PLEASE NOTE: Michael D's is currently in READ ONLY MODE. Anything submitted will simply not be written to the database.
Lots of stuff is still broken, but at least reviews can now be looked up and read.
PLEASE NOTE: Michael D's is currently in READ ONLY MODE. Anything submitted will simply not be written to the database.
Lots of stuff is still broken, but at least reviews can now be looked up and read.
Engineering Connections-Series 2 (2009)

Engineering Connections-Series 2 (2009)

If you create a user account, you can add your own review of this DVD

Released 19-Apr-2010

Cover Art

This review is sponsored by

Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary Main Menu Audio
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2009
Running Time 300:21
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Mike Slee
Nick Metcalfe
Richard Hammond
Tom Brisley
National Geographic
Madman Entertainment
Starring Richard Hammond
Case Amaray-Transparent-Dual
RPI $29.95 Music Alasdair Reid

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 Yes
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

NOTE: The Profanity Filter is ON. Turn it off here.

Plot Synopsis

     Richard Hammond of Top Gear returns for a second season of this documentary series which was made for National Geographic Channel. It was recently shown locally on SBS. The basic concept is to investigate modern engineering achievements and look for links to older inventions and/or natural phenomenon. This makes for an interesting viewing experience for those who like to understand how things work. Some of the links are demonstrated with live action experiments which are reminiscent of challenges on Top Gear. Examples of these include building a polystyrene arch, dropping bricks on glass panes and going mountaineering. He makes for an enthusiastic and warm host and seems more comfortable and professional in this second season. The shows are better written and more consistent than the first season.

    This series is made up of six episodes each of about 50 minutes spread over two discs. The episodes are

  1. Wembley Stadium - Fascinating episode which shows some of the amazing engineering in the design of the new Wembley.

  2. Sydney Opera House - Looks at the many challenges involved in constructing such an iconic building.

  3. HMS Illustrious - Richard investigates the incredible technology which makes up a modern aircraft carrier.

  4. Guggenheim Bilbao - Look s at this impressive modernistic Spanish museum and its in built technology.

  5. Millau Bridge - Richard visits the world's tallest road bridge

  6. Hong Kong International Airport - This excellent airport is built on reclaimed land and features some wonderful engineering connections.

    An interesting and enjoyable series which really finds its feet in this second series.

Don't wish to see plot synopses in the future? Change your configuration.

Transfer Quality


    The video quality is very good.

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

    The picture was quite sharp and clear without being really crisp. Shadow detail is good. There is also some light grain in some backgrounds plus some minor blocking especially in archive footage.

    The colour was very good with no issues.

    There were no other noticeable artefacts.

    There are no subtitles.

    There is no obvious layer change in the episodes.


Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    The audio quality is good.

    This DVD contains one audio option, an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 224 Kb/s.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand.

    The music used added tension and excitement to some of the stunts.

    The surround speakers were used for some atmosphere when played using PLII.

    The subwoofer added a little bass to the music.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use




    The menu features music but was still. Episodes could be selected individually.

R4 vs R1

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

    This seems to be the first global release of this series on DVD. It is coded for all regions.


    An interesting second season of a documentary series about engineering marvels and their connections to nature and older inventions.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is good.

    No extras.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Friday, May 14, 2010
Review Equipment
DVDSony DVP-NS708H upscaling to 1080p, using HDMI output
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

Other Reviews NONE