Top Gear-50 Years of Bond Cars (2012)

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Released 6-Mar-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary None
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2012
Running Time 62:00
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Phil Churchward

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Richard Hammond
Vic Armstrong
Roger Becker
Daniel Craig
Guy Hamilton
Robbie Maddison
Roger Moore
Ola Rapace
Case ?
RPI ? Music None Given

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired 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 disc contains a one off special from Top Gear, released to coincide with the latest James Bond film, Skyfall. It is a one hour show focused on 50 years of Bond Cars from Dr No through to Skyfall.

     Although branded as a Top Gear special the only member of the team who appears is Richard Hammond. This show is very entertaining and fun to watch with many of the famous cars featured including the original Aston Martin DB5, Toyota 2000GT, AMC Hornet, the Double Decker bus, Lotus Esprit, Citroen 2CV, Renault 11, Alfa GTV6, Aston Martin V8 Volante, the BMWs from the Pierce Brosnan era and the newer Aston's from the recent films. Adding to the fun are two construction projects, one to recreate a working submarine Lotus and to create an invisible Ford Transit, taking ideas from Bond films.

     There are also a variety of celebrity guests including Sir Roger Moore, various Bond directors, Daniel Craig and the old Stig, Ben Collins (who has obviously been partially forgiven).

     This show will certainly be enjoyed by fans of Top Gear and/or James Bond.


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Transfer Quality


     The video quality is decent but somewhat disappointing for a recent show.

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

    The picture was a bit soft in places, lacking the sharpness of most modern television. The shadow detail was fine.

     The colour was decent but somewhat overbright in many sequences.

     There was some mild aliasing, some jagged edges and macro-blocking at times. There was also the usual motion blur.

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

    There are no layer changes during playback.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    The audio quality is good.

     This disc contains a English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 2.0.

     Dialogue was clear and easy to hear and understand.

     The music and car sounds were well reproduced.

     The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


    No Extras


    The menu included music and motion.

R4 vs R1

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    This show is available in the same format in the UK and US. Buy local.


    A high quality James Bond themed Top Gear special.

    The video quality is decent.

    The audio quality is good.

    The extras sunk in a bizarre submarine Lotus accident.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Review Equipment
DVDSONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output
DisplaySharp 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 DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5005
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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