Included in the list are five special episodes that were shown as part of a series: Top Gear: US Special (series 9), Top Gear: Botswana Special (series 10), Top Gear: Vietnam Special (series 12) Top Gear: Bolivia Special (series 14) and Top Gear: Middle East Special (series 16) and two between series specials Top Gear Winter Olympics and Top Gear: Polar Special. In addition, there have been two short episodes produced for charity: Top Gear of the Pops (for Red Nose Day), and Top Ground Gear Force (for Sport Relief). These two episodes are not a part of the official episode count. Series 17 started on 26 June 2011.

Studio: BBC Warner
Year: 2010
Release Date: August 9, 2011
Run time: 348 minutes
Rating: NR

Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 3 DVD
Region: 1

Top Gear is my favorite show on TV by a mile. The 16th season might have been the best yet. The cover of this set says it includes the Middle East and USA specials from December 2010 which is a huge relief. Two of my all time favorite episodes right there and very happy to hear that both will be in this DVD set. Watching James, Richard and Jeremy drive up the East Coast through NASCAR tracks, Washington D.C. and eventually up to NYC was entertaining to say the least. Much better in my opinion than the 2007 USA Special which had several scenes that were a bit much.

The Middle East Special features the trio being left in Iraq in covertibles wearing bullet-proof vests because, well, it is Iraq. They then reenact the journey of the 3 Wise men which ends with them discovering a Baby Stig to replace Ben Collins, the previous Stig, who had been fired following the 15th Series. Those 2 episodes alone are enough to make me buy this set but there’s so much more. James driving NASA’s latest space exploration vehicle, a road-trip to Albania to find the perfect car for the mafia, a hilarious attempt to make a combine harvester into a Snow Plough, Richard racing a VW Bug from 1 mile in the air with a Porsche 911, Jeremy’s fantastic review of the fabulous Skoda Yeti, Clarkson’s race against God(actually the sun) and a hilarious episode featuring the UK Top Gear guys in a series of challenges against the Austrailian Top Gear hosts.

In addition to all of this are reviews of the Ferrari F40, Porsche 959, Ferrari 599 GTO, Ariel Atom 500, Jaguar XJ, Pagani Zonda R, BMW M3 Competition Pack and the Audi RS5 just to name a few. The celebrity interviews in this series are quite good featuring a hilarious Jonathan Ross in episode 3, the 4th episode with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and in the Season finale with John Prescott. If the cover isn’t lying, this set will feature the 6 episodes from Series 16 plus the 2 specials from the end of 2010. In all 8 fantastic episodes of Top Gear. Definitely a must buy for any Top Gear fan.
Movie Quality: 9/10

Special Features

  • Pre-Series Chat [HD]
  • USA Road Trip [HD]
  • Middle East Special [HD]
  • Behind the Scenes – Top Gear Production Office and Studio [HD]
  • Bishop Celebrity Lap [HD]
  • Nick Frost and Simon Pegg Laps [HD]
  • John Prescott – Jezza vs. Prezza [HD]
  • Clarkson and Hammond Joking About James’ Death [HD]
  • End of Series 16 Chat [HD]

Special Features: 9/10

Final Thoughts

‘Top Gear: The Complete Season 16’ is is an excellent show and continues to be entertaining with each passing season. If you are a fan of the show I highly recommend Season 16 on Blu-ray.
Overall Rating: 7/10