The BBFC Annual Report… In Numbers

“When’s the report going to be ready?” The patient folk at the BBFC have been asked that question since January 2015, at least by us at The Raygun and very probably beyond that too. For anyone interested in the film and...
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The Going Rate

If anyone has any doubts as to trends in the entertainment business, to the sea-change affect the film and video industries, then they need look no further than the annual BBFC report. The 2014 tome has just been published, offering up...
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Go Diego, Go!

Comic Con. Those two words may be used at different comic, film, anime and all kinds of genre-fare conventions and events around the world, but for many, the simple phrase is synonymous globally with one particular show: San Diego Comic...
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The Frozen Years

Some time back, when our pals at the Official Charts Company were compiling assorted charts putting together the bestselling singles and albums of the decade so far, since 2000 and beyond, we suggested they compile something similar for the DVD...
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Paddington Stationed At Number One

From darkest Peru into nearly a million homes… Paddington’s rehabilitation, which has seen the character once again becoming a firm family favourite is complete, a fact highlighted by the bestselling DVD and Bu-rays of 2015 so far issues by Official...
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Shouting Out Loud

Arrow Films has been making plenty of noise about The Voices since the spring, shouting out loud about the blacker than black comedy starring Ryan Reynolds in both traditional and more innovative ways. After its high profile theatrical release earlier this...
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Taken The Mickey

“I don’t know who you are, I don't know your dad, but I bet he has a very particular set of skills… Skills he has acquired over a very long career of being a dad… Skills that I bet you...
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The Week In Video Part XLVII

Fifty Shades Of Grey finally arrived on shelves and online on Monday June 22, if not hours then days after the publication of the latest book from EL James, Grey, which was, if not fortuitous then well worked between publisher...
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I Second That Emotion

It’s been described as a return to form for Pixar (although some of its rival companies would die for the run of Toy Story, Cars and Monsters University sequels that have made up the bulk of the Disney-owned company’s slate...
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Friday, I’m In Love

The Long Good Friday, John Mackenzie’s epic tale of a long-forgotten London docklands, one that existed at the start of the Thatcher era, as the developers and their money were poised to enter, starting one of the biggest, unfettered building...
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Hammering Home The Message

It’s been another amazing year for Signature, the thriving independent label. Within days of picking up a BVA award for best marketing for a film with a box office of under £1 million – a recognition of its efforts in the...
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The Game’s Afoot

It’s been a big week or two for Game Of Thrones. June 11 saw HBO pick up Marketing Campaign Of The Year For Television at the BVA Awards for its work on the third season of the sword and sandals...
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The Week In Video Part XLVI

Our latest round-up of our recent home viewing, paying close attention to each release's potential in stores and online… Released with little fanfare, but a title that caught our eye, was martial arts sequel Man With The Iron Fists 2. Directed...
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Opening Up The Gate

It’s been a strong start to the year for Lionsgate. Its biggest franchise, The Hunger Games, still has one more film to go, while the penultimate outing, Mockingjay Part 1, has already lit up the DVD and Blu-ray charts in...
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A Well-Oiled Marketing Machine

It’s big… and it’s getting bigger. We are, of course, not referring to some of the appendages on display in one of the biggest surprise hits of the decade thus far, Magic Mike, rather the Industry Trust’s ongoing Moments Worth...
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King For A Day

Fox marked the recent exclusive digital window release of comic book adaptation Kingsman: The Secret Service by fitting up assorted journalists, writers and media types. The major hosted an event in London’s most prestigious gentlemen’s address, Savile Row, London W1, with...
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Flocking Marvellous

It’s not too long ago that  Studiocanal was considered something of a novice in the children’s and family sector, but, with one of the year’s bestselling titles under its belt – and with a family film at that – the company has...
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The Week In Video Part LXV

Here's out latest look at our recent home-based viewing, with a keen eye on a film's potential for the trade… After missing numerous opportunities to see it in previous months, it was good to finally catch up with the rather wonderful...
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Catching Up

Oscar contenders, both real (Foxcatcher) and snubbed (A Most Violent Year) were grappling for top slot in terms of winning the most coverage as our regular round up of coverage for film releases shows. The two were i a straight up...
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The Week In Video Part LXIV

Our regular round-up of recent, current and forthcoming home entertainment releases, with a keen eye on their commercial potential and trade prospects… When it comes to the platform or collapsed window release, Universal is becoming as effective as an independent company...
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