Top Gear-Complete Series 20 (2013)

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Released 20-Nov-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary Main Menu Audio & Animation
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2013
Running Time 368
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
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 Amaray-Transparent-Dual
RPI $39.95 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 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 20th season. There are six episodes in total, with no special in this series.

     This release is a two 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. One change in this season is that a new reasonably priced car is introduced, a Vauxhall Astra (a Holden Astra here in Australia). Otherwise the format is exactly to script; car review, news, silliness, star in reasonably priced car, more silliness. Highlights in this season include

     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 shake-up in terms of format, this series feels very formulaic.

     Fans will want to add this set to their collection.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is good but certainly not without issue.

     The series 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 was affected by grain and lack of detail in longer shots. The shadow detail was good.

     The colour was good but there was some chroma noise at times.

     There was some aliasing, jagged edges 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.

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Audio

     The audio quality is good.

     The 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.

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Extras

    No extras this time around.

Menu

    The menu included music and motion.

R4 vs R1

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, only a box set of Seasons 19 & 20. Buy local especially if you already have Season 19.

Summary

    Top Gear in its current incarnation hits Series 20 which is still fun but feels a bit tired.

    The video quality is good.

    The audio quality is good.

    The extras are underneath the Hovervan.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Monday, October 28, 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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