Top Gear-Back in the Fast Lane: The Best of Series 1 and 2 (2002)

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Released 7-Feb-2007

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary Main Menu Audio
Notes-Car Fact Files
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2002
Running Time 95:20
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By None Given

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Jeremy Clarkson
Richard Hammond
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI ? 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 None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis


'Trees wither as they hear this car approach'

    Top Gear is the best show ever about cars, no ifs, ands or buts. It can be enjoyed by anyone, whether they are a rev-head or not. It is an English show from the BBC and features (at least on this disc) two hosts, Jeremy Clarkson & Richard Hammond along with their fearless test driver, The Stig (who fans will note used to dress in all black). This disc is a collection of highlights from the first two seasons of the show after it reappeared in 2002. James May turns up in one segment but did not become a full time host until after these series were finished. This disc runs for 90+ minutes and is separated into a number of sections which replicate the sections of a normal show.

    The sections include

    This feels very much like an extended episode and is certainly lots of fun for fans of the show especially those who may have started watching it lately. They are currently showing the 9th season in the UK and the 8th here on TV. It is not quite as much fun as the Winter Olympics disc, however, this one has more for the car nut as it focuses more on car tests and less on silly stunts. Recommended.

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Transfer Quality


    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 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 stock footage was involved.

    The colour was very good although I did notice a little cross colourisation especially on the car grille around 39:00 and a couple of spots of chroma noise.

    The only noticeable artefacts were aliasing and jagged edges. These were never really obvious but were regular.

    There are no subtitles.

    This is a single layer disc so there is no layer change.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    The audio quality is surprisingly good.

    This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s. Despite the encoding this soundtrack was surprisingly immersive with lots of wonderful engine and tyre noises. During studio scenes the surrounds carried obvious crowd noise.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync. There was one short sequence where Richard Hammond's dialogue was a little quiet at 53:00.

    The subwoofer was used to add grunt to the engine noises. This was a function of my amp's bass management.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use




    The menu was a one page affair allowing for access to the show and extras. It was still.

Fact Files

    Text and Photos of most of the cars featured in the show. Includes vital performance stats for each car.

Photo Gallery

    30 or so action shots.


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 is not available in Region 1.


    A collection of highlights from the first two seasons of the reformed Top Gear.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is surprisingly good.

    Two average quality extras are included.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV667A DVD-V DVD-A SACD, using Component output
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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