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A World-Class Disappointment!
on July 4, 2009
I adore The Secret. I've watched it several times and shared it with friends.
THIS, most assuredly, is NOT what I expected. The production values are bad. Very bad. And, it's all made worse because the original film set me up to expect something as least as good as the original, if not better.
Where's the cohesive presentation? Where's the enlightening/humorous/entertaining illustrations to bring it all to life? Beyond the Secret seems as though it was rushed into production to cash in on the impact of the original, even though we sure waited long enough for the release. So... didn't they have enough time to put together something more professional looking? Certainly, they had enough money to produce a better product than this!
My greatest disappointment is for some of the speakers, who act as though they've been told, "Talk fast -- we're running out of film." How many times should we be required to re-run a segment just to figure out what they are saying? Why is the sound quality so bad? There are good thoughts there, but sometimes they rush by like a speeding bullet. Why? Where was the director?
The truth is that Beyond The Secret has the look and feel of a student film. I am forced to give it a C, and that's only out of affection for the first project.
My sincere recommendation is that you watch the original again, rather than waste your money on this DVD. Rent it, borrow it, but don't waste your money.
What a sad, sorry disappointment of a film! I am amazed that they released something this poor when we all know that they are capable of so very much more. Beyond the Secret is an embarrassment, and I feel that the audience is most definitely due an explanation and an apology --perhaps accompanied by a refund.
JULY 31, 2009: As a post-script to this review, I want to add that I recently contacted the creators of the original DVD, The Secret, and I was informed that they have no connection at all to this project. For me, that answers all the questions about the awful quality of this film! Therefore, deduct two stars from my original rating of Beyond the Secret.
Let the buyer beware!