Genres:Educational, Documentary Sub-Genres:Educational, History, Military & War Studio:Winstar Format:DVD - Color DVD Release Date: 10/26/1999 Original Release Date: 01/01/1997 Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1997 Release Year: 1999 Run Time: 0hr 50min Screens: Color Number of Discs: 1 SwapaDVD Credits: 1 Total Copies: 0 Members Wishing: 1 MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated) Languages:English
"The men who go through the Top Gun school are the best of the best. This movie is not your average documentary just put on DVD for the hell of it. Somebody went all out on the DVD menus and extra features. Great extra footage on top of a fascinating story about the formation of the Top Gun school. I rate the film a 4 and the DVD a 5 since this DVD has better features, graphics, and menus than a lot of Hollywood feature films do."
Vintage footage ...not present depection of TOP GUN
nagpaw | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania United States | 05/17/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD is purely a history of the origin of the Top Gun school and NOT anything about the training programme there .The footage is very old and whole focus is on vietnam .The additional sections are a 60 - 80 seconds clips of pilots suiting up and then a F-18 flying . Dont buy it for more then 2 dollars including shipping ...thats all its worth"
Forget the motion picture, this is the real deal: history
embhill | Stanford, CA | 05/23/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an absolute marvel of a video. The film quality is superb, unlike some others. It is a very gripping historical account of who, what and why Top Gun is. Now that the original Top Gun is no longer at NAS Miramar, and now that things on the military scene are changing, Top Gun represents and elite element of history. Get this video. I wish the producers made more films like this. This is not some motion picture fantasy, this is the real deal..."
tony | milton, ma United States | 03/27/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"this program is all about the creation of top gun and its first class and i never knew hardly any of this stuff. it's a real documentary not just a video exploiting the interest in top gun. it tells a story. lots of very good combat and f-4 footage. good interviews too with most of the original top gun people. don't be fooled by the cover though, there is extremely little f-18 footage in this whole show. if you're interested in fighter planes, it's a great program."
Better Than A TV Documentary, But Not Worth Buying
Patrick | Connecticut, USA | 08/24/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"'The Story of Top Gun' is a good DVD, but it would better be described as a DVD recording of a regular 48-minute TV show, along the lines of what you might see on The History Channel's Modern Marvels.
It is definitely better than average, but it is not outstanding either. It does contain a large amount of well-shot footage of F-4 Phantoms and Mig-17s in action (there are NO F-14s or more modern planes which is deceptive from the cover which displays an F-18). It is also a good, albeit breif, introduction to the story behind the creation of Top Gun.
In conclusion: A nice watch, but too short and not enough depth. The lack of F-14 footage is astonishing since one would expect to see F-14s and newer planes since Top Gun didn't end in 1970. The film takes us no farther than the early 70s in its documentation of Top Gun and leaves the viewer longing for more."