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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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 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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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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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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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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Labelled With Love

Saturday, October 17 2015
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 long? The FrightFest brand, expanded from an annual film festival through to more regular events not just […]

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The Week In Video Part LI

Saturday, October 17 2015
The Week In Video Part LI

Our latest round up of titles we’ve been watching, complete with a look at their commercial potential and trade prospects… Kevin Bacon is on fine form as a bent copper in Cop Car, as solid and as strong a DTV title as,your likely to see this year. It’s got elements of other films here. Not […]

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Turbo Charged

Saturday, October 17 2015
Turbo Charged

The annual horrorthon (and genrethon, if you’re going to be pedantic) that is Film4 FrightFest offers up a taste not just of the best in forthcoming titles taking in the entire spectrum of the field, but it’s also a way of seeing what’s coming down the line to DVD and home entertainment formats in the […]

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The Week In Video Part L

Tuesday, October 6 2015
The Week In Video Part L

Back with out regular look at our recent home viewing, paying close attention to its trade potential… And as noted on The Raygun newsletter last week, we’re still playing catch up with some of our Film 4 FrightFest viewing, so our round up here is going to focus mainly on two elements, horror, alongside a […]

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The Week In Video Part XLIX

Thursday, September 24 2015
The Week In Video Part XLIX

A round up of some of our recent home viewing, with a keen eye on the assorted titles’ trade potential… We’ll start with a bumper package of titles from eOne, with the company graciously sending us a selection of titles due from its Q4 range and we’ve watched a fair selection. “Something for everyone” is […]

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