|Year Of Production||2012|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Dominic Cyriax|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
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.
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.
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.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu included music and motion.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This show is available in the same format in the UK but not in the US at this stage. Buy Local.
The video quality is very good.
The audio quality is good.No extras.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-533K, using Component output|
|Display||InFocus Screenplay 7200 with ScreenTechnics 100" (16x9) screen. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to Amplifier. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Denon AVC -A11SR|
|Speakers||Jamo D6PEX wall mounted Speakers and Powered Sub (7.1)|