Judge David Johnson won the chartreuse jacket at his golf tournament last week.
Lots of drama at the 2011 Master Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, and this hour-or-so-long documentary captures the ups and downs and eagles and birdies that characterized the tournament. Narrated by Masters announcer Jim Nantz, Highlights of the 2011 Masters Tournament covers the entire experience, from the pre-tourney banquet and competitions, to the tournament and the post-tourney green jacket fitting.
Obviously, the meat of the presentation is the golf, and there is plenty of green footage to enjoy. Each day receives attention, with the various storylines arranged in a linear, dramatic fashion: Rory McIlroy's dominance out of the gate and eventual implosion; Tiger Woods flirting with his return to prominence; some Adam Scott and Jason Day heroics; a little bit of Phil Mickelson; and, of course, Charl Schwartzel's eventual rise to the top. Nantz does a fine job as narrator, adequately generating a cohesion throughout the program, while injecting pomp and professionalism into the script. It may only be a highlight reel, but it feels a lot classier.
Actually, strike that—it is more than a highlight reel. Interwoven with the golfing footage are interviews down at the green and plenty of candid shots that go beyond what you would see from the network broadcast. As such, you get a complete sense of the spectacle of the Masters and the characters that populate it. Recommended for golf fans.
The DVD: 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, Dolby 2.0 stereo, and extras including the green jacket presentation, the honorary starters ceremony, and press conference with Charl Schwartzel, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus.
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