|The Augusta Masters 2002|
The Augusta Masters 2002 tells the story of Tiger Woods' successful defence of his title--a victory that set him off on a Grand Slam bid that was only blown away at the third hurdle, in stormy conditions at the 2002 British Open. This annual Official Film is produced by the always idiosyncratic Masters host, the Augusta National Golf and Country Club--putting a somewhat cosy down-South spin on proceedings--but the 52-minute main programme gives an entertaining account of the whole event from the traditional par-three tournament on Wednesday, through the old boys teeing off at the first, to the often excruciating presentation of the Green Jacket.
Tiger naturally gets his share of the action in between, but early leaders Davis Love III and Vijay Singh--plus the usual Masters blend of current greats and old-time legends--are given almost equal weight. And even when the anticipated last-round head-to-head with Retief Goosen evaporates, the Tiger victory procession makes for entertaining viewing.
A slick product celebrating a major achievement at a superb event, this programme comes with one unique bonus for fans: Augusta bars live transmission of action from large chunks of the course and those who followed the tournament live on television will find: (a) far better picture quality and (b) plenty of unbroadcast footage here--the latter a surprisingly rare chance to see some of the most important holes in golf cast their spell.
On the DVD: The Augusta Masters 2002 is presented in 4:3 format, with an extra 60 minutes of material. An unedited press conference with champion Tiger Woods serves to underline that his poise and star quality extends beyond the golf course. An unedited press conference with retiring golf legend Arnold Palmer shows the old swashbuckler overcome with emotion as he prepares to bid farewell to the tournament and "Arnie's Army" of fans for the last time. Plus there's aerial footage of the course and facilities, including a fly-by of each hole. --Alex Hankin
Fantastic, 6 December, 2002
Reviewer: A viewer from London, United Kingdom
Excellent highlights of the Masters 2002 Tournament. This DVD includes nice touches like a fly-by of each hole, full post match press conference with Woods & a good focus on Arnold Palmer (this was his last Masters). There is some excellent footage, especially of Tiger letting it rip! A good purchase for any golf DVD Library.