The Week In Video Part XI

Friday, September 28 2012
The Week In Video Part XI

Our latest dispatch from our week at home, putting together The Raygun and working our way through our vast to watch pile… This column mostly concerns itself with what we’ve been watching at home over the past seven days and rarely with screenings, but we’ll make an exception this week for a major release from […]

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Golden Memories

Thursday, September 27 2012
Golden Memories

You’d think that working flat out to edit hours and hours’ worth of footage into one manageable home entertainment package would be a thankless task. And if you throw in the fact that the footage we’re referring to is culled from an event that entranced and enthused a whole nation, and that task becomes all […]

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A Taste Of Madison Avenue

Thursday, September 27 2012
A Taste Of Madison Avenue

In an age where TV programmes are ruthlessly and brutally cancelled even when they have a dedicated fanbase, where quality programming sometimes struggles to find an audience despite boasting critical acclaim and where some truly outstanding series can’t even get regular transmission on UK TV screens, Mad Men is a true rarity. For it not […]

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A Share Of The Spoils

Tuesday, September 25 2012
A Share Of The Spoils

With a clutch of equally strong but wildly diverse titles out on Monday September 24, the honours were split bwtween a quartet of titles when it came to garnering the most coverage, as our weekly round-up of press activity for DVD and Blu-rays shows. All the four titles that got the most reviews had in […]

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The Week In Video Part X

Friday, September 21 2012
The Week In Video Part X

More of our regular musings on what we’ve been watching on DVD, Blu-ray and other formats at home over the past seven days… It was with some excitement that we received the exclusive Steelbook edition of The Raid, a film that’s been dubbed the year’s best action film. And as our repeat viewing, albeit the […]

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Father, Dear Father

Thursday, September 20 2012
Father, Dear Father

He’s one of the most enduring comedy creations of the past few decades, consistently topping polls on TV from both comics, critics and, crucially, audiences too. His catchphrases – or at least one single word, “feck”, have crossed over into the popular lexicon. Each year, the complete adventures of this character and his colleagues sell […]

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Tails, You Win

Wednesday, September 19 2012
Tails, You Win

Momentum is, as oft-stated before, one of the masters of making titles work on their home entertainment release; the company’s successes in this sector in recent years speak for themselves. One area where it’s really succeeded is in its packaging, smartly deciding which releases deserve some form of foil-blocking, O-rings or other flourishes. And within […]

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Red Lights Spells Danger

Wednesday, September 19 2012
Red Lights Spells Danger

Remember when Halloween meant John Carpenter, The Exorcist (the film was given a theatrical release on that day in 1998, ahead of its first post-Video Recordings Act home entertainment release), all-nighters at London’s Scala and other venues? Recent years has seen a boom in the Halloween business, but much of it has been at the […]

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The RECing Crew

Wednesday, September 19 2012
The RECing Crew

It started with a tweet on a Friday afternoon, sent in the direction of @theraygun. It told us, with some severity: “[REC] Genesis review discs are INFECTED!” Within 24 hours it was boasting scores of tweets, new followers and a  whole piece of Twitter theatre – an industry first – as scores of horror writers and […]

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Cast-Iron Coverage

Tuesday, September 18 2012
Cast-Iron Coverage

“Let’s drop the clumsy UK title,” said one of our favourite DVD reviewers, The Guardian Guide’s Phelim O’Neill, this week while referring to what is now known in the UK as Marvel Avengers Assemble, but over in the States is merely  The Avengers. He was one of the few reviewers who did mention the thorny […]

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The Week In Video Part XIV

Thursday, September 13 2012
The Week In Video Part XIV

Our latest missive from what we’ve been watching at home… The horror continued unabated last week, at times it felt purely like we were watching shocker after shocker, taking in every strand of the genre. It has come from close to home to further afield, has taken in remakes and classic themes, as well as updating […]

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Pirates Flies The Flag

Wednesday, September 12 2012
Pirates Flies The Flag

Some weeks while compiling our weekly round-up of home entertainment coverage in national newspapers and beyond, one title will dominate the proceedings, other times there will be no clear winner, with reviews spread across a wealth of different titles. And some weeks, there are two clear winners that it’s near-impossible to separate, as a brace […]

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Reaping The Rewards

Wednesday, September 12 2012
Reaping The Rewards

The launch of The Hunger Games on DVD, Blu-ray and other formats was one of the first big event releases as we move into the busiest period of the year, signifying near week after week of blockbuster titles arriving.   It’s Lionsgate’s biggest release ever in the UK and the fast-growing company showed that it […]

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The Week In Video Part VIII

Wednesday, September 12 2012
The Week In Video Part VIII

The latest in our regular updates on what we’ve been watching at home over the past seven days, with a view as much on whether titles will sell as whether they’re any good or not… The biggest event for home viewing buffs such as ourselves over the past week or so was Home Cinema Day. […]

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Salmon Feeds The Hunger

Monday, September 3 2012
Salmon Feeds The Hunger

It was a weekend where The Hunger Games dominated the proceedings, from in-store and online activity through to – as our weekly round-up of press coverage for home entertainment releases shows ­– reviews too. For the blockbuster release beat out the opposition in terms of column inches in newspapers and magazines. And in a strong […]

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