We wuz robbed! It says on the video box that this is 120 minutes, but it's only 90 minutes long. Why is this so? And why is one of Newcastle's better seasons in recent years one of the shortest ever released?
Aside from this, this season review is pretty good, if rather devoid of personality. I never thought I'd miss Roger Tames but our favourite `tached baldy is nowhere to be heard here. Interviews with the players are almost non-existent (most of them can barely speak English anyway), long gong are the days when Shearer and Beardsley and Ferdinand - proper football personalities - would be called on to contribute. They babbled a bit but at least it gave the action context.
We Newcastle fans should be pleased that this isn't an abomination the likes of the Man Utd season review appears to be (and how funny is that?!) and does feature proper commentary. But there should have been more; it should have been two hours of content, not one and a half. (By the way, the only game not featured, presumably because of rights, is the defeat in the FA Cup at Stevenage, which was annoying for me as it was one of the few games I attended last season!)
These season reviews perform an important function - I've got the last 20 years of NUFC ones and viewed in the middle of summer when they come out they give you something not on TV at the moment (football) as well as a reminder of the season just gone, where you were when games were on. I find its chronicle of the changing of the seasons as quite evocative, it generates memories of long-ago times in Newcastle in chilly winters, when I still used to live there...
Update: Oh dear, none of the geordie boys are finding this review helpful. Er, what about if I also say: there are NO extras on the disc and there is no footage from pre-season friendlies. That help, besides all the other stuff I mention? Worth a 'yes'? No?