Date Set For 3D 'Top Gun' Release

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Paramount Pictures has said it will release a 3D version of Top Gun for a six-day run in select Imax theaters starting Feb. 8, and then will debut the film on Blu-ray on Feb. 19. The popular aviation film, starring Tom Cruise, has been remastered from high-resolution original negative scans and was painstakingly converted to 3D under the supervision of the film's director, the late Tony Scott, the studio said. "Rendered in 3D, the film's complex, long shots reveal extraordinary depth and clarity, allowing viewers to explore every detail of the action," according to the studio. "From the spectacular aerial dogfights to the intense close-ups in the cockpits, each frame enables the audience to feel a part of the story."

The film will be available as a Blu-ray 3D disc or in a 2D version that includes the re-mastered film in high definition plus a six-part documentary on the making of the movie, interviews, and commentary. The U.S. Navy cooperated in the production of the original film, which was released in 1986. The Navy made several airplanes and an aircraft carrier available to the crew. Aerobatic pilot Art Scholl was killed while working on the film in 1985, when he failed to recover from an inverted spin in a Pitts biplane and crashed in the Pacific Ocean. Cruise had been working with director Tony Scott on a sequel, but after Scott's death in April that project was put on hold indefinitely.