Sleeping It Off

Wednesday, February 29 2012
Sleeping It Off

Revolver has long been one of the more innovative players when it comes to marketing. It announced itself and raised the company’s profile among the whole industry when it got promotions people to leaflet dazed revellers on the way out from the BVA awards more than a decade ago. And since then the independent has […]

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Everyone’s Talking About Kevin

Tuesday, February 28 2012
Everyone’s Talking About Kevin

Wading through the weekend’s newspapers, supplements and a clutch of magazines while compiling our regular look at home entertainment coverage and reviews, we saw feature after feature and preview upon preview of the Oscar ceremony, we were struck by one thing: many of them just said the same things, repeating the same facts over and […]

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Trafficking In-stores

Thursday, February 23 2012
Trafficking In-stores

The arrival of a big budget Hollywood remake of a foreign language film is a common sight in our business these days, and it’s usually met with predictable groans from film fans. But there’s no denying that it’s not only a hugely commercial proposition for the remake – it comes with a ready made audience […]

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From B-Movies To The A-List

Thursday, February 23 2012
From B-Movies To The A-List

This little gem has just opened theatrically to the kind of rave reviews normally earned by a much wider release. But given that the documentary concerns a legendary character in film history, then maybe it’s no surprise that critics have received it so well (it even got a full 10 out of 10 in the […]

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Underground, Overground

Thursday, February 23 2012
Underground, Overground

Any regular readers of The Raygun will know that we’re big fans of lenticular sleeves. Not only do we like the things themselves – both as tactile objects and also because of the sheer childlike excitement we still get while waving them around (“Look! The picture’s changing!) – but we can also see what, when […]

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Research Hits The Target

Thursday, February 23 2012
Research Hits The Target

“They see 120 films a year, but more than 100 of those are not in the cinema… And of those, more  than a third are paid for, but more than 60 per cent aren’t paid for…” A conversation with Chris Watts, from the cross media agency Film3Sixty and its accompanying magazine, Film3Sixty (both part of […]

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The Week In Screenings Part XLVII

Tuesday, February 21 2012
The Week In Screenings Part XLVII

With the screening invitations popping in to our Inboxes at a remarkably rapid rate, our regular screening correspondent Alex Kidd has been out to assorted screenings at an increasing  rate. With  embargoes now being routinely applied,  here’s the lowdown on the ones he can tell you about…   This week was a really busy time […]

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Warrior Comes Out Fighting

Monday, February 20 2012
Warrior Comes Out Fighting

There was a vaguely familiar ring to many of this week’s releases, as  our weekly round-up of coverage of home entertainment releases in national newspapers and a clutch of key releases highlights. For there were remakes of old horror flicks (Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark and Fright Night among them) as well as blockbuster […]

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Top 10 Retailer Barometer

Thursday, February 16 2012
Top 10 Retailer Barometer

This fascinating top 10 comes from Kantar Worldpanel’s entertainment team and is a quarterly look at the state of entertainment retail. Crucially, the retailer barometer offers a snapshot of where the different retailers are at. Taken from extensive data and a pool of 15,000 entertainment consumers, and covering the all-important final quarter to December 25 […]

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The Week In Screenings Part XLVI

Thursday, February 16 2012
The Week In Screenings Part XLVI

Our correspondent Alex Kidd has been to more screenings, taking in a the middle east, a remote part of England and even a galaxy far, far away over the past seven days. Here’s his report on his week’s viewing… Monday night and my first film of this week was one that was completely off my […]

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Abduction Steals Coverage

Wednesday, February 15 2012
Abduction Steals Coverage

It’s a case of disappearing column inches this week, as we noticed a few of our favourite pieces of home entertainment coverage falling by the wayside as we trawled through newspapers and magazines for our weekly round-up of DVD and Blu-ray coverage. It’s a shame as some of the columns that have – hopefully temporarily […]

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All You Need Is Love…

Tuesday, February 14 2012
All You Need Is Love…

Amid the assorted press releases, announcements, newsletter, newspaper and magazine mailouts and oodles of spam The Raygun receives in its Inbox, every now and then comes something that generally brings a cheer to our day.  And this oh-so-timely arrival of a  link from LOVEFiLM and its agency Mischief, entitled Happy Valentine’s Day From Everyone Atg […]

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Justice Is Served: Top 10 Nic Cage Films

Wednesday, February 8 2012
Justice Is Served: Top 10 Nic Cage Films

His hairstyles vary wildly from film to film, he’s long been mocked for his move into action hero status and he’s haunted by remarks made by former pal Sean Penn years ago (“He’s no longer an actor,” his old spar commented), and yet Nicolas Cage keeps going from strength to strength. His name equates with […]

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The Week In Screenings Part XLV

Wednesday, February 8 2012
The Week In Screenings Part XLV

Our regular screening correspondent Alex Kidd has been all over London this week, from the capital’s biggest multiplex and its number one film, through to a 70mm screening of a classic slice of sci-fi and he’s also hosted his own film night. Here’s his latest week in screenings… This was the big week for me, […]

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Dinosaur Walks The Earth…

Tuesday, February 7 2012
Dinosaur Walks The Earth…

Paddy Considine’s directorial debut  Tyrannosaur has, many critics believe, been unjustly snubbed  during the awards season (although it has still been picking up gongs left, right and centre); this weekend gave them the chance to get their own back by heaping praise on the film on its DVD and Blu-ray bow, as our weekly round-up […]

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