Top Gear Adventures - Middle East, US & Albania Road Trips DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 8.0
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features 6.0
Total 8.0
Distributor: BBC
Running Time: 180 Minutes
Reviewer: Peter Bourke
Classification
: PG

8.0


Top Gear Adventures - Middle East, US & Albania Road Trips

The eloquent three stooges of the car world, Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond are back for another outrageous collection of road trips that sees the trio visiting the Middle East, the US and Albania. Of course, Top Gear Great Adventures is not all about the comedic antics and witty banter of Clarkson, May and Hammond but they also road test some amazing cars such as the Mercedes-Benz SLS to something more subdued like the Bentley Mulsanne. Add in challenges, races and even facts and this collection has something for everyone.

First up is the Middle East adventure, aptly titled the "Christmas Special" as Clarkson, May and Hammond take on the roles of the Three Wise Men as they recreate the journey of these biblical figures. Their goal is simple (maybe not), make their way to Bethlehem.

However the highlight of this journey is how they reached their destination and much to the viewer’s amazement, the trio drove open-top cruisers which I'm guessing the insurance company of the BBC wasn't mightily impressed. Apart from the controversy, the Middle East adventure was actually a very entertaining road trip that is filled with humour and even some useful facts along the way. Just check out the screenshot above!

My favourite adventure in this collection is the US road trip as our modern mechanical minded stooges make their way up the east coast of America. But a Top Gear special wouldn't be a Top Gear special if there was no camaraderie or competition between them as they bring in the Mercedes-Benz SLS, Porsche 911 GT3 RS and the Ferrari 458 Italia which would fuel any car lover's wet fantasy. Not only are these cars luxury sports cars easy on the eyes but they have a real growl behind them and it's a joy to watch the hosts take these cars through their paces.

Although not as controversial as the Middle East special, the Albania adventure definitely mocks the cars of this former Communist country. In this road trip, the boys engage in a variety of challenges to see which is the ideal car for the "Mafia" of this former Communist state is and these include the Rolls Royce Ghost, the Bentley Mulsanne and the Mercedes S65 AMG.

Apart from the cars, antics and challenges are included in this collection that are a real hoot! A special note should be made about the cinematography of these adventures which really highlight the majestic beauty of these three totally opposite places. Top Gear has always had some great cinematography and camera work and this special once again cements this fact.

The video quality of the Top Gear Adventures is exceptionally clear with sharp images, vibrant colours and deep blacks. Audio matches the video quality which produces extremely clear dialogue, good levels with some great use of music to help engage the viewer with the content.

There's a handful of special features but nothing that memorable. All in all, the BBC give Top Gear fans what they want, more car content. Even if you're not a car fanatic, the Top Gear series has a special charm about it that will draw you in from the humorous camaraderie between the talented Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond to their ridiculous racing. Recommended!

SPECIAL FEATURES

MIDDLE EAST SPECIAL: Exclusive audio commentary with James May and crew, Deleted scenes
U.S. & ALBANIA ROAD TRIPS: Deleted scenes






 
 



   Games
   PlayStation 4
   XBox One
   PlayStation 3
   XBox 360
   PC
   PS Vita
   Wii U
   Wii
   3DS
   DS
   PSP
   Apple
   Casual
   Android
   Classics

  Movies
   Movies & IMAX
   Blu-ray
   Action
   Anime
   Comedy
   Crime & Thrillers
   Documentaries
   Drama
   Family
   Horror
   Kids
   Lifestyle
   Music
   Romance
   Sci-fi
   Sport

   IT
   PC
   Apple
   Hardware

   Information & Fun
   News
   Interviews
   Articles

   Tara's G-Spot
   Loren's Level
   Comics
   Books
   Mind & Body
   Music
   Competitions
   Community
 








 
 




Impulse Gamer is your source for the
latest Reviews and News on Video Games,
Entertainment, Pop Culture, Hardware &
More!

 


© 2001 - 2014 Impulse Gamer
 

 

About Us | Contact Us