Going With The ‘Qlo

Thursday, March 31 2011
Going With The ‘Qlo

Manga is getting busy as its 20th anniversary celebrations really kick into gear. It is currently working closely with Uniqlo, one of our favourite clothiers. These limited edition Kurashi cards (that’s a mini-version of a film poster that’s hugely popular in Japan) being given out in the fast-growing retailer’s outlets, including its new Bluewater store, […]

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The Only Way To Get Publicity…

Thursday, March 31 2011
The Only Way To Get Publicity…

Signings, PAs and in-store events are still a key element of the first week of release activity, certainly when there’s a strong local interest, but every now and then they can break out of local coverage and become a major news story in themselves in the national press. And so it was this week with […]

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Scarred For Life

Wednesday, March 30 2011
Scarred For Life

“Can’t you stop saying fuck all the time?” says Elvira, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, in seminal gangster film Scarface. That line is one of the best (and certainly one that was highlighted by many upmarket reviewers when the film received less than rave notices on its original theatrical release 18 years or so ago) from […]

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Bad Man’s Freebies

Wednesday, March 30 2011
Bad Man’s Freebies

Possibly the oddest selection of free stuff gleaned ever, but we couldn’t resist this selection from Revolver’s premiere of its current theatrical hit Anuvahood. The film has been wowing fans across the UK and has heralded the arrival of what is arguably a new genre, the British urban comedy. And it also features one of […]

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It Figures…

Wednesday, March 30 2011
It Figures…

Starting life as a trailer – like the forthcoming Hobo With A Shotgun from Momentum – Machete is one for the fanboys and Taranteenies. Growing from Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’ Grindhouse outing, it became a fully-fledged film in its own right and features the kind of cast that will get hardcore B-movie fans drooling – […]

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Treading Water

Wednesday, March 30 2011
Treading Water

Here’s the Dawn Treader, the eponymous star of the latest Chronicles Of Narnia release, sailing into the heart of London to help launch pre-sales for the April 18 release of Voyage Of The Dawn Treader. The near full-size replica copy of the ship sailed the seas, or rather the Thames, around St Katherine’s Dock and […]

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Ale And Hearty

Wednesday, March 30 2011
Ale And Hearty

This was a timely arrival on St Patrick’s Day, as agency Eulogy!, which looks after releases from Paramount among others, sent us all the necessary ingredients to have a drink to celebrate Ireland’s patron saint on March 17. And what’s more the neat little box it came in, containing Jameson Irish whiskey (note correct spelling […]

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Chips With Everything

Wednesday, March 30 2011
Chips With Everything

If you want to attract the attention of an aging hack, what’s the best thing to do? Well, you could always send them a bit of vinyl. It’s even better if it actually ties in to a forthcoming release… And that’s just what we’ve got here, as this smart little package arrived from Lionsgate to […]

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A Week In Screenings Part II

Tuesday, March 29 2011
A Week In Screenings Part II

Our new contributor Alex Kidd, former HMV staffer, updates us on the screenings he’s been out and about at for the past seven days… If most people think that Monday night is a night to stay in and recover from the weekend, then I’m not most people, I love going out on Monday, in fact […]

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Tamara Comes, Dagenham Has It Made

Monday, March 28 2011
Tamara Comes, Dagenham Has It Made

With Mother’s Day on the way, much of this weekend’s coverage was devoted to female-friendly releases, or rather two in particular. Tamara Drewe and Made In Dagenham, both released ahead of the April 3 event (it’s later than usual this year) were covered by pretty much every newspaper these past few days, as our weekly […]

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A Week In Screenings…

Thursday, March 24 2011
A Week In Screenings…

Over the years, we at The Raygun have got to know Alex Kidd, mainly through bumping into the former HMV staffer at loads of theatrical and DVD screenings around town. After leaving the retailer, Kidd is now attending the odd screening on our behalf, and here’s the first in an irregular series of screening reports […]

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The A To W Of Wes Craven

Wednesday, March 23 2011
The A To W Of Wes Craven

He’s often described as a master of horror and now, after a five-year hiatus, Wes Craven is returning to the fray with a flurry of activity, including a new addition to the Scream franchise at cinemas and, ahead of that, Momentum’s home entertainment release of his first outing as both writer and director for almost […]

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Something For The Connoisseurs

Tuesday, March 22 2011
Something For The Connoisseurs

The BFI has long been associated with Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, a man who deserves the “legendary” epithet if ever there were one, and its release of a box set of his earlier films, called, not unsurprisingly, Early Kurosawa, sees it further adding to its already impressive catalogue of the great man’s works. What’s more, […]

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Trunk Call

Tuesday, March 22 2011
Trunk Call

It brought us one of the more intriguingly titled releases of 2010, a film that was certainly one of the year’s most shocking, and now Bounty Films is returning to the fray with something that’s equally off the wall. And in Dead Hooker In A Trunk it certainly has one of the year’s more imaginatively […]

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Kids Did More Than All Right…

Monday, March 21 2011
Kids Did More Than All Right…

An outstanding cast, a novel plot, Oscar and awards nominations and a feeling that it under-performed and was forgotten at many ceremonies all meant that The Kids Are All Right ticked many of the right boxes for DVD reviewers, and, as our weekly round-up of home entertainment coverage in the national press and in assorted […]

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