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Top Gear: The Complete Season 11 (2010)

Jeremy Clarkson , Richard Hammond  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May
  • Format: 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: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 12, 2010
  • Run Time: 364 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002SAMMQA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,336 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Top Gear: The Complete Season 11" on IMDb

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There has been talk of an American version of the BBC's Top Gear, but the fact that it hasn't happened yet is probably a good thing, for aside from the obvious (i.e., the automobiles that are its raisons d'être, many of them shown in sequences filmed so beautifully and edited so slickly that the effect is equivalent to car porn), the show is distinguished by its ineffable Englishness. As usual, in this, its 11th season (with six episodes on two discs), most of that comes from hosts James May, Richard Hammond, and Jeremy Clarkson--especially Clarkson, who offers his typical array of droll witticisms (he describes the Nissan GT-R as "discordant… like Stravinsky designed it," while the Alfa Romeo 8C Competzione, "the most beautiful car ever made," is so gorgeous that "I wouldn't care if the sat-nav had Tourette's"). Each episode is likely to include a look at some fabulously unaffordable luxury car (in addition to the above, there are the Ferrari Scuderia, "the bastard love child of Stephen Hawking and Rambo"; the Galue, a virtual Rolls Royce clone from Japan; and the Mercedes AMG Black, "the kin of Cain"), plus a "cheap car challenge," in which the three hosts must buy a vehicle for less than a thousand pounds and, in one instance, convert it to a police car, and "Star(s) in a Reasonably Priced Car," in which celebrities drive a lap around a racetrack in an ordinary sedan (these segments will be of limited interest to non-Brit viewers, as the celebs are little known elsewhere). But the best bits are the competitions pitting an automobile against various other forms of transportation. In "Race Across Japan," Clarkson drives the Nissan some 400 miles across that country while May and Hammond ride the bullet train, a ferry, and a cable car; in another segment, Hammond races an Audi RS6 down a mountain road while two skiers hurtle down the mountain itself. As always, the camera work and production values are first-rate, and the show is brimming with fantastic scenery and judiciously chosen effects work. And even if Top Gear may be starting to run out of gas--this season isn't quite as much fun as those from previous years--this is still the best car show around. --Sam Graham

Product Description

Accessible to everyone and full of stunts, challenges and special segments, it's irreverent, witty, self-deprecating, inclusive and passionate. The charisma and enthusiasm of the show's presenters have helped make Top Gear a worldwide megabrand attracting a global audience over 500 million in more than 20 countries. This season's highlights include a car chase in presenter-chosen old bangers for traffic cops, a race in the French Alps against extreme skiers, a race across Japan (a Nissan car versus public transport), a cross-country fox hunt (with Jeremy as the prey), and a Brits versus German Top Gear challenge. Of course, this season includes serious car journalism too, with exhaustive road tests of the latest models, man versus machine experiments, weekly power-tests featuring the world's most exotic supercars and all the tried-and-tested Top Gear favorites also return.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The BBC hasn't learned much from the Season 10 release. January 18, 2010
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Yes, the Top Gear nuts are back- racing across Japan in a car v. bullet train challenge, reviving fox hunting using a fox-colored Daihatsu sports vehicle, testing which supercar is the most efficient in race conditions (the winner doing less than 5 MPG), and ruining British-German diplomatic efforts with a contest against a German auto show. If you like either cars or British humor, you will love this show- and this set.

Season 11 is of special interest for aficionados of Japanese culture, as not one but three films take place there: the aforementioned "epic race" of sports car v. Japanese public transport, the track test of the Nissan GT-R from said race, and James May using a Japanese luxury car to deliver sumo wrestlers to a tournament. For these sequences alone, in my opinion, the set is worth the money to anime fans.

THAT SAID... the same problems that existed with the Season 10 set remain. The episodes are NOT completely uncut- Top Gear Stuntman's sequences have all been left out, and other cuts may exist that I haven't found in one viewing. That said, the cuts are less egregious than the Season 10 episodes- all news segments are present and (apparently) intact, as are all Stars in a Reasonably Priced Car. Viewers of BBC America will see quite a lot they didn't before.

Skip points in the DVD set are limited to the start point of each film- none within the film segments themselves. Since some of these segments are half an hour long, that makes queueing up particular bits for friends a pain in the fundament.

Extras? Well, it has subtitles... with some serious transcription flaws. (Note: "Torque" and "talk" are not the same word, really they're not.) No "deleted scenes," no behind-the-scenes, no commentary.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only 6 Episodes and No Extras June 10, 2010
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Americans who buy the entire "season" of Top Gear need to be warned that, in typical BBC series fashion, their "season" has only a fourth of the episodes that we're used to. Why this is troubling isn't the content or the show itself, which is bloody brilliant. Even someone like me, who isn't a gear-head and can't tell an Italian sports car from a Ford Focus, can love this show and the three guys with their boyish antics. I can't get enough of it. But with a season of only 6 episodes and absolutely no other extras at all, I can't justify the price (although this season just had its price lowered by Amazon--some of the other seasons are still priced at $30, or $5 per episode. That's why I only gave it 3 stars--the show deserves 5 stars, but the price should have gotten zero.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bloody brilliant February 15, 2010
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This has to be the best way to watch Top Gear! Has the play all feature which is a must for TV series on DVD. The shows are so smooth compared to how they are on TV.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great episode November 15, 2011
By Brian
I always enjoy the humor on the real Top Gear. I always laugh through most of the episodes. Sometimes the interview does not make sense since I am in the US and don't know anything about the celebrity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great show! January 7, 2010
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Wish it didn't take so long for these to come out on video in the US! This show is really fun, even for those of us who aren't real car enthusiasts. The hosts and the segments/challenges are top notch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast fun January 21, 2014
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The usual fast fun delivered in an informative way. They tell you the good the bad and the ugly of cars with no mercy. You always end up waiting for more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jus love it September 17, 2013
By thiago
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This is simply the best series ever. Love the challenges and the jokes.
Its an amazing show. Looking foward for the 20th season.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Older seasons are just as funny years later. May 17, 2013
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Give credit where it's due, the writers and producers on this show give it their all. Some of the trips/challenges in seasons 10-15 are as funny to watch today (for the 20th time) as when they first aired.

Hope they keep it up for years to come!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Show
I've been a fan of this show for some time. They never disappoint. Quick wit and well thought out challenges and road trips around the world. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jason
4.0 out of 5 stars gift
gift for my son i havent watched it yet but he was excited .yada yada yada yada yada yada yada
Published 15 months ago by gale miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining
There is little that is more entertaining than the Top Gear series. There are 16-17 seasons that can be watched on Netflix. Read more
Published 16 months ago by ebeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
TThe trio are at it again in season 11. I don'tlike that its only 6episodes but that's just a bc thing . Yet another solid season .
Published 17 months ago by Stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars love top gear
got this for my brother who is a top gear fan. I also enjoy the show! I hope to be able to get earlier episodes on US region DVD's.
Published 22 months ago by Amazon addict
5.0 out of 5 stars Yay Top Gear!!
A great season of top gear!! When the Stig still got to be part of the team. I love top gear, but I miss the old days of it.
Published on April 17, 2012 by The Stig
5.0 out of 5 stars Episode 5 - Jeremey Makes A Fool Of Himself
A good episode if you enjoy seeing Jeremy get his karma payback.

Jeremy screams in the Nissan GT-R around the Fuji race track. Read more
Published on January 2, 2012 by Daniel G. Lebryk
4.0 out of 5 stars Episode 4 - Bullet Train Race
The episode opens with Jeremy driving the brand new Alfa Romeo AC. He compares this car to why it is so gorgeous, hey look at Keira Knightly, she's just an ironing board with a... Read more
Published on January 2, 2012 by Daniel G. Lebryk
4.0 out of 5 stars Episode 3 - Bentleys and Alfa Romeos
The episode opens with a long review by Jeremy of a Bentley Coupe. The car is gorgeous; it is so much fun to see inside this thing, a car almost none of use will ever sit in. Read more
Published on January 2, 2012 by Daniel G. Lebryk
3.0 out of 5 stars Episode 1 - Not their funniest opener to season 11
Season 11 opener, 2008.

The episode opens with the guys talking about fuel economy. A viewer wrote in saying they wanted to hear more about real world things, fuel... Read more
Published on January 2, 2012 by Daniel G. Lebryk
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