Top Gear-Complete Series 17 (Blu-ray) (2010)

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Released 5-Apr-2012

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-A few
Interviews-Cast & Crew-various
Deleted Scenes-various
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2010
Running Time 360:00 (Case: 415)
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 Standard Blu-ray
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 1080i
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Top Gear has been on UK Television on and off since 1978, however, most people probably associate the name more with the current incarnation featuring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond & James May which has been running since 2002 (although May didn't join until 2003). They recently finished the 18th series on UK television. This set contains all the episodes from the 17th series which was on television in the middle of last year (2011).

    This three disc Blu-ray set includes all six episodes from Season 17. The episodes feature a variety of stunts, car tests and the usual star in  reasonably priced car segments. Compared to some recent series of this show this one is more car focused and has less of the silly stunts and competitions (although they are still included). Highlights of the episodes are as follows:

  1. Jeremy has a 50th birthday party for the E-Type Jag, the Hummer replacement and the new BMW 1M are tested and a skeleton competitor races against a WRX Mini at Lillehammer.
  2. Focuses on the boys comparing hot hatches in Italy and Monaco.
  3. Review of the new McLaren & Range Rover along with a challenge to buy a good second-hand car for the price of the cheapest new car available in Britain.
  4. The boys build their own trains from cars and Rowan Atkinson is the guest.
  5. Jeremy tries the Lotus Formula 1 experience and the boys take on the world demolition champions
  6. Review of the new Lambourgini, electric cars and a story about injured returned servicemen trying their hand at cross country rallying

    This series continues the return to form for the Top Gear boys after some lacklustre shows over the preceding couple of years. This is an excellent series, very entertaining, amusing and even making some worthwhile points about important issues.

    Recommended.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is very good but unfortunately only 1080i.

    The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 1080i encoded using AVC.

    The picture was quite clear and sharp throughout but not as good as some film based Blu-rays.The shadow detail was very good.

    The colour was excellent, showing off the various locations.

    There was some mild graininess at times and some bits and pieces of aliasing/shimmering during camera pans.

    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 but a little disappointing for Blu-ray.

    This disc contains a English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 2.0. It is disappointing that a high definition format was not used and even though it is obviously high bitrate DD2.0, there is still a big difference to a lossless soundtrack. Overall the track is fairly quiet and you end up turning your amp up during playback.

    Dialogue was very clear and easy to hear and understand.

    The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

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Extras

    

Menu

    The menu included music and motion. Subtitles are available for the extras as is a play all option.

Disc 3

Behind the Scenes chat with Amy Williams (4:40) 

    The skeleton rider from episode 1 has a chat to James about her career, racing the skeleton, Olympic selection process and the race with the rally car.

Behind the Scenes chat with Ross Noble (8:09) 

    Ross talks to Richard about his twitter led motorcycle tour of Britain and bikes in general.

James tests the Nissan GTR launch control (5:03) 

    Based on Jeremy's excitement, James tests the Launch control system of the new Nissan GTR and surprises himself.

New Series Intro with Clarkson & May (4:30) 

    Jeremy & James joke about how unprepared they are for the new series on the first day of shooting. Originally released on the internet.

End of Series Wrap Up with Clarkson & May (2:32) 

   Jeremy, James & someone who looks life Richard wrap up the series.

Alice Cooper Lap (2:29) 

    Behind the scenes as Cooper does his lap.

Ross Noble Lap (2:29) 

    Behind the scenes as Ross does his lap.

Jake Humphrey's intro to Sebastian Vettel's Lap (2:29) 

    Behind the scenes as Vettel does his lap with intro by BBC F1 host.

Rowan Atkinson Lap (5:06) 

    Behind the scenes as Mr Bean does his lap.

Bob Geldof Lap (2:32) 

    Behind the scenes as Sir Bob does his lap.

Louis Walsh Lap (5:19) 

    Behind the scenes as whoever this is does his lap.

R4 vs R1

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

    This set is available in the same format in the UK.

Summary

    A fun and entertaining series of Top Gear.

    The video quality is very good but only 1080i.

    The audio quality is very good but only Dolby Digital 2.0.

    A decent set of extras.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
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