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Three Stars (2010/First Run DVD)


Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C†††† Documentary: B



In a continuing cycle of special interest documentary food titles we have seen lately (especially from First Run), Lutz Hachmeisterís Three Stars (2010) is another winner, looking at ten great chefs all over the world, the food they make, the innovative and/or instinctual ways they create and another twist in this case, how the Michelin tire company puts together its internationally popular, well known, highly used and powerful dining books where everyone wishes they would get a three star rating since it can financially make or break the fortunes and reputations of these hard-working foodmakers.


Thanks to the 2008 financial crisis, the company discontinued their Austria and Las Vegas books (get them while you can), but we learn some of what makes the books tick, while learning about what makes the cooks tick and it shows all around how serious this gets just so people can find great food by trusting these annual volumes that people of great financial means, food fans and anyone serious about the food industry as the book tends to be more on the money than not to most of its readers.


Just getting one star helps, but three is always nice and with all the mechanicals and personalities aside, we ultimately see a worldwide love of great food that a given food network cannot begin to convey.This runs 94 solid minutes and could have gone on longer as far as I was concerned.


Nice to see something where so many people seriously, sincerely care about what they do.



The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is pretty much all newly shot digital video (HD we gather) that looks good, if not always perfect, but has its moments as we see the various people, restaurants and locales all over the world this documentary takes us.The lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is also fine with a good mix of music and location recording with few flaws.


Extras include Chef Biography text, text About The Filmmakers and Culinary Film Gallery where we get descriptions and trailers of several related First Run releases frame by frame, including many we have already covered on the site.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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