A Bit On The Side

Tuesday, July 30 2013
A Bit On The Side

It’s supposedly his farewell to directing, and DVD reviewers in the national newspapers all said au revoir to Steven Soderbergh by giving the thumbs-up to Side Effects, as our regular round up of coverage for home entertainment releases shows. If anything, the thriller bested its theatrical notices with across the board positive comments from criti8cs. […]

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Making Con-tact

Monday, July 29 2013
Making Con-tact

In recent years, the San Diego Comic Con has become the place to be for genre enthusiasts, devotees, nerds and ubergeeks everywhere. Not only has it grown in size and stature, but it has also grown in influence, as distributors, producers and studios have increasingly used it to launch product. Members of the UK industry […]

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Z List Talent

Thursday, July 25 2013
Z List Talent

It’s the theme tune that greets players at home matches at football stadiums as far afield as Watford and Everton, it was a groundbreaking British cop drama that has oft been recognised as one of the finest programmes this country has ever produced, it ran for 16 years, spanning two tumultuous decades where the face […]

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The BBFC Annual Report In Numbers

Wednesday, July 24 2013
The BBFC Annual Report In Numbers

The annual report from the BBFC always makes for fascinating reading, it’s one of the publications that we genuinely look forward to receiving. The 2012 report, just published, is no exception. There’s the headline facts – films ups, DVD submissions stabilising although still down from their record high a few years ago, and, as much of […]

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Cream Of The Crop

Wednesday, July 24 2013
Cream Of The Crop

A documentary about a rock star drummer who had his heyday in the 60s and is notoriously cantankerous is hardly a recipe for success, but Ginger Baker is nothing if not surprising. And Beware Of Mr Baker, despite looking at an utterly charmless man, somehow managed to charm DVD critics, becoming the weekend’s most reviewed […]

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Good Guys Finish First

Tuesday, July 23 2013
Good Guys Finish First

Remember the days of the rush release? When companies broke records – and their backs – to get product in to stores within days of it being recorded? VVL turned round one of its Baddiel And Newman releases within a couple of days of it being filmed, while sporting events were out within days of […]

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Run To The Hills

Monday, July 22 2013
Run To The Hills

The appearance of Run on TV screens is the latest in what some have been calling something of a renaissance in British television in 2013, arriving on the back of the broadcast – and successful home entertainment releases – of the likes of The Fall and Broadchurch. Similarly, the epic programme, spread over a week […]

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First In Line For The Throne

Monday, July 22 2013
First In Line For The Throne

It was, in terms of its size and profile, arguably blinkbox’s biggest release yet – the debut of the much-talked about Game Of Thrones Season 3 on the video on demand service. This latest season, complete with the huge shocking episode that became the talk of the Internet when it aired on both sides of […]

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Top 10 Masters Of Cinema

Thursday, July 18 2013
Top 10 Masters Of Cinema

Eureka’s groundbreaking Masters Of Cinema label, often described as the UK’s answer to the Criterion imprint, has just unveiled its line up for the next couple of months, as is now the case, through an announcement on Twitter and elsewhere online. It’s an apt route for the MoC label, it has built its impeccable credentials […]

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The Week In Video XXXIII

Wednesday, July 17 2013
The Week In Video XXXIII

Another week, another batch of films, taking in everything from family fare to shocking horror, through to some high camp… Film4 FrightFest is on the horizon, we’ve been talking about it here, on our website, and on The Raygun newsletter, ahead of the festival kicking off over the final weekend of August. We’ve started getting […]

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Koch Me If You Can

Tuesday, July 16 2013
Koch Me If You Can

Much has been made of Koch Media’s attempts to become a major film player, not least by us at The Raygun, but its efforts appear to be beginning to pay off, at least they are if our weekly look at press coverage for home entertainment releases is anything to go by. For Arbitrage, Koch’s biggest […]

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A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints

Thursday, July 11 2013
A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints

The BFI and its DVD arm have long looked after anyone with an interest in London and its history, particularly the modern, 20th century history of our capital. Its catalogue bulges with everything from transport (London On The Move) to its growth during the 1920s (Wonderful London), from tales for children (the recent CFF release […]

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Field Reaps The Rewards

Wednesday, July 10 2013
Field Reaps The Rewards

If our weekly round-up of national newspaper coverage of DVD and Blu-ray releases seems longer than normal, then it’s partly down to the fact that this was no ordinary week. For Friday marked the simultaneous theatrical, home entertainment, TV and kitchen sink release of A Field In England from 4DVD and other partners, a momentous […]

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2013 So Far

Monday, July 8 2013
2013 So Far

Skyfall, Skyfall and more Skyfall – the latest adventure featuring quintessential British spy James Bond stood, colossus like, over the rest of the industry in the first half of 2013, according to the chart rundown for the opening six months of the year, issued by the Official Charts Company. The Bond behemoth was the bestselling […]

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Fested Interests

Thursday, July 4 2013
Fested Interests

It’s some five days since Film 4 FrightFest announced its line-up for its main 2013 event when we chat to one of its founding fathers, Paul McEvoy and four days since tickets went on sale and went like the proverbial hot cakes when he chats to The Raygun. McEvoy could probably afford to relax after […]

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