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A Top Trip to the Movies!
on 26 February 2012
The DVD only stars 2 of Top Gear's main presenters Richard Hammond and James May. Considering Jeremy Clarkson is Harry's favourite person in the WORLD, I was a little worried he wouldn't like this, but instead found he was really enjoying it and the high octane action was exactly what he wanted. This DVD shows the two guys telling us all about why cars are important in action movies, and how they can improve on that brilliant cars. We don't actually see any classic cars from movies so if that's what you're expecting, you will be disappointed. However, I think this DVD is perfect for younger fans of the show, and it's certainly flashy, noisy and perfect for all petrol-heads out there.
I don't want to give away too much information about anything on the DVD as its great just to watch it and find out what's going on with Hammond and May. Instead, I'll just take roughly about the items on the DVD and whether they are any good or not. For Harry, the best bit is probably the boys trying to find out the best "goodie and baddie" sounds the car makes, and this involves them driving them very noisily around the Top Gear test track, with lots of gratuitous noise from the cars. This isn't my cup of tea but Harry enjoyed hearing the sounds, and working out which he thought were the best. Amongst the cars featured were Aston Martins, Ferrari's, and Lamborghini's so plenty in there for everyone. I didn't agree with their final decisions, but there you go, what do I know hey?! Another good section is Richard and professional rally driver Toni Gardemeister in a Skoda rally car racing against the "Rocket Man" Yves Rossy with his jet pack. It's a pretty good sequence, with good camera shots, and a good soundtrack, but I have to confess it isn't a favourite of mine or Harry's.
For me, the best bit was Hammond and May trying to build their very own Bond car using a Land Rover. Hammond's idea of armour is really funny, and had me really laughing out loud, it is truly hilarious and displays some of that humour we have all come to expect from Top Gear. May's idea for camouflage is actually quite ingenious and might work were it not for the fault's that Richard points out, but overall this is definitely one of my favourite things on the DVD, and has enough shooting, explosions, fire, and action to keep you hooked to your screen. Another good part of the show is Richard's "no contact" rally race with the unsung heroes of the movie automobiling world, including, amongst others, the stars' limousine, the port-a-loo delivery van and the catering truck. Richard recruits some professional racing drivers to race with him, and Harry loves watching it, it's predictably silly and a lot of fun, and when Harry watched it with his uncle, nan and grandad, they all found this very funny too! Yes, it's pretty much like other silly races Richard has done before but Harry and I enjoyed it all the same!
As well as these things there are a few more, but I haven't watched them enough to comment on them. One is the Top Gear stunt man attempting to do the legendary car roll from The Man With The Golden Gun, and the boys testing cars for handling against lots of obstacles. One of the things I didn't like about this DVD was the continuity, or rather lack of it. Instead of choosing to show a whole section on its own and in full, such as the Bond Land Rover, it was broken up into several pieces which were shown with other skits either side of them, and it did break it up a bit too much for my liking. I would have preferred them to carry it on and see something through to the end, and means you have to watch the bits you like slightly less just to get back to the bit you do really like. It works for the TV show, yes, but not for a DVD and perhaps its something they need to reconsider for their next DVD outing. Another niggle is that they couldn't show any of the famous car chases they constantly reference, instead showing Hammond and May watching these chases and telling us about them, and that they couldn't show them due to copyright which was a bit of a pain, especially when I didn't have a clue what most of them were in the first place.
Overall though, if you're a really big fan of Top Gear, then you are going to want to watch this one, and add it to your collection as it certainly won't be shown on television. Yes, it's clearly been made for the "festive gifting period" as Richard points out at the beginning, but there's lot of fun and games to be had here for just over an hour, and I think this will especially entertain younger Top Gear fans like Harry who love the silliness, noise and explosions. My favourite sequence definitely comes at the end with the Bond Land Rover and I defy you not to laugh! Yes, it does feel like it's missing Clarkson just a bit because you're so used to seeing him with the boys, but Hammond and May do work well together, have a good sense of comedy between them and it's an easy watch. I enjoyed it, Harry loved it, and we've seen it several times over all ready. Definitely one for the real Top Gear fans out, but worth a watch!