Director: Tony Scott
Cast: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall
Release Date: May 19, 2020
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 7/10
Newly remastered from a 4K ﬁlm transfer supervised by producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Days Of Thunder explodes with the most spectacular racing action ever captured. Tom Cruise plays race driver Cole Trickle, whose talent and ambition are surpassed only by his burning need to win. Discovered by businessman Tim Daland (Randy Quaid), Cole is teamed with legendary crew chief and car-builder Harry Hogge (Academy Award winner Robert Duvall) to race for the Winston Cup at the Daytona 500. After a ﬁery crash nearly ends Cole’s career, he turns to a beautiful doctor (Nicole Kidman) to regain his nerve and the true courage needed to race, to win, and to live.
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It’s time to hit the racetrack once again with the racing classic ‘Days of Thunder’ which tells the tale of pro-driving newcomer Cole Trickle (Cruise) who joins a businessman’s new team only to impress and improve almost every step of the way, quickly finding himself a key player on the road to the biggest event around. But after suffering a brutal crash that he was lucky to survive, he finds a new passion and drive through a budding love with the young doctor treating him, soon allowing him to believe he can return to driving better than before. Directed by Tony Scott, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Tom Cruise, ‘Days of Thunder’ is a wildly enjoyable and fast paced ride that revisits much of what made ‘Top Gun’ work so well, yet in a new arena and environment, and it still holds up as an enjoyable and generally well made movie with a healthy fan base thirty years after its debut.
The tense, high-speed classic ‘Days of Thunder’ returns home newly remastered on Blu-ray as the fifth entry in the new ‘Paramount Presents’ numbered Blu-ray line of Paramount’s various film classics from the studio’s expansive library with collectible packaging and new 4K film transfers, plus more. Bringing back together the winning ‘Top Gun’ teaming of director Tony Scott, producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, and of course star Tom Cruise in the film’s lead, ‘Days of Thunder’ borrows its share of concepts and general ideas from ‘Top Gun’ while taking the sky-soaring action and excitement to the ground this time around. Some obvious similarities aside, it definitely still conjures up a thoroughly exciting, often intense and always fun ride with plenty to keep you glued to the screen.
Complimented by a wonderful supporting cast that includes Robert Duvall, Nicole Kidman and Randy Quaid, ‘Days of Thunder’ remains nearly as fun and thrilling as it did upon its initial release and fans hoping for a new and fully remastered release of the car racing hit are in for quite a treat. Hardcore fans of Cruise, Scott or the film ‘Days of Thunder’ in particular will all likely want to at least consider picking up a copy of this newly remastered Blu-ray release (or the 4K Ultra HD release which was released the same day and marks the first time ever available on the new format) and shouldn’t be disappointed with the result, albeit somewhat lacking when it comes to extras.
Overall, the new ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray release of the high-speed racing drama ‘Days of Thunder’ should altogether satisfy fans who still don’t own the movie on Blu-ray or don’t mind double dipping for an upgrade. Serving as the fifth entry in the collectible ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray line of Paramount film classics, the Tom Cruise led hit returns home with a quite dazzling new high definition video presentation from a new 4K film transfer that was supervised by producer Jerry Bruckheimer (those of you who are fully 4K capable may also want to look into the new 4K Ultra HD release which hit stores the same day as this Blu-ray edition and marks the film’s first time ever available on the format). Further boosted by an immersive multichannel soundtrack and a couple of extras, this new ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray release of ‘Days of Thunder’ is recommended for anyone already considering a purchase.
The ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray release of ‘Days of Thunder’ features a new full 1080p High Definition presentation of the film with a 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio from a new 4K film transfer supervised by producer Jerry Bruckheimer. This newly remastered video presentation looks fantastic and serves up a smooth, sharp and nicely detailed presentation from start to finish that still retains its share of grain and other welcome artifacts reflecting the film source. It holds up admirably even during the various fast moving and darkly lit sequences, never allowing anything onscreen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a wonderful new high definition video presentation that should easily thrill the film’s fans.
The ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. While I’m not entirely certain whether this is a new or carryover audio presentation, this multichannel soundtrack still delivers the goods quite impressively regardless. It regularly takes full advantage of all five available channels in order to send racing effects, along with crowd chatter, music and plenty more zipping throughout the various speakers rather frequently, while always making certain that no dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously ever become distorted or rendered inaudible in the process. Overall, this is a great 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack that never disappoints and repeatedly contributes some additional fun and excitement to the viewing experience.
The new ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray release of ‘Days of Thunder’ comes home sporting the usual collectible artwork that’s been a standard for the ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray line-up, featuring a slipcase that opens up to showcase the film’s original theatrical artwork and more photos on the interior of the Blu-ray case insert (as always with these releases we’ve included a beauty shot of the artwork from the studio below to provide a better look). The release also offers a couple of extras on the disc itself including an ‘Isolated Score’ track for the film, along with the brand new Featurette ‘Filmmaker Focus: Days of Thunder with Producer Jerry Bruckheimer’ (running approximately 6 minutes in length) created specifically for this release.