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Top Gear Apocalypse [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
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The definitive guide to motoring in a post-apocalyptic world.
Just what will motoring be like in a post-apocalyptic world that’s been blown to bits by nuclear bombs or a massive comet? It’s a burning question that’s on literally nobody’s mind, and we give you all the answers in this brand new, incredibly cheerful Top Gear DVD Embarking on a terrifying journey into the future, we show you how to drive to work in the perpetual darkness of a Nuclear Winter, how to make motorsport exciting when there’s only two racing drivers left alive, and, in a world where all cars are bristling with weapons, how to survive the savage, explosive fury of a Doomsday M.O.T test.
And amongst all the nuclear carnage, we also tackle the ultimate petrolhead’s dilemma – what cars would you take for a final drive if there was only one barrel of petrol left on the planet? The explosions are huge, the cars are superb, so relax and enjoy.
PS. This frightening vision of a post-nuclear world is backed up by top scientists, in case you think it’s us just cocking about. James May & Richard Hammond.
Brand New for 2010 Never seen on TV!
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Which is why, naturally, I had my eye on Apocalypse for quite some time. But also because it was exclusive to DVD, and that the after-Christmas period saw this reduced to an absolute bargain price. I couldn't really see any reason NOT to get this.
Top Gear: Apocalypse is basically Hamster and Captain Slow on their own this time. With Jezza off on his `Italian Job', Richard and James decided to film a DVD of their own to keep fans happy. And true to the boys' nature, they're mucking around. And they justify this, by donning goggles, shaggy-clothing, war-paint (on a REALLY bad hair day!) and explain how to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.
Immediately, Apocalypse scores with its premise. To see Hammond and May in their bunker (kitted out with Quavers and a bizarre selection of DVDs i.e. Strictly Come Dancing), and mucking around in this setting is hilarious. Hamster and Captain Slow crack open their typical humour and, like the exceptional characters that they are, entertain in a variety of ways.
To begin with, Richard and James show you how to drive to work in the pitch darkness of Nuclear Winter, relying purely on satnav to navigate the roads and obstacles. One can immediately see where this goes, yet it's still worth watching the results...and other drivers, police and ambulances arrive on the scene! It's top-notch stuff, as is the `Doomsday M.O.T.' test, which is essentially a giant version of Robot Wars (I MISS that show!), with spectacular carnage to behold.
Richard also tries to escape from the ever-surviving paparazzi, James also gets lost in a car park trying to outrun `Zombie minis', they then try to perfect the art of motor-sport with only the two of them left alive, various games to play while the rest of humanity flees from terror, and finally, the VERY intriguing dilemma of what car you would drive if there was only ONE barrel of petrol left on the planet.
All well and good, but Apocalypse sadly turns out to be an average DVD. The most common criticism against this release is one I agree with completely. It NEEDED a Clarkson. This whole environment of explosions, post-Apocalyptic world, what car to use your last barrel of petrol on; all this suited Jeremy. He would've been right at home here, and his absence (though understandable given his filming of The Italian Job) makes a lot of the gags and antics rather redundant.
Don't get me wrong, Richard and James DO a fine job of things here, but the reason why Top Gear works as a whole is because of ALL THREE presenters, who together are so much greater than the sum of their parts. It's a theory that's proven true for Apocalypse, and it doesn't feel as there's much material to replay again as there are in other DVD releases of the show.
At over seventy minutes long, the DVD's content doesn't really fill or justify the running time. There are no special features, either. There's also a fluff which takes place during the actual programme itself, making it rather disruptive. It would've made more sense to include a collection of outtakes and stuck them on as extras. That could've helped boost the appeal of the disc.
But - as mentioned earlier - there's some really cracking stuff here that you won't find on the telly. And now that it's at a discount price, it's better to buy now. There's a Digital Copy facility on this disc, allowing you to transfer it onto your iPod if you wish. Top Gear: Apocalypse is something I would label "For Completists Only." If you're curious, you certainly won't regret checking it out. Again, there's some worthwhile stuff to be found. Just don't expect anything like the North Pole Special or any one of the Challenges DVDs.
Instead, we get this shoddy attempt; it has its moments, certainly, but much of it is just pointless. And the absence of Clarkson is glaring; while he can easily carry a show on his own, as his Clarkson DVDs show, the combination of May and Hammond needs the (strangely) moderating influence of Clarkson. They just aren't funny without Clarkson there telling them they're not, if that makes any sense.
It's a good watch, if you have a working fast-forward function. But I've watched it once, and now it's going up on Buy Used.
Of course you will find fun in it with at least 3 exclusive challenges, but the the main reason it is not at its best it's because Top Gear's main host Jeremy Clarkson does not take part in it.
At least it's still worth ordering it because of the cheap price.
If you have already purchased almost everything on DVD (mainly the series) this DVD is a good way for viewing something yet unseen during the series... This is the only interest of it ...
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