Thai Street Food with David Thompson (2014)

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Released 14-Jan-2015

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Cooking Show None
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2014
Running Time 312
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring David Thompson
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 (Burned In)
English
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     David Thompson is a well-known name in culinary circles. He is Australian born but currently lives and works in Thailand. He started a famous restaurant in Sydney, Sailors Thai and then followed that with a Michelin starred restaurant in London followed by one in Bangkok. He is considered one of the global experts on Thai cuisine. He has published a number of best-selling Thai cookbooks including Thai Street Food. He has now moved into multimedia by starring in his first television series, also called Thai Street Food.

     In this thirteen episode series made in 2014 he takes viewers on a culinary journey into the markets, street bars and restaurants of Thailand introducing us to many of the styles of Thai food and lots of different dishes. He also covers some of the cultural traditions of Thailand in this interesting series. As a presenter he is unfortunately a little stilted and dry, lacking the onscreen presence of a Manu Fieldel or Heston Blumenthal. The series is shot for dramatic effect at times which becomes mildly irritating, however it is generally well done and there is certainly much here to enjoy for fans of David's books and Thai food in general.

     Recommended.

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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, the countryside and the bustle of Bangkok. There is a little shimmer here and there but really nothing major to complain about. 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. There are also some burned in subtitles for spoken Thai.

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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 traditional Thai music used sounds good. There are no issues to report.

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Extras

    No extras.

Menu

    The menu features music.

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    This show is currently only available locally on DVD.

Summary

    A good quality cooking series which is presented by world expert on Thai cuisine, David Thompson.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The extras are non-existent.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Saturday, March 14, 2015
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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.
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SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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