Join comedian Adam Ferrera, champion rally and drift racer Tanner Foust and racing analyst Rutledge Wood as they unleash Top Gear and explore the history of America, one lap at a time! Filled with wit and humor, Top Gear brings even more ambitious stunts, extreme challenges, humor and mischief in a series chock-full of high adrenaline action entertainment, car reviews and eccentric adventures. Top Gear challenges include travelling a moonshine run along a classic Prohibition route in the Deep South, teaching a blind man to drift a Nissan 370Z, racing a HALO jumper in a Ford Velociraptor across the Arizona desert, discovering America’s toughest truck on an epic journey through the Alaskan wilderness, and evading a Cobra helicopter gunship in a Dodge Viper… through the middle of town. The Stig also appears, setting definitive Power Laps for performance cars featured on the show, and there’s a host of celebrities taking the wheel in “Big Star in a Small Car” including astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Lost actor Dominic Monahan, Modern Family’s Ty Burrel, musician Kid Rock, Avatar star Michelle Rodriguez and skateboard legend and game designer Tony Hawk.

Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Year: 2010
Release Date: July 19, 2011
Run time: 210 minutes
Rating: NR

Audio: Dolby Digital mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Disc Spec: 2 DVD
Region: 1

It is a cliché now, but I remember the Smurfs from my childhood. What Peyo has done here is create a new mythical creature alongside elves, trolls, imps, and fairies. Some of those creatures also appear in the cartoon.

For adults, the Smurfs are fascinating from a sociological standpoint. The claim made on various websites that The Smurfs is communist propaganda is farfetched but the Smurfs do practice an informal socialism. All resources in the Smurf Village are shared and Smurfs work for the good of the community, not to acquire the wealth of their neighbors. There is a very strong sense of community among the Smurfs.

For children, there are messages about sharing, friendship, respecting the wisdom of elders, and mercy. One episode even has an environmental message.

The Smurfs live in a forest that is full of possibilities. Some of these possibilities present a danger to the Smurfs. Then the happy background music becomes ominous. The music, by the way, is based on actual classical music pieces. So don’t be surprised if you recognize music on this DVD from a music appreciation class or vice versa.

Disc 1
Smurf Van Winkle
Revenge of the Smurfs
The Magic Fountain
Smurf Me No Flowers
The Cursed Country

Disc 2
The Blue Plague
The Ring of Castellac
A Mere Truffle
Gormandizing Greedy
Sister Smurf

Movie Quality: 8/10

Final Thoughts

The elements that cover the Smurfs’ history are the most intriguing, but comments by marginal celebrities like Debbie Allen and Candace Cameron Bure are grating and time-consuming.
Overall Rating: 8/10