Empire Rules The Streets

Thursday, March 28 2013
Empire Rules The Streets

We don’t have a picture of the week, but if we did, it would be this wonderful shot. It’s Darth Vader Lego minifigures queuing up outside HMV’s flagship store in London’s Oxford Street. The minifigures were gearing up for the release of Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out, the hilarious take on the Star […]

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The ERA Yearbook In Numbers

Tuesday, March 26 2013
The ERA Yearbook In Numbers

And, with a hefty plop, the ERA yearbook for 2013 lands on our desk. It’s the annual publication from the Entertainment Retailers’ Association, pulling together data from across the retail spectrum and taking in all areas of entertainment, from video to music and games. In keeping with many of the entertainment yearbooks, handbooks and annuals […]

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A Sight For Sore Eyes

Monday, March 25 2013
A Sight For Sore Eyes

Part comedy, part serial killer tale, Sightseers had already wowed critics at both its Cannes screening and its UK theatrical release last week, and, as our round up of coverage for home entertainment releases shows, it did it all over again over the weekend ahead of its DVD and Blu-ray bow. Ben Wheatley’s acclaimed film, […]

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The Week In Video Part XXIII

Thursday, March 21 2013
The Week In Video Part XXIII

Our regular look at our past seven days’ worth of viewing on DVD and Blu-ray, keeping a close eye on a title’s commercial potential… We’ll start our regular look at current and forthcoming releases by finishing off one of a batch of titles we hadn’t got around to having a look at last week. We […]

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The Top 10 Most Influential UK Film Blogs

Thursday, March 21 2013
The Top 10 Most Influential UK Film Blogs

The increasingly crowded marketplace for film blogs has always fascinated us. Who, for example, decides who are the biggest, or, for that matter, the best? Ask a journalist or any professional media type and their answers will differ from many other people’s; whereas the professional might wince at any misspelling, bad use of grammar or, […]

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Love Amour

Monday, March 18 2013
Love Amour

With some unashamedly mainstream releases in recent weeks, from the award-winning Argo through to The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 (both picking up more coverage again this week) it was good to see some more esoteric titles returning to the reviews pages of national newspapers and magazines, as our regular round up of home […]

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The Week In Video Part XXII

Thursday, March 14 2013
The Week In Video Part XXII

Right, another week, another batch of titles and, in keeping with the recent way we’ve worked our columns here, we’ve been taking a look at the collective output from a few labels. This week it’s the turn of High Fliers to come under the spotlight. It’s one of the longest standing independents in the business […]

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Keeping The Wolves From The Door

Thursday, March 14 2013
Keeping The Wolves From The Door

Another week, another event release and many in the video industry should have their hearts warmed by seeing at least one of these pictures – eager punters snapping up a new release on a Monday in an HMV outlet. March 11 saw the release of the final part of The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn Part […]

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Game For A Laugh

Tuesday, March 12 2013
Game For A Laugh

A band of medieaval warriors, complete with sword, animal skins and all manner of tasty snacks took to the streets of London, both the West End and the City to help promote the release of the second series of HBO’s sweeping action series Game Of Thrones. And as the images here vividly illustrate, the Westeros […]

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Breaking News

Monday, March 11 2013
Breaking News

Another week, another big event release, and the pages of the weekend’s newspapers were dominated by the final instalment of The Twilight Saga, as our regular round-up of press coverage for home entertainment releases highlights. Breaking Dawn Part 2 saw vampires and werewolves taking over column inches of newspapers between Friday and Sunday with reviews […]

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The Week In Video Part XXI

Thursday, March 7 2013
The Week In Video Part XXI

We’ve been working our way through a number of company’s Q2 line-ups in recent weeks for the benefit of this column, paying particular attention to the DTV areas. Two weeks ago it was some of Momentum’s titles, last week relatively recent entrant Signature, while our most recent viewing has taken in some of the forthcoming […]

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Dawn Breaks, Franchise Closes

Wednesday, March 6 2013
Dawn Breaks, Franchise Closes

The Twilight Saga bandwagon is now up and rolling in earnest as eOne prepares for the release of Breaking Dawn Part 2, the final part in the five-film series. And as the by now well-oiled machine swings into action, with TV spots appearing and, as we’ve noticed this week, outdoor ads aplenty, including bus sides […]

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Throne’s Sitting Pretty

Monday, March 4 2013
Throne’s Sitting Pretty

It was a tale of two titles this week when it came to press coverage for home entertainment releases, as our regular roundup of reviews for DVDs and Blu-rays shows. On the one hand there was the second series of HBO’s epic saga Game Of Thrones to contend with, as the press’ obsession with TV […]

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The Week In Video Part XX

Friday, March 1 2013
The Week In Video Part XX

Our latest look at our previous seven days’ worth of viewing… Whither the DTV market? It’s a question facing everyone in our business as it adjusts to a new world, one post-administration for Blockbuster and HMV, one where downloads and streaming are becoming increasingly important. Speculation is rife, some companies have been telling us that […]

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