The Top Gun team of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott, and superstar Tom Cruise reunite for this excursion into stock-car racing that incorporates the vroom and rumble of deafening car engines with a rehash of the same elements that worked so effectively in Cruise's Top Gun, The Color of Money, and Cocktail. Cruise plays stock-car driver Cole Trickle, a young fireball on the Southern stock-car circuit who has loads of talent but no conception of how to channel that talent in to racing success. When Tim Daland (Randy Quaid) commissions veteran stock-car racer Harry Hogge (Robert Duvall) to built a car and hires Cole to drive it, Harry must instill in Cole his philosophy of winning and teach him how to channel his raw talent into success -- or, as Harry puts it, "controlling something that's out of control." Cole immediately comes into conflict with the circuit's star driver, Rowdy Burns (Michael Rooker), and their hijinks on the track causes them to smash up their cars and lands them both in the hospital. Because of his injuries, Rowdy is forced to withdraw from the circuit competition. With no rival to torment, Rowdy becomes Cole's supporter and friend, while Cole revs up his motors for Dr. Claire Lewicki (Nicole Kidman), the attractive brain specialist who supervises Cole's recovery from the crackup. Cole's health is restored, and he begins to race again, chastened and hanging onto Harry's every word. Cole appears to have centered himself for success, but in an orgasmic grand finale, Cole must compete against Russ Wheeler (Cary Elwes), a dastardly driver who not only wants to see Cole defeated but permanently disabled.~Paul Brenner
I had to get this for my 4k collection. Im glad they picked this title to get the 4k treatment, but how does it look? Well, they did go pretty heavy handed with the grain here. It was released the same day as Top Gun 4k. Top Gun being the better transfer of the two.
If you are a grain-hater, you might not want this title. Buy the movie because you love it, just do not buy it for the transfer. I will add that the film does look very nice at times and it improves as it goes, much like Karate Kid 4k.
I've been a fan of this movie since I was a child, I've owned the DVD, Blu-ray, and now the 4k UHD Blu-ray. They did remove some grain but enough is there to retain the feel, the expanded color and high dynamic range is excellent. Overall it's a feast for your eyes but what about your ears? The only disappointment is it's a standard 5.1 track, which they mixed an Atmos track and the bass is severely lacking throughout the movie but even still I highly recommend this be on your purchase list.
I have this one on blu-ray from way back in the day. The updated transfer for the picture quality is the best it has every looked. This was shot on film so there is a fine grain which gives it a nice look to the film. Colors are good they have increased with the 4k over the blu-ray as well. The sound was great just wish it had an atmos track. Overall a great new transfer and I got this on a one times deal of the day for 10.99 so I cant complain at all.
This classic Tom Cruise still entertains fairly well, albeit in the most 90's of ways. The acting and dialogue are so overdramatic it's almost laughable but Cruise's charm coupled with the once great Randy Quaid, the legendary Robert Duvall and a young Nicole Kidman keep things going nicely. What the real crime here is how the mega charismatic Michael Rooker is the underplayed, undermentioned charm of the film. He should have gotten a better billing than he did.