Top Gear-The Worst Car in the History of the World (2012)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Deleted Scenes-via app
|Year Of Production||2012|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||None Given|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||No|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
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 disc is a one off special entitled Top Gear - The Worst Car in the History of the World and was produced in 2012. According to the cover it has never been seen on TV. I certainly don't recall it being on TV in this country.
The show features Jeremy Clarkson & James May arguing about cars which as always is fun and entertaining. The concept is not completely clear but it seems they are trying to choose the worst car ever that should have been done better considering its price and pedigree rather than simply the worst car ever produced. They do show some of the absolute worst cars ever produced such as a Mohindra and a particularly nasty car from communist Poland called the FSO. They also show some of their favourite cars like the Ferrari 458 Spider and a new Lexus LFA and the new Toyota GT86. Then they get into some cars which fit their main criteria like some Peugeot's, the Ford GT (although this may just be James making fun of Jeremy), Saabs, Alfas and James' Rolls Royce. They also have a terrible fate lined up for the one they determine to be the worst car in the history of the world (all things considered). The Stig's Yorkshire cousin also makes an appearance.
All in all, this is an entertaining special but really doesn't set the world on fire. There is fun to be had for Top Gear fans but the concept is a bit disjointed and really is just the two guys stuffing about, making fun of various cars and of each other. It feels like it has been cobbled together rather than had a lot of time spent on the idea. Having said that, it would certainly be of interest to fans and would make a good stocking stuffer for Christmas.
The video quality is very good.
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 but seemed a little too vivid at times.
There was some mild aliasing, some MPEG grain 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.
The audio quality is very good.
This disc contains a English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 5.1.
Dialogue was generally clear and easy to hear and understand.
The surround speakers were used quite a bit for car noises, atmosphere and music
The subwoofer was used to support the music and car noises.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu included music and motion. It was loud!
This disc features the use of another app for your iPhone, android or iPad, Aurasma. This app picks up visual cues from the DVD and displays extra content. One item is triggered by pointing the app (using your device's camera) at the front cover which makes the cover come to life and then shows you a preview of the show. Secondly, a particular scene within the show will cause the app to give you a selection of deleted scenes. Interesting app and the content is OK too.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This show is available in the UK in the same format and also on Blu-ray.
The video quality is very good.
The audio quality is very good.The only extras are through an app.
|DVD||SONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output|
|Display||Sharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|