on 3 December 2012
Anyone who says that this DVD is the same as other Top Gear DVDs is wrong. This DVD is excellent, Jeremy is funny on his own but put him with James May & the DVD is twice as good & funny. The ending of the DVD especially brought a smile to my face, top class. This DVD is excellent & if you like Top Gear in any form DVD or show, you will love this DVD. Its filled with the same humour, quotes & wit that is associated with Top Gear. Top Gear is always brilliant when they mix old, rubbish cars with new, performance cars. Brilliant, you won't be disappointed. If you are, you don't understand Top Gear. The End.
on 29 November 2012
If your going to go in search of the worlds worst car,I suppose Whitby is as good a place to go looking for it as any other.This time out its Jeremy and James fronting the,out in time on DVD for christmas,special,and as you would expect from these two,they spend as much time bickering as they do driving.Their search for automotive crapness takes in some truly terrible cars,and some frankly surprising ones,not to mention a few that commit the ultimate sin of being bland.As you would expect,if not demand,there are plenty of madcap stunts,and driving exotic motors to the limit.To be fair Whitby does provide an excellent back drop,or rather the undulating roads,and rolling,heather coverd moors do.This is probably the best of the Top Gear Christmas DVD releases that have cropped up over the past few years,as its the one that is most like the programme,which means the humour is back,which the others did sadly lack.Dedicated petrol heads,of which I am one will love it,and as such it will make an excellent stocking filler,seeing as there is no Clarkson DVD this year.
If you want any more reasons to buy it how about this one,you get to see James diving a Ford GT,while Jeremy is tied to a tree.
It would seem that Top Gear has taken a bit of a breather recently. I mean, despite the amazing spectacle of Top Gear Live 2012, Richard Hammond presenting the Top Gear: 50 Years of Bond Cars Special back in October, and the odd bit for Children in Need, there's been no full series of Top Gear since March last year. There was no Christmas Special recently (which is understandable given that the previous one in India was truly rubbish), and the new series is only just about to start after a long absence.
Oh, and of course, there's this latest Yuletide DVD release from the lads. Previous years we had Hamster & Captain Slow presenting Apocalypse and At The Movies; home video exclusives that were ultimately average, despite sporting one or two really great ideas/antics. On paper, The Worst Car in the History of the World doesn't sound as exciting as the premises of Apocalypse or At The Movies, but in execution, it's a far superior DVD exclusive. In fact, this is the best Yuletide release Top Gear has bought out, as it's much closer to Top Gear form than recent exploits.
With Richard busy doing the 50 Years of Bond Cars Special, it falls to Jeremy and James to head off to...Whitby to muck around...I mean, commence with `important research' to determine which truly is the worst car to have ever been created.
Whereas Apocalypse and At The Movies felt too ambitious, too staged, and too desperate in trying to force out laughs/entertainment, THIS Top Gear DVD feels much more relaxed. Clarkson and May are just being their usual, natural hilarious selves, as opposed to when Hammond & May were (at times) struggling to produce worthwhile material. Here, Jezza and Captain Slow's humour and bickering feels much fresher, with their antics shining through in the more humble scenario.
The feature itself isn't just great fun & games. There's a real offering of some appalling vehicles, an insight into their creation and a fair comparison with some of the best cars on the market today. It's all balanced, and the insight into the pros & cons of say Peugeot, Ford, Porsche, Citroen etc is rather enlightening. Of course, Jeremy and James' debate will doubtless provoke outrage from viewers and cause endless feuding between them, but it's all good laughs.
Other highlights feature the appearance of the Stig's YORKSHIRE Cousin (complete with whippets!), perhaps the slowest, most even Drag Race EVER in Top Gear(!), trying to duplicate a BMW's sensational driving round a gymkhana course, and James yet again trying to reverse park a car in a public place (with predictable, yet hilarious results!). The Worst Car in the History of the World isn't also just a case of ridiculing/destroying the Morris Marina (though it DOES make an appearance of sorts...). The programme's a (mostly) impartial look at what THEY truly consider to be an appalling piece of motoring. The fact that the choice isn't so obvious is refreshing, and the `special fate' Jezza and Slow have in mind for the `worst car' makes for a creative, suitable ending.
Is it perfect? Not even close. Again, this is a problem that hinders these exclusive DVDs...they need ALL THREE presenters in order to complete the essential equation that makes Top Gear so special. Though this is a superior DVD than previous home exclusives, it does feel lacking without Richard Hammond. There's no special features of any kind to savour, and the main programme does drag here-and-there in the 73 minute running length. It could've easily been cut down to fifty minutes, instead of wasting time in some areas. Although it's nowhere tiresome as Apocalypse/At The Movies were at times, it's still a weakness that the BBC should address for future DVDs.
But compared to say the India Special (or some outings from recent series), The Worst Car in the History of the World is a cracking offering from Top Gear, maybe the best we've had from them in ages. Definitely better than Apocalypse and At The Movies and a release that's got me looking forward to the new series.
Now let's hope the BBC release the 50 Years of Bond Cars Special with Richard Hammond. THAT was great also!