Making Berks Of Themselves…

Thursday, August 12 2010
Making Berks Of Themselves…

If we had a picture of the week column, this would be it… Omid Djalili outside HMV’s 150 Oxford Street store, launching The Infidel, a Revolver release, with this photo call cum publicity stunt…

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My Inspiration – Jessica Mellor (Daily Mirror)

Thursday, August 12 2010
My Inspiration – Jessica Mellor (Daily Mirror)

Once Were Warriors Having been brought up never to rest on my laurels, I always felt lucky going from court reporter to the Screws (News of the World), first as a PA then as the then video columnist. But the first time I felt truly privileged doing my job was the day I watched Once […]

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Tower Block Rock

Thursday, August 12 2010
Tower Block Rock

It’s been called the Die Hard of zombie flicks – an analogy that actually works – and it really is a treat for horror fans. It’s the best zombie film we’ve seen for ages and it’s due from Momentum on September 20. We’ve covered it extensively on our newsletter this week, but here’s the trailer […]

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My Inspiration – Rod Smith (Anchor Bay)

Thursday, August 12 2010
My Inspiration – Rod Smith (Anchor Bay)

A Matter Of Life And Death “One is starved for Technicolor up there” From the first time I saw this film during those very long summer school holidays, tucked away on an afternoon slot on BBC2, I knew this was an original, ground-breaking, poetic and beautiful film. It is unsurpassed in its originality and still […]

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Top 10 Film4

Wednesday, August 11 2010
Top 10 Film4

With more than 100 films in its catalogue, and total sales of 1.5 million since it began looking after them in 1997, the Film4 brand is one of the most instantly recognizable in British film. As 4DVD’s Karla Berry noted: “Film4 has been the driving force behind the renaissance of British cinema, producing some of […]

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Infidel Proves Non-believers Wrong

Monday, August 9 2010
Infidel Proves Non-believers Wrong

Revolver’s The Infidel saw coverage not just in the review columns over the weekend, but it also spread further afield, thanks in no small part to the fame and perhaps locality of its stars. It had already earned coverage in the qualities a few weeks ago, with a full page interview with writer David Baddiel, […]

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My Inspiration – Andy Anderson (HMV)

Thursday, August 5 2010
My Inspiration – Andy Anderson (HMV)

. . West Side Story “Tonight. Tonight Won’t be just any night. Tonight there will be no morning star. Tonight. Tonight. I’ll see my love tonight And for us, stars will stop where they are” 1961 – Lyrics Stephen Sondheim Christmas Eve 1972 BBC1. Films haven’t reached this height since, I’m still looking. •HMV’s My […]

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My Inspiration – Tim Murray (The Raygun)

Thursday, August 5 2010
My Inspiration – Tim Murray (The Raygun)

The Exorcist This is not some great Mark Kermode rant about the The Exorcist and the power and intensity of William Friedkin’s movie, but more about a time and a place. It was 1979; a mate over the road had just got a VCR (one of the first in our school to have one) and […]

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4DVD’s Q4 In Numbers

Wednesday, August 4 2010
4DVD’s Q4 In Numbers

Seeing as its 4DVD, the company’s Q4, and a whole host of number-related stuff, we thought we’d present its line-up for the final months of 2010 in a slightly different way, looking at 4DVD’s strong performance last year and setting out the stall for its relevant titles this time around. So here is 4DVD’s Q4 […]

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80s Rental Top 10

Tuesday, August 3 2010
80s Rental Top 10

While sorting through some stuff in our loft recently, partly to answer some questions for the BVA’s impending 30th anniversary AGM, we came across a book celebrating the first 10 years of the video industry, published by now defunct trade magazine Video Trade Weekly and put out, well, 20 years ago. It included some fascinating […]

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DVD Commentary

Tuesday, August 3 2010
DVD Commentary

We covered this on The Raygun newsletter recently and Pete V Life is now getting the full Channel 4 support package ahead of its bow this week on the channel, before its DVD release courtesy of 4DVD on September 6. The trailer here will tell you all you need to know – it follows the […]

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Destination: ‘Island’

Monday, August 2 2010
Destination: ‘Island’

Perusing through the Friday to Sunday weekend’s papers for our weekly round-up of newspaper coverage, it was the same titles came cropping up again and again, chief among them Paramount’s Shutter Island and E1’s I Love You Phillip Morris. All the weekend’s broadsheets followed up on the government’s plans to abolish the Film Council, from […]

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