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Join comedian Adam Ferrera, champion rally and drift racer Tanner Foust and racing analyst Rutledge Wood as they unleash Top Gear and explore the history of America, one lap at a time! Filled with wit and humor, Top Gear brings even more ambitious stunts, extreme challenges, humor and mischief in a series chock-full of high adrenaline action entertainment, car reviews and eccentric adventures. Top Gear challenges include travelling a moonshine run along a classic Prohibition route in the Deep South, teaching a blind man to drift a Nissan 370Z, racing a HALO jumper in a Ford Velociraptor across the Arizona desert, discovering America’s toughest truck on an epic journey through the Alaskan wilderness, and evading a Cobra helicopter gunship in a Dodge Viper… through the middle of town. The Stig also appears, setting definitive Power Laps for performance cars featured on the show, and there’s a host of celebrities taking the wheel in “Big Star in a Small Car” including astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Lost actor Dominic Monahan, Modern Family’s Ty Burrel, musician Kid Rock, Avatar star Michelle Rodriguez and skateboard legend and game designer Tony Hawk.

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A very popular, very English auto show crosses the pond with the debut of Top Gear US, featuring 10 first-season episodes (plus bonus material) on three discs--and while the Brit-ness is definitely gone, in virtually every other respect this feast for car freaks has made the trip intact. Three hosts (the new Yanks are Adam Ferrara, Tanner Foust, and Rutledge Wood) road test high-performance, high price tag "supercars" (Lamborghini Gallardo, Morgan Aero SuperSports, Aston Martin V12 Vantage) and trucks; merrily punish old beaters purchased for $1,000 (Cadillac Coupe DeVille, Buick Roadmaster); take part in bizarre challenges, like those matching a Dodge Viper against a helicopter and a Ford VelociRaptor truck against a HALO parachute jumper; host visiting celebs (Tony Hawk, Michelle Rodriguez, Kid Rock, astronaut Buzz Aldrin) who drive a lap in a cheap Suzuki sedan; and exchange occasionally witty banter in front of a studio audience. The vehicles may differ, but the show's format is identical to its British counterpart's. And why not--it works. That includes the music, too; it's hard not to like a show that features Black Sabbath, the Doors, and Mussorgsky along with the Allman Brothers' "Jessica" as its theme song.

Of course, there are a few differences. Instead of tooling around, say, the Italian Alps, our heroes do their driving in rural North Carolina, coastal Florida, the western desert, and other American locales (as always, both the locations and the cars are beautifully photographed). And in the absence of the English hosts, especially the droll Jeremy Clarkson, the tone is markedly American; less Jeremy means more Jackass, you might say, although Ferrara, assuming the Clarkson role, gets off some good one-liners, like comparing driving the Lamborghini to "being aroused at gunpoint." Bonus features include a podcast and a series of "poolside chats" in which the hosts discuss airline travel and other pointless trivia. --Sam Graham


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  • Actors: Adam Ferrara, Tanner Foust, Rutledge Wood
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 19, 2011
  • Run Time: 450 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004QOB8RK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,439 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kris128183 on May 17, 2011
Format: DVD
Top Gear UK is one of my favorite shows on TV. I was very excitied when the US version launched on the History Channel. Just like the Austrailian version, its not as good as the UK version. You really just can't replace James, Jeremy and Richard. They are some of funniest people on TV. However Adam, Tanner and Rutledge are still solid hosts. Tanner of course being a professional Rally Car driver and stunt car driver could have been The American Stig and has experience on auto shows as he appeared in a few shows on The Speed Channel. Rutledge is very funny as he is on Speed Channel's NASCAR coverage. Adam completes the trio and just like his co-hosts is funny. But the US version's biggest flaws are the lack of originality and the lack of humour as seen in the UK version. As for the lack of originality the 5th episode of this series resembles quite obviously the British Leyland Challenge. And of course this US version has to worry about offending certain people and is perhaps more "politically correct" than the UK version. Obviously the humour suffers as a result of that. Still I have found it to be one of my favorite TV series as it focuses on American cars and is for Americans. I'll still watch the UK version but I have found a 2nd favorite TV series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By emmpee on September 6, 2012
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Ive watched every season of Top Gear UK. There is a chemistry with those guys that is unmatched on television. After finally watching Top Gear USA, I felt like I could say "hey, I see what you are trying to do here", and it works. Tanner is like our Richard Hammond. He has a specific insight to the cars he enjoys, and he certainly has the skills to give you a direct impression for driving cars hard. I likened Rutledge to James May, not as a comparison of intellect (and not to be condescending to Rutledge) but his approach is similar to May's. I like that Rutledge has a common sensibility to the cars he tests. He's not racey, he's not as techy as May, but I gather he can grow into the tech aspect. I appreciate his take on things. Certainly a ying to the Tanner yang. Now Ferrara, I want him to be our Jeremy. I know nobody can replace Jeremy, but I think in time Ferrara can inflict some of that comedic wit the show is going to need. Season 1 is a good start. I have yet to see season two, but I am looking forward to it! We really should be proud of this show!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scott Braddy on August 11, 2011
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Was going to give it 2stars like others have, but realized to compare them to Jeremy, James, and Richard was just totally unfair. They aren't in the same league and probably won't be. But considering shows like Pawn Stars, American Pickers, Sons Of Guns and American Chopper It does fit in well with that type of Television. Couple of steps in the right direction would be a longer track for the stars in the reasonably priced car segments, better camera work in the reviews... oh, and maybe a trip from Florida to Cuba in a 62 Rambler could get them on the right track.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By northworld on January 23, 2012
Top Gear USA seems to get a bit better each season... the guys are getting more comfortable in front of the camera, and the jokes are getting funnier. (I've heard they have rally driver Andrew Comrie Picard writing for them now!) I appreciate the fact that they are more down to earth than Top Gear UK... I've watched every episode of Top Gear UK, and I'm getting a bit sick of their snobbery. Tanner and Rutlidge are a good combination. Hopefully the next season will have more famous guests.
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23 of 34 people found the following review helpful By themcguffin on July 20, 2011
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For the majority of hardcore Top Gear fans this show was doomed from the day it was announced. It could never be as good as their beloved UK Top Gear. I too was fearful but instead of watching it ready to nit pick it to death because I was offended by the very idea of it, I awaited it with hopeful enthusiasm. I was rewarded with a pleasant surprise. This show gets a 5 out of 5 in my book because it tremendously exceeded my expectations. Go back to the first season of the UK Top Gear (current format) and you will find a dreadfully tedious show. It took at least four more seasons for that show to develop into what it has become today as the presenters developed their personalities and interaction. The American version is already outpacing the UK version. From the first episode until the final challenge in Alaska you get to watch a significant improvement as the presenters find their footing and develop their on screen chemistry. This is a show that couldn't be perfect in its first season. It was a show that stood little chance of being bearable. Instead it came out as a pleasant and enjoyable show which in a vacuum, outside comparison to its British inspiration, would be highly praised.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midgard23 on January 1, 2015
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The comparisons and the reviews are not only informative and gives a person a great idea about vehicles, it is also very entertaining. You can feel yourself in the drivers seat of the any of the cars they are test driving. They don't appear to discriminate on vehicle over the other at least from the episodes I have watched IMO.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David K. Swanson on April 19, 2012
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The unbox service does an excellent job and this compilation of Top Gear USA episodes is just plain entertaining. I think it is a tremendous entertainment value. I hope there are many more episodes of TOP GEAR USA made and they all end up as unbox offerings. I am a very happy customer!
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