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'Top Gun' flies out of danger zone and into 3-D

Tom Cruise in a scene from the 1986 film 'Top Gun' produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Paramount Pictures

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By USA Today
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Jerry Bruckheimer still feels the need for speed.

“Top Gun,” which helped make a star out of Tom Cruise and Hollywood heavyweights out of Bruckheimer and producing partner Don Simpson, is back in cinemas and flying high in 3-D for a special six-day engagement in IMAX theaters beginning Friday. A limited-edition mini-reprint of the original 1986 poster also will be given out to ticketholders. The movie will show at the IMAX theaters at AMC Loews at the Waterfront, Homestead, and at the Cinemark Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills mall in Tarentum

In addition, a new “Top Gun 3-D” Blu-ray will be released Feb. 19 with the new conversion, plus a six-part documentary, interviews with Cruise, music videos (including Kenny Loggins' anthemic “Danger Zone”) and a commentary by Bruckheimer and the late director Tony Scott.

One of Scott's last projects before his suicide in August was working with Bruckheimer's production company to add a new dimension to the in-air action sequences with Cruise's hotshot Maverick, Val Kilmer's cocky Iceman and other pilots that thrilled movie audiences in 1986.

“Some of the action scenes were of course a little more difficult but they did a brilliant job,” Bruckheimer says of the 3-D conversion. “It really is exciting when they land on those carriers, and the dogfights. You really think Tony shot it in 3-D. Tony was thrilled, and he was a perfectionist.”

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