Top Gear-Complete Series 19 (2013)
|Category||Documentary||Main Menu Audio & Animation|
|Year Of Production||2013|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Multi Disc Set (3)
|Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||None Given|
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|
|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 set features all the episodes of the 19th season including the Source of the Nile special. There are five normal episodes (about an hour each) plus the two-part special, making 7 episodes in total.
This release is a three disc DVD set, the only format available locally. 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. This season is fun but certainly feels like more of the same and is mostly retreads of previous ideas, like Car Rugby instead of Soccer, building the perfect car for old people and races across Europe. The Source of the Nile two part special is one of the better adventure journeys of recent times and one where the feeling of camaraderie amongst the three is better than some other ones. In this they all need to buy a cheap second hand estate car to explore Africa. Other highlights of the episodes are as follows:
There is certainly fun to be had with this latest series of Top Gear but I can't help wondering if the show needs a shakeup in terms of format.
Fans will want to add this set to their collection.
The video quality is good but certainly not without issue.
The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced.
The picture was reasonably clear and sharp throughout although it was affected by grain and lack of detail in longer shots. The shadow detail was good.
The colour was very good.
There was some aliasing, jagged edges, evidence of Digital Noise Reduction and macro-blocking during fast motion.
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 good.
These discs contain an English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 2.0. There was some nice front separation at times.
Dialogue was clear and easy to hear and understand.
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 set does not currently seem to be available in the UK. The African special has been released separately there so this is probably the best option. Buy local.
The video quality is good.
The audio quality is good.The extras are floating down the Nile.
|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|