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Top Gear 10: The Complete Season 10 (2009)

Jeremy Clarkson , Richard Hammond  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Subtitled, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 506 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PMRK0K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,462 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Top Gear 10 (DVD)

Calling Top Gear "a car show" is like describing the Titanic as "a big boat" or Dom Perignon as "sparkling wine"--not inaccurate, just inadequate. Oh, motorheads (especially those fixated on fantastically fast, expensive autos) will surely get their fix from the ten episodes (on three discs) collected here from the British program’s tenth season. But Top Gear’s reach is much broader than that; more than merely informative, it’s funny, thrilling, smart, and just plain entertaining enough to appeal to viewers of all persuasions. That’s due to a variety of factors. The three hosts (or "presenters," as the Brits call them), James May, Richard Hammond, and Jeremy Clarkson, are knowledgeable and witty--especially Clarkson, who, although a bit of a snob, has a gift for droll turns of phrase (driving the Audi R8 "supercar," he says, "is like smearing honey into Keira Knightley," while the more humble Honda Civic is "eager, urgent… like a penshioner’s terrier"). From a technical standpoint, it’s excellent; the camera work and production values are first-rate, and the show is filled with beautiful shots and judiciously chosen effects work. Most important, the actual content is compulsively watchable. A typical 50-minute episode will include a hands-on review of an automobile, be it some fabulous rich man’s toy (an Aston-Martin roadster, say, or a self-parking Lexus) or an oddity like the minuscule Peel P50, which is all of 54 inches long and 40 inches wide. Most episodes also include a segment entitled "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car," in which a celebrity drives a lap around a racetrack in some ordinary sedan (this season’s guests include actress Helen Mirren, Rolling Stone Ron Wood, singer James Blunt, and a very smug and catty Simon Cowell). And then there is the weekly challenge, in which May, Hammond, and Clarkson are given some kind of daunting task. These range from finding "the best driving road in the world" (turns out it’s in Italy) to concocting an amphibious car capable of crossing the English Channel; there’s also a race across London by auto, bicycle, boat, and public transportation, a drag race between the Aston-Martin and a roller skater with a rocket pack, and a two-mile sprint matching the extraordinary Bugatti Veyron against one of the Royal Air Force’s state-of-the-art Typhoon jet fighters. Great stuff. --Sam Graham

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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful
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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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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible DVD set of the world's best TV show May 28, 2009
By Aiken
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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 star show 2.5 dvd release April 23, 2009
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty TV At It's Best 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great show....great season. Check it out, ESPECIALLY if you have Prime!
Published 24 days ago by William N.
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My favorite show....
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Great show for everybody not just car enthusiasts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good DVD of my favorite TV show
Very good DVD of my favorite TV show. However they really need to release the episodes in the uncut as show version, the edited version are really missing that little bit that... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Season of Cars and some other stuff...
Starting to have the humor I fell in love with in the latter seasons. Starting to really ramp up the challenges and the banter between the hosts. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great show.
These cheeky bastards are hilarious.
Love this show, the cars, the stunts, the stig, everything.
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Simply the greatest factual car show ever.
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Great gift!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you love cars, this one is for you
Our household has watch this program since its inception. If you love cars, this one is for you. Please do not confuse the UK version with the United Sates version. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Car made on the Isle Of Man featured
Jeremy Clarkson waxes pythonesque by driving the Peel P50, a very small car, into and through the offices of the BBC, including the back of the set of the BBC news.
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Seasons 1 and 9
I contacted the BBC about seasons 1-9 and they said they have no plans to make seasons 1-9 on DVD. Disappointing as my favorite seasons are 6-8 and I would have bought each on DVD.
Jun 27, 2012 by Kris128183 |  See all 5 posts
Help me with Top Gear gift recommendation!!
I've had to make the same decision this year for my dad. I'm going with Top Gear 10: The Complete Season 10. It appears that 10, 11, 12, and 13 are the only ones currently available on DVD. 11 and 13 are very short (six episodes each, I believe), so you'll get more bang for... Read More
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Season 10?
Season 10 was the first one they showed in its entirety on BBC-A so those are the eps that most US watchers are most familiar with.
Apr 28, 2009 by AF |  See all 3 posts
I'd lile to know the very same thing... Anyone?
Apr 19, 2009 by Paulo Mancinelli |  See all 3 posts
Complete Episodes? said they're likely the BBCA eps.
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