Judge David Johnson is a star in his reasonably priced car.
Our reviews of Top Gear: The Complete Season 13 (published October 16th, 2010), Top Gear: The Complete Season 10 (published April 23rd, 2009), Top Gear: The Complete Season 11 (published January 25th, 2010), Top Gear: The Complete Season 12 (published January 25th, 2010), Top Gear: The Complete Season 14 (Blu-ray) (published February 19th, 2011), Top Gear: The Complete Season 15 (Blu-ray) (published February 19th, 2011), Top Gear: The Complete Season 16 (Blu-ray) (published August 8th, 2011), Top Gear: The Complete Season 17 (Blu-ray) (published February 20th, 2012), Top Gear: The Complete Season 18 (published July 14th, 2012), Top Gear: The Worst Car in the History of the World (published September 26th, 2013), Top Gear US: Season One (published August 5th, 2011), and Top Gear US: Season Three (published September 1st, 2013) are also available.
Stig it to the man.
The twentieth installment of Britain's iconic car series—the number one motoring program in the world—features all the lunacy and impromptu explosions you've come to expect from this crew. Each of the six episodes unfolds in the textbook Top Gear way: reviews and special films buttressed by offbeat "news" segments and the venerable "star in a reasonably priced car." Alas, no Specials this season.
Top Gear remains a favorite of mine—brash, witty, gorgeously photographed and filthy with so much car pornography I feel tempted to change the channel when my wife walks into the room. James, Jeremy and Richard once again show why they are at the top of the "reality show" game, honing their chemistry and back-and-forth witticisms to perfection. These three could star in a Jersey Shore spin-off and I'd watch it every night.
A rundown of some standout moments from this particular season:
• "Budget Supercars"
• "Tow Cars"
• "Sailboat Race"
What's missing is a memorable challenge, particularly a "cheap car challenge." In fact, the above highlights, while lots of fun, don't quite measure up to the highest highs the series has reached in the past. On the other hand, this installment features arguably the best "stars in reasonably priced cars" lineup ever: Ron Howard, Hugh Jackman, Steven Tyler, Warwick Davis and Benedict Cumberbatch headline the list.
BBC delivers Top Gear: The Complete Season 20 with good content, but a mediocre release: 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, Dolby 2.0 Stereo, some Stig cam power lap footage, and a few bits of recollection from James May about some of the show's finest moments. This last one was a disappointment: Give me the actual segments in their entirety, then let James riff! What am I going to do with 90 seconds worth of highlights?!
Not guilty. Still the best in the business.
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