Top Gear-Complete Series 22 (2015)

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Released 19-Aug-2015

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary Main Menu Audio & Animation
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2015
Running Time 490
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

     All good things must come to an end and this set represents what may be the final season of Top Gear, certainly with the most well-known set of hosts, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. The BBC is attempting to keep with show going with Chris Evans at the helm, however the incarnation which completes with these discs is likely to be considered the classic one, even if the new version survives. As many readers would be aware, Clarkson was suspended from the show and eventually sacked following his altercation with one of the show's producers. His co-hosts think he is an idiot but even so supported him by resigning from the show in protest. There is no doubt that Clarkson comes across as a complete jerk at times, however that doesn't mean he isn't entertaining. They have quickly found new employment running a similar show for Amazon.

     This three disc set includes what ended up being only 8 episodes of the 22nd season. The 8 include two dedicated to the Patagonia Special in a shortened form compared to the standalone 2 hour disc I reviewed recently. There is also the Australian special again reformatted as a 'normal' episode, of which the full version was included as an extra on the Patagonia disc. In addition to these there are 4 normal episodes with the usual segments including such silliness as a race across St Petersburg and a variety of challenges involving homemade ambulances as the NHS ones 'are too slow'. The last episode is a 75 minute special hosted by a very glum looking Hammond and May and features two challenges filmed before Jeremy was sacked. These are both enjoyable and feature classic sports cars and sports utility vehicles respectively. In the studio, the two boys are accompanied by a large elephant which one presumes is 'the elephant in the room'.

     As usual there is a lot of fun to be had here with funny situations plus the usual star in a reasonably priced car and news segments. It is a shame to say goodbye to this version of the show but we will have to see if they can create something new somewhere else. To some degree after 22 seasons it might have been time to end anyway.

     Recommended.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is decent.

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

     The picture was not overly sharp throughout. The shadow detail was good.

     The colour was good without being great and there was some chroma noise at times.

     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.

    These discs contain an 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

    No extras, possibly due to a lack of interest from all concerned.

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 truncated last season of Top Gear with the hosts we all know and love.

    The video quality is decent but nothing special.

    The audio quality is good.

    The extras were sacked for punching one of the episodes.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Tuesday, September 01, 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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