Shane Delia's Spice Journey-Turkey (2013)

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Released 10-Sep-2014

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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
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Max Bourke
Josh Martin
Madman Entertainment
Starring Shane Delia
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

     Shane Delia is a young Melbourne based chef and restaurateur 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 made the original season of this television series for SBS which is his first role leading a television production. That show visited a number of Middle Eastern countries investigating food, cuisine, restaurants, ingredients and more. This time around he focuses on one country only, Turkey and investigates the various regions and cuisines to be found in this country. This show consists of ten episodes and is a travelogue combined with cooking show. The show includes scenes of his travels and food experiences in Turkey in homes, cafes, restaurants and markets.

     The show is made up of ten, 25 minutes episodes spread across two discs. Delia is a good host with an interesting, self-deprecating style which makes this 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 Turkey he travels into but also has more than enough cooking to satisfy foodies.


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Transfer Quality


     The video quality is very 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 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.

     These 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


    A small set of deleted scenes are included.


    The menus featured music and motion.

Deleted Scenes 

    Six extra scenes are included which run between 1 and 4 minutes each. They are interesting and worth watching.

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 small selection of extra scenes are available on disc 2.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Thursday, December 11, 2014
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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