Top Gear-Complete Series 21 (2013)

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Released 4-Jun-2014

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary Main Menu Audio & Animation
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2013
Running Time 437
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Multi Disc Set (3)
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
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 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 and James May which has been running since 2002 (although May didn't join until 2003). This set features all the episodes of the 21st season. There are seven episodes in total, with the last two constituting the Burma Special.

     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. This season feels like a step up in quality from Season 20 with more interesting challenges and stunts. There is also the usual collection of cocking about, stars in a reasonably priced car and test of various vehicles. Highlights in this season include

     Although following the same pattern, this series is a return to form for the show which has been feeling a bit tired recently.

     Recommended even if you have become jaded with Top Gear.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is pretty good and a bit better than the previous season.

    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 it was affected by 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 although the Burma Special is available separately in an extended version which is down for August release here. For this set local is the go.

Summary

    Top Gear in its current incarnation hits Series 21 which is a return to form compared to recent seasons.

    The video quality is good.

    The audio quality is good.

    The extras are lost in Chernobyl.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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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