Lining Up Exclusives

Thursday, October 31 2013
Lining Up Exclusives

Range. Value. Convenience. It¹s been the LOVEFiLM motto for more than a decade, back to the days when it started as a purely rental by post operator. But now, in its new incarnation as a hybrid company offering its old rental by post and streaming options, those three elements remain key, as its marketing chief […]

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Resurrection Men

Monday, October 28 2013
Resurrection Men

Director Shane Meadows and producer Mark Herbert are suitably relaxed as they stroll into the Century Club in London’s Shaftesbury Avenue on a Monday, despite the early morning start and the miserable weather outside. The reason for their particularly laid back demeanour? The duo, pals who have worked together for most of the former’s projects […]

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A Dog Is For Christmas…

Thursday, October 24 2013
A Dog Is For Christmas…

“A dog,” the saying goes, “is for life, not just Christmas.” The adage began life as an advertising slogan, warning people against buying puppies for their kids in December, only to realise what a handful the creatures are in January. But that saying, which has become instantly recognisable and is oft trotted out at this […]

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Machine Gun Etiquette

Wednesday, October 23 2013
Machine Gun Etiquette

Mondays and Tuesdays, it appears, are big days in the offices of film and other consumer magazines based in and around London’s West End. For it’s the time when the receptions of publications such as Empire and Total Film and others are packed full of PR people and product managers carrying cup cakes, goodies and […]

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Life In The Goldfish Bowl

Sunday, October 20 2013
Life In The Goldfish Bowl

Blinkbox has continued its assault on the home entertainment market with the launch of another burst of above the line marketing, this time focussing on a major burst of TV activity. In keeping with its modus operandi and overall message thus far, the Tesco-owned service’s new thrust continues to flag up the fact that films […]

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Stoned Love

Sunday, October 20 2013
Stoned Love

It was only at the premiere for The Stone Roses – Made Of Stone, you realize just how seminal, how influential this band really were. Every conversation we had with Mancunians and other assorted scallies, mainly in the smoking area outside the venue, revolved around the effect the Manchester quartet had had on their lives: […]

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Candelabra Sparkles

Saturday, October 19 2013
Candelabra Sparkles

It was a tale of two titles this week in the DVD and Blu-ray review columns of the national newspapers, as our weekly round up of home entertainment coverage illustrates. On the one hand there were the glowing reviews for Behind The Candelabra, the Liberace biopic that was intended, if anything for smaller screens rather […]

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Punk’s Not Dead…

Wednesday, October 16 2013
Punk’s Not Dead…

Just when you think you’ve seen every punk programme going, every last single bit of footage of Johnny and the rest of the Sex Pistols, of snotty, spotty teenagers larking about with cans of Skol down the King’s Road, something comes along that shows there’s still footage out there, or unique angles to take when […]

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God Forgives, Refn Judges

Wednesday, October 16 2013
God Forgives, Refn Judges

Here it is, the Steelbook version of Only God Forgives, the epic tale from Nicolas Winding Refn. In a unique move, as reported on The Raygun newsletter, Icon and Lionsgate, as well as director Refn himself, partnered with Empire magazine’s online arm for a competition to design the Steelbook version of the film. The director’s […]

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A World Rediscovered

Tuesday, October 15 2013
A World Rediscovered

“This,” says Mark Gattis, founder member of the League Of Gentlemen, and, latterly, a writer and star in both Doctor Who and Sherlock, “is an amazing day.” Gattis is speaking at what is a momentous occasion for Doctor Who fans and, speaking as a fan as well as someone who’s worked on the programme, he’s […]

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More TIFFin, Please

Tuesday, October 15 2013
More TIFFin, Please

Our old pal and video industry veteran Ian Gilchrist, one of the pioneers of the home entertainment arthouse sector, running labels such as the BFI’s Connoisseur and Electric Pictures during the VHS era and, most recently, at Delta, is a native Canadian who, if he isn’t in his own country, traditionally heads back for the […]

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The Week In Video Part XXXVIII

Friday, October 11 2013
The Week In Video Part XXXVIII

After a few weeks away, thanks in no small part to assorted screenings and press conferences, here’s a complete round-up of our recent viewing… You know how sometimes you realise you’re probably going to love a film as soon as you hear its title? That’s just how we felt whn word first started filtering through […]

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Jumping The Shark

Friday, October 11 2013
Jumping The Shark

Its US TV transmission had kicked off a wave of shark-related punnery on the likes of Twitter and Sharknado’s arrival on home entertainment formats courtesy of Studiocanal was a gift to DVD reviewers, as our regular round-up of coverage for video releases highlights. The daft title may not have earned decent reviews, but it got […]

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Watching Windows

Wednesday, October 9 2013
Watching Windows

Back in 2009, before the now failed Revolver earned a wealth of publicity over its day and date theatrical releases, before Icon and Lionsgate, as well as Curzon and its Artificial Eye imprint had furthered the concept of similar releases with high profile titles such as Bachelorette and A Late Quartet, one company was first […]

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A Giant Among Players

Monday, October 7 2013
A Giant Among Players

It’s a Wednesday morning in the heart of London’s West End and away from the bustle of Shaftesbury Avenue, a few floors up in the Century Club, BFI chair Greg Dyke is holding court, unveiling the new BFI Player, the organisation’s new digital video on demand service. Of course, Dyke has form in this sector […]

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