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Great Adventures indeed!,
This review is from: Top Gear - The Great Adventures 2 [DVD] (DVD)
The Great Adventures volume 2 is a 2 disk boxset, each with a different adventure on it. The first takes place in Botswana (the Director's Cut) and the second is the lads' Vietnam expedition. These episodes were broadcast in both 2007 and 2008, but not released on DVD until 2009 as part of this boxset. The outer cardboard box shows images of both the adventures, with the Top Gear logo and the titles of both episodes. Each adventure is in one DVD box, with imagery from each across the appropriate box and therefore makes it easy for Harry to differentiate the two. Harry or I hadn't seen either of these before he got the DVD, so we were both really looking forward to enjoying them.
First up I'll talk about the Botswana episode. This was originally broadcast on BBC2 in 2007, so it is a few years old now but luckily, these special episodes don't seem to date at all so you can enjoy them any time. It sees Jeremy, Richard and James head all the way over to Botswana with just £1500 each to buy a used car. Jeremy buys a Lancia Beta Coupe, Richard a Opel Kadett and James a Mercedes 230E. It shows how much I've seen this that I didn't actually have to look those up before writing them down! They then have to drive these terribly old cars across roads in an awful condition, through Botswana, across the Makgadikgadi Pan in one piece, something no car has ever done before and then finally cross the Okavango Delta, which meant going close to wild animals that could eat them!
This episode is hilarious. Right from the off, Harry loved this episode because of the old cars that the guys were driving, especially Jeremy and his Lancia Beta Coupe. Richard fondly names his car "Oliver", something his colleagues take the mickey out of him for throughout the episode, and it's fun watching the guys contend with conditions they've never encountered before either. The salt pans were especially hilarious, especially Jeremy "Power of Positive Thought" Clarkson consistently breaking down despite his over-confidence! There is also the funny presence of the dreaded VW Beetle throughout as well, the forfeit if the guys' cars break down. Overall, this is a really funny episode, it made me laugh throughout and despite having watched it numerous times, I still love it when Harry chooses to put it on. The highlight has to be African Stig... genius!
The second episode on the disk is one we have only started watching recently for some unknown reason, perhaps as Harry loved the other disk so much! It is the guys' 2008 adventure to Vietnam. This one is a little different, because instead of travelling via cars, they have to instead resort to motorbikes, as these are the most popular mode of transport in Vietnam due to the high cost of running a car. This was a delight to Hammond and May, who both like bikes a lot, yet the bane of Jeremy's existence as he simply can't ride one! It was hilarious to see Jeremy struggle for a while, and although Harry sits and tells me not to laugh at "Poor Jeremy", you can't help it because seeing a grown man have a paddy is just brilliant.
During the episode, you get to see a lot of scenery of Vietnam, which is a beautiful country. You get a sense of the countrys finance when each of the men are give 15 million Vietnamese Dong to buy a car, at which point the guys claim they are finally millionaires but discover its only around £600 and nowhere near enough to buy a car! The episode is very, very funny. Clarkson makes several adjustments to his bike which is simply hilarious, the "helmets" used by May and Clarkson were brilliant (as only Richard had a small enough head to fit a shop bought one) and finally their adventure on the Vietnamese train is open to funny moments too. My favourite bit has to be May and Clarkson kindly "customising" poor Richard's motorbike... they think they are so funny don't they?! When I first saw it, I didn't stop laughing the hour and a half it was on, and again it seems to be one I never get bored of. It's so funny and a great adventure to watch.
Overall, this is a brilliant DVD for Top Gear fans, and a great few hours of hilarious viewing. You can't help but laugh out loud when you watch it this because it is genuinely funny, and the chemistry between Clarkson, Hammond and May is as present as ever, and this is really what makes it such a joy to watch. The comedy seems to come naturally for them, and I never had to force myself to laugh, it just happens because what you are watching is just brilliantly funny. Yes, there's a good bit of information about the cars and vehicles used along the way, but the special episodes such as these tend to focus more on the 3 presenters and what they get up to, which works fine for me and Harry, we love it! Definitely recommended if you have a Top Gear fan in your house!