We all know that we love Top Gear, otherwise you wouldn't be here reading this.
But and it's a big "but", I do feel a little cheated by this Blu-Ray release. The only reason why I bought The Adventures in Blu-Ray is because of the picture quality; after all, Top Gear is famous for it's regularly stunning photography.
The Bolivia special did not disappoint with the aforementioned, especially the Atacama Desert and it's Mars like landscape. The detail tickles your eyeballs as well as James' taste in shirts. Low picture noise in the clear, bright(perfect photography conditions), high altitude scenes, rich colours of the jungle and great sense of depth-of-field in those narrow mountain passes. Who needs 3D?!
The Romania special is an eye-opener to the country and how remarkable it is... But I'm not here to review the episodes because we know how brilliant they are, even with the added extra footage. I'm here typing this bilge because of the Bonneville special is up-converted from standard definition (even though it looks like it was filmed in HD) to 1920 / 1080p specifications but failing miserably. How could the BBC let this slip through the net hoping it will not get noticed? You do wonder who was paying attention in the production suite.
For this reason and the changes in music (i'm guessing copyright issues) I gave this Blu-ray release 3 out of 5. Not for the boys and the film crew for which I will hold in great admiration, it's the halfwit who made that up-converted decision. Is a memo needed to remind people what Blu-Ray pictures are about?
I would appreciate honesty up front to your loyal followers BBC. The customer. Me. You, the reader.
Harsh but fair.
A major Top Gear fan.