Luke Nguyen's France (2014)

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Released 4-Jun-2014

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary Main Menu Audio
Additional Footage
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2014
Running Time ?
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Michael Donnelly
Madman Entertainment
Starring Luke Nguyen
Case Amaray-Transparent-Dual
RPI $29.95 Music Me-Lee Hay

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 (Burned In)
English for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     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.

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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 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.

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     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.

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    Decent extras.


    The menu included music.

Deleted Scenes (5:48, 4:53, 7:01, 6:40)

    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.

R4 vs R1

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.


    Another travelogue/cooking show from Luke Nguyen as he explores the regions of France.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is good.

    20 minutes or so of extra scenes.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Friday, December 12, 2014
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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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