Lonely Planet-Six Degrees: Tokyo (2003)

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Released 8-Sep-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary Main Menu Animation
Theatrical Trailer
Featurette-Asha Gill On Six Degrees
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 44:57 (Case: 52)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Asha Gill
Toby Amies
Malcolm McDonald
Studio
Distributor
SBS
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Asha Gill
Toby Amies
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $9.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Unknown Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Lonely Planet are synonymous with the best that travel guides can offer. Having used Lonely Planet books in various countries and locales I was quite interested to see what their new Lonely Planet Six Degrees DVD series would bring to their brand and product offering.

    This disc examines the metropolis of Tokyo. As someone who has spent considerable time there, I went into the program with more first-hand knowledge of the city than your typical viewer. To my surprise, the show was not your typical Getaway travelogue but a look at a few different lives of people who actually call Tokyo home.

 Some of these include;

    - Quena: A bouncy underground events promoter shows a side of Tokyo culture with Fight Club Death robot style.

    - Dr NakaMats: Apparently the world's most prolific inventor. The eccentric old codger is a mix of Liberace and Thomas Edison and needs to be seen to be believed. He invented the floppy disc and has also dabbled in sex toys.

    - Captain Morita: A rock and roll fisherman who works at a fish market by day and rocks clubs at night with music and sashimi.

    - James: An Aussie who gets paid to talk to women at a host club. Really creepy.

    The idea of the series is that you can get to know the city vicariously by the Six Degrees of separation of meeting a few of its inhabitants.

    In that way it both works and it doesn't. The show is an reasonably interesting look at the lives of a few Tokyo-jin, but ultimately to make the show interesting they have to get the least typical Japanese. So you get an amusing show, but not necessarily one that reflects reality.

    Anyway, the show does go to a few interesting locale like a host club, Shinto shrine and a capsule hotel.

    It's brief and mostly harmless, so enjoy the ride.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The show is presented in 1.78:1 and the PAL disc is 16x9 enhanced.

    Considering the show is shot on location the picture is generally quite clear and I was surprised at how good it looks.

    For the most part colours look good and skin tones are natural.

    Shadows look good but in the nightclub scene get bit muddied.

    There are no MPEG artefacts.

    There are no subtitles.

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Audio

    The audio is a competent English Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/s) track.

    Considering it was a 2.0 track (and a urban documentary) there was a considerable amount of range.

    The dialogue is crisp and clear.

    There are no sync or audio issues.

    The music sounds good.

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Extras

Theatrical Trailer (2:47)

    Series trailer. Ad for the Sydney episode.

Featurette-Asha Gill On Six Degrees (2:57)

    Brief chat with Asha (one of the two hosts.)

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    It appears that the versions across different regions are the same.

Summary

    Overall, an interesting look at one of the world's most amazing cities.

    The video is good.

    The audio is good.

    Special features are really only trailers.

    At a RRP of $9.95 I can't complain. Worth a look for sure.

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© Ben Smith (boku no bio)
Monday, December 04, 2006
Review Equipment
DVDMarantz DV4300, using Component output
DisplaySony VPL HS10 projector on 100 inch 16x9 screen + Palsonic 76WSHD. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderSony STR-DE685. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.
AmplificationPioneer
SpeakersDB Dynamics VEGA series floor standers + centre, DB bipole rears, 10" 100W DB Dynamics sub

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