British TV Makes A Killing

Friday, June 28 2013
British TV Makes A Killing

The Fall at number one in the charts, following hot on the heels of the success of Broadchurch. The Village wins plaudits and impressive viewing figures, becoming a homegrown sensation. Run, starring BAFTA winner Olivia Colman among others, charts the miserable lives of a group of Londoners living below the poverty line. All are gritty, […]

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40 Towers

Wednesday, June 26 2013
40 Towers

After plenty of quality fare in recent weeks, DVD and Blu-ray reviewers were not left with much of a choice of films to rave about this week, as our regular round up of home entertainment coverage in national newspapers shows. For few of the titles reviewed scored brilliantly, titles such as This Is 40 and, […]

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The Week In Video Part XXXI

Monday, June 24 2013
The Week In Video Part XXXI

Another seven days and another packed viewing schedule for us at The Raygun. Here’s our round up of what we’ve been watching, whether it’s any good and, crucially, how well it might do… A double bill from High Fliers this month, we needed to watch them before our next bunch of titles turned up from […]

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Possess This

Friday, June 21 2013
Possess This

Possession is, to put it mildly, one of the most bonkers films you’re ever likely to see. Long notorious in video circles, thanks partly to the somewhat mystifying reputation it gained during the video nasty era, the film has come back to the fore in recent years. First there was Second Sight’s DVD bow for […]

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Field Of Dreams

Friday, June 21 2013
Field Of Dreams

The concept of a day and date release is still one that’s not always easy for the average person on the Clapham omnibus to understand. Admittedly it’s not helped by the fact that the terminology itself doesn’t even make much sense (a recent online debate said as much). It’s even tougher when the day and […]

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Boy’s (To) Own

Friday, June 21 2013
Boy’s (To) Own

The BFI is continuing with its impressive trip down memory lane for people of a certain age, plundering the vast archives of the Children’s Film Foundation. Just released is the The Children’s Film Foundation Collection: Weird Adventures, which features a trio of titles. Chief among these is The Boy Who Turned Yellow, which marks the […]

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Nordic But Nice

Friday, June 21 2013
Nordic But Nice

A normally deserted London warehouse on the fringes of the city, on a Saturday afternoon. As the rain increases, the outside of the building looks deserted. Inside it’s a hive of activity. In one ground floor warehouse, hundreds of people are watching a screening of The Hunters. On the first floor, hundreds more are watching […]

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The Week In Video Part XXX

Wednesday, June 19 2013
The Week In Video Part XXX

Our regular round up of our recent viewing, with this week a close look at a few labels and their output… We’ve written extensively about the Arrow Video imprint, which is, alongside the BFI and particularly its Flipside arm, one of our favourite labels. And the past week saw us catching up with a batch […]

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No Means Yes…

Tuesday, June 18 2013
No Means Yes…

After the trio of biggies released ahead of Father’s Day last week, it was back to business as normal for DVD and Blu-ray releases and coverage of them, as our weekly round-up of column inches devoted to home entertainment releases shows. Biggish, if not exactly blockbuster-sized releases were plentiful, with honours being shared. Arguably one […]

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eOne’s Direction

Saturday, June 15 2013
eOne’s Direction

It’s surprisingly relaxed at the new, expanded eOne’s offices in central London. Momentum staff have moved in, the merger between the two companies is pretty much done and the first batch of titles put out under an eOne banner have worked at retail – in some cases supremely well. But like a duck, gently gliding […]

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The Horror Show Top 10

Friday, June 14 2013
The Horror Show Top 10

The streaming market is becoming an increasingly crowded marketplace, but one new entrant, which has just officially gone live after testing its services, is The Horror Show. Its title illustrates exactly what its USP is, and the streaming service is aimed fairly and squarely at horror fans. The Horror Show targets the kind of people […]

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Top 10 Father’s Day

Friday, June 14 2013
Top 10 Father’s Day

The BVA is becoming increasingly savvy when it comes to supporting the industry. Yes, there’s its ongoing lobbying work – director general Lavinia Carey is one of the best-known figures around Whitehall and Westminster, meeting politicians and civil servants, pushing copyright and other industry related issues – but there’s other flag-waving PR initiatives too. Just […]

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The Week In Video Part XXIX

Tuesday, June 11 2013
The Week In Video Part XXIX

Our latest thoughts on current and forthcoming releases… It’s not often that anything we write about in this column, which is more confined to our home viewing than anything else, is subject to the scourge of many film journalists, the embargo. By the time a title is being readied for DVD release, it’s already been […]

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Not Left In The Dark

Tuesday, June 11 2013
Not Left In The Dark

A trio of big guns went head to head in the week leading up to Father’s Day and honours were shared among Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln and A Good Day To Die Hard, as our weekly round up of press coverage shows. All three hogged the limelight, with the first two performing equally well in […]

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Goodbye To All That…

Wednesday, June 5 2013
Goodbye To All That…

To say that Gennaro Castaldo leaving HMV marks the end of an era at the retailer – or the whole industry for that matter – is something of an understatement. For almost 28 years, more than a quarter of a century, Castaldo was a constant within our industry and at the retailer. He’d been there […]

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