The 3D conversion of Top Gun has been in the works for some time now.
As some of you may recall, Top Gun was the #1 movie of 1986, and there’s still strong nostalgia for it today. In fact, it seemed that there was a bit of a resurgence going on for Top Gun as of late, because in addition to plans for a 3D conversion, there was also talk of a sequel, with Tom Cruise back as Maverick.
Sadly, these plans were halted by the tragic passing this year of director Tony Scott. But now after a slight delay, Top Gun 3D will indeed be hitting a limited number of IMAX 3d theaters for a brief run before it comes out on Blu-ray.
As Cinema Blend confirms, Top Gun in 3D Imax will be out for a one week run in theaters beginning on February 8. The Hollywood Reporter also notes that Tony Scott supervised the 3D transformer from “high-resolution original negative scans.” Meanwhile, the two-disc Top Gun Blu-ray set is slated to hit store shelves on February 19, 2013.
For Top Gun fans, seeing the film in 3D, and in a restored Blu-ray edition should be a sight to behold. Indeed, the Blu-ray includes a six-part documentary on the making of the movie, a behind the scenes featurette, an interview with Tom Cruise, as well as commentary from Jerry Bruckheimer, Scott, and screenwriter Jack Epps Jr.
With this restored re-release, it should be very interesting to see how today’s audiences react to one of the biggest blockbusters of the 80’s. While Tony Scott was still kicking major ass in Hollywood, making A-list blockbusters up to the time he passed, Top Gun is arguably his best remembered film today. Tony’s influence on modern blockbusters is clear, and this fully authorized restoration should make a fitting tribute to his legacy.