Top Gear-50 Years of Bond Cars (2012)
|Year Of Production||2012|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Phil Churchward|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0|
|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 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.
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.
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.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu included music and motion.
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 same format in the UK and US. Buy local.
The video quality is decent.
The audio quality is good.The extras sunk in a bizarre submarine Lotus accident.
|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|