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Top Gear Series 16 DVD
Reviewed by
Andrew Proverbs
on
Top Gear Series 16 DVD Review Three big and conflicting personalities who have been given a camera, the spotlight, and a license to muck around with some of the most powerful machines on Earth. You should know what to expect. 
Rating:
4.0

Feature 8.0
Video 8.5
Audio 8.0
Special Features 6.5
Total 8.0
Distributor: BBC
Running Time: 394 Minutes
Reviewer: Andrew Proverbs
Classification
: PG

8.0


Top Gear Season 16

Top Gear without the Stig- that would be like AC/DC without Bon Scott, or Batman without Michael Keaton. Hang on, those things did happen…

Anyway, my point is that the Stig is an essential part of the Top Gear brand, much like Coca Cola’s patented curved bottle and type font. But in the wake of the media circus and court case surrounding the departure of Ben Collins as the Stig in 2009, the show may have come perilously close to ditching the iconic white helmet for good.  

But somebody came to their senses, because season 16 sees in a new, equally silent and anonymous racing driver. Despite a few cheap shots at ‘sacked Stig’ from the show’s hosts, this is very much business as usual for the BBC’s flagship car programme. Season 16 contains all of the interviews, supercar reviews and crazy challenges that fans have come to expect.  

Among the attractions are a road trip to the ruins of post-cold war Albania, a perfectly good Beetle being dropped from a helicopter, and James May taking a 21st century moon buggy for a test drive. For Australian viewers, this series is also notable for the infamous ‘Ashes series,’ in which the three hosts of Australia’s Top Gear compete against their British counterparts in a series of driving challenges- all shamelessly rigged in favour of the home country. 

As well as the 7 episodes, this DVD contains the ‘USA road trip’ special in full, as well as the Middle-East Christmas special. This latter feature is the highlight of the whole package. With no idea where they are headed, Jezza, Hamster and May are dropped on an airfield in Iraq with three old convertibles and given instructions to drive to Bethlehem, hundreds of kilometres away in Israel.  Infantile antics aside, this ranks as one of the best and most thoughtful films that Top Gear has produced in recent years- up there with the Bolivia trek. 

Special Features:

A lot of the bonus material included on this DVD has been taken from the Top Gear website, so if you’ve watched the season highlights there you won’t find much of interest. Included is a season preview and wrap-up by the three hosts, lap footage of some of the guest stars, and a tour of the studio and grounds. 

Closing comments: 

It’s Top Gear: Three big and conflicting personalities who have been given a camera, the spotlight, and a license to muck around with some of the most powerful machines on Earth. You should know what to expect. 






 
 



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