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Top Gear 12 (2010)

Jeremy Clarkson , Richard Hammond  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 12, 2010
  • Run Time: 502 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,356 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extras aren't enough to achieve perfection. January 18, 2010
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Yes, the mad men of Top Gear are back again- engaging in the insanity that the world of car lovers (and British comedy lovers) have joined in for years. This set contains the full Season 12 of the show (fall/winter 2008)... or does it?

Although the cuts generally aren't as bad as they were in Season 10's DVD release, they are there. As with the Season 11 set, Top Gear Stuntman is totally absent. Fortunately, other cuts are apparently quite minor- with every episode retaining both its News and Star in a Reasonably Priced Car segment.

The box advertises numerous extras... but don't be fooled. Half of the extras are confined to the Director's Cut of the Botswana Special (re-released here after its prior Season 10 set printing). The other extras are scattered- I didn't find the extended Boris Johnson interview or uncut Cool Wall on disc 2 until the second viewing, for instance. Take out Botswana (which was Season 10, not 12), and the extras are rather meager... although, it must be admitted, ANY extras are more extras than the BBC has put on the other Top Gear American releases.

The best bit of this set, of course, is the massive Episode 8- the Vietnam special. Unfortunately, one of the minor annoyances of the set as a whole cripples a major portion of the humor in that episode- specifically, the alteration of music from broadcast version to DVD version. The BBC have, apparently, decided to cheap out on getting clearances for the music used in the show, with the result that a LOT of the music you heard on the televised version has been replaced by public-domain and/or BBC Archive music tracks.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is Top Gear. For free with Amazon Prime August 22, 2011
Seriously, what's not to love when you get to watch the classic car show from UK anytime you want, anywhere you want, for this price!(Free with Amazon Prime)They tried remaking this in America but they never stood a chance at recreating the same level of entertainment that the British version has had for well over a decade now!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Battered by BBC editing from TV but still great April 3, 2012
Officially "Top Gear" is a long running automotive show on Britain's BBC. In reality it is far much more. Hosted by 3 middle aged journalists with a shared passion for cars there is bombastic Jeremy, pedantic and detail oriented James and `happy puppy' Richard, who is usually caught between the other two. 3 young men playing with cars would get boring but 3 middle aged men, acting like kids? That gets fun.

Although the men have a passion for cars they know the general population does not care about compression levels and cylinder heads and drive ratios, the general population wants to know if it is fun. Each show has several regular segments such as test driving some high performance, very expensive car at their test track, discussing car news, which can get a bit off topic and having celebrity guests which after a brief interview have to drive a lap on their test track to compare their driving skills to other celebrities who've already been there. The more memorable parts of the shows though are their adventures outside the studio when they try to show the `superiority' of cars to other forms of transport, usually in some silly race or explore a region in cars or most ludicrously, `improve' cars-something that usually results in crashes or fires or bickering or all of the above.

Among the stand out elements in this season are A review of communist cars- one out of leather? A race along the Riviera between a classic car and a modern speed boat , a trip through the western United States in muscle cars,learning to drive big rig trucks-how hard can it be? And epically a trip through Vietnam on 2nd hand motorbikes. The BBC's editing hurts this one a part as they change the music a bit but otherwise, epic.

In the end you will learn a lot about very expensive cars, that can also be applied to the more mundane things you and I drive and have a very good laugh along the way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best Top Gear moments ever November 9, 2011
First the bad news.......and this isn't a complaint against the show, more for Amazon. We're now on Season 17 - why is 12 the last we can get for free on Prime!?!

Having said that, this series contains one of my all time favo(u)rite episodes - the Vietnam special. A 90 minute special featuring a trip through Vietnam with our hosts up to their usual pranks, with corresponding hilarious consequences.

Year after Year this show is one of my favo(u)rites. They manage to mix entertainment with a car show - so much so that my wife will actually watch it with me. They've tried a US version and although it isn't bad, the US hosts don't have the sarcasm, wit and bond that the 3 presenters in the UK have.

Try it, it's awesome.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of their best. November 22, 2011
The Vietnam Special is one of the best Top Gear episodes of the series. I'd give it 5 stars, but for some reason, the Amazon version has swapped out some of the music. Instead of playing, "Born in the USA" whenever they show the American bike, they substitute the Star Spangled Banner. This makes it kind of confusing later on when the trio starts joking about "hearing Bruce Springsteen" coming up behind them. There are a couple more instances of this, but none of those swaps subtract from the episode as much.
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