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Video: How Does The Disc Look?
The kicker here, though, is that Top Gun’s 3D transfer on this edition is a lot more visually striking than its 2D counterpart (which looks to be the same one from the movie’s 2011 BD edition). The 3D elements of this 2.35:1 1080p transfer aren’t copiously impressive – depth is frequently noticeable and effectively engrossing, and space is well-balanced and crisply defined – but the base elements of Top Gun’s visual palette are significantly improved compared to its 2D Blu-ray presentation. Color quality, black levels, and contrast are all handled nobly on both of these presentations, but there’s no question that the 3D version is the MVP of the two. Those stoked for Top Gun in 3D will get quite a thrill here.
Audio: How Does The Disc Sound?
We get a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track and a DTS-HD Master 6.1 track (they're the same mixes from the film's first BD edition). The limitations of 1986’s recording technology make a preference moot since the audio is a tad harsh. The mix is immersive with a reasonable dynamic range. Dialog sounds fine, but lacks the in-the-room presence more modern tracks provide. The jet fighters are impressively loud but can’t quite overcome subtle inherent distortions. The surrounds are quite active with entertaining pans as the jets fly to and from the screen. EX decoding is a must for pans across the surround channels. The modest distortion also gets in the way of a warm midrange. The score contributes the strongest bass line, but once again, the limitations of the recording technology prevent reaching into the lowest octave. Which did I prefer? The DTS track seems fuller and better balanced. Since the lossless tracks are supposed to reproduce the studio master bit for bit, I can only assume that the DTS track has a different mix.
French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 sound mixes are included, as are English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.