Ottolenghi's Mediterranean Feast (2012)

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Released 3-Apr-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Cooking Show Bonus Episode-Jerusalem on a Plate
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2012
Running Time 180:00
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case Amaray-Transparent-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 (Burned In)
English for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Yotam Ottolenghi is an Israel-born UK based chef who specializes in Middle Eastern food in his UK cafes and restaurants, with a focus on vegetables. He has written a number of very successful cookbooks and has recently branched out into television shows. He made a few guest appearances on UK TV before making an initial special for the BBC, Jerusalem on a Plate in 2011 (which is included as an extra on this DVD set). He followed this up with a more extensive series of four episodes in 2012, Ottolenghi's Mediterranean Feast, which is the main feature of this 2 disc set. This series has been shown locally on SBS and is now being released on DVD by Madman Entertainment.

     This series consists of four 45 minute episodes, each one focused on a different country in the Mediterranean area; Morocco, Turkey, Tunisia & Israel. In each country he visits markets, street food vendors, cafes, restaurants and houses to get insights into the local cuisine and experience their differing approaches to ingredients and cooking. One of the really refreshing things about his approach is that he is virtually without ego; he is also seeking to learn rather than show off, which makes him a great host. He shows the melting pot of influences that make up Middle Eastern cuisines, happily cooking and sharing food with the variety of cultures that live in the area, from Jews, to Palestinians, to Lebanese, to Berbers and more. The show is focused on food, however there are some elements of travelogue as he visits different parts of the cities and surrounding countryside.

     Highly recommended for foodies.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is very good.

    The series is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio, 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio.

     The picture was quite clear and sharp, very consistent with the digital television presentation. Shadow detail is very good.

     The colour was also very good with no issues to report.

     There was some mild digital noise and shimmer on occasion.

     There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired which are clear and easy to read in SBS yellow. There are also burned in subtitles for foreign languages.

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Audio

    The audio quality is good.

     This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack encoded at 224 Kb/s.

     Dialogue was clear and easy to understand throughout.

     The music mostly consists of the theme tune which suits the show along with some local music.

     The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used .

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Extras

     The extras are 16x9 enhanced.

Menu

     The menu features music and scenes from the show.

    Disc 2

Jerusalem on a Plate (58:37)

     This is an excellent extra. It is Ottolenghi’s 2011 special for the BBC which focuses on the various cuisines which meld together in Jerusalem based upon the wide variety of peoples who live there, including Palestinians, Kurds, Sephardic Jews and Jews from Europe. The style of this special is very similar to the later episodes and is a great addition to the DVD set. He even finds time to join service in a Jerusalem restaurant cooking a dessert. Great watching for fans of the series.

R4 vs R1

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    This is an All Region release. This same DVD set is slated for September release in the UK.

Summary

    Chef Yotam Ottolenghi takes us on a tour of the Middle East, focusing on food.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is good.

    The one extra is a one hour special made in 2011.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Review Equipment
DVDSONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output
DisplaySharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5005
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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