My Inspiration – Nigel Wingrove (Redemption/Salvation)

Thursday, April 28 2011
My Inspiration – Nigel Wingrove (Redemption/Salvation)

Witches, Vampires, Nazis, Bridget Bardot and Sex Films have always been around me and although I can’t point to one film and say “that’s it, that’s the one” there are still several that have had a profound effect on me. The first film that I specifically recall. was, bizarrely, a western called Villa Rides about […]

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The Other Wedding Approaches…

Thursday, April 28 2011
The Other Wedding Approaches…

Momentum has this week come good with its wedding vows, as it promised to make a big noise about the impending arrival of its blockbuster regal British tale, The King’s Speech, around the Royal Wedding. And this batch of pictures proves that it has done just that. From the London underground advertising (pictured left), which […]

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The Season Of The Sword

Wednesday, April 27 2011
The Season Of The Sword

It’s one of the most enduring genres and has been a staple of the video market for more than three decades, but swords and sandals are currently enjoying an even bigger resurgence. The Raygun talks to some of the key players and explains why sometimes, the sword is mightier than the pen… It can take […]

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The Week In Screenings Part VI

Wednesday, April 27 2011
The Week In Screenings Part VI

The latest missive from our freelance screening correspondent, Alex Kidd, a man who’d rather spend his time in a screening room or darkened cinema in the heart of London than almost anywhere else. Except as well as seeing titles that will be appearing on DVD a log way down the line, he’s also been watching […]

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Tourist Visits Review Pages

Tuesday, April 26 2011
Tourist Visits Review Pages

Sometimes films can earn themselves lots of criticism on their theatrical bow, and earn a deserved reassessment when they arrive on DVD and Blu-ray. At other times, they may not necessarily be reassessed, but deemed to be worthy of home viewing – where maybe a trip to the cinema was thought to be pointless, they’re […]

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One Of The Best, Bar None

Wednesday, April 20 2011
One Of The Best, Bar None

Jack Rosenthal was a marvellous playwright, but, until Acorn Media stepped in, his work was woefully under-represented on DVD. Yes, there was the ITV release, but all of his output at the BBC was sorely missing from the market. The late writer’s wife, actress Maureen Lipman, had even tried to enlist the help of BBC […]

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A Whole New World

Wednesday, April 20 2011
A Whole New World

Our youngest correspondent at The Raygun is a massive Peppa Pig fan, and his support for the brand alone makes this worth posting. But it’s also worth keeping and eye on Peppa this year. Not only is it a remarkable homegrown success story, but it manages to keep going from strength to strength. The Easter […]

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Potter Takes To The Streets And Stores

Tuesday, April 19 2011
Potter Takes To The Streets And Stores

There was no Deathly silence in HMV’s flagship Oxford Street store last week, as the Harry Potter roadshow rolled into town to mark the DVD and Blu-ray release  of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1. Cast from the ongoing series, including the likes of Mark Williams and the irrepressible Warwick Davies were greeted […]

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Legacy Leaves A Lasting Impression

Tuesday, April 19 2011
Legacy Leaves A Lasting Impression

It was the week of the colon, as the three best reviewed DVD titles over the past week each had the dreaded colon in them, signifying that much of the coverage in our regular round-up was devoted to sequels. Those three were Tron: Legacy, from Disney, The Chronicles Of Narnia: Voyage Of The Dawn Treader […]

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The Week In Screenings Part V

Monday, April 18 2011
The Week In Screenings Part V

Our man out and about in London’s big cinemas and tiny screening rooms Alex Kidd, formerly of HMV, has been busy over the last week, with a couple of major screenings and some big theatrical releases. Here’s the round-up of his week… Tuesday night and I’m back at what often feels like my second home […]

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Better Red Than Dead

Friday, April 15 2011
Better Red Than Dead

The Western is back. That’s a headline that seems to come around every few years, as one major Hollywood film embraces the genre once more, before it all goes quiet on the Western front again. But this time, those headlines proclaiming the return of the genre that just refuses to go to Boot Hill, may […]

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The Con Is On (Kapow! Part 2)

Thursday, April 14 2011
The Con Is On (Kapow! Part 2)

Well Sunday was a much shorter day at Kapow! and I had two events that I really didn’t want to miss, the Walking Dead/Falling Skies preview and the final event of the weekend: The Movie X Premiere, a surprise screening of an unnamed film. Much as I’d have loved to go to the Momentum Pictures […]

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The Con Is On (Kapow! Part 1)

Thursday, April 14 2011
The Con Is On (Kapow! Part 1)

The Raygun’s roving correspondent Alex Kidd spent a weekend with hordes of comic book-types at the Kapow! Comic Con in north London last weekend, all in the name of bringing this report on some upfront film and DVD releases and other goings-on… Fronted by comics legend Mark Millar, the Kapow! Comic Con debuted this weekend […]

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Triple Threat

Thursday, April 14 2011
Triple Threat

Last weekend’s Wrestlemania, the biggest event on the WWE’s calendar, was as full of razzmatazz as ever, but the show is a markedly different beast from what it was, say, five years ago. Gone are the blood-filled spectaculars of bygone years – the last bout would invariably feature a gory finale – as the WWE […]

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A Week In Screenings Part IV

Wednesday, April 13 2011
A Week In Screenings Part IV

Here’s the latest missive from our correspondent around Soho’s cinemas and screening rooms, Alex Kidd, formerly of HMV… Monday once again and I’m back in the cinema, this time at the always great Curzon Mayfair, a cinema I should visit more often, its huge curved main screen is one of the most immersive cinema experiences […]

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