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Oz and James's Big Wine Adventure: Complete BBC Series 1 & 2 Box Set [DVD]


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  • Actors: James May, Oz Clarke
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Mar. 2008
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012OR2HW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,672 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Top Gear's James May joins wine-writer Oz Clarke for a road trip through France (Series 1) and California (Series2), whereupon Clarke endeavors admirably in turning May into a fellow connoisseur. This Box Set containing Series 1 & 2 is exclusive to Amazon.co.uk for a limited time.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Anna on 14 Feb. 2009
Poor James May. He just wanted to go on a drinking holiday and get absolutely clattered. Oz Clarke, though, wants to turn him into a wine ponce, and the third year (possibly the best so far) of his trying is currently showing on tv.

May knows chuff all about wine. He sniffs it at Clarke's behest, and stretches himself to describe it as "fruity", and "sort of winey" (sounds about right to me, but what do I know? Am a Ribena girl) before collapsing in snorty, snuffly laughter, much to Oz's disgust.

The pairing seems incongruous. Oz Clarke, at first glance, appears to be a posh, pretentious prig, while James May... isn't. In fact, this may be a good time for a brief aside. Put aquamarine near green, and it looks sky-blue; put it by blue, and it looks like emerald green. And so it is with May - put him next to Clarkson and the Hamster on Top Gear and he appears to be a gentle, old-fashioned, slightly melancholic classical pianist who has somehow inadvertently stumbled across this car lark. Put him next to Oz Clarke, though, and he appears to be a burping, scratching, slightly boorish, alcoholic, laddy petrolhead.

It shouldn't work... but it does. In fact (and I know this will sound ridonkulous) it may work even better than it does with Clarkson and Hammond. May certainly seems to have more fun, and it's not just to do with being tanked.

The first series has them travelling through France, and there's no friendship at first; they are clearly strangers who find one another a little trying.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T. Hansen on 11 May 2008
A very funny and highly entertaining program of well known wine expert
OZ Clarke and Jamas May known form Top Gear, who together travels on a
wine adventure. James knows nothing about wine, but have chosen the car
for the adventure (of course an English jaguar) and is like a rebel
boarder school boy taught by the slightly older and more distinguished
Oz Clarke, who continuously tries to learn James about the different
wines and the impressions they make. It all turns into a lot of very
entertaining and very funny situations, filled with humour, and there
is a lot to learn and view, both from the more experienced and newcomer
to wine tasting, on this fantastic wine adventure filled taste -and
sense impressions.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By C. Stewart on 26 Mar. 2008
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Not having seen the series, I was urged to buy this boxset by an insistent friend, and I confess to doubts - lots - not least because, with a couple of exceptions, I've never found a wine that didn't leave a horrible metallic aftertaste and harsh acidity. I've always been convinced that old saw 'the more expensive the wine the better it is' was just a rip-off ploy by vintners!
On Top Gear James May's 'character' is vital, but subtle - he is the straight man, the foil for big shouty and little angry; to be the understated Everyman always almost but not quite in the limelight.
But I had real doubts as to how well that would translate in 'Big Wine Adventure'. True, May's affable irony and wry self-deprecating wit on TG were tempered by occasional flashes of a darker, inner bleakness, as he sometimes inadvertantly let slip a tendency towards melancholia(quote: "that moment of Black Dog despair") but away from Hamster and Jezzer, wouldn't it be bland and boring? I didn't really see how the combination could work - Oz Clarke, genuine theatre thespian dahlink and leading Brit wine critic alongside a beer-swilling, petrolhead pianist with depressive tendencies. I prepared for boredom or one of those celeb obviously-in-it-for-the money jaunts.
And I'm very, very sorry, because the DVDs are worth every penny. Both seasons were perfect examples of what documentary shows should be - funny without descending into juvenile puerility, and you learn useful stuff almost without noticing it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MS on 11 Dec. 2009
This is an entertaining and funny series. If you know a fair amount about wine then it probably won't teach you anything but is still enjoyable to watch, if you don't have much wine knowledge then you'll probably learn something, especially about concepts like terroir. Both presenters play to their strengths. Well worth watching.
That's it, and all in one paragraph!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. B. Curtis on 1 July 2009
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The pairing of Oz Clark and James May is fantastic and required viewing. These two series are not only informative, but fun to watch for those of us who are not wine connoisseurs.
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Whenever Oz and James get together the clash of personalities is brilliant. Not only will you be learning along with James, but you'll find enjoyment in the beautiful scenery and, as a bonus, you'll get to laugh at how James handles certain situations with Oz. Mind you, if you're American like me, you'll need an uncoded DVD player.This is a great Travelogue and I highly recommend it for all Jams May fans
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