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Top Gear: The Complete Season 14 [Blu-ray]
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The news is funny, since they recorded the show in December, and this is the New Year's show, they had to talk about the car that they liked the most in 2011. They got a bit caught up in what the actual date was, given the pre-recording.
Jeremy drives a BMW X6, all over the world. The segment is pretty darn funny given all the locations for this review. The guys all end up agreeing that the car makes no sense, it is horribly expensive, not a good off road vehicle, and not a good road vehicle. They think a Range Rover is a much better vehicle. There's a funny moment on a grassy hill where the BMW won't even stay parked. In a round about way Jeremy does another America bashing moment. The X6 is designed for the US, not Europe and certainly not England. I'd also stand that BMW up on reliability any day of the week against the Rover. They did edit this one up for the BMW to look really stupid.
The star in a reasonably priced car is a singer Seasick Steve. Steve is a traditional country blues artist that was living in England in 2010. He has some unusual homemade instruments, and shows off a pretty cool guitar made from hubcaps. His lap around the track was almost expected to not be great. He loves cars, but mostly from the 50's.
The end of the show was the annual awards show. This is always a lot of fun and never serious. Some good laughs here.
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.
Seven full length episodes (run time approximately 406 minutes for 7 episodes, special features run about 80 minutes), along with audio commentary from their South American Special (hilarious!), behind the scenes Celeb in the reasonably priced car, and many other extras.
My favorite episode had to be episode two when they decided to build their own electric car that would be better than the G-Qiz... laughed so much I started to cry.
Season fourteen can not be missed by Top Gear fans, and with the Blu-ray picture and audio quality, you just can't go wrong!
The news was pretty odd; Jeremy talked about how a newspaper article said they didn't allow homosexuals in the audience. Pay close attention to the background audience.
Jeremy then drove three SUV's. Of course he hated the non-British vehicles, a BMW and an Audi. He loved the Range Rover. No Jeremy doesn't wear his British-ness on his sleeve ever. Both the BMW and Audi couldn't ever really do any off roading, but the Range Rover could - that made the Rover the better vehicle (never mind that SUV's almost never go off roading anyway). They then showed a customizers version of the Range Rover, with some very cool additions.
The Stig drove the two SUV's. He almost flipped one of them. The times were particularly bad as expected.
Mr. Madonna - oh, no I mean, Guy Ritchie was the star in the reasonably priced car. The interview was kind of lame. As would be expected Ritchie is a lot of talk and not much in the pants.
The show closes with one of Jeremy's best reviews ever. He responds to a letter from a viewer that says Top Gear's reviews are never useful to the normal person. Jeremy goes to Ireland to drive a Renault Sport Twingo (a very souped up subcompact car about the size of a Nissan Versa). There are a few moments of the Fiat 500 Abrath for comparison; cool considering this was filmed in 2009. This is a remarkably funny review.Read more ›
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 both.
Among the stand out challenges in this season are racing airport tender vehicles to see which is faster, a road tour of Rumania (which is much funnier than it sounds), and a disastrous attempt to build their own electric car to compete with cars like the IQ/smart or which they are contemptuous.
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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