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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Those BASE Awards nominations in full…

It’s the first year for the new incarnation of the industry’s premier awards event, as the name change for the trade body formally known as the BVA means that they ceremony and evening is now being held under...
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The Admirable Criterion

The black and white circle swirls, with the words The Criterion Collection spooling around, mirroring an old film reel… It’s one of the most distinctive distributor identities in the world, one which is known far beyond its original...
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The Consumer Experience Is King

HMV’s Rudy Osorio is a long-time champion of the industry, both in his role as head of film and TV at the retailer, and in his involvement in industry organisations, not least as one of the senior retailers...
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Doctor In The House

It’s not every day that an actual time traveller turns up in store, but the original Timelord, aka the Doctor, probably knows a thing or two about the history of the HMV flagship store at 363 Oxford Street,...
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We’ve Been Ex-Spectring You, Mr Bond

It may not sound like the most thrilling James Bond adventure ever – a mission to takeover retailers around the country – but the military precision with which Fox and its partners took on the covert task would have...
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The Week In Video Part LV

A round-up of our recent viewing across the home entertainment spectrum, taking in recent, current and forthcoming releases, paying particular attention to their trade potential…

Tangerine finally arrives on physical formats on March 28, and while it...
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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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