Clarkson: Heaven & Hell
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British personality Jeremy Clarkson, host of Top Gear, brings you Heaven and Hell, a critical review of the best and worst cars in the automotive world. Clarkson trawls the whole of "car-dom" to bring you seven great cars and truffles the undergrowth looking for seven automotive disasters. The good ones - the Ferraris, the Porsches and the Aston Martins - are driven to within an inch of their lives on the track. The bad ones are killed. Sawn in half. Hung, drawn and quartered. They're hammered and blown to pieces with dynamite and their skeletons left in the open to rot. There's even some time for a game of car jousting.]]>
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Part of the problem is that with the advent of production cars such as the Veyron and Koenigsegg, the "Heaven" cars on this agenda are just not as impressive as they would have been when the show was first produced. Top speeds of 170 and 180 are just plain "meh" when - with a fat wallet - one can have a car with over 1000bhp, reaches 60mph in under 3 seconds and tops 250 on the open road. Since Clarkson is demonstrating cars he approves of, and all are similar performance cars, the "Heaven" sequences become formulaic and, dare I say it, even slightly boring.
The "Hell" segments are shorter and for the most part there is limited valid explanation as to why they are so bad; one gets the impression they are simply cars that Clarkson himself doesn't like. More than anything, they seem to be segues into the next "Heaven" sequence, rather like the articles about subjects like geography and airplanes which appear in porn magazines. Most of the highlights are in the "Hell" chapters such as the jousting tournament between the TR& and the Ford Scorpio, which deserves to be a staple event at demolition derbies worldwide, and the explosive demolition of the nasty little Kelisa.
Personally I would enjoy seeing Clarkson doing an entire show on terrible cars, why they are terrible, and creative and terrible ways to destroy them. "Heaven and Hell" is worth a watch but doesn't stand up to repeated viewing, unless you are a performance car marque junkie.
All up it is entertaining in a sort of charmingly mindless fashion as he rips apart (literally) his pet hates and spends in inordinate amount of time in boyish enjoyment of blazing about a race track in yet another car the rest of us will only ever get to admire in a showroom. It's actually the latter that gets tedious first with Clarkson but those familiar with the Top Gear franchise of which he is the major cog will know exactly what they are getting by throwing this into their shopping cart.
Highly recommended for those who enjoy Top Gear (though this lacks the interplay and so is not up to the fun fact of that series) and it comes with some extra features such as a photo gallery so you can drool a little further over the latest microscopically updated variant of some Ferrari or Lamborghini.
FYI the cars are:
Aston Martin DB9 Volante, Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Range Rover Sport
Ferrari F340, Ferrari Enzo, Ferrari 612 Scaglietti
VW Golf GTI
As some previous reviewers have already said, in places it is funny, but it lacks the spark that Clarkson has when he's working with Hammond and May. He may be the star, and the best thing about Top Gear, but he is not as good without Hammond and May.
Fortunately for me I picked this up very cheap. If I'd paid the normal price for this it would only have got 3 stars from me.
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this dvd is filled with more of clarkson,his funny lines and hilarious commentary you get to hear about fantastic cares from the coolest funniest car reviewer in the world what... Read morePublished on March 21, 2014 by dakota
Overall, this is a very great little DVD. Jeremy is great! However, you get the feeling that some things are missing. Read morePublished on November 11, 2010 by Zaven A.
This is one of the greatest Clarkson's performances! I have always been a huge Top Gear fan, and I've seen this mad man become the legend that he is. Read morePublished on October 8, 2010 by jimegandreu
As the title says, though Jeremy Clarkson is alone, it feels 90% like an old epiosde of Top Gear.
It has all the elements of it (with the exception of Cpt. Read more
Clarkson's "Heaven an Hell" is brilliant in the fact that it is Clarkson doing what he does best. Fans of Top Gear will not be dissapointed from his remarks of driving a Ferrari... Read morePublished on January 8, 2010 by Chris S. Welker