, from Paramount Home Media Distribution

Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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