Putting On The Ritz

The Duke Mitchell Film Club, a monthly shindig dedicated to all things weird and wonderful from around the world, never fails to disappoint. From helping host DVD launches and working closely with distributors and events such as Film4...
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The Week In Video Part LIV

Our regular look at our recent viewing, paying particular attention to a film's potential on home entertainment releases…

We’ll start with a brace of wildly differing titles from Soda Pictures now, which, as we noted on...
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Islands In The Streams

Lucy Savage has got plenty of experience in both the independent sector and beyond, with a CV that takes in senior roles at the likes of Studiocanal, Kaleidoscope and Revolver. Now set up as a consultant working across all...
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Book Corner

So what, we’re talking about books now? The Raygun is not necessarily noted for its literary prowess or discussion, but an intense burst of reading activity over the holiday season, catching up with a pile of books on...
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The Week In Video Part LIII

After a Christmas break, we’re back with another batch of our rent viewing, paying particular attention to a film’s commercial prospects…

Let’s start with some titles from the Artificial Eye and Curzon set-up, which has got off...
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2015 – The Year In Numbers

The year’s over, the counting’s done and the figures are all in… Rather than a straightforward feature we’ve pored over stats and numbers from the video industry and other spheres of the entertainment business to pul together a...
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Who’s Best

It's pretty much the first thing one sees as you exit the car park at East London's vast Excel centre - a Doctor Who clone, dressed as one of the incarnations of the Time Lord.

It's...
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The Week In Video Part LII

We’ve been busy with a few other projects in recent weeks, or home viewing has been curtailed not just by that, but also by something of a paucity of titles sent to us recently; the postman has hardly...
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Jurassic World In Numbers

With its week one now firmly under its belt, Universal is planning to keep the latest Jurassic era going right through until Christmas. And here’s what it’s done so far and some of the plans for the next...
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Ron Benson Remembered

Tributes have poured in to Ron Benson, industry stalwart and champion, the founder of Eureka and its Masters Of Cinema imprint, who has sadly died. Here's a selection of tributes to the man and his work…

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Labelled With Love

Perhaps the most surprising thing about the launch of the FrightFest Presents imprint, a boutique label bearing the horror film festival's trusted name, is not that it's happening, but more a case of why did it take so...
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The Week In Video Part LI

Our latest round up of titles we've been watching, complete with a look at their commercial potential and trade prospects…

Kevin Bacon is on fine form as a bent copper in Cop Car, as solid and as...
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Turbo Charged

The annual horrorthon (and genrethon, if you’re going to be pedantic) that is Film4 FrightFest offers up a taste not just of the best in forthcoming titles taking in the entire spectrum of the field, but it’s also...
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The Week In Video Part L

Back with out regular look at our recent home viewing, paying close attention to its trade potential… And as noted on The Raygun newsletter last week, we’re still playing catch up with some of our Film 4 FrightFest...
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The Week In Video Part XLIX

A round up of some of our recent home viewing, with a keen eye on the assorted titles’ trade potential…

We'll start with a bumper package of titles from eOne, with the company graciously sending us...
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“We Start Industries…”

“Who wants to watch the same film twice?” It’s the video industry’s equivalent of turning down The Beatles, but when Steve Ayres told his former boss at MGM/UA in the early days of the video industry, back in the early 1980s,...
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The Tin That Launched A Thousand Boxes

In the third and final piece of his fascinating look at how Star Wars changed the face of video publishing and catalogue sales in the early to mid-1990s, influencing packaging trends that continue to reverberate even in the digital era,...
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Fuel To The Fire

More shenanigans on the streets of the capital, as Icon give the IMAX-friendly theatrical launch of The Transporter Refuelled a top-up in London. The company set a quartet of lookalikes – one natty, suited and booted Transporter and a trio of model types...
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Bean There, Done That, Bought The DVD

For anyone who’s been in the industry more than a few months, Mr Bean, Rowan Atkinson’s comic creation, has been a mainstay of the retail business for many years now, with big sales across first VHS and then DVD. And, along...
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A Vote Winner

Never one to rest on its laurels and after successfully targeting other sectors of the business, the Industry Trust has now targeted more female-skewed audiences for the latest addition to its Moments Worth Paying For campaign. The profile of Suffragette has...
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