Coronavirus – Industry Updates w/c April 6

More from our rolling post looking at the ongoing fallout of the Coronavirus crisis and how it is affecting our industry, with the business’ response to it, changes it is causing and how the industry is creating solutions...
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Coronavirus – Industry Updates w/c March 30

We’re continuing with a weekly post highlighting changes and news in the industry relating to Coronavirus issues over the current seven day period, this week covering the week beginning March 30.

As noted last week, with the...
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Ice To See You

Among the many news reports and stories about the growth in digital across many different styles – premium vod, rental, subscription and more – one success story on the EST stands out. And it’s Disney’s Frozen 2. The eagerly-awaited sequel...
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Home Cinema Top 10s

Much has been made of the ongoing boost to assorted digital channels since the public was told to stay at home, entertainment stores and more closed and cinemas were shuttered.

As reported on last week’s Raygun...
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Coronavirus Industry Updates w/c March 23

With the Coronavirus causing disruption to the business, much of the home entertainment business (aka the video industry) working from home and the ever-changing and updating situation surrounding the business, The Raygun will be updating regularly through the hours, days...
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The Great Escape

At a time when many distributors are tightening their belts when it comes to big launches, especially on the home entertainment side, it's good to see Lionsgate continuing to fly the flag for physical and digital releases, as...
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20.20 Vision

Meet Sean. Sean is a printer from Yorkshire. He has a wife and two kids and, he says, the whole family “loves movies”.

Friday night is movie night in Sean’s house. A house incidentally, that has Sky...
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What Next For HMV?

With the retailer in administration for the second time this decade, The Raygun reports on what's been happening at head office and in stores, assesses the reaction to the news and looks ahead for Nipper and co…

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Hologram For A King

We have seen the future… And it’s hologram-shaped. The Raygun popped down to a busy Bluewater shopping centre in north west Kent this week to get a proper look at the Hypervsn hologram technology that Universal has worked with HMV...
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Charting A New Course

The arrival of the combined download and physical film chart chart has been one of the more eagerly awaited launches in the industry. Long-mooted, much-talked about, it’s been months in the planning, with the powers-that-be that have been...
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Ian Miles 1936-2018

Ian Miles, founder of Abbey Home Media, has died after illness, here former and current colleagues and Abbey under wife and business partner Anne Miles pay tribute to the industry pioneer and charity fundraiser.

It is with...
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Get Your Ferox Off

It’s one of the most notorious of all the video nasties, a title whose name, like that of Driller Killer, The Last House On The Left and I Spit on Your Grave, as well as its Cannibal-titled similar...
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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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