Top Gear-Complete Series 17 (Blu-ray) (2010)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-A few
Interviews-Cast & Crew-various
|Year Of Production||2010|
|Running Time||360:00 (Case: 415)|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Multi Disc Set (3)
|Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||None Given|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
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:
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.
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.
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.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu included music and motion. Subtitles are available for the extras as is a play all option.
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.
Ross talks to Richard about his twitter led motorcycle tour of Britain and bikes in general.
Based on Jeremy's excitement, James tests the Launch control system of the new Nissan GTR and surprises himself.
Jeremy & James joke about how unprepared they are for the new series on the first day of shooting. Originally released on the internet.
Jeremy, James & someone who looks life Richard wrap up the series.
Behind the scenes as Cooper does his lap.
Behind the scenes as Ross does his lap.
Behind the scenes as Vettel does his lap with intro by BBC F1 host.
Behind the scenes as Mr Bean does his lap.
Behind the scenes as Sir Bob does his lap.
Behind the scenes as whoever this is does his lap.
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.
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.
|DVD||SONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output|
|Display||Sharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built into BD player. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|