Comic-Con 2010: Exclusive Report

Friday, July 30 2010
Comic-Con 2010: Exclusive Report

Manga’s Jerome Mazandarani (pictured left, with Brent Spiner) was at this year’s Comic-Con. We at The Raygun were well jealous. So while his excellent, exclusive report from the event was most welcome, it also made use even more envious… This was my third visit to San Diego Comic-Con. It has become and important date on […]

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The Truth Will Out

Friday, July 30 2010
The Truth Will Out

The Raygun, along with assorted industry types, including a fair smattering from the independent sector of the DVD and theatrical business, taking in the likes of Metrodome, E1, Optimum, Dogwoof, Soda and others, as well as a number of PR and design agency types and all kinds of East London whippersnappers, were out at the […]

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Burp Throws Up A Freebie

Thursday, July 29 2010
Burp Throws Up A Freebie

We could barely contain our excitement when this bag was passed over to us at ITV Studios’ recent Q4 presentation. Convention dictates that we rarely look at these things when they’re given to us; it always seems a bit rude – we are there, after all, to talk about forthcoming product, not what free stuff we […]

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Win Your Own Knitted Character

Thursday, July 29 2010
Win Your Own Knitted Character

We’ve covered it elsewhere, and eulogised at length about it, but we are proud to offer up an exclusive giveaway for readers of The Raygun – your very own Knitted Character as featured in Harry Hill’s TV Burp. We were given one at ITV Studios’ recent Q4 presentation, as the third Best Of… from one […]

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Expendable, Commendable

Thursday, July 29 2010
Expendable, Commendable

It’s a perfect example of using the theatrical heat around a film – the must see blokes’ film of the summer no less – and of different labels working together (albeit with the same sales company), although we’ve covered it extensively on this week’s newsletter, but Lionsgate and Optimum’s joint promotional activity for The Expendables […]

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A Moral Compass

Wednesday, July 28 2010
A Moral Compass

In case you haven’t guessed it by now, we at The Raygun love our video nasties. Despite the adverse publicity that blighted the first almost 20 or so years of our industry’s history – and certainly dogged it through the VHS years until DVD came along and removed the stigma that many still associated with it […]

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Down Comes Up

Wednesday, July 28 2010
Down Comes Up

New from Metrodome and already the recipient of some decent coverage for its short theatrical release (there was a fascinating feature on the making of this we mentioned in our PR roundup a few weeks back), is Down Terrace. It’s been so well received because, unlike the gung-ho, lor luvaduck me old chinas bluster of […]

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Passion Is A Fashion

Tuesday, July 27 2010
Passion Is A Fashion

What’s not to like about Penelope Cruz? Talented, funny and a quality actress to boot, women want to be her and men, well, you get the picture. Her latest starring role in G2’s The Passion Within sees her starring alongside a fellow Oscar-friendly star, Adrien Brody. Distributed by Momentum, it is bound to attract inteest […]

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Tormented Souls

Tuesday, July 27 2010
Tormented Souls

The DTV boom, which has seen films not released at cinemas, or limited theatrical titles, begin to play an even bigger role at retailers, from the high street, to online to the grocery sector, has helped locally-produced product as much as anything from Hollywood or the US. Relatively low budget features, made for less than […]

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Lots More Know About Cats

Monday, July 26 2010
Lots More Know About Cats

A busy weekend’s worth o coverage, although a lack of access to some of Sunday’s means we missed tabloid coverage for the weekend, but the winners in terms of profile appered to be No One Knows About Persian Cats, arguably Network’s highest profile theatrical yet, competing with, at the opposite end of the scale, Clash […]

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Do Your Job

Monday, July 26 2010
Do Your Job

This is brilliant stuff: we chanced upon this while trawling youtube, as is our wont on The Raygun. It’s Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington all sitting around discussing, among other things, Q4, selling DVDs and other trade related items. The best part of it all is that while someone like Gervais understands the […]

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This One’s Got Legs…

Saturday, July 24 2010
This One’s Got Legs…

We’d seen the trailer.We’d heard all about it. And when our check disc copy of the forthcoming release of The Human Centipede arrived on our doorstep recently, we must admit, we were a tad nervous about watching it. Our nervous disposition was not helped by these items that were enclosed in the envelope along with […]

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Popping Up All Over The Place

Thursday, July 22 2010
Popping Up All Over The Place

Pop-up shop is, of course, a current phrase du jour and is certainly prevalent among trendier areas of London. And it was in east London’s Hackney, beloved of so many skinny jean-wearing hipsters, at Victoria Park, no less, that we stumbled across this temporary HMV shop. The outlet was erected in the park as a […]

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Mania On Oxford Street

Thursday, July 22 2010
Mania On Oxford Street

There was something about this Wrestlemania banner, erected outside HMV’s flagship Oxford Street store that really caught our eye as we were strolling through the West End on, ahem, store visits between meetings the other week. We’re not even sure if we’d noticed this site for banners before, or may be we were always in […]

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A Mug’s Game

Thursday, July 22 2010
A Mug’s Game

Not strictly a video-related freebie this one, but it’s always worth taking a look at what our compatriots in the games and audio industries are doing in terms of promotional activity. This gift with purchase offer was given away exclusively in store to consumers who picked up the new Harry Potter Lego game and it […]

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