Spice Trip (2013)
|Year Of Production||2013|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||None Given|
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|
There are currently two cooking shows on local TV with the word Spice in the title, this one, Spice Trip from the UK which is showing on the ABC and Shane Delia's Spice Journey which is showing on SBS. This one is hosted by a UK based chef Stevie Parle and a Spice Blender, also from the UK, Emma Grazette. In these six episodes they travel to six exotic locales with small packs which include cooking equipment and visit farms, markets and people's home in search of interesting recipes for the spice which is featured in each episode. The show was made for Channel 4 in the UK. Stevie focuses on cooking whereas Emma creates herbal remedies and the occasional dish with the featured spice.
The six episodes are
The idea of this show is better than the execution with the 45 minute episodes being a little long to focus on one spice and the presenters lack personality. The camping style cooking on the bonnets of cars and by the side of the road seems quite contrived. Additionally, the voiceover can be somewhat annoying and the shows seem a little repetitive at times. The six episodes are spread over two discs.
Unfortunately, this one is hard to recommend.
The video quality is good.
The series is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced.
The picture was reasonably clear and sharp throughout. Shadow detail was good.
The colour is very good but a little over-saturated.
There were a few minor MPEG compression artefacts and some minor aliasing.
There are no subtitles.
There were no obvious layer changes.
The audio quality is good.
These discs contain an English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo.
Dialogue was generally easy to understand throughout.
The music sounds good and adds to the show.
The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menus featured music and motion.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This set only seems to be available in Region 4 at the moment.
The video quality is good.
The audio quality is good.No extra spice is on offer.
|DVD||SONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output|
|Display||Sharp 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 Decoder||Built into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|