Top Gear-The Perfect Roadtrip (2013)
|Year Of Production||2013|
|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 and 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 Perfect Roadtrip and was produced in 2013. 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 and Richard Hammond heading off on a roadtrip across Europe starting in Venice and heading towards Pau in Southern France, which is the location of the oldest Grand Prix track which started operation in 1900. Along the way they go through the Italian Lakes district, Monza and the French Riviera. This gives them the opportunity to try many different cars along the way, changing cars regularly sometimes to boats and motorbikes as well. Some of the cars they utilise along the way include Ferrari, Pagani, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Hot Hatches for a mountain road, a Lamborghini and Bugatti in Monaco, a Model T Ford, two different Jaguar convertibles, Maserati, Aston Martin and some open top rallying against the Stig. Of course, Jeremy and Richard have very different ideas about what a perfect roadtrip is which results in arguments and general silliness.
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 show is not overly focused and really is just the two guys stuffing about, having fun and driving cars they love. 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 reasonably clear and sharp throughout. The shadow detail was very good.
The colour was very good with no issues to report.
There was some mild aliasing and a little MPEG grain 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 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 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.
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 good.The extras are stuck in the mud on the rally driving course.
|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|