Barbel Days And Ways – A Critical View

Having now published well over 300 articles on this web site I realised I couldn’t keep putting off the inevitable. Everyone who runs a web site realises they need to have a spring clean now and then but it’s one of those tedious jobs you tend to put off for a rainy day. Well, we don’t get many more rainy days than we’ve experienced this past week so I dug out the broom and a bit of polish. Blow me, I wasn’t expecting to find half a dozen articles sat there that somehow I’d forgotten to press the publish button!

Even more puzzling was that I’d not published the following article, because let’s face it, had I been on The Apprentice then Alan Sugar would surely have fired me. Talk about dropping a clanger. It should have been published 2 and a half years ago. And there’s a fair argument for letting sleeping dogs lie but the interest in the films has been sustained and they continue to sell well in half a dozen countries. So, better late than never…

Barbel Days And Ways – A Critical View (April 2010)

Stu and I had been discussing how best to offer a balanced view of our DVDs. Instead of us claiming how good we think they are (they’re brilliant – obviously) we decided it might be better to simply collate all the reviews, warts and all and let potential purchasers make up their own minds.

 

It is common practise in the entertainment industry to take review quotes completely out of context when promoting films, for example, a Sunday Times critic might have written:

‘This film would be thoroughly entertaining providing you had the brain of a two-year-old!’ ,

A strap line then appears on posters advertising the film as:

‘Thoroughly Entertaining! – Sunday Times’.

You know the score. That’s how publicity works. And, of course, we could do that, too. But rather than try to fool anyone by highlighting selective praise, I’ve chosen to publish our reviews in full, as they appeared originally, warts and all, so you can reach a fair and unbiased decision.

So here goes. This what the critics actually wrote: 

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