The BBFC Report In Numbers…

As we noted on The Raygun newsletter, the publication of the annual BBFC report is a red letter day, not least for all the weird and wonderful facts and figures it throws up

It provides a...
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Your Cassette Pet

As regular readers of The Raygun newsletter and this site will know, we've long had a fondness for VHS, the whole rental era and all things video related.

In recent years, we’ve waxed lyrical about actual...
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How We Launched DVD…

It was, to paraphrase The Beatles, 20 years ago today, or, rather, just over 20 years ago, in April 1998 that the first four titles on the brand spanking new DVD format were issued by Columbia TriStar (now...
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The Week In Video Part LIX

Our irregular look at a batch of current and forthcoming releases, complete with thoughts on their commercial potential and where they fit into the market, returns. And, as we make our way down our lengthy “to watch” pile,...
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Attack Of The Killer Sleeve

Anyone with even the vaguest passing interest in horror should know the name Graham Humphreys. He shot to prominence – and notoriety – after creating the artwork for The Evil Dead for Palace Pictures back in the 1980s....
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Those BASE Awards 2018 Nominations in Full

It’s the key date on the industry’s calendar – June 7 this year, if you haven’t got it down yet – and after the judging panels, trade association BASE has announced the shortlist for its revamped awards (a renewed focus...
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Building An Empire

It’s somewhere between the round of 16 in the Champions League and the Empire magazine awards and Rakuten TV coo  Josep Mitja is feeling fairly relaxed.

FC Barcelona, probably the biggest, best and highest profile...
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The Week In Video Part LVIII

Our latest round up of current and forthcoming releases looking at their trade potential…

The biggie for the school half-term holidays is the latest from the brick heads at Lego. The Lego Ninjago Movie (Warner, February...
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The Week In Video… Part LVII

This column has been a bit quiet of late, but we've still been watching an awful lot of stuff, so here's a a round up of current and forthcoming releases that have been sent our way recently, keeping a...
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Colin Lomax Remembered Part 2

Reported earlier on the website and our newsletter, industry stalwart Colin Lomax died suddenly on December 28 2017, his death left the business in shock.

A familiar face in the business for more than 30 years, spanning the VHS,...
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Colin Lomax Remembered

Colin Lomax, an industry stalwart who had worked successfully across all aspects of the business, from sales to marketing, from production to executive producing, from VHS to svod services, died unexpectedly on December 28 at the all-too-young age...
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2017 – The Year In Numbers

The year is done and, as sure as the inevitable miserable return to work and accompanying rail fare rises, so the powers that be – in this instance trade organisation BASE and retail equivalent ERA – have released some of the...
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The Thing Is What It Used To Be… And More

John Carpenter is an intrinsic figure in the history of home entertainment, particularly in the UK, his career having been aided hugely by the arrival of VHS, just as it had been boosted previously by the support of...
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In Sync

Every now and then, The Raygun’s own reading material crosses over with industry-related topics, in the case of Jon Spira’s Videosyncratic, however, the phrase “crossing over” doesn’t nearly begin to do it justice.

We’ve been in...
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2016 – The Year In Numbers Part I

The counting has been done, the decorations are down and the final figures for the home entertainment market in all its varying forms for 2016 have been released by such august bodies as BASE and ERA. Ahead of a full round-up...
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Spirit Of ’76

In an age of digital HD, with broadband times further speeding up, more and more pressur eon time, and a housing crisis that means no-one’s got room left for any kind of storage, especially not for a sizeable...
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Matinee… In The Evening

It's one of our favourite labels and one we've been banging on about for ages, and no-one could ever accuse Arrow and its Arrow Video imprint of not exploring new ways of trying to reach consumers or finding...
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Frank Brunger Remembered

Frank Brunger, formerly at Braveworld, Columbia TriStar and Warner Vision has sadly died at the age of 63 years old. A hugely popular character, the news of the untimely passing of he former record company executive (see below)...
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The Stuff Of Legends…

George Best falling down the steps being a bit, ahem, worse for wear; Brian Clough turning up to collect his award, promising to turn in early having nothing to say – then talking for a good 45 minutes or...
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The Week In Video Part LVI

After a brief absence, our regular look at current and forthcoming releases across the industry, returns. As ever, we're paying particular attention to how the film might perform in the market… Out on the shelves as we write this is Sisters,...
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