Top Gear 12
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Although the cuts generally aren't as bad as they were in Season 10's DVD release, they are there. As with the Season 11 set, Top Gear Stuntman is totally absent. Fortunately, other cuts are apparently quite minor- with every episode retaining both its News and Star in a Reasonably Priced Car segment.
The box advertises numerous extras... but don't be fooled. Half of the extras are confined to the Director's Cut of the Botswana Special (re-released here after its prior Season 10 set printing). The other extras are scattered- I didn't find the extended Boris Johnson interview or uncut Cool Wall on disc 2 until the second viewing, for instance. Take out Botswana (which was Season 10, not 12), and the extras are rather meager... although, it must be admitted, ANY extras are more extras than the BBC has put on the other Top Gear American releases.
The best bit of this set, of course, is the massive Episode 8- the Vietnam special. Unfortunately, one of the minor annoyances of the set as a whole cripples a major portion of the humor in that episode- specifically, the alteration of music from broadcast version to DVD version. The BBC have, apparently, decided to cheap out on getting clearances for the music used in the show, with the result that a LOT of the music you heard on the televised version has been replaced by public-domain and/or BBC Archive music tracks.Read more ›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 bickering or all of the above.
Among the stand out elements in this season are A review of communist cars- one out of leather? A race along the Riviera between a classic car and a modern speed boat , a trip through the western United States in muscle cars,learning to drive big rig trucks-how hard can it be? And epically a trip through Vietnam on 2nd hand motorbikes. The BBC's editing hurts this one a part as they change the music a bit but otherwise, epic.
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.
Having said that, this series contains one of my all time favo(u)rite episodes - the Vietnam special. A 90 minute special featuring a trip through Vietnam with our hosts up to their usual pranks, with corresponding hilarious consequences.
Year after Year this show is one of my favo(u)rites. They manage to mix entertainment with a car show - so much so that my wife will actually watch it with me. They've tried a US version and although it isn't bad, the US hosts don't have the sarcasm, wit and bond that the 3 presenters in the UK have.
Try it, it's awesome.
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Very adventurous, would like to try that sometime but first I need to learn how to ride a motorcycle LOL!Published 4 days ago by Soukhy Khongkhoune
The Vietnam special is hilarious, I just love watching Jeremy clarkson in extreme discomfort. I never knew Vietnam was such a beautiful place either. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Ben
The Vietnam special is the finest episode of any TV show ever. Poooooweeeer!Published 1 month ago by Xenu2112
Every season has been five stars, but in this season, the Vietnam trip was great. (From a Vietnam vet's perspective).Published 1 month ago by Indo
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