Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Vol. 1
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2 DVD set Rancid scallops, arrogant head chefs, and dangerously dirty kitchens... these are just some of the horrors that await TV's most popular celebrity chef in Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Vol. 1.
This Double DVD features over 3 hours of compulsive viewing featuring the star of the FOX network and CityTV's highly rated TV series HELL'S KITCHEN now in its third season.
Kitchen Nightmares is one of Britain's biggest hits and is seen in more than 50 countires around the world. Gordon's explosive personality, sharp temper, colorful language and culinary passion have made him on of today's most recognizable faces and unlikely celebrities. The release of this DVD coincides perfectly with the premiere of an American version with the same title also starring Gordon, airing Thursday nights at 9:00 pm this Fall on FOX. In Kitchen Nightmares, Gordon attempts to save a different restaurant from financial ruin in each episode. With his passion for food and infamous lack of patience with sloppy standards in the kitchen, he spares no one in his pursuit of restaurant excellence.
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Each episode is entertaining and informative - the producers have advertised this as compelling television, and I would have to agree that 'compelling' is the right word. It's impossible to be bored while watching an episode. Furthermore, when I finished watching an episode I found that I wanted to watch another one right away. I was truly sad when I came to the end of this DVD.
They say that your work is what defines you - and if you watch this DVD you'll see right away that Gordon Ramsay is obssessed with restaurants and with the people who run them. His knowledge of cooking and of food, and of cooks and of chefs, and of restaurateurs, is so deep that it's momentarily shocking when, in one episode, he says to the proprietor that he's just 37 years old.
The picture quality for this DVD is reasonably good considering that this show was made for television. Also, I think it's worth noting that I paid just $17 for this DVD after postage and taxes - a bargain, really.
There have been subsequent Kitchen Nightmares seasons, which have aired both in Britain and in America - but this set is the one you want to own. The subsequent seasons, though fun to watch, seem somewhat 'orchestrated' in comparison, whereas the episodes in this set feel almost like mini-documentaries.
Personally, I'm really glad I saw this DVD here at Amazon - and I'm glad I ordered it. I'll re-watch these episodes many times in the years to come.
(Also, if you haven't read Gordon Ramsay's autobiograpy 'Roasting In Hell's Kitchen' then what are you waiting for - it's a wonderful book. You can buy the softcover version here at Amazon for just $10. Why not buy the two together?)
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The American version feels almost scripted, like the outcome is almost the same every episode - Ramsay shows up, has a crappy service, evaluates the place, cleans it, remodels it, gives it a new menu and tweaks the staff - voila - restaurant saved. The British version, there are subtle differences from show to show, and it rarely follows the exact same pattern. The general theme is still there, but you can tell there was less production money in this first series, and some of the solutions were more tailored to the specific restaurant, rather than following a recipe to fix the place.
I loved both versions, but the BBC version is more appealing because it seemed more real. Plus the follow-ups are a blast to watch and much more in depth than a by line at the end of the show.
I've seen most of these shows on BBC America. This is not just a very amusing intriguing show, he also helps people in the process.
It's impressive to see Chef Ramsay taste the food, go in the back and investigate the kitchens,pin point what is wrong and make a success out of what was to be a bankrupt restaurant.
My favorite episode is The Fenwick Arms and his campaign for real gravy.
This is a fresh idea in television shows. I think the first of its kind.
I don't watch television much, except for new episodes of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares on "Big Thursdays"
PS. you can catch these episodes on BBC USA sometimes on comcast.
It features the four installments from the UKs season 1, as well as the Revisited segments which were shot for season 2.
This means that for each resteraunt, you have the original show (visit) plus the one-month-later segment, which was also shot and aired with Season 1.
Then it will show you the Revisited segment, which was shot for Season 2, and is about 1 year later. So it is very complete.
What normally happened with the UK show was that by Season 2, they would have a Revisited episode, which was the core of the Season 1 episode, bookended by the new footage from a year later. And they wouldn't include the one-month-later segments from Season 1.
So the UK Season 2 Kitchen Nightmares Revisited, does not have as much content as this DVD.
However, the transfer on this DVD is poor. The brightness and contrast suffer, as if the transfer from PAL to NTSC was done by some basement/garage amateur engineer.