British personality Jeremy Clarkson, host of Top Gear, brings you Heaven and Hell, a critical review of the best and worst cars in the automotive world. Clarkson trawls the whole of "car-dom" to bring you seven great cars ... more »and truffles the undergrowth looking for seven automotive disasters. The good ones - the Ferraris, the Porsches and the Aston Martins - are driven to within an inch of their lives on the track. The bad ones are killed. Sawn in half. Hung, drawn and quartered. They're hammered and blown to pieces with dynamite and their skeletons left in the open to rot. There's even some time for a game of car jousting.« less
"really a good thing to watch, especially if you are a petrol head; awesome cars and great reviews and info with Jeremy's usual witty manner; glad to see the Stig doing his thing and loved the destruction of the useless things on four wheels; just missed the Hamster and Capt Slow giving Clarkson his much needed ribbing"
A Good Time but Not Quite Top Gear
Books from the Burgh | Pittsburgh, PA | 11/24/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For a devoted fan of Top Gear this DVD is a nice filler for the time between episodes. However, watching this DVD reminds me of just how great the show is. This DVD is a good time but I really found myself missing Hammond and May and all of the other elements (the news, the star in the reasonably priced car, the cool wall, etc.) that keep an episode of Top Gear moving and visually interesting. This DVD is mostly Clarkson doing powerslides in really nice cars, punctuated by the occasional bad deed done to an even worse car. And while this is fun, it gets a little monotonous. Its hard to watch it all in one sitting and its even harder to watch it more than once. The production quality is very good, even if in a few places the background music is little cheesy. Most importantly however, Jeremy Clarkson is at his impish, opinionated, gregarious, obnoxious best, and that is what makes this DVD worthwhile."
No Substitute for Top Gear.
Kristan O. Overstreet | Livingston, TX United States | 08/27/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"True gearheads will adore this video, but fans of Top Gear whose interest in cars is at best casual will long for more. The fun thing about Top Gear isn't the cars spinning around the track, it's the interaction of three chronically mismatched personalities with only one shared passion- automobiles. This video has only Jeremy Clarkson (with brief appearances by The Stig), and the lack of any real challenging viewpoint, much less the lunatic interaction of Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May we're used to, hurts badly.
To make things worse, this series of car reviews is leavened by far too brief bits on the "hell" cars, the vehicles Clarkson regards as an affront to driving. Of course, the "heaven and hell" theme is tenuous at best: all the "heaven" cars, with one exception, come from a single model year (2005); none of the "hell" cars, with the exception of one bought straight off the lot, is younger than five. All of the "heaven" cars have big "shouty" engines, sporty handling, and high top speeds; only one "hell" car might have had a shouty engine in the 1970s when it was made. Even the terms "heaven and hell" are references seldom, with stream-of-consciousness threading threatening to remove this reviewer's consciousness.
Top Gear fans- rent, and enjoy... but only buy if you're a true gearhead who doesn't mind seeing cars rushing by again, again, again, again, again, again, again... "
Clarksons Heaven and Hell
Nathan D. Taylor | Lawrenceville, Georgia United States | 12/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a fun little video, sadly only going for one hour. However, it is very amusing to say the least. Even though the majority of his cars that he considers will go to heaven are cars the majority of people will not be able to afford, you still get a video his thrashing em about. Giving you dreams of you doing that to them. I do recommend this video, its entertaining Jeremy Clarkson style."
I. T. Bokhari | Dahran, SA | 07/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Liked the DVD verey much, would watch it more than once, IF you love cars and like Top Gear ;)"