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Top Gear-Collector's Box Set (2002)

Top Gear-Collector's Box Set (2002)

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Released 31-Jul-2007

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Overall Package

    This set contains the three previously released Top Gear discs (detailed below) in a cardboard slipcover. The discs themselves are exactly the same as they were previously. The only thing which is slightly annoying is that one segment from the earliest disc, Revved Up is repeated on the Winter Olympics disc, the car vs bobsleigh race. Released concurrently there is a deluxe version of this set which includes the same discs, packaged in a long form box which also includes a Top Gear number plate and some postcard style photographs of cars. This deluxe version costs about $25 extra but would certainly make for a great Father's day gift. This set would also make a great gift for the rev-head in your life who does not already own the individual discs.

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

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
Gallery-Photo
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
Studio
Distributor

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

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 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.

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Audio

    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.

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Extras

   

Menu

    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

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

Summary

    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)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
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Top Gear-Revved Up

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

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    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.

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© Ben Smith (boku no bio)
Saturday, May 06, 2006
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Top Gear-Winter Olympics (2006)

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
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