Luke Nguyen's France (2014)
Main Menu Audio
|Year Of Production||2014|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Dual Disc Set
|Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Michael Donnelly|
|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|
English (Burned In)
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Luke Nguyen is an Australian celebrity chef who has a successful restaurant in Sydney, Red Lantern. He was born in 1977 in a refugee camp in Thailand while his family was on their way from Vietnam to Australia. His successful Vietnamese restaurant has led to a number of published cookbooks and now four television series for SBS in addition to guest appearances on shows like MasterChef. Luke's first television show was Luke Nguyen's Vietnam in 2010 which was followed by a second season, Luke Nguyen's Greater Mekong and now the series which is the subject of this review, Luke Nguyen's France. All four shows are available from Madman Entertainment on DVD.
In this series he goes somewhat outside his comfort zone to investigate the food of France, which many would know had significant influence on Vietnam and its food. He travels all over France trying and cooking both traditional French cuisine and things which combine the ideas of French cooking with other cuisines including his native Vietnamese. He visits people in their homes, markets, restaurants (some run by his relatives) and producers. Nguyen is quite a good host although does come across a little arrogant at times.
This series appeared on SBS in Australia in 2014 and includes 10 episodes, each of about 26 minutes.
An enjoyable travelogue/cooking show.
The video quality is very good.
The series is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio for this show. It is 16x9 enhanced.
The picture was quite clear and sharp.
The colour was very good showing off the good looking food and the beautiful locations.
There were no noticeable artefacts.
There are subtitles available in English for the Hearing Impaired which are clear and easy to read in SBS yellow. There are also burned in subtitles for the French and/or Vietnamese spoken.
There are no noticeable layer changes during playback.
The audio quality is good.
The disc contains an English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 2.0.
Dialogue was clear and easy to hear and understand throughout, although some accents were challenging.
The music is French in style and suits the show.
The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu included music.
A variety of scenes including cooking mussels in a Sydney based French restaurant, cooking duck, snails and scallops. All Sydney based scenes. Worth watching for foodies.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This show is only available locally at this point.
The video quality is very good.
The audio quality is good.20 minutes or so of extra scenes.
|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|