Top Gear The Complete First Season (U.S.) DVD Review
Audio: Dolby Digital mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Disc Spec: 3 DVD
Top Gear UK is one of my favorite shows on TV. I was very excited when the US version launched on the History Channel. Just like the Australian version, its not as good as the UK version. You really just can’t replace James, Jeremy and Richard. They are some of funniest people on TV. However Adam, Tanner and Rutledge are still solid hosts. Tanner of course being a professional Rally Car driver and stunt car driver could have been The American Stig and has experience on auto shows as he appeared in a few shows on The Speed Channel.
Rutledge is very funny as he is on Speed Channel’s NASCAR coverage. Adam completes the trio and just like his co-hosts is funny. But the US version’s biggest flaws are the lack of originality and the lack of humor as seen in the UK version. As for the lack of originality the 5th episode of this series resembles quite obviously the British Leyland Challenge. And of course this US version has to worry about offending certain people and is perhaps more “politically correct” than the UK version. Obviously the humor suffers as a result of that. Still I have found it to be one of my favorite TV series as it focuses on American cars and is for Americans. I’ll still watch the UK version but I have found a 2nd favorite TV series.
Movie Quality: 9/10
- Audio commentary
Special Features: 6/10
For the majority of hardcore Top Gear fans this show was doomed from the day it was announced. It could never be as good as their beloved UK Top Gear.
Overall Rating: 7/10