“Get Your Trousers On Pirates… You’re Nicked!”

Monday, July 30 2012
“Get Your Trousers On Pirates… You’re Nicked!”

The latest in the award-winning Moments Worth Paying For campaign, the Industry Trust-led initiative aimed at highlighting the importance of our creative industries to the film-making process – and the kind of feelings they can inspire – has gone live at UK cinemas.  Announced a few weeks ago (and featured on our newsletter), the latest […]

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The Week In Video Part II

Thursday, July 26 2012
The Week In Video Part II

The Week In Video, for those short of memory or who haven’t checked in for a while here (or are even newcomers, to The Raygun’s website), is our newly-launched regular column which complements our existing Week In Screenings column. In the latter, penned by Alex Kidd, former HMV staffer, film club organiser (the Duke Mitchell […]

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The BBFC Annual Report In Numbers

Wednesday, July 25 2012
The BBFC Annual Report In Numbers

The arrival of the annual BBFC report is always something of an occasion. It provides plenty of  tabloid (and broadsheet) titillation, this year the headlines were caused by Black Swan, the most complained about film of 2011. But there’s plenty more to it than mentions of lesbian sex, an excuse for cheap gags and some […]

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The Con Is On Part 2

Tuesday, July 24 2012
The Con Is On Part 2

While many fans flocked to the annual San Diego Comic Con, arguably the biggest global event of its kind, and homegrown stars were certainly out in force, as well as assorted film and sci-fi publications, there are few distributors who make the trek to America’s West Coast. Leading UK anime specialist Manga has spotted the […]

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Bill Of Rights

Tuesday, July 24 2012
Bill Of Rights

It earned plenty of strong reviews on its theatrical release and then promptly disappeared fairly sharpish from cinema screens, but critics’ love of Wild Bill remained undiminished, as our weekly round up of press coverage for home entertainment shows. For its arrival on DVD and Blu-ray led to another outpouring of love for Dexter Fletcher’s […]

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The Week In Video

Thursday, July 19 2012
The Week In Video

A steady flow of check discs, screeners and finished copies of assorted Blu-rays and DVDs arrives on our doormat at The Raygun every week. There are regular updates on new films available through services such as Ready To Air, as wells our regular subscriptions to LOVEFiLM and, latterly, Netflix. We (inadvertently admittedly) get all Sky’s […]

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The Week In Screenings Part LVIII

Tuesday, July 17 2012
The Week In Screenings Part LVIII

From the ridiculous to the sublime this week for our regular screening correspondent Alex Kidd – as he saw The Raygun’s Tim Murray’s somewhat feeble Trek-based knowledge cruelly exposed before going on to see a brace of cracking films; one just opened at cinemas and one on the way. Here’s his latest postcard from in […]

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A Unique Experience

Monday, July 16 2012
A Unique Experience

His comments and thoughts range from the inspirational to the completely barking, moving from the forthcoming Olympics to telepathy, by way of primitive synthesisers and the contemporary art world. He’s well into his 80s, and dressed in a manner that can only be described as “outlandish”; it’s impossible not to like Bruce Lacey, artist, sometime […]

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Ready To Face The Future In Numbers

Monday, July 16 2012
Ready To Face The Future In Numbers

A year ago, industry boot the BVA published More Than Just A Support Act, a fascinating look at what the UK video industry ploughs back into our industry. Aimed at dispelling some of the myths at help copyright theft thrive (chiefly the one that suggests that all monies raised from sales head straight back to […]

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Streets Of Your Town

Friday, July 13 2012
Streets Of Your Town

Here’s some smart marketing from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to mark the release on July 9 of 21 Jump Street, its comedy update on an old TV series starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.  It comes just as you thought you were tiring of Hill’s schtick and is one of his best for some time, […]

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The Con Is On Part 1

Friday, July 13 2012
The Con Is On Part 1

Manga’s Jerome Mazandarani is something of a San Diego Comic Con veteran now – well, he’s been more than us at The Raygun. He’s out there again for the 43rd event, and we’ve asked him to pen some thoughts on the event for us. Here’s the first in what will hopefully be at least reports […]

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Making A Fist Of It

Friday, July 13 2012
Making A Fist Of It

The full value of the limited theatrical platform and shortened cinema to home entertainment windows and how it can work in tandem with a strong publicity campaign, has been highlighted this week with the launch of Salute from Arrow. The film is due at cinemas today (July 13) and it looks as if Arrow’s faith and […]

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Next Genned Up

Friday, July 13 2012
Next Genned Up

Here’s the victorious team at the quiz organised by Paramount and its agency Eulogy! to mark the Blu-ray bow for the complete first series of Star Trek: The Next Generation on Blu-ray… The team, made up of Trek experts (Trexperts?) including former video trade press editor Toby Weidmann, also an ex-editor at Star Trek magazine, […]

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Shouting From The Ramparts

Wednesday, July 11 2012
Shouting From The Ramparts

It was another of those weeks when a clutch of big titles each had a share of the spoils in terms of press coverage, as our weekly round up of DVD and Blu-ray reviews in national newspapers and magazines shows. The biggest of the week included Rampart, which was lifted above its box office haul […]

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The Week In Screenings Part LVII

Monday, July 9 2012
The Week In Screenings Part LVII

A busy week again this time around, but a lot of the films I watched were embargoed, meaning I can let you know how they were until much later in the year. The only film I can actually talk about this week is The Amazing Spider-Man which I caught over the weekend. As always I […]

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