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Top Gear 13

4.8 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

This series sees Richard go to Abu Dhabi to test the new Lambo Murcielago LP640-4 SV; the boys buy three £1,500 rear-drive sports cars and somehow find themselves entered in a terrifying French ice race. Elsewhere, Jeremy and James attempt to understand what makes a great Volkswagen advert--and then try to film some of their own. Rather predictably, it doesn’t go well. And in a television-first, the mysterious Stig takes off his helmet to reveal just who he really is…

Celebrities taking a turn in the ‘Stars in the Reasonably Priced Car’ include Olympic Gold Medal winning Usain Bolt, Sienna Miller (Alfie, Layer Cake) who has just passed her driving test; and Jay Leno--in Jeremy’s own words--‘the biggest petrolhead in the world’.


Special Features

Stig POV
Spitfire Magic
Ken Block: Slow Motion
Extended Brian Johnson Interview
Extended Jenson Button Interview
Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4-SV 200 mph Run in Abu Dhab
Train Race Sequence with JC

Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Widescreen, Color, Subtitled, 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: September 28, 2010
  • Run Time: 430 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003UPPO2Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,001 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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If you like cars, and have any sense of humor, this show is a must. I only wish more were available. The BBC is missing the boat by not offering more of this series to American audiences.
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We discovered the BBC show Top Gear during a recent cruise to Europe on our cabin TV. There was no better way to pass the transatlantic seasick time than watching the fabulous banter of these 3 witty hosts. I was reminded of the simplistic joy of childhood pranks and the sheer excitement of a fast car. I loved their clips of a "celebrity in a well-priced car" stints and their realistic reviews of cars I can only dream of owning and driving some day. My husband, 12 year old daughter and I all quote the show regularly and can't wait to order other seasons on dvd, too!
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The show opens with Jeremy driving a BMW Z4. There are some odd things with dinosaurs on the track. He drives a Nissan 370Z - oh I mean he just slides it all over the track.

The big challenge is to purchase classic cars (pre-1982) for 3,000 pounds at a classic car auction. It's a fun insight into bulk car auctions. Richard buys the first car out, an old Taxi. Jeremy buys a convertible Midget (he keeps claiming it's an Austin Healy), and gets auction fever. James, captain slow, buys the very last car of the auction, a disgusting Citroen Ami 8 (I've ridden in one of these and they were disgusting back in the 70's). This half of the segment finishes up with them preparing the cars for a timed rally.

Star in a reasonably priced car is AC/DC Brian Johnson. This is one fun interview. He's a funny guy. The lap is really worth watching.

The remainder of the challenge is the last half of the show. The guys are paired up with co-drivers. The pairings are hilarious. The funny part, James is completely oblivious to his co-driver; it would be very difficult to not just stare. The rally is long with some funny moments. If nothing else, the rally is worth watching just to see James' co-driver.

Nov. 11, 2012 Update: This series of reviews was published when Amazon allowed each episode to be reviewed individually. They are now lumped into a single product listing. I have added the Episode Number to the title.
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One of the funnier episodes. The last episode for season 13.

The show opens with Richard talking about all the boring businessman cars, bland and the same. So he chooses an Australian Vauxhall VXR-8 Bathurst supercharged car. It makes the wildest strangest noises ever. As Hammond says, this car goes to 11. He then backs it up with another Australian car, The Maloo R8, a sort of El Camino. But it is blindingly fast. The Stig drives both cars.

They break away to do the news. Lots of Ferrari news as usual.

The big segment is James and Jeremy making a commercial for Volkswagen. On a serious side, it's not too far off from the corporate world with how executives decide what will and will not see the light of day. This was a great challenge to leave out Hammond. May and Clarkson are such polar opposites, it makes for a very funny segment.

They go back to the car board - something that is gratefully removed in later seasons. In the end, this should just be called the Jeremy board; he puts the cars where ever he wants. There is an excellent joke with Hammond about his height. Be sure to watch through to the end of this segment.

The star in a reasonably priced car, this week is Jay Leno. Now I kind of dislike Jay Leno, but he is excellent on this show. The interview is outstanding. Jay has 150 cars, and Jeremy is mostly speechless.

The closing segment is of Jeremy driving an Aston Martin Vantage with a V12 all over beautiful hilly countryside. There's ethereal music that makes me think of having a massage. Probably one of the most beautiful segments they have ever aired.

Oddly, there's no awards part of the show this year.

Nov. 11, 2012 Update: This series of reviews was published when Amazon allowed each episode to be reviewed individually. They are now lumped into a single product listing. I have added the Episode Number to the title.
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The show opens with a great driving demonstration of the new Ford Focus RS - a tricked out car. Jeremy manages to scare himself in the car. Richard drives a Renault Ménage sport, an almost one off car that set a record for front wheel drive car around the Nürburgring. Jeremy manages to poke a lot of fun at the car that has no back seat, a roll cage, and thin plastic rear windows. The conclusion, the Audi R8 might have been in sight before the economic crisis, but the Focus and Ménage are surprisingly fast and fun for a lot less money. The Stig drives them both around the test track.

They take a break to do the news.

One of the best challenges ever is between a Porsche Panamera and a letter. They start at the southern most tip of England and finish at the northern most point. Two ferries are involved for the car, and they depart the moment mail is picked up from the mail box. The trip is long and fun. There are a lot of good James jokes.

The star in the reasonably priced car. Usain Bolt is the star tonight. His interview is decent, sort of the mark of somebody that had nothing and then all of a sudden is rich beyond his imagination after winning the Olympic gold medal. The lap is hilarious.

Not a bad moment, there is a race between the British army and Jeremy in a Subaru rally car. They fake that Jeremy is actually anywhere near a car that is being fired on with live ammunition. But it is good to think he might have actually been shot in this event. The show finishes with complete destruction of the car.

Nov. 11, 2012 Update: This series of reviews was published when Amazon allowed each episode to be reviewed individually. They are now lumped into a single product listing. I have added the Episode Number to the title.
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