Top Gear (UK) 18 Seasons 2007

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Season 10
(90) IMDb 8.2/10

9. Episode 9 TV-NR CC

Jeremy, Richard and James enter a 24-hour endurance race in what turns out to be one of their toughest challenges to date. James tries the new Fiat 500 on the mean streets of Budapest, and the Daihatsu Materia takes on an Ascari A10.

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond
52 minutes
Original air date:
December 9, 2007

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Season 10

Product Details

Genres TV Talk Shows, Comedy
Director Brian Klein, Edward Bazalgette, Phil Churchward, Nigel Simpkiss
Starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond
Supporting actors James May, Ben Collins, Keith Allen
Season year 2007
Network BBC America
Producers Pat Doyle, Rowland French, Alex Renton, Justine Sullivan, Grant Wardrop, Andy Wilman
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Customer Reviews

What I am not clear on is the other editing.
Big Steve Doublewide
Three guys talk super cars and do stupid challenges with hilarious consequences.
Mark Douglas
I bought this as a gift for my husband and he loves it!
H. M. F.

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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Kristan O. Overstreet on April 23, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The product description and the other reviews give a good breakdown of why you should like Top Gear- a trio of insane presenters who'd be as at home in a sitcom as they are behind the wheel of the supercars they love.

I'll stick with the DVD itself, which is nice to have but has a few flaws.

The first flaw is that the contents aren't perfectly uncut. Most of the "news" segments that featured in eight of the ten episodes of Season 10 are missing- only two are included. Some of the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car segments are also missing- specifically, rugby star Lawrence Dallagio, Absolutely Fabulous star Jennifer Saunders, and comedian Keith Allen. The back of the box says, in tiny print, "For clearance reasons certain edits have been made." Presumably, to save license payments to certain carmakers and celebrities, they dropped less memorable and more Brit-centric material. However, so far as I can tell these are the only cuts; there is ample material remaining that wasn't present on the BBC America broadcasts. (And the Star in a Car bits retained include Simon Cowell and David (Doctor Who) Tennant, and the two News segments retained are pure comedy gold... so it's not a total loss.)

Other cuts include: a very short attempt to do the Cool Wall (Season 10 was shot right after a studio fire destroyed the Cool Wall and other props); the in-studio conclusion of the Silverstone Britcar race; the Stig speed-testing the Vauxhall VXR8; and other bits and pieces here and there that I can't verify based on secondhand info, not having access to the original BBC versions.

The second flaw is that there's really not much in this three-disk set besides the episodes. There's no outtakes reel. There's no information text, background on the cast, or even optional trailers.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Aiken on May 28, 2009
Format: DVD
I'm not even going to bother extolling Top Gear's virtues. It's the best show on the air. Go watch it. However...

This DVD set is terrible.

First thing to notice is that the packaging is cheap, flimsy, and extremely minimal. The retention clips in mine were already broken in two places. Two of the DVDs overlap, like shingles, and scratches are inevitable. There is no insert, other than a BBC survey about the discs, which you might want to keep and use, though I suspect no one actually reads those things.

Second thing to notice is the quality of the video. It's oversharpened, probably to try to cover up the blurriness. The blurriness is probably because the widescreen video appears merely to have been zoomed up from the central portion of the letterboxed BBC America/Canada airings. You end up with blurry, sharpened, aliased mud. It's almost painful to see on anything other than a 23" tube TV.

Third thing to notice is that, content-wise, these are apparently nothing more than the BBC America/Canada airings. Language is bleeped and the shows are cut down to make room for commercials. I could have made these discs, nearly verbatim, for pennies, by archiving the identical recordings off of my TiVo.

There's more fiddly stuff, but isn't that enough already? Unless you need an archive of what's already been on the air, pretty much as-is, for $32+tax, don't bother.

Do a better job next time, BBC. I won't buy another set if you don't. I'd even go so far as to say you should recall these discs and (re)do them properly.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jimbo Jones on April 23, 2009
Format: DVD
I have waited for the day when TG would be released on dvd and I am slightly let down by series 10 dvd release. First off all the episodes are EDITED on this 3 dvd release which does include the Botswana special. I have not fully viewed each episode but on the 1st episode supercar challenge (looking for the best driving road in Europe) the music had been changed and I can only assume its the same through out the series. As I have stated this series is broken down into 3 discs which is as follows

Disc 1: run time 204 minutes

Ep 1 51:27

Ep 2 50:25

Ep 3 50:32

Ep 4 (Botswana special) 51:28

Disc 2: run time 150 minutes

Ep 5 50:08

Ep 6 49:08

Ep 7 50:35

Disc 3: 152 minutes

Ep 8 50:34

Ep 9 51:06

Ep 50:04

you would have thought they would have left the language unbleeped for dvd they didn't I guess they thought I'd be offended by such words as "[..]". I would have been even madder had I paid the $[...] (I bought this as a pre order in a combo with Clarkson's Heaven & Hell for $[...]) pricewise I really shouldn't complain but still the cuts are unforgivable. If Auntie Beeb intends to release any other Top Gear series I say don't bother unless you go the whole way and release them with NO cuts. I would have gladly paid $50-$80 (call me mad) for an uncut uncensored series. Despite all this I love the Witter banter between the presenters and that was worth every penny.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Melinda Burnett on March 17, 2009
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Wonderful, witty, and completely entertaining show, without a doubt, the best stuff on TV. This is not a car show. This is straight up entertainment. If you enjoy British humor, I promise you will love this show.

On the off chance you're on this page and have the misfortune to not be familiar with Top Gear, basically, it's three overgrown boys "cocking about" with cars (their words, not mine, albeit, very appropos).

My household grinds to a dead stop at 8pm every Monday when Top Gear comes on, and our whole extended family can routinely quote Clarksonisms.

I was sorely disappointed when iTunes didn't include Botswana in the Season 10 Pass, and am delighted the DVD set will include the African Special, as well as extra Season 10 content not available from iTunes. (Later iTunes seasons did include extra content not available on the US broadcasts.)

Season 10 includes the fantastic Channel Crossing featuring the infamous ToyBota and the VW cabin cruiser; the classic (and gorgeously filmed) Bugatti versus Veyron race; wickedly funny motorhome racing; the 24 hour endurance race; and a personal favorite (as if I could really pick one!); the "British car under 1,000 Pounds" challenge. And, of course, there is a liberal dose of the mysterious race-car driver Stig throughout.

But, the piece de resistance of this collection is the African Special, which is hands down one of the best hours ever broadcast on TV. Funny, a record setting endurance challenge, and with the benefit of a film crew that would grace any National Geographic special.
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