Exit Elvis, Enter Bishop

Friday, October 29 2010
Exit Elvis, Enter Bishop

The stand-up comedian, industry wisdom has it, knows he or she has arrived when their first live DVD hits the shelves. It’s a mark of finally having made it. And, as far as many pundits are concerned, the release of John Bishop’s debut DVD, Elvis Has Left The building, out on November 15 from 2 […]

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Vince Petersen (AGI)

Thursday, October 28 2010
Vince Petersen (AGI)

. . “No Way!” “Way!” Wayne’s World (1992) This must look like a surprising choice for a German as we obviously do not have a sense of humour. And, unfortunately, Wayne’s World completely tanked at the box office  in Germany… Whether that was due to the clichéd lack of humour of my German compatriots or […]

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A Deeper Love

Tuesday, October 26 2010
A Deeper Love

His career spans some five decades. He’s made some of the most influential horror films of the modern era. He’s introduced UK and US audiences to fright flicks from outside the English-speaking world. His choice of music has been almost as seminal within horror and music circles, taking in psych rock and moving into Italian […]

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Iron’s In The Fire…

Sunday, October 24 2010
Iron’s In The Fire…

While Momentum titles continued to shine, Frozen in particular picked up further coverage after first appearing over the previous weekend, the first real blockbuster release of the Q4 season, Iron Man 2, got some of the best coverage, alongside Universal’s Back To The Future which was given its first ever Blu-ray bow after its recent […]

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Something To Celebrate…

Thursday, October 21 2010
Something To Celebrate…

A quick glance at sales figures will show that Christmas sells, whether it’s classic material (It’s A Wonderful, a perennial seller, ) or a more recent outing, such as Elf, which has racked up sales far in excess of the standard box office conversion ratio. This year there are a plethora of DTV Christmas-themed titles, […]

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Finest Earns Its Stripes…

Wednesday, October 20 2010
Finest Earns Its Stripes…

Now, we reckon you must have seen some of the coverage for Universal’s Back To the Future last week. The footage of Eric Stoltz testing as Marty McFly, released to publicise the film’s release by Universal on Blu-ray and celebrating the film’s anniversary, was all over the Internet and even appeared in national newspapers, giving […]

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My Inspiration – Francesco Simeoni (Arrow Films)

Friday, October 15 2010
My Inspiration – Francesco Simeoni (Arrow Films)

“That’s about as funny as a screen door on a battleship” Back To The Future I don’t think any one film made me think I wanted to work in film, it all clicked into place much later. But when I decided I was going to work in film I went to university to study it. […]

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War, What Is It Good For?

Wednesday, October 13 2010
War, What Is It Good For?

The huge success of HBO’s Band Of Brothers and, latterly, Metrodome’s Saints And Soldiers, has shown that the war genre is alive and thriving on DVD.The Raygun assesses how it has shown its longevity… A Quentin Tarantino film such as, say, Inglorious Basterds is always going to be a winner at theatrical and particularly on […]

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The Return Of The Real Skins

Tuesday, October 12 2010
The Return Of The Real Skins

When The Raygun chats to the affable and friendly Vicky McClure, less than 48 hours after her starring role in This Is England 86, she’s still enjoying the buzz surrounding the transmission of one of the most eagerly anticipated and well received television programmes of the year. The series has achieved a distinction that is […]

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England Expects, And Delivers

Monday, October 11 2010
England Expects, And Delivers

A hefty weekend’s worth of coverage, as ever, for home entertainment titles. The weekend’s winners? Well, This Is England 86 performed admirably, one review (in the News Of The World) even noted that it was rare for the paper to cover TV, but Shane Meadows’ television sequel to his film was so good it deserved […]

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Storming Into London

Thursday, October 7 2010
Storming Into London

The latest sign of the arrival of Q4 madness? The appearance of all manner of unemployed actors dressed up in bizarre costumes, pounding the pavements of central London, lurking in and around stores and visiting newspaper and broadcast outlets drumming up interest in their releases. We do love this picture, however, from Anchor Bay and […]

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Three Cheers For Iron Man

Thursday, October 7 2010
Three Cheers For Iron Man

We’ve covered this extensively in this week’s Raygun newsletter, but here’s another PR stunt, this time from agency Shine for the October 25 launch of Iron Man 2 from its client Paramount. The company enlisted the help of three genuine, bona fide cheerleaders to shout up some interest in the release, taking them on a […]

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My Inspiration – Steve Kitney (Fremantle)

Thursday, October 7 2010
My Inspiration – Steve Kitney (Fremantle)

“Working on the site from morning till night, that’s living alright . . . . “ Auf Wiedersehen Pet The 1980’s hit TV series Auf Wiedersehen Pet is not only one of my all time favourite TV series but it has also been an inspiration more than once during my time in the home entertainment […]

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Arn To Be Wild

Thursday, October 7 2010
Arn To Be Wild

Here’s a trailer for everyone who’s been asking us over the past couple of weeks about Arn: Knight Templar. The High Fliers release has taken everyone by surprise, it has been a huge success, notching up some 30,000 plus sales in little more than two weeks, and yet is really did sneak up on the […]

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Streets Ahead

Thursday, October 7 2010
Streets Ahead

Last week’s StreetDance 3D launch event was something of a unique occurrence for our business. It’s rare that a DVD launches with this kind of event and, for HMV’s live arm, it offered the opportunity to show how its venues could be used to launch something. The Raygun had its own correspondent on hand to […]

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