Top Gear: The Complete Season 18

June 25, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

When it comes to car shows, one program stands above the rest. Top Gear is without question the premier television show about the world of motor sports, with a fanatical fan base around the world. The show prides itself on being able to entertain as well as inform, which few programs of this kind can claim. While you know the episodes will deal with vehicles of some kind, you really never know what to expect from Top Gear. The hosts take us on global adventures to seek out the world’s coolest cars, from experimental builds to classic cars to one of a kind creations and beyond. The level of information is high, as you’ll learn about the vehicles inside out, but the hosts have such sharp humor, you’ll never be bored for even an instant. Even dedicated gearheads will discover cars and information they never knew about, as Top Gear travels far and wide to uncover the full spectrum of motor sports. And when they find the cars, you never know what kind of mayhem will be unleashed.

While the American version of Top Gear has sputtered since launch, the original Top Gear continues to dish up excellence. This eighteenth season is packed with memorable moments. I want to note that I am not a car enthusiast and know little about that field, but I love Top Gear. So this is not a niche series aimed at a small audience, Top Gear is something anyone can sit down and have fun with. This is because while the show does have all the data and rare finds that gearheads live for, it also goes over the top with stunts, missions, and off the wall projects. And the hosts have a great sense of humor and make even a routine car examination a barrel of laughs. The series often features well known guest stars as well, who usually allow the crew to involve them in various automotive madness. So whether you live and breathe motors sports or couldn’t even change a tire, Top Gear is highly recommended and should please all audiences.

Video: How does it look?

The episodes are presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The episodes look terrific here, though of course not on the same level as a high definition presentation. A lot of beautiful locales are on showcase, which ups the visual ante and the wide scope of vehicles ensures plenty to soak in as well. I found colors to be bright and bold, especially in the slick exotic cars, while contrast is accurate and consistent. As far as DVD goes, you couldn’t ask for much more here.

Audio: How does it sound?

The soundtrack here isn’t memorable, but the show’s needs are covered. More roar when the engines blaze and such would be nice, but the show doesn’t suffer without it. The dialogue is all clear and easy to pick up, while the music adds some life, so the track is good, though not great.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This release includes the Season 18 welcome, several behind the scenes clips, and an episode of the US Top Gear.

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