Top Gear-The Perfect Roadtrip 2 (2013)

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Released 3-Dec-2014

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary None
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2013
Running Time 94:37
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Jeremy Clarkson
Richard Hammond
Case Amaray-Opaque
RPI ? Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1
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 disc is a one off special entitled Top Gear - The Perfect Roadtrip 2 and was produced in 2014. This is a follow up to a Christmas DVD release last year just called The Perfect Roadtrip. The concept here is very similar except this time they are trying to make it better than last year which had a few challenges.

     The show features Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond heading off on a roadtrip across Italy from Venice down to Capri. Along the way they visit Bologna, Rome and the Amalfi Coast. They decided to stay in Italy this year as they got in trouble with the French police in the first special. This gives them the opportunity to try many different cars along the way changing cars regularly, sometimes to boats as well. Some of the cars they utilise along the way include Lamborghini, MacLaren, BMW, Jaguar, classic Alfas, rubbish cars done up to look like Ferraris, hot hatches, the Alfa 4C, a Corvette Stingray and old Ford Capri's.

     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.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is good but has one major issue, aliasing.

     The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced.

     The picture was quite clear and sharp throughout. The shadow detail was very good.

     The colour was very good with no issues to report.

     There was quite a bit of aliasing most noticeable around racetracks but pretty regular regardless.

     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.

     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.

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Extras

    No extras

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 show is available in the UK in the same format and also on Blu-ray.

Summary

    A good but not great special from two of the Top Gear boys.

    The video quality is good.

    The audio quality is good.

    The extras have been arrested by the Italian police.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, December 10, 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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