Top Gear-Patagonia Special (2015)

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Released 5-Aug-2015

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary Bonus Episode-Australian Special
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2015
Running Time 120:47
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Jeremy Clarkson
James May
Richard Hammond
Case ?
RPI ? 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 was on UK Television on and off since 1978, however most people probably associate the name more with the most recent incarnation featuring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May which ran from 2002 up until the recent unceremonious demise of the show based on yet another scandal involving Jeremy Clarkson. This disc includes the special which preceded the last season of the show and was the special which triggered the penultimate scandal (as opposed to the scandal which finally killed the show off).

     This two hour special features the boys travelling through South America on a mission to improve British/Argentinian relations by staging a car football game in Tierra Del Fuego. They start more than 1000 kms away in northern Argentina and travel through the back roads of Chile and Argentina as they head south. Their transportation this time is 3 old classic V8s with each one of them choosing their car. Jeremy chooses a V8 Porsche, Hammond an old Mustang and James a Lotus Esprit which the others laugh at but proves to be the best car. They travel through the Andes, ford rivers, finish bridges, get stuck in swamps and more before arriving at their destination only to find they are set upon by protesters seemingly due to the number plate on Jeremy's Porsche which alludes to the Falklands War (allegedly). They are basically run out of the country with the crew needing to ditch the cars in order to escape over the border into Chile.

     Even without the drama at the end this is one of their better adventure specials from recent years and the two hours are an enjoyable ride of the usual silliness, childish pranks, scrapes and breakdowns. If you like Top Gear, there is much to enjoy in this special. Recommended.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is decent but there is too much content for one DVD.

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

     The picture was fairly soft throughout. The shadow detail was good.

     The colour was good without being great.

     There was quite a bit of simmering on display and some obvious motion blur.

     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 2.0.

     Dialogue was generally clear and easy to hear and understand.

     The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

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Extras

     One significant extra

Menu

     The menu included music and motion.

Australian Special (54:45)

     An extended version of the Australian special episode from Season 22. The boys hit the Northern Territory in a Bentley Continental GT, Nissan GTR and BMW M6 Grand Coupe. They do speed and braking tests, a mine hill climb, check their number plates for offensive messages and go cattle herding. Worth watching but not as good as the main feature.

R4 vs R1

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

Summary

    Probably the best of the recent Top Gear specials and likely the last ever.

    The video quality is decent, although three hours of content shows where the capacity of DVD ends.

    The audio quality is good.

    The extra is another one hour show.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Review Equipment
DVDPanasonic DMR-PWT500, 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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