Golf – The Ridiculous Obsession
C+ Sound: B- Extras: C- Episodes: B-
two-part TV show, Golf – The Ridiculous
Obsession (2002) asked the burning question as to the recreational sport’s
popularity. Instead of trying to answer
it directly, writer/director Robert Duncan comes up with a series of vignettes
that show the highs and lows of many a pursuit of the game.
Buhl steel fortune leaving the world’s only public golf course in Pennsylvania,
to the wife of a well-off family searching for missing balls in poison oak, to
most people playing the sport knowing they are going to fair badly, the
following is wider than you might expect (60+ million according to the DVD
case.) Thinking of it as a sport might
not gel with some people, but the program and media never consider it as being
in between checkers and chess. Those are
board games, but so many still think of it as a bored game.
other interesting stories and to keep up the idea that everyone involved is off-kilter,
Duncan actually keeps the game a bit
mystified. The program is not as silly
as the DVD cover may suggest (Dorf on
Golf anyone, with special guest Ray Stevens?) but this is far from a
serious examination of what can be deemed a phenomenon. I also found it odd current stars like Tiger
Woods were ignored altogether. That’s
the kind of show it is.
frame program was recently shot on color, analog videotape. It is nice and clean, with the usual
limits. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has
Pro Logic surrounds, but nothing extraordinary.
The extras are limited to four text sections, brief, with golf facts and
you have it. This is more of a special
interest program than a documentary, but if you enjoy golf or are fascinated by
why it is successful, this is for you.
Otherwise, beware of a certain “B.S.” factor.
- Nicholas Sheffo