Last Thanksgiving was a holiday the Woods household would like to forget, for that was the night the life of the world’s most recognizable athlete was changed forever.
Immediately after an allegedly drugged and unfaithful Tiger Woods crashed his SUV into a palm tree in his front yard, the American public was exposed to a barrage of rumors, stories, photos and propaganda about the man we all thought we knew. For months, we were glued to our television sets as waitress after porn star after model announced they had been intimate with the world’s most famous golfer. To this date, we still speculate about the full extent of his extra-curricular activities.
Months later, Tiger came clean, apologizing to millions on national television. He returned to the PGA Tour in April but has yet to win, something he did so regularly before his life was torn apart.
For those of you who didn’t get your fill of Tiger coverage over that time (how is that even possible?), now comes a DVD entitled Prodigy: an unauthorized story on Tiger Woodswhich does its best to capture the professional career of Mr. Woods and how it took a turn for the worse. Unfortunately, it falls short.
Prodigy’s production value is pretty low-end, a low-budget, fifty-two minute expose, that comes off much like your random, late-night infomercial. Prodigy’s flat, generally uninformative and doesn’t really tell the viewer anything we haven’t already seen on ESPN or CNN. Like we didn’t know Tiger’s inability to keep his driver in his golf bag was a bad thing.
While watching it, I kept wondering who put this DVD out and why. I looked up Infinity Entertainment Group online to see if they had some agenda other than just selling Tiger DVDs, but apparently they don’t. I also kept waiting for the film to bash Tiger for his indiscretions but it never really did, remaining relatively neutral throughout. In fact, it might have even been a little pro-Tiger.
Prodigy is chock full of Tiger interviews, sound bites and press conferences that I imagine the producers must have received approval to reproduce. It chronicles his professional career, his marriage to Elin Nordegren, the birth of their children and the passing of his father who was a huge influence in his life, once again things we already knew, thus eliminating the need to spend $14.99 to relive it.
Prodigy also features interviews with other professional golfers, golf fans, pro shop personnel and for some reason, random Swedes (Elin’s country of origin) who share their opinion about Tiger’s career but again, the video fails to provide the viewer with any new information and does so rather uninterestingly.
Overall, Prodigy serves little purpose. Now if Infinity really wanted to sell some videos, they should have scored an interview with Elin and spent an hour talking about what happened on the night in question. I’m pretty sure that DVD would fly off the shelves.