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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The Week In Video Part LVIII

Monday, February 12 2018
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 12). It doesn’t have some of the parental appeal of its animated brick predecessors, Ninjago not being as well […]

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The Week In Video… Part LVII

Monday, January 29 2018
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 close eye on their trade potential…  Skyline was, on its release way back when, a pivotal DTV […]

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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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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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The Week In Video Part LVI

Tuesday, April 26 2016
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, a comedy that woos both the Will Ferrell crowd and a Bridesmaids audience too, […]

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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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Putting On The Ritz

Friday, February 5 2016
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 FrightFest, as well as hosting its own regular themed nights, it has built a reputation as one […]

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The Week In Video Part LIV

Tuesday, January 26 2016
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 our newsletter, is in the process of branching out more into the world of DTV and similar video-friendly genres, […]

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