Nigelissima (2012)

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Released 6-Feb-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Cooking Show None
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2012
Running Time 237
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Dominic Cyriax

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Nigella Lawson
Case Amaray-Opaque-Dual
RPI $29.95 Music None Given

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Nigella Lawson has been a well-known celebrity chef on UK television for some years now, having started as a restaurant critic in the 1990s and then moving on to write books about cooking, followed by her first television series Nigella Bites in 1999. She has made a number of television series since then including Nigella, Nigella Feasts, Nigella Express & Nigella Kitchen. The latest of these series to hit DVD is the subject of this review, Nigelissima, which is focused on Italian cuisine, or at least Nigella’s version of it. This series was made in 2012 for the BBC and has subsequently been shown locally on the ABC.

     The show is quite simple featuring two or three recipes per episode, each with an introduction by Nigella explaining the origins of the dish, Nigella cooking the dish in what looks to be a home kitchen and then generally serving it to her family or friends. A few random scenes of Italy are also generally included for context. The dishes are generally simple, well explained and within reach of a home cook. The series consists of 6 normal episodes of about half an hour plus one Christmas Special of about an hour.

     This is a good cooking show featuring the usual flirty presentation style of Nigella. Fans of cooking shows and especially Nigella's style will certainly enjoy this.

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Transfer Quality


     The video quality is very good.

     The series is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio for this show. It is 16x9 enhanced.

     The picture was nice and sharp for DVD although there was obvious stylistic blurring at the edges of the screen.

     The colour was excellent showing off the good looking food and the colours of the garden, Italy and the kitchen.

     There were no noticeable artefacts.

     There are subtitles available in English which are clear and easy to read.

     There are no noticeable layer changes during playback.

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     The audio quality is good.

     The discs contain an English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 2.0.

     Dialogue was clear and easy to hear and understand throughout.

     The music which is jazzy and light adds to the show's atmosphere.

     The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

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    Other than the Christmas Special there are no extras.


    The menu included music and motion.

R4 vs R1

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    This show is available in the same format in the UK but not in the US at this stage. Buy Local.


    A good quality cooking show from Nigella Lawson focused on Italian cuisine.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is good.

    No extras.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-533K, using Component output
DisplayInFocus Screenplay 7200 with ScreenTechnics 100" (16x9) screen. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to Amplifier. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationDenon AVC -A11SR
SpeakersJamo D6PEX wall mounted Speakers and Powered Sub (7.1)

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