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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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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