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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.Read more ›
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.
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
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.
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.Read more ›
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Season 10 still has a few of my favorite bits of Top Gear. This includes a trip to Africa with the second hand cars, the Veyron racing against the fighter plane. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Sean H
These guys are a trip! They have become a part of my and my two sons' life. When things get stressful, or times get tough, we always know we count on Jeremy, James, and Richard... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
I love the original guys and season 10 was my favorite season. It had one of their first big international trip/challenge. Read morePublished 3 months ago by D. Din
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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
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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
Dec 8, 2010 by Mara | See all 2 posts
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
FinalGear.com said they're likely the BBCA eps.
Apr 6, 2009 by Bast | See all 6 posts