Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot Blu-ray Review
While likable, “Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot” is little more than a puff piece.
When Dirk Nowitzki eventually hangs up his jersey, there’s no question he will be considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time. His list of accomplishments are seemingly endless as he’s been an All-Star (13 times), an MVP, a Finals MVP, the all-time leading scorer in Mavericks history, a 3-Point Shootout Champion, and, oh yes, an NBA champion back in 2011. Given his resume, it’s not surprising that the German NBA star has a documentary centered around him now. Unfortunately, “Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot” is a fairly bland documentary.
While the film covers everything from his World Team stint, his journey to the NBA, his signing with the Mavericks, his family, stomping grounds, and his pivotal Championship win in the Mark Cuban era, it mostly overstates the obvious and rarely digs deep into the NBA legend’s life. This is mostly due to the fact that Nowitzki is a fairly quiet and reserved person. About the only time the film does come alive is when it focuses on the unqiue dynamic between Nowitzki and his innovative longtime training coach/former player Holger Geschwindner who essentially shaped Dirk into the player he is today.
In terms of how the film is constructed, it’s fairly standard. ‘The Perfect Shot’ is largely comprised of stock footage, behind-the-scenes footage, montages, and interviews with Nowitzki and fellow players/coaches like Yao Ming, Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter, Rick Carlisle, Jason Kidd, Mark Cuban, and Steve Nash. Of course, there’s plenty of game footage to boot.
Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? This is a sharp looking docu. Even the stock footage is high quality.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The DTS track does the job but it is a bit soft in spots.
* Magnolia trailers and a trailer for “Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot.”
* 9 deleted scenes.
* A 13 minute interview with Dirk Nowitzki.
Overall Thoughts: As a longtime NBA fan, I have nothing but respect for the selfless and ultra-talented Dirk Nowitzki. While this film is a decent enough tribute to the player, it’s a little too superficial for my taste.
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