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Top Gear - Series 12 [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051803N0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 342,493 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars still waiting 8 Jan 2014
By sparky
Format:DVD
so what is the score with season 12 ???
i want to add it to my collection but still not available.
can anyone shed any light on this ?????
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it is good 10 July 2013
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I like to watched I love it because it is very good season and it is very very good show
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars sammy789 29 July 2013
By sammy
Format:DVD
when is it going to be on sale when. i really wanted this dvd but i just couldn't get it because the other one says its a us import which is for the us but i don't live in the us so please please be on sale now.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this DVD for my grandson for Christmas. Apparently, it is not sold in the UK and has to be shipped over from America. I was warned that the delivery period was a long one and that I might not receive the DVD before Christmas. However, I was delighted that it arrived in time.

My grandson was absolutely thrilled with his present until he tried to play it on our DVD - only to find that American DVDs do not play in European DVD players. Unfortunately, in my ignorance, I hadn't realised this. It would have been helpful if Amazon highlighted the fact that American DVDs are not compatible with European DVD players. Consequently, I was ready to give this a one star rating. However, my grandson is fairly good with technology and did some research on the net to discover a way round this problem. It meant altering various settings on his DVD player - "a bit of hacking", he said. So, he's been able to watch his Top Gear DVD and he loves it. I'm giving it a three star rating, because unless you are adept with technology, you won't be able to watch it!
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extras aren't enough to achieve perfection. 18 Jan 2010
By Kristan O. Overstreet - Published on Amazon.com
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Yes, the mad men of Top Gear are back again- engaging in the insanity that the world of car lovers (and British comedy lovers) have joined in for years. This set contains the full Season 12 of the show (fall/winter 2008)... or does it?

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.

This results (I apologize for any spoilers, but if you're looking at this you've almost certainly seen the show anyway) is that the Bruce Springsteen bike (a Stars and Stripes bedecked motorcycle used as a punishment threat, should our heroes break down during the Vietnam trip) no longer has "Born in the USA" blaring from its iPod. It's been dubbed over with the Star Spangled Banner. This required one series of jokes to be cut entirely (so the ep, though a little longer than broadcast on BBC America, is NOT uncut) and other jokes, including the one immediately in response to the first playing of the music, to make absolutely no sense whatever.

This minor maiming of the Vietnam special wipes out any extra bonus points that the Director's Cut of the Botswana Special might have won the set. The same problems that bedeviled the Season 10 release- not uncut, annoying auto-play trailers, and no skip points within each individual film- also infest this release. There are also incidents of misspelled or mistranscribed words in the subtitles- and even at least one misspelling in the scene-selection menus. (The name is TESLA, not TELSA. And no, it's not a town in Oklahoma, that's TULSA.)

Don't get me wrong. You WILL love this. If, like me, your only dose of Top Gear usually comes from the extremely edited BBC America broadcasts, you'll discover all sorts of little extra bits you've never seen before in this set. You'll want to laugh again and again at the crazies driving anything from Vespas to muscle cars to the near-worshipped Bugatti Veyron. You'll see the definitive test of what kind of buses should be used in London... a race on an oval that's just one step above demolition derby. You'll see a Ford Fiesta chased by a sports car through a shopping mall.

And through it all, you'll see three car nuts bickering at each other, mocking the failures of the auto industry, and sharing a deep love of cars and the use thereof.

But it's not a perfect release, and so I can't give it a perfect score. Sorry, BBC- try again, and next time don't pinch the penny so hard.

(Note: Edited when I found some more extras on a second viewing of the set. Makes it a little better, but still not five stars.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is Top Gear. For free with Amazon Prime 22 Aug 2011
By Hsa Atpu - Published on Amazon.com
Seriously, what's not to love when you get to watch the classic car show from UK anytime you want, anywhere you want, for this price!(Free with Amazon Prime)They tried remaking this in America but they never stood a chance at recreating the same level of entertainment that the British version has had for well over a decade now!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Battered by BBC editing from TV but still great 3 April 2012
By Graves - Published on Amazon.com
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Officially "Top Gear" is a long running automotive show on Britain's BBC. In reality it is far much more. Hosted by 3 middle aged journalists with a shared passion for cars there is bombastic Jeremy, pedantic and detail oriented James and `happy puppy' Richard, who is usually caught between the other two. 3 young men playing with cars would get boring but 3 middle aged men, acting like kids? That gets fun.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best Top Gear moments ever 10 Nov 2011
By P. Dixon - Published on Amazon.com
First the bad news.......and this isn't a complaint against the show, more for Amazon. We're now on Season 17 - why is 12 the last we can get for free on Prime!?!

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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of their best. 22 Nov 2011
By EBG - Published on Amazon.com
The Vietnam Special is one of the best Top Gear episodes of the series. I'd give it 5 stars, but for some reason, the Amazon version has swapped out some of the music. Instead of playing, "Born in the USA" whenever they show the American bike, they substitute the Star Spangled Banner. This makes it kind of confusing later on when the trio starts joking about "hearing Bruce Springsteen" coming up behind them. There are a couple more instances of this, but none of those swaps subtract from the episode as much.
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