Food Safari-Series 3 (2008)

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Released 18-Mar-2009

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Lifestyle Deleted Scenes-Over 80 minutes
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2008
Running Time 225:35
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Toufic Charabati
Studio
Distributor
SBS
Madman Entertainment
Starring Maeve O'Meara
Case Amaray-Transparent-Dual
RPI ? Music Carlo Giacco


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/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 Yes, mostly bloopers

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Plot Synopsis

    

    You may have noticed that I have reviewed quite a few cooking and food shows in my time on this site and this is my first opportunity to review a quality local food and cooking show, Food Safari. This Maeve O'Meara hosted show has been running for three seasons now on SBS television here in Australia. The concept here, as opposed to most cooking shows is that the focus is not on one or a small number of chefs but rather the host is more the official taster who goes on 'safari' to a different culture and cuisine in each episode. She visits professional chefs either in their workplace or their homes, or home cooks in their own kitchens and watches them prepare a dish and then shares it with them and sometimes their friends and family.

    This particular release (the first by Madman Entertainment) features the nine episodes of Season 3, which first aired on SBS over Christmas/New Year 08/09. Considering that this series has now run to 35 episodes it must be becoming difficult to find extra cuisines to cover which may explain why this season is only 9 episodes when the previous ones were 13 each. The cuisines covered in this series are South American, Egyptian, German, Persian, English, African, Syrian, North American (incl. New Orleans and others) & Jewish.

    Maeve is a good host who obviously has a great interest in different cuisines and cultures. The slightly repetitive nature of her responses to the dishes can grate on occasion. Regardless this is a wonderful show with lots of interesting dishes and big personalities.

    The nine episodes are spread over two discs, with five on the first and four on the second. I was interested to note that Maeve runs a side business, Gourmet Safaris which offers safari tours of the various suburbs in Sydney which are the focus of the different cultures.

    Recommended for foodies.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is very good.

    The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio, 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was quite clear and sharp very consistent with the digital television presentation. Shadow detail is very good.

    The colour was excellent.

    There were no noticeable artefacts.

    There are no subtitles.

   
    

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Audio

    The audio quality is good.

    This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack encoded at 224 Kb/s. It is very front and center focused even when processed using Pro Logic II.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand throughout.

    The music mostly consists of the theme tune which becomes a little too much over time.

     The surround speakers were not used to any great degree but it is no really important for a show such as this.

    The subwoofer was not used .

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Extras

    The extras are 16x9 enhanced.

Menu

    The menu features music and scenes from the show.

Disc 1

Deleted Scenes (43:54 in total) 

    Scenes are included which add to each episode on this disc. They are all worth watching and add more detail to some dishes and include what seem to be fairly unedited versions of how to make the dishes. A play all option would have been very welcome.

Disc 2

Deleted Scenes (39:45 in total) 

    Scenes are included which add to each episode on this disc. They are all worth watching and add more detail to some dishes and include what seem to be fairly unedited versions of how to make the dishes. A play all option would have been very welcome. A highlight here is the wonderful Kibbeh Nayeh (a dish made with raw lamb, but don't knock it until you have tried it).

R4 vs R1

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    This is an All Region release.

Summary

    A quality local cooking and cuisine show now into its third season.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is good.

    80 minutes plus of extra scenes make for an excellent extra (essentially 3 extra episodes!).

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Review Equipment
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DisplayLG Scarlet 42LG61YD 106cm Full HD LCD. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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