Top Gear-Revved Up

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Released 2-Feb-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary Main Menu Audio
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production ?
Running Time 103:38
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $19.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Unknown 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 is an incredibly fun and extremely engaging BBC show about cars. It airs here on SBS and it draws a decent audience. People who otherwise have no real interest in cars love watching it - my mother doesn't miss the show, and my 7 year old daughter loves it too. It's a car show for the whole family.

    Top Gear is hosted by Richard Hammond (the main host on the show) with Jeremy Clarkson and James May to help out. The three have a great chemistry and it's obvious they all have a genuine love of cars. Essentially it's boys playing with expensive toys.

    This DVD is essentially a highlight reel of some of the craziest, most creative and more interesting stunts.

    Some of the best moments from this disc include;

    - Pendine Sands: The boys race a Porsche, Jaguar and a BMW 6 series on wet sand. It looks like a lot of fun.

    - DB9 vs. train: An amazing race to the South of France: Jeremy drives an Aston Martin while Richard and James take the train. Who will win the race and get to the South of France first?

    - The Invincible Truck: The boys throw everything at it to try and destroy a Toyota pickup truck. You'll be amazed to see what it can survive!

    - Cross wind: How do cars handle driving behind a commercial airliner with its jets at maximum thrust?

    It's a great collection of some of the best moments of the show and a lot of fun.

    Highly recommended!

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The show is displayed at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and is a16x9 enhanced PAL disc.

    In the UK and Australia this show is broadcast digitally, so I was expecting a good looking DVD. I wasn't disappointed.

    The picture is quite sharp and for the most part is crystal clear.

    Colours look good, skin tones are natural and shadow detail is good enough. Most importantly the cars look spectacular.

    There is no grain.

    There is a bit of edge enhancement and my only other complaint is that in some outdoor scenes there can be a little MPEG artefact shimmer. It never lasts long though. The cars zip by too fast for that!

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Audio

    The audio is a English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s) track.

    This track is a very competent one.

    The dialogue was fine and for the most part came through pretty clearly. Remember sometimes these guys are yelling above roaring engines to be heard.

    There were no sync, drop out or pop issues.

    Even though there was no surround use I found the track to be pretty immersive; with engines blazing, cars whizzing past and even an Apache helicopter there was certainly a lot to get into.

    No subwoofer (would've been fun though.)

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Extras

Main Menu Audio

    No special features would usually be a let down, but there were some previously unaired scenes and some bloopers at the end of the main feature.

    They easily could've been cut out of that and inserted into a 'special features menu' so I don't feel that the disc is hurt too much.

    Some sports compilations are 30 to 40 minutes and this comes in at 103 so I won't complain!

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    There is no R1 release so R4 wins.

Summary

    Overall, this show is a lot of fun and so is this disc. In fact, it is packed full of great driving that everyone will enjoy.

    The video is very good.

    The audio is good too.

    No special features as such, but I'm not complaining.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Ben Smith (boku no bio)
Saturday, May 06, 2006
Review Equipment
DVDMarantz DV4300, using Component output
DisplaySony VPL HS10 projector on 100 inch 16x9 screen + Palsonic 76WSHD. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderSony STR-DE685. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.
AmplificationPioneer
SpeakersDB Dynamics VEGA series floor standers + centre, DB bipole rears, 10" 100W DB Dynamics sub

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