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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Doctor In The House

Tuesday, March 22 2016
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, in the heart of London’s busiest shopping street.. In fact, it’s a good bet that the Doctor […]

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The Week In Video Part LV

Tuesday, March 15 2016
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 has been winding a slow path to DVD since it first aired towards the latter part of 2015, […]

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Book Corner

Wednesday, January 20 2016
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 our To Read pile during a few days’ R&R, means we’re well equipped to recommend a few […]

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The Week In Video Part LIII

Thursday, January 14 2016
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 to a busy start to 2016 with a clutch of big releases. Chief among these is 45 Years. […]

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2015 – The Year In Numbers

Sunday, January 10 2016
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 whole bunch of relevant numbers for 2015. So without further ado, here is 2015 In Numbers… We’ll […]

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The Week In Video Part LII

Thursday, November 19 2015
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 been weighed down by checkdiscs and screeners over the past week or two – so much for […]

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Jurassic World In Numbers

Thursday, October 29 2015
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 few weeks, as well as looking at some of the in-store implementation of its own take on […]

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