River Cottage Australia (2013)

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Released 16-Oct-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary None
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2013
Running Time 376:00
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By None Given

Madman Entertainment
Starring Paul West
Case Amaray-Transparent-Dual
RPI ? 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 None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     River Cottage is a long running series of English TV shows which follow the adventures of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall as he sets up a sustainable and self-sufficient farm in the English countryside. He is looking for a simpler and healthier life. There have been about 10 different television shows with various themes since Hugh started the farm in 1998. Some have featured vegetarian cookery, some covering the various seasons of life and others cover Hugh trying various new ventures in similar styled farming. All of the shows feature a combination of the challenges involved and some cookery segments. Now in 2013, in combination with Foxtel's lifestyle channel, Hugh has launched River Cottage Australia. This series features Paul West, a former chef from Tasmania, who is setting up a similarly themed farm on about 20 acres in southern coastal NSW near Tilba. Hugh visits for the first of eight episodes and then Paul is on his own, working to get the farm set up, interacting with the local community and cooking the produce he grows or can get from the local environment and community.

     This is an interesting and entertaining series featuring a good mixture of cooking, challenges and community feeling similar in many ways to Gourmet Farmer. Paul is a good host and in some ways this is more enjoyable that the original River Cottage series.

     Recommended for foodies and those interested in this style of farming.

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Transfer Quality


     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 for DVD although the bitrate is somewhat low causing some softness and artefacts.

     The colour is very good with no major issues to report.

     There was some mild blocking at times and also quite a few jagged edges and some aliasing, probably both driven by the bitrate.

     There are no subtitles available.

     There was no obvious layer change.

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     The audio quality is very good.

     This disc contains an English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 2.0.

     Dialogue was generally clear and easy to understand.

     The music features the River Cottage theme and some mild incidental music.

     The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

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    The menu featured music and allowed for episode selection.

R4 vs R1

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    This is an all regions release.


    An interesting and entertaining Aussie take on the long running River Cottage series.

    The video quality is good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The extras are stuck in quarantine.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, November 20, 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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