Top Gear-Complete Series 21 (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|
|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 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.
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.
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.
|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 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.
The video quality is good.
The audio quality is good.The extras are lost in Chernobyl.
|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|