Wrecks to Riches-Volume 3 (2005)

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Released 19-Sep-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary None
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2005
Running Time 87:04 (Case: 89)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By None Given
Nomad Distribution Starring Barry White
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $19.95 Music None Given

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
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 None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    More car restoration mayhem from the makers of Mythbusters. Wrecks to Riches is a  Discovery channel programme that sees a rusting car wreck turned into a gleaming piece of automotive excellence. Barry White is one of America's foremost experts on customised hot rods and street machines. Using his car restoration business Barry's Speed Shop as a base, he takes on the challenge each week to find a wreck of an old car - preferably a classic and in a condition that will allow it to be restored. He then has four weeks to turn it into a fully restored classic that can be auctioned for a profit. He will regularly sink more than $US40K into the restoration, so the job needs to be good and the right buyer needs to be found.

    Volume Three of Wrecks to Riches features another two episodes with Barry and his team tackling tricky rebuilds of two cars.

    Episode 1 - Mean Green (43:34)

    Barry returns to his glory days as a drag racer in the 60s when he takes on the challenge to rebuild a Chevy Nova into a race-certified but still street legal fire breathing mean machine. Awful green duco, coupled with stylised fire paintwork and a tacky name "Gangreen" round out this eye-catching rebuild that only a mother could love.

    Episode 2 - The Legend (43:33)

    Barry wants to rebuild a 1964 Mercury Marauder into a authentic (but still street legal) race car complete with race trim. Modelled on the car made famous by legendary racer Parnelli Jones, Barry even manages to convince the elder statesman of American motor racing to lend his name to the car for that added authenticity.

    Wrecks To Riches - Volume Three continues the fun show that will appeal to all motoring enthusiasts even if you're not quite into the whole muscle car thing. Seeing the process the team goes through to restore a car to its former glory is an interesting experience and Barry's team display a rapport much like the guys over at Mythbusters. It looks like a fun place to work.

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Transfer Quality


    Just like volume one and two, this is once again a lovely video transfer, obviously benefiting from modern digital cameras. It is presented in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and is also 16x9 enhanced.

    All the vision is incredibly sharp and detailed, and is consistently good throughout. There isn't a trace of edge enhancement and there are absolutely no problems with shadow detail. There is little grain.

    The colours are excellent, with deep saturation and even and consistent shading. The repainted cars look an absolute treat here - even the ghastly green Chevy Nova.

    There are no compression artefacts and video artefacts are also absent. All up, this is a very clean image with no problems to report.

    Unfortunately, there are no subtitles available at all on this disc. This is disappointing.

    The disc is single layered so there is no layer change.

Video Ratings Summary
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    There is only one audio soundtrack on the disc, that being an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at the bitrate of 192 Kb/s. Despite the surround flag not being embedded in the bitstream, there is certainly enough separation across the front and rear left/right channels to suggest it is surround encoded. It is quite a decent soundtrack that is as clear and precise as you could hope for.

    Dialogue is excellent with no obvious audio sync issues.

    There is only minimal surround and subwoofer use.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


Main Menu Audio & Animation

R4 vs R1

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

    As at the time of writing this review Wrecks to Riches does not appear to have been released on Region 1 DVD.


     Just like the first two volumes, Wrecks to Riches Volume Three will appeal to all car enthusiasts. The process the team goes through to restore a complete wreck to something shiny and beautiful is truly amazing. Main man Barry White is a bit gruff at times, but he knows his stuff with the cars and his enthusiasm for the machinery shines through even if the laughs are few and far between. Volume Three sees his team tackle a Chevy Nova and a Mercury Marauder.

    The video quality is superb while the two channel audio is more than up to the job.

    There are no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Darren Walters (It's . . . just the vibe . . . of my bio)
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Review Equipment
DVDDenon DVD-3910, using HDMI output
DisplayPanasonic TH-42PX600A 42" Plasma. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL).
AmplificationHarmon/Kardon AVR7000.
SpeakersFront - B&W 602S2, Centre - B&W CC6S2, Rear - B&W 601S2, Sub - Energy E:xl S10

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