Shane Delia's Spice Journey-Series 1 (2013)

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Released 7-Aug-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Cooking Show Main Menu Audio & Animation
Deleted Scenes
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2013
Running Time 250
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Max Bourke
Josh Martin
Max Bourke
Josh Martin
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 for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    There have recently been two cooking shows on local TV with the word Spice in the title, Spice Trip from the UK which was showing on the ABC and this (much better) one, Shane Delia's Spice Journey which is showing on SBS.

    Shane Delia is a young Melbourne based chef and restauranteur of Maltese heritage. He has run an award winning restaurant in Melbourne for a number of years and appeared as a guest on a number of local food related shows such as Masterchef. Recently he has made this television series for SBS which is his first role leading a television production. This show consists of ten episodes and is a travelogue combined with cooking show. He travels to his native Malta but also through other areas of the Middle East such as Lebanon and Iran looking for interesting food experiences and inspiration for his own recipes or variants on dishes he experiences in those countries. The show includes both scenes of his travels and food experiences in the Middle East and cooking scenes in his kitchen back in Melbourne.
    The show is made up of 25 minutes episodes spread across two discs. This set is titled Series 1 so I assume another series is in the works. Delia is a good host with an interesting, self deprecating style which makes his entertaining to watch. He combines his obvious love of food from the Middle East with a keen desire to learn more. The show gives both an insight into the areas of the world he travels into but also have more than enough cooking to satisfy foodies.


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Transfer Quality


    The video quality is very good.

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

    The picture was clear and sharp throughout. Shadow detail was good.

    The colour is very good.

    There were a few minor MPEG compression artefacts and some minor aliasing.

    There are subtitles in English for the Hearing Impaired for the episodes.

    There were no obvious layer changes.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    The audio quality is good.

    This discs contain an English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo.

    Dialogue was generally easy to understand throughout but the subtitles were useful for accents.

    The music sounds good and adds to the show.

    The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


    Lots of extra segments.


    The menus featured music and motion.

Extra Scenes (146:00)

    Over two hours of extra cooking scenes are included mostly of Delia in his home kitchen. There are some interesting things here, however, as they have not been edited for the show some scenes go on too long. Certainly those looking for more detail on recipes and techniques will find them here.


R4 vs R1

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.


    A quality travelogue/cooking show from SBS.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is good.

    A large selection of extra scenes are available on disc 2.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Monday, October 07, 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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