Home From Home

Monday, September 30 2013
Home From Home

Anyone who worked there will tell you that HMV’s 3263 Oxford Street store, in the heart of London’s West End, within a stone’s throw of Bond Street and its swish stores, just over the road from Selfridge’s, is a special place. It plays a key part in the retailer’s history – it was, after all, […]

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Icon’s New Deal

Wednesday, September 25 2013
Icon’s New Deal

It’s been almost two years since Icon Film Distribution stepped away from the business as a fully-fledged operation but as soon as its last full release, Drive, had hit the shelves at the start of 2012, many were already mourning its departure. The swift and sudden announcement this week that it was returning to the […]

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10 Things We Learnt At The ERA AGM

Monday, September 23 2013
10 Things We Learnt At The ERA AGM

The AGM of the Entertainment Retailers’ Association, held at the BPI’s offices overlooking the Thames and, beyond that, the Houses of Parliament, offered a fascinating snapshot of not just the video industry but its entertainment counterparts in games, music and beyond. It took in the current state of the nation, as well as offering glimpses […]

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Dead Man Walking

Sunday, September 22 2013
Dead Man Walking

After recent weeks where, in each instance a single title stood out – think, for example, Iron Man 3 – there were a breadth of different titles released on Monday September 23. This meant no single release stood out as the weekend’s most reviewed, as our regular round up of press coverage for home entertainment […]

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Life In The Fast Lane

Monday, September 16 2013
Life In The Fast Lane

It’s the franchise that effectively came back from the dead and Fast & Furious, now up to its sixth instalment, continues to fascinate reviewers and critics, as our weekly round up of press coverage for DVD releases proves. For the Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson starrer was the best reviewed title of the […]

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Highest-grossing Films Due In Q4

Monday, September 16 2013
Highest-grossing Films Due In Q4

As the kids return to school, the nights begin to draw in and what we had of the summer begins to fade from memory, the summer theatrically blockbuster season is now officially over. And as box office analysts such as Charles Gant, Heat’s film critic who doubles up as The Guardian’s expert on UK theatrical […]

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The Week In Video Part XXXVII

Thursday, September 12 2013
The Week In Video Part XXXVII

Our regular weekly round up of what we’ve been watching over the past seven days, now firmly back in the seat after the summer holidays… Ray Liotta has enjoyed something of a recent resurgence in his career, turning in solid performances as a character actor in assorted quality theatrical and DTV releases, usually as a […]

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The Walking Dead March On

Monday, September 9 2013
The Walking Dead March On

Former UK video trade press editor Toby Weidmann, now at the helm of The Walking Dead: The Official Magazine, published quarterly in the US and UK by Titan Magazines, on why the series is going from strength to strength… This autumn marks the return of AMC’s The Walking Dead to TV and with the series […]

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Stark Realities

Monday, September 9 2013
Stark Realities

All change in the DVD and Blu-ray coverage of at least two national newspapers this weekend, with new-look video reviews replacing old arts columns. Anyone who feared our weekly round-up of coverage for home entertainment titles may have become far shorter because of the wholesale revamp of the Independent On Sunday’s arts coverage and The […]

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Best Of The Fest

Friday, September 6 2013
Best Of The Fest

It’s the highlight of the discerning horror film fan’s year, the most eagerly awaited event on any genre aficionado’s calendar. And, as we’ve noted here before, Film4 FrightFest, which took place over the August bank holiday weekend at its most recent spiritual home, the Empire, Leicester Square, is an event for the home entertainment and […]

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Get Rich Quick

Friday, September 6 2013
Get Rich Quick

Outrageous claims and the film and video industry go hand in hand. Any journalist, or retailer, for that matter, even if they’ve only been in the business will have heard a few specious statements, about how a distributor is going to change the face of the business. But the announcement of the partnership between UK […]

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Tapping Into History

Thursday, September 5 2013
Tapping Into History

Ever wondered what happens at a trade press or industry screening? Ever thought about what hacks get up to at events? Ever walked past Soho screening rooms and wondered what happens behind closed doors in these secretive venues? Well, wonder no more. For here is an exclusive glimpse behind the curtain, as we offer a […]

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The Week In Video Part XXXVI

Thursday, September 5 2013
The Week In Video Part XXXVI

Any regular readers of this column will know that we watch a rather (un)healthy amount of 18-rated titles, and, once we’ve run out of those, move onto 15 releases. Yes, there are 12s, PGs, Us and exempts, but given that we spend a lot of our time watching DTV titles, then we’re going to watch […]

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Love Saves The Day

Monday, September 2 2013
Love Saves The Day

It’s one week after another for Arrow now, for after its A Hijacking dominated reviews pages last weekend, another of its titles got more column inches than any other this week, as our weekly round-up of press coverage for home entertainment titles shows. Love Is All You Need, the Pierce Brosnan romcom, followed hot on […]

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