10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Missing some classics, but still fantastic to watch
I got this the other week and I must say it is brilliant to watch, some of the challenges are really brilliant, specially the motorhome, trackday and caravan airship challenge. I would say however I'm slightly dissapointed that some have been omitted (but when it's such a big dvd, you can't really fit them all :) ) For example, the 17 year old challenge which I personally...
Published on 22 Jun 2011 by masterwill
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Top Gear fan these days.
Bought this DVD as the main point for the sale was the home-made caravan that the boys had to build. The rest of the DVD was OK but I won't be buying any more. I did read the description before the purchase, so it's NOT a slip-up by Amazon, but it's me!!!
Published 6 months ago by D. A. Springall
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Missing some classics, but still fantastic to watch,
This review is from: Top Gear - The Challenges 5 [DVD] (DVD)I got this the other week and I must say it is brilliant to watch, some of the challenges are really brilliant, specially the motorhome, trackday and caravan airship challenge. I would say however I'm slightly dissapointed that some have been omitted (but when it's such a big dvd, you can't really fit them all :) ) For example, the 17 year old challenge which I personally think should have been included in part 4 and I was expecting to be included in this version. I feel this was one of the most funniest they had since the original amphibious challenge in the original dvd, die hard top gear fans like myself will know what I mean (hopefully). I personally also feel that the Mima Art Challenge should have been included as like i said before they are some classic scenes from that particular challenge. I only say this just because I think big challenges should be balanced out a little then focusing more on the recent series.
Having said though, what is included, specially the extras are fantastic, specially the Lewis Hamilton interview which is very moving and gives a unique insight into how special Ayrton Senna was which I think is great for new F1 fans who never got to see Senna drive in the hayday.
Big Top Gear fans like myself will love this DVD and enjoy adding it to the collection, but I personally feel though, that they might be running out of ideas of what challenges to set (but who knows with the upcoming series 17) dvds like this might be as good in the future. But I'll still enjoy watching it :)
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another set of Challenges to fit on your shelf!,
This review is from: Top Gear - The Challenges 5 [DVD] (DVD)Whether it's building and testing amphibious/electric/police cars, buying second-hand cars and putting them through the most notorious trials imaginable, going on races, doing labours etc, the result of the Challenges that befall the Top Gear are always the same; instant, hilarious entertainment. I think it's safe to say that the Challenges are the highlight of the show's success.
Top Gear Challenges DVDs have long gotten to the stage now where they have a life of their own. Given the sheer quality of past collections, the special features and the memories to relive on your DVD player, it's no surprise that fans will buy these instantly upon release. Quality presentation backed up by fabulous extras? Instant seller!
And it's the same with volume 5. There's little to no reason NOT to purchase this latest collection, and it's worth noting that every release seems to be more determined to be bigger than the previous compilation. This time round, Top Gear: The Challenges 5 has a stonking TWELVE challenges collected on one disc (as opposed to Challenges 4 which featured eleven challenges spread across two discs), with special features devoted to Disc 2.
You can expect to revisit:
- Jezza, Hamster & Captain Slow build their own motorhomes (one of the most BRILLIANT challenges in recent years).
- Jeremy and James attempt to make a car advert for the Volkswagen Scirocco Diesel TDI - and FAIL spectacularly!
- A somewhat touching look at the fallen British Sports Car industry.
- Buying Cheap Saloons in Germany.
- Richard (driving the Dakar) racing a couple of Snowmobiles.
- JAMES (of ALL people!) driving the BUGATTI VEYRON (of ALL cars!)
- Richard testing the concept of Airport Vehicle Racing.
- James piloting the first-ever Caravan Airship.
- Jeremy providing essential consumer information about the new Renault Twingo (big enough to fit Ross Kemp in the boot!).
- James using one of the old North Pole pick-up trucks to brave the unstable fury of an Icelandic volcano.
- And a Gravity Drop Race pitting a VW Beetle suspended up high...against a Porsche 911 on the ground.
So with such an exciting line-up, fans are going to purchase (and with good reason). The antics of Clarkson, Hammond and May, the bickering, the emotion, the elation of success, the depression of failure, the sheer boldness and variety; these are the things Top Gear and fans have thrived on for years with great success. And as always, the content on Challenges 5 will entertain tremendously in typical fashion.
But with this release, I must nitpick. It doesn't feel as fresh as the last Challenges DVD and it's here where the lads are showing signs of repeating themselves a little. For instance, the Dakar vs. Snowmobiles challenge. Although thrilling, it feels too familiar to James racing against Parkour experts/BMX cyclists. It's the same with Richard racing Airport vehicles. He's done that before with Motorhomes and Buses, and much better I might add.
But this repetition can be excused due to the originality of the other challenges. The Motorhomes, Car Advert, Topsy Turvy Reliant Robins, Caravan Airship and The Twingo in Belfast Challenges (featuring Ross Kemp in a funny surprise appearance) all feature classic material and will have viewers completely in stitches. On a lighter note, the British Sports Cars feature and May's Volcanic Adventures focus more (respectively) on history and edge-of-your-seat discovery. Another welcome aspect of Top Gear that makes it the best thing on BBC2 today.
If I'm honest, I must question why there are certain challenges missing. I'm keen to relive things like Top Gear against The Australians, converting the Combine Harvester into a Snow Plow and 17-Year-Olds Buying A Car. These were still recent before this DVD's release, so they deserved inclusion. And I strongly feel that maybe 2Entertain focuses on releasing some of the challenges from yesteryear, such as the Top Gear Courier Van and Tractor Challenges. Brilliant, classic antics that seem to have been criminally forgotten.
Criticisms aside, Top Gear: The Challenges 5 is still a must-have, particularly for the excellent assortment of extras. The best of these is the extended interview with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, when they were the Stars in a Reasonably Priced Car. Like all uncut features, the new footage is noticeable, and Jeremy clearly relishes in interviewing them, and both Cameron and Tom appear equally honoured to be on the show. The result is a highly-entertaining feature, with the Hollywood stars driving in amazing fashion and setting (at the time) new records.
There's another extended interview with Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, featuring his views on the late Ayrton Senna and the opportunity to drive the legend's own original MP4/4 racing car. Again, this makes for captivating viewing, and the alternative angle videos featuring the new Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, Arial Atom V8 and Zonda R provide great interaction. A wealth of Deleted Scenes are the icing on the cake for Challenges 5, the highlights being more of Jeremy rolling over the Reliant Robin, the Fuel Economy run between the lads during Cheap Saloon challenge in Germany, and James' additional exploits during his Volcano Adventure.
How many more Challenges releases (and Great Adventures box sets, for that matter) BBC and 2Entertain can produce, I do not know. But for the foreseeable future, Top Gear DVDs will continue to sell and sell well. And with the quality remaining so high, we'll just have no choice but to keep buying.
So until next time..."How hard can it be?"
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More of of what I like.,
This review is from: Top Gear - The Challenges 5 [DVD] (DVD)The films are all here, which is my favorite part of Top Gear. Some good races, and after watching captain slow come to tears driving the Veyron, its almost enough to make you do the same.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top DVD,
This review is from: Top Gear - The Challenges 5 [DVD] (DVD)The top gear DVD challanges 5 is an absolute hit, it is not only crammed with extras including extended interview with lewis hamilton but more importantly extra reliant robin roll overs and lots more,
The DVD has some brilliant challanges such as motor homes, the caravan airship and reliant robin roll overs which is just brilliantly stupid, but the best is the car advert challange, infact they are all brilliant, sadly there are loads of challanges which have never been released from the BBC such as the undestructrable toyota challange, perhaps in time they will be released on DVD.
Buy it you wont regret it, absolute ten out of ten for the DVD.
5.0 out of 5 stars The boys are back in town..,
This review is from: Top Gear - The Challenges 5 [DVD] (DVD)and they are buggering everything up along their merry way.
A great collection of challenges - just try not to spill your drink over yourselves whilst laughing so much!
Well worth it at this price.
4.0 out of 5 stars As it says on the tin,
This review is from: Top Gear - The Challenges 5 [DVD] (DVD)Only bought to complete the collection to date. Usual well made and without all the Dave adverts of daytime tv.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasic Top Gear Dvd.,
This review is from: Top Gear - The Challenges 5 [DVD] (DVD)The delivery was very quick which I was over the moon with and the challenges on the DVD are fantastic. Top Gear classics like the Motorhome challenge the advert for a volkswagen challenge the british sports cars challenge cheap saloons at Germany and much much more its a fantastic dvd. It was a fantastic christmas present for my son.
4.0 out of 5 stars Contains some good Segments.,
This review is from: Top Gear - The Challenges 5 [DVD] (DVD)Some very good Pieces on here that can probably only be seen on here unless shown on the BBC. If you watch any of there on Dave you may notice alot are cut to accommodate Ad breaks. On this DVD you will notice how how heavily there are cut a particular one being the Reliant Robin one with a lot cut out of it.
5.0 out of 5 stars it is good,
This review is from: Top Gear - The Challenges 5 [DVD] (DVD)I love to watch it the program it none to not like at all top gear is very good program
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Gear The Challenges 5,
This review is from: Top Gear - The Challenges 5 [DVD] (DVD)Top Gear, the best bits, for me, from the BBC tv series. Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond are back doing challenges involving cars.
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