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4.0 out of 5 stars What happened to the 'Talking Plastic Jesus'? Was he 'PC' edited out?, 26 May 2010
This review is from: Oz and James's Great Wine Adventure : Complete BBC Series Two - California [DVD] (DVD)
This is an excellent series, which when first viewing on TV I thought not as good as the first series in France. However, having watched it again on DVD, I feel that it is actually more enjoyable than the first series, especially as the rapport and friendship between James and Oz has now been firmly established, and with that it can clearly be seen that they are really enjoying themselves on this trip, which in turn, makes it more fun for the viewer.

The series as a travel programme is enjoyable, with lovely scenery and vistas, and an interesting cross-section of 'Californians', mostly posing as wine-makers, but in a couple of cases, actually making it themselves! From a wine information standpoint, I learnt something from it, especially about American wines, the climate, the varietals, and all in a fun, humorous, and enjoyable way.

I only gave this 4 Stars because it seems that the DVD's have been edited for 'Political Correctness' (One cannot risk offending anyone in Britain these days, can one?). There are some parts I clearly remember from watching it on TV that have 'disappeared'. One in particular was the very funny part where James had a 'Talking Plastic Jesus' on the dashboard of the Motorhome, (does anyone else remember the song 'Plastic Jesus'?) which he would activate for some 'Divine inspiration and wisdom', which was hilarious as 'Jesus' 'spoke' corny sayings in a tinny American accent - it was so kitsch that it was 'divine'. Sadly, PJ has been PC'd!

The bottom line is, I highly recommend this 2 DVD set, despite the fact that one of the participants has been spirited away!
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Initial post: 8 Oct 2010 19:40:16 BDT
As a Brit living in California who absolutley worships Top Gear AND Wine - As soon as I found out about this program from my friend in England I immediately ordered it from Amazon UK (I have a multi-region DVD player for just such purchases!) I am sorry that the plastic Jesus has been edited out, most of the Top Gear episodes are also heavily edited over here on BBC AMerica, but still enjoyable, so I know I will enjoy the DVD's when they arrive. Especially the Monterey County episode where I live.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 May 2011 13:08:39 BDT
Strangely enough I was living in the USA at the time of watching this series on TV, and it was there that I originally saw the 'Moulded Messiah', and it was shown on BBC America (the 'strangely enough' comment has nothing to do with my living in the USA, only to do with the subsequent demise of the divine on the DVD!). Therefore more's the pity that those in control who fear upsetting the tiny minority have in recent years decided to remove anything that may offend anyone or anything. I wonder if there is am 'early' unedited version around anywhere?
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