Top Gear-Winter Olympics (2006)

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Released 6-Jul-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary Main Menu Audio
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-Unique Footage Of The Stig's Training Regime
Outtakes-Hilarious Out-Takes Never Seen Before On TV
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2006
Running Time 59:02 (Case: 74)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Jeremy Clarkson
Richard Hammond
James May
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 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement Yes, if you count all the cars...
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

   

'The cutting edge of cocking about'

    Top Gear is the best show ever about cars - no ifs, ands or buts. It can be enjoyed by anyone whether a rev head or not. It is an English show from the BBC and features three hosts; Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond & James May along with their fearless test driver, The Stig. Generally, the show itself is a combination of test drives in fast cars, car reviews, competitions amongst the hosts and silly stunts. This particular disc is a special which they made early this year during the northern winter to coincide with the Winter Olympics in Turin. Instead of heading to Turin, they head for Norway to stage their own winter events. This one is more silly stunts and competitions than anything else, but it's still a lot of fun.

    There are a number of segments which include:

    Not quite as good as the series itself but still a lot of fun and certainly lives up to the quote above. My only real criticism is that the show only runs 59 minutes which seems a little short.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is very good.

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

    The picture was very clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. Shadow detail was very good. There were some short sections which were a little grainy, seemingly where hand held cameras were involved.

    The colour was very good although faces did seem somewhat pale - this could well be a function of the temperature in Norway during winter.

    The only noticeable artefact was a few bits of aliasing such as on a grille at 11:46 and stairs at 41:33.

    There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired. The subtitles were clear and easy to read.

    

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Audio

    The audio quality is good.

    This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync.

    The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

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Extras

Menu

    The menu was a one page affair allowing for access to the show and extras plus the turning on and off of subtitles.

The Stig (11:49)

    Training footage of The Stig doing test laps of their normal circuit in a variety of cars including a Ford GT, Lamborghini Gallardo, Ascari AZ1 & the Enzo Ferrari. He also does some mucking about in the Vauxhall Monaro which is of course our Holden Monaro. 16x9 enhanced.

Outtakes (3:38)

    A collection of amusing stuff-ups from the TV series, mostly of Jeremy fluffing things. 16x9 enhanced.

R4 vs R1

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

    This DVD is available in the same format in Region 2 and not available in Region 1.

Summary

    A fun but short Top Gear special involving doing silly things with cars in Norway.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is good.

    Two decent extras are included.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Review Equipment
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DisplaySony FD Trinitron Wega KV-AR34M36 80cm. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC).
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Yamaha YST SW90 subwoofer

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