Charting A New Course

Sunday, November 11 2018
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 pushing its introduction (a combination of the British Association for Screen Entertainment, aka BASE, the Entertainment Retailers’ […]

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Get Your Ferox Off

Thursday, August 2 2018
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 titles, Apocalypse and Holocaust chief among them, and now it’s been given the full treatment from horror […]

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The BBFC Report In Numbers…

Sunday, July 22 2018
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 great snapshot of where the theatrical and home entertainment sectors are at, as well as providing for entertaining, and […]

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How We Launched DVD…

Monday, June 18 2018
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 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment). It took a month or so for others to join the fray, with […]

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Attack Of The Killer Sleeve

Thursday, May 3 2018
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. In an age where the word “iconic” is thrown around all too easily, his work on the […]

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Building An Empire

Sunday, March 18 2018
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 football team n the word have just knocked Chelsea out of the tournament for Europe’s finest, with star player Lionel […]

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Colin Lomax Remembered

Saturday, January 6 2018
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 of 56. Here, in the first of what we hope will be a number of articles, some […]

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2016 – The Year In Numbers Part I

Thursday, January 5 2017
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 on The Raygun newsletter and beyond, we’ve broken down some of the key figures. […]

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Spirit Of ’76

Wednesday, November 23 2016
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 collection, whither the extras-laden physical home entertainment release? Does anyone have time to sit down and watch […]

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Matinee… In The Evening

Monday, September 19 2016
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 new ways of boosting their product… So the news that it is joining forces with the Prince […]

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Frank Brunger Remembered

Wednesday, August 24 2016
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) and industry veteran was met with reminiscences and tributes from friends and former colleagues across the industry. […]

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The Stuff Of Legends…

Tuesday, July 19 2016
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 more; Sir Alex Ferguson signing copies of his specially compiled promo CD of his favourite inspirational songs… […]

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Those BASE Awards nominations in full…

Monday, April 25 2016
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 the banner of the BASE Awards, and, after a day’s judging event, the full shortlist has now […]

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The Admirable Criterion

Monday, April 18 2016
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 home in the US… And now, some 30 odd years since it first launched, 800-plus releases down […]

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The Consumer Experience Is King

Tuesday, March 22 2016
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 at ERA. His presentation at the BASE Industry Forum was one of the highlights of the event […]

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