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Bryce Begins

A&E // 2013 // 45 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // October 16th, 2013

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All Rise...

Judge David Johnson began a long time ago with little fanfare.

The Charge

The rise of Bryce Harper, from prodigy to Washington Nationals superstar.

The Case

Few hardball prospects stormed into the league with as much hype as Bryce Harper, the monster-slugging dynamo who hit the Bigs a lot earlier than most rookies. But with such immense hype comes a brighter spotlight, and a more intimate microscope. The young slugger endured some enhanced criticism during his rise through the big leagues, including video footage of him blowing off autograph-seekers and blowing kisses to an opposing pitcher he just launched a moonshot off of.

To the DVD producers' credit, Bryce Begins handles these controversial moments, ensuring, of course, to give the young phenom and his allies their say. Now, I'm not saying Harper is a jerk or anything—I do not know the kid personally—but the excuses for his questionable behavior aren't awesome ("Nobody knew that the pitcher was yelling into their dugout the whole game!")

What is unquestionable is the dude's a legit baller and Bryce Begins thankfully focuses more on his ability to swing the big stick than the peripheral soap opera melodrama. You'll get plenty of game footage, interviews and behind-the-scenes goings-on to offer a fuller picture of Bryce Harper the phenom.

Forty-five minutes in all, 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, 2.0 stereo and a pile of extras including Harper's All-Star Game debut, footage from his college game days, his Rookie of the Year acceptance speech and interviews.

The Verdict

Not guilty.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 80

Perp Profile

Studio: A&E
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• English (CC)
Running Time: 45 Minutes
Release Year: 2013
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Documentary
• Sports

Distinguishing Marks

• Featurettes
• Bonus Footage


• None

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