Top Gear-Complete Series 18 (2010) (NTSC)

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Released 2-Aug-2012

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-A few
Interviews-Cast & Crew-various
Deleted Scenes-various
Bonus Episode-Top Gear US
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2010
Running Time 551
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Multi Disc Set (3)
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Jeremy Clarkson
Richard Hammond
James May
The Stig
Case Custom Packaging
RPI $39.95 Music None Given


Video (NTSC) Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 480i (NTSC)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Top Gear has been on UK Television on and off since 1978, however most people probably associate the name more with the current incarnation featuring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond & James May which has been running since 2002 (although May didn't join until 2003). This set features all the episodes of the 18th season including the Indian special. There are seven normal episodes (about an hour each) plus the special.

     This three disc DVD set is packaged in a nice metal tin with various pictures inside and out. Previous seasons have also been available on Blu-ray, although Roadshow have decided to stick to DVD this time around. The episodes feature a variety of stunts, car tests and the usual star in reasonably priced car segments. To my mind, this is probably the best of the recent seasons of the show with a good combination of serious tests and 'cocking about'. Highlights of the episodes are as follows:

     This series continues the return to form for the Top Gear boys. This is an excellent series, very entertaining, amusing and even some serious stuff as well.

     Recommended.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is very good for DVD but bizarrely in NTSC.

     The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced.

     The picture was quite clear and sharp throughout. The shadow detail was very good.

     The colour was very good.

     There was some mild aliasing, some jagged edges and just a little macro-blocking at times.

     There are subtitles available in English for the Hearing Impaired which are clear and easy to read.

     There are no obvious layer changes during playback.

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     The audio quality is good.

     These discs contain a English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 2.0.

     Dialogue was clear and easy to hear and understand.

     The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

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Extras

Menu

     The menu included music and motion. Subtitles are available for the extras as is a play all option.

Disc 3

Top Gear US - Season 2 Episode 1 (42:25)

     This is a welcome addition, although not a patch on the original show. Very similar format, this episode features an extended challenge for the three hosts to find an appropriate replacement for a pickup truck and test it across Texas in a variety of challenges. Well worth a look.

Series 18 Welcome (3:15)

     Short introduction to what is coming in the season hosted by the boys.

Matt Le Blanc Driving a McLaren (1:54)

     Behind the scenes footage of Matt LeBlanc driving a McLaren round the track with Stig.

Michael Fassbender Driving a McLaren (1:08)

     Behind the scenes footage of Michael driving a McLaren round the track with Stig.

Richard Does Nascar (3:13)

     Introduction to the episode in which Richard tries his hand at Nascar.

JC - Antelope (0:50)

     Clarkson commenting on the studio audience as they wait for the filming.

Richard & James with Classic Bentley (2:49)

     Behind the scenes footage of them driving around.

Behind the Scenes Footage of laps

     Behind the scenes footage from laps by

R4 vs R1

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    This set does not currently seem to be available in the UK except as Region 1 import. The US version does not seem to include all the extras that our local release includes. Buy Local.

Summary

    Probably the best season of Top Gear in recent years.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is good.

    A good set of extras including an episode of the US offshoot.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Friday, September 28, 2012
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