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Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Vol. 1

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  • Actors: Gordon Ramsay
  • Format: NTSC, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All RegionsAll Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Vivendi Visual Entertainment
  • Release Date: Oct. 16 2007
  • Run Time: 225 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000VJ3E5I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,994 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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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The 3rd episode on disc 2 at 1:48:42 (Ramsay logo) the disc will go back to the menu missing out on over half the episode. The only way to get around it is to fast forward. This I believe is a widespread flaw. I returned mine for another one and it did the same thing. Its nice to get the U.K. Hell's Kitchen Volume 1 here in Canada. If anyone knows how to get a hold of the company for disc replacement please reply.
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This package contains 2 DVDs, each containing 4 episodes, for a total of 8.

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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I loved this program from the first time I saw it on FOOD TV. It's much better than the current American version broadcast on FOX. I was so happy to learn that it was being released on DVD. This is definitely worth purchasing.
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Really love this t.v series!! I noticed you have to press "PLAY ALL" to view the entire revisited on episode 3. UK Version seems to be a lot more interesting then the FOX USA version.
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HASH(0x98e153a8) out of 5 stars Liked the American Version? Try this one! Jan. 15 2008
By Captn'Mac - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a huge fan of the American version, but it pales in comparison to the British Version.

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.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x998c34d4) out of 5 stars King of Kitchens Feb. 13 2008
By Groovin' guy - Published on Amazon.com
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares is a great 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"

Highly recommended.
27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98e85a5c) out of 5 stars Kitchen Nightmares season 1 BBC version Dec 5 2007
By MattM (me mums says i'ma genius) - Published on Amazon.com
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I Just got the DVD set from amazon and have to say overall i'm very pleased. This is from the Kitchen Nightmares filmed in the UK a few years back, and does work on american DVD players. The production values of the menus are a bit dodgy as the episodes just jump right in but I suppose that can be attributed to the series being brand new. The one thing thats vastly different the american version of the show beyond just helping restaurants in the UK, is that Gordon is pretty much uncensored and swears alot. When I say alot i mean hes dropping F bombs left and right, ripping chef's a new one every chance he can get. This isn't bleeped out and super funny. My biggest negative is that the episodes ( 8 I believe) are a bit dark and hard to see on my PC monitor. After watching for awhile you'll get over it pretty quickly, but I just wanted to point that out. Oh yeah one other thing is that some of the chefs have strong accents, and some viewers may have a hard time understanding their dialects. I didn't try sub-titles, but then again i could understand everyone just fine. Anywho in closing i'd buy this again and Gordon Ramsay is definately my favorite TV chef, next would be anthony bourdain.

PS. you can catch these episodes on BBC USA sometimes on comcast.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9910e030) out of 5 stars Terrific show, not very good DVD transfer Feb. 27 2008
By John - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the UK version of the show, but on a Region 1 NTSC DVD, so it will play on American TV's and DVD players.

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.
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HASH(0x98e2c2e8) out of 5 stars I cringe, gasp and laugh at the same time. Nov. 15 2007
By Daniel J. Filice - Published on Amazon.com
I'm not sure what shows are in Volume 1, but I just ordered this set because my wife and I recently became hooked on Kitchen Nightmares and we had to have this set. We've been watching religiously for the last 2 months, so I don't know if I've seen the episodes in this set or not, but it doesn't matter. This is Reality TV at it's best. I've only watched Hell's Kitchen on a rare occassion, which was great, but Kitchen Nightmares hits closer to home for me since my wife and I go out to restaurants fairly often, and we've come across some restaurants that are pretty bad and I ask myself "How can this place stay in business?" Well, Kitchen Nightmares may help answer this question as it discovers why some restaurants are on the brink of failure. It's amazing to see the egos that get in the way of good cooking. A great resturant is a difficult accomplishment. Lousy food, lousy management, lousy decor...they all get in the way. Gordon Ramsey is a compelling host. You can't help but place your total trust in him because of his many awards and successful restaurants he himself owns. When a dufus owner/chef of a failing restaurant dares to question Gordon's advice because he/she is convinced that Gordon is wrong about his critiques, much cussing and near fist-fights ensue. It's hilarious and shocking all at the same time. Sometimes I can't stand to watch, but I must.