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Top Gear: Season 2 (USA)

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Top Gear: The Complete Second Season (USA)

Top Gear USA is back for a second season with more super-cars, speed, extreme stunts and showcases than ever before! In this second season of high-adrenaline action entertainment, Top Gear delves deeper into the colorful history of the automobile and showcases an offbeat celebration of the art of driving, featuring super-cars, extreme stunts and challenges, car reviews and celebrity interviews, as well as the eccentric adventures of its hosts with Top Gear's customary wit and humor. Hosted by comedian and car buff Adam Ferrara, champion rally and drift racer Tanner Foust and racing analyst Rutledge Wood, Top Gear an automotive entertainment extravaganza. Big Star, Small Car guests include Rick and Chumlee (Pawn Stars), comedian Bill Engvall, Arlene Tur (Torchwood), Maroon 5 singer and The Voice judge Adam Levine, Bridget Marquardt (Girls Next Door) and Steve Schirripa (The Sopranos).

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Whether or not the American production of Top Gear surpasses the British version it was adapted from is still open to debate. But whatever your opinion may be, it's a safe bet that both serious car buffs in it for the rush of seeing super high-performance, ridiculously expensive sports cars in action and those who simply enjoy watching three guys indulging in silly vehicular high jinks will find plenty of entertainment in these 16 second-season episodes. The three Yank hosts are again comedian Adam Ferrara (a.k.a. "The Wrecker"), Tanner Foust ("The Driver"--the three-time X Games medalist is the one who gets to test-drive hot rides like the Porsche 911 GT2RS, the Subaru Impreza WRX STI… and a $500,000 Ford Fiesta, which he uses to break the world indoor speed record), and Rutledge Wood ("The Expert," although it's not clear exactly in what). Each episode finds them facing a variety of "challenges," dispensing witty one-liners and dude-esque putdowns as they drive around in not only automobiles (mostly old, funky, and unreliable, usually costing between $500 and $5,000), but also pickups, minivans, fake versions of Hollywood cars (like KITT from Knight Rider), and even big rig trucks. The results are generally amusing; a challenge to find a "luxury" car for under five grand results in Rutledge picking a "Fauxrari" (a cheap plastic Ferrari body over a Pontiac frame), which he then drives to the Hamptons to see if he can pass it off as the real thing, while in another episode he tries to haul fresh cow manure in the back of a Mazda Miata convertible. Sure, some of their stunts are as dumb and dangerous as something you'd find in a Jackass movie--you probably wouldn't want to take an 18-wheeler with a trailer filled with lighted barbeques, gas, and fireworks on to the nearest freeway--but it's all in good fun. Meanwhile, the "Big Star, Small Car" segments, a popular holdover from the British series, sees celebs like Kal Penn, Lake Bell, Joe Mantegna, Patrick Warburton, Edward Burns, and Adam Levine driving a little Suzuki in a season-long competition to see who can turn in the fastest lap. Bonus features include deleted and extended scenes, behind-the-scenes footage, and more. --Sam Graham

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Product Details

  • Actors: Adam Ferrara, Tanner Foust, Rutledge Wood
  • Directors: Graham Steele
  • 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: 4
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 704 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009VY14GA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,459 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By JP on January 29, 2013
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I like the British version of top gear, but when this show came out, I perfer this one now. I feel like this version does give us cool cars(that most of us cant afford anyways) and some incredibly funny moments. Each guy does some incredibly stupid things in this season.

I would recommend it to anyone who likes cars and some laughs with it.
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The first season of the US version of Top Gear was hit and miss. In trying to be an almost exact replica of the British version, too many things felt overly scripted and forced, and tried to shoehorn the three US hosts into being copies of Clarkson, May and Hamster, which they most definitely aren't. Still, they had some good challenges, and their "specials" especially were good fun to watch.

Fortunately the US producers of Top Gear quickly realized where their show's strengths lay, and season two (and seasons 3 and 4 after that) are basically nothing but "specials." The hosts thrive in this environment, and quickly become a lot funnier and interesting to watch, especially once their identities get settled and they stick to them, and they don't have to try to be as dry and sarcastic as the British trio.

Though the US show still imitates the British show here and there in the types of specials it does, it definitely tries to divest itself from its British idol this season and does a good job of finding its own formula.

Really the only downside for this set is that it took WAY TOO FREAKING LONG to come out! :(

If you enjoy the British version of Top Gear (and who doesn't? Seriously, who are you people??) and are looking for more, I can heartily recommend Season Two of US Top Gear. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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Top Gear US is worse than Top Gear UK 1, but far superior than Top Gear UK 2.

I've been watching the 4 seasons of TG: US while I wait for "The Grand Tour" AKA, Top Gear: Amazon to come out and while the studio portions are hard to watch (I fast forward through them), the challenges are great. Adam, Rut, and Tanner are younger than Jeremy, Hamster, and Captain Slow so are able to do the challenges that the TG: UK hosts were able to do 8 series ago. I've watched all 24 series of TG: UK and I've laughed out loud probably half a dozen times but I love the chemistry that the hosts have. Watching TG: US, I can say I've laughed hysterically until I was crying and my sides hurt at least 2 dozen times. The TG: US hosts don't quite have the same chemistry together, but individually, are all extremely likable.

Season 2 of TG: US has some of the most entertaining challenges out of all 6 seasons of TG: US. Unfortunately, they still were using the TG: UK model (studio and celebrity bits) and those parts fall horribly flat. Thankfully, they abandon them starting in Season 3.

I'd probably rank season 2 as my 2nd favorite season of TG: US after season 4.
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Season 1 of the American Top Gear was solid. It was certainly no worse than the very early seasons of the British Top Gear. That show improved over time until it eventually became the powerhouse that it is today. I don't think that the American Top Gear will get anywhere near that, but Season 2 showed alot of improvement. In Season 1 of US TG, some of the challenges lacked imagination. They were almost an exact copy of the challenges seen in the British Top Gear. In this second season, some of the challenges are still similar to the British TG, but there just as many original challenges. Another improvement is that a few minor changes were made to the show. The format for the celeb laps and interviews was slightly changed, the news segment was removed and this second season uses its own original theme music at the beginning of the show. I liked these changes because it showed that the producers were going to give this show its own identity rather than imitating the British TG which is partly why the Russian and Aussie versions got canned so quick. Perhaps the biggest improvement is that the hosts have alot more fun in this season. In season 1 some of the jokes seemed very scripted and could almost be predicted before they were actually said or before they happened. The humor in this season just comes more naturally and it is funnier than the first season. I recommended season 1 on DVD and since season 2 is a huge overall improvement, I'd say that season 2 is a must have DVD.
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This is a great season, with great cars. It's fun to watch all the crazy things they do. ALTHOUGH, they do not bleep out ANY swearing in this season, like they did in the first one. So, if you're not a fan of foul language, I don't recommend it, because they swear ALOT.
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My fiance got me to watch this show with him every time it came on tv so I bought him season 1 and 2 for his birthday. I knew he'd love it. He laughs so hard he cries. The only thing that is different than the tv aired episodes is that the ones on this dvd have an in-studio element that I'm not really a fan of.
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I have two boys that love cars so I thought these DVD's would be right up their alley. And I was right, they do love them. My husband and I like them also. The one thing I will say is that when these episodes air on T.V. most of the bad words are bleeped out. They are NOT bleeped out on the DVD's so keep that in mind. Other than that, these are great.
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