Made in Italy with Silvia Colloca (2014)

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Released 18-Feb-2015

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Cooking Show Deleted Scenes
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 Adrian Brant
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Silvia Colloca
Case ?
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 English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Cooking shows are hitting television thick and fast these days and one of the latest is this entrant starring Silvia Colloca. Silvia is an Italian born actress who lives in Australia with her husband and children. Her husband is Richard Roxburgh and they met on the set of Van Helsing. In this series she is exploring her Italian heritage especially in three regions of Italy which don't always get airplay in other cooking shows, Abruzzo, Le Marche and Molise which are on the eastern coast of Italy facing the Adriatic Sea. She explores the rustic cuisine of these areas using her parent's home kitchen, restaurants of relatives and friends and visiting local producers of various foodstuffs. She is an attractive and natural presenter, obviously passionate about the subject. The beautiful scenery of the areas is also shown off in this series. The recipes which are prepared are simple for the home cook to try and look very tasty. They include a wide variety of meat, vegetable, seafood and sweet dishes.

     The series includes 10x23 minute episodes, spread over 2 DVDs.

     Recommended for foodies.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     This video transfer is very good quality, typical of a modern television production. The picture is nicely sharp and the colour shows off the food and the beautiful scenery. There is some mild grain at times and a little blocking here and there. Technically, this is a 1.78:1 16x9 enhanced presentation as you would expect.

     There are subtitles available in English for the hearing impaired which are clear and easy to read.

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Audio

    This is a standard audio reproduction for a television show being Dolby Digital 2.0. It is clean and clear with easy to understand dialogue. The incidental music sounds good. There are no issues to report.

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Extras

     Two small extras.

Menu

     The menu features music and motion.

Chick Pea Soup (3:50)

     A deleted scene from the show featuring Silvia cooking Chick Pea Soup in her family kitchen.

Walnut & Chocolate Cake (4:20)

     A deleted scene from the show featuring Silvia cooking Walnut & Chocolate Cake in her family kitchen.

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 currently only available locally on DVD.

Summary

    A good quality cooking series which features some different and interesting areas of Italy.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The extras are minor.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Friday, March 13, 2015
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