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Top Gun

by Kevin Taft
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Tuesday Aug 30, 2011
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Twenty-five years ago, many of us flew into the Danger Zone with a then-sane Tom Cruise and then-straight Kelly MacGillis in the hugely successful Air Force recruitment film, "Top Gun." The story of reckless fighter pilot Maverick (Cruise) who falls for his instructor (MacGillis) while getting into a homoerotic bitch-fight with rival Iceman, played by the once-hot Val Kilmer. Anthony Edwards ("E.R") and Meg Ryan show up as supporting players, and every gay male remembers the "Take My Breath Away" slo-mo volleyball game with greased up muscles shining in the beach sun. In fact, the whole movie is like the beginning of gay porn. Wolfman: [watching a video of planes being shot down] "This gives me a hard on." Hollywood: "Don’t tease me."

"Top Gun" is a nicely nostalgic trip back to a time when movies were slick while still allowing characters to come to life and scenes to be memorable and repeatable. "Take me to bed or lose me forever!"

The whole movie is like the beginning of gay porn.

The nicely crisp new Blu-ray comes with a jet-load of extras including commentary from producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott, a six-part documentary on the making of the film, multi-angle storyboards that show how they captured the detailed maneuvers of the flying scenes, a look at the "real" Top Gun, music videos from Kenny Loggins, Berlin, Loverboy, and Harold Faltermeyer, TV spots, Tom Cruise interviews, and a Digital Copy for your mobile devices.

TOP GUN
Blu-ray plus Digital Copy
$19.99
www.paramount.com

Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to ’Star Wars’ and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg. He can be seen in the flesh on the weekly PBS movie review series "Just Seen It."

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