Chain Reaction

Tuesday, May 28 2013
Chain Reaction

A seemingly abandoned warehouse. Long, dark corridors and stairways. Blood on the floor. Severed body parts. A victim screaming. A chainsaw exploding in to life. A masked maniac, clad in a butcher’s apron… It’s all the ingredients for a horror film, right? Well, yes. It sounds like something from Texas Chainsaw Massacre. And for those […]

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The Week In Video part XXVIII

Tuesday, May 28 2013
The Week In Video part XXVIII

Another week, another raft of DTV titles, TV programmes and a lot more besides, as we round up all our home viewing… One of the big successes of the past year or so in DTV terms has been The Rise And Fall Of A White Collar Hooligan, and, something of a rarity, or at the […]

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Cool As Ice

Saturday, May 25 2013
Cool As Ice

Dogwoof is putting the finishing touches to its first ever Blu-ray release, Chasing Ice, which is coming out on both standard definition as well as the high def format, on June 10, marking the label’s first bow into this arena. Given the film’s amazing imagery, it’s a worthy addition to the Blu-ray arena. The company’s […]

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Make Way For The Originals

Saturday, May 25 2013
Make Way For The Originals

Newly-created artwork… Gorgeous packaging. Specially-produced value added material, much of it made just for the UK. Hefty, information-packed booklets with essays commissioned… The aforementioned elements, either in full or a selection of them, all add up to an extensive package for a release, one that deserves a premium price. It’s long been a mainstay of […]

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Reaching A Broad Audience

Wednesday, May 22 2013
Reaching A Broad Audience

It takes a special TV programme to dominate the weekend’s press coverage. And generally, the kind of programme that will get reviewed everywhere, is either a moody Scandinavian detective series, or an epic HBO tale. Broadchurch is neither of those, and yet it still managed to get reviewed everywhere, as our weekly round up of […]

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Every Trailer Tells A Story…

Monday, May 20 2013
Every Trailer Tells A Story…

DVD trailers… the poor, long-forgotten black sheep of the promotional reel family. Shoved to the side by their more illustrious brothers from the theatrical wings… When was the last time you saw a fuss made about a DVD trailer in the same way people do a theatrical one? In fact, when was the last time […]

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No Means No

Monday, May 20 2013
No Means No

It’s been a hive of activity at Network’s offices recently, with its ongoing releases, both of classic TV and newer films recently being bolstered by the The British Film collection. June 17 sees a big release of No, one of the most successful Latin American films ever released in the UK. It will arrive with […]

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Mob Rules

Monday, May 20 2013
Mob Rules

A group of commuters at one of the country’s biggest train stations spontaneously burst into song… Buskers clad in French revolutionary-era peasant garb start belting out songs from a musical… Meanwhile, in stores around the country, HMV staff and their customers also join in the singalong fun… All these happeningswere linked to the event-sized launch […]

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Les Is More

Friday, May 17 2013
Les Is More

After its barnstorming theatrical performance, the arrival of Les Miserables on DVD was bound to be an all-singing all-dancing affair and, as our weekly round up of home entertainment coverage in the press indicates, it was warmly greeted by newspapers everywhere. The musical adaptation was not only everywhere, but it also earned good notices almost […]

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Staying On Top Of The Game

Monday, May 13 2013
Staying On Top Of The Game

blinkbox, already nominated at the BVA awards this year for what the judges called its “clever way” of tying its advertising in to current events, staying topical and keeping people talking about the brand, has done it again with its new campaign. The vod platform, the one where viewers don’t need a subscription, has also […]

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More Moments

Sunday, May 12 2013
More Moments

Not content with one ad in recent weeks, the Industry Trust for IP Awareness has seen two big screen spots appearing in cinemas around the country. Both continue its hugely effective Moments Worth Paying For campaign, each highlights the value of “official”, legitimate films, the threats posed by piracy and further directs consumers to FindAnyFilm.com, […]

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Eureka’s Check-mate

Sunday, May 12 2013
Eureka’s Check-mate

Eureka is keeping itself busy. Not content with signing up milestone movies from cinema history for its Masters Of Cinema imprint, as well as inking deals with the likes of Universal to give a touch of its MoC magic to major studio fare, as well as releasing other titles, its own and its distributed labels, […]

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England Expects

Friday, May 10 2013
England Expects

The phrase game-changer is bandied an awful lot around our business, particularly when it comes to feature film releases. It’s got to a stage where we at The Raygun will no longer use it to describe any release that way, just to avoid the continued over-egging of the pudding. A game-changer, we noted a while […]

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The Week In Video Part XXVII

Friday, May 10 2013
The Week In Video Part XXVII

Another week and another hefty seven days’ worth of viewing for us at The Raygun. Here’s our round up of our recent viewing… Most of our time viewing at home (while putting our newsletter and musings for this site, naturally) is spent watching horror flicks at the lower budget end of the scale, although every […]

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Mission: The Impossible

Wednesday, May 8 2013
Mission: The Impossible

Two wildly contrasting titles were the best reviewed in the weekend’s national newspapers, as our weekly round up of press coverage for home entertainment releases shows. One was an effects-laden disaster tale set in foreign climes, the other a black and white kitchen sink drama celebrating its 50th anniversary. And yet as different as The […]

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