Blockbuster: The Early Years

Thursday, February 27 2014
Blockbuster: The Early Years

As the dust settles on the mighty Blockbuster UK’s rental operation, which once stood over the UK video industry like a big blue behemoth, as all its stores shuttered for the last time, we asked some former Blockbuster employees for their memories, both good and bad, of their time at Blockbuster. And the answers were […]

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Never Say Never Again

Wednesday, February 26 2014
Never Say Never Again

Metallica Through The Never was, even its fiercest critics would admit, not your average film. Part live concert, part horror flick, it deftly wove together footage of the band on stage coupled with an actual plot – the kind most likely to appeal to fans of the band – to come up with something that […]

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The Week In Video Part XLIV

Wednesday, February 26 2014
The Week In Video Part XLIV

Almost 40 storeys above London, in one of the city’s newest and most enviable landmarks, staring out at the twinkling lights of the capital as darkness fell, vast ensconced in a member’s only part of one of it’d highly desirable and most chi-chi addresses… It’s hardly the average home viewing experience for us at The […]

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Hammering Home The Message

Tuesday, February 25 2014
Hammering Home The Message

Most distributors clear their release slates when a big superhero title comes along and, as our weekly round up of press coverage for DVD releases shows, the latest Marvel title, Thor was undoubtedly the biggest of the week. But it wasn’t an easy ride for the Norse god on his way to becoming arguably the […]

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Web Advertising

Sunday, February 23 2014
Web Advertising

The Industry Trust’s winning streak continues with yet another strong creative for a forthcoming release, now airing at cinemas around the country. It boasts further collaboration with the talent behind the scenes and sees a director putting his full weight behind the Trust’s effort. What’s more, like some of its recent outings, the new trailer, […]

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Thrones Sits Atop Heap

Friday, February 21 2014
Thrones Sits Atop Heap

With many DVD reviews columns focusing purely on film-related releases, especially with a few disappearing, it’s hard for a TV title to really cut through and become the most reviewed title of the week, as we regularly notice on our round-up of coverage for home entertainment releases. A title has to be pretty special to […]

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10 Things We Learned From The Filth Commentary

Thursday, February 20 2014
10 Things We Learned From The Filth Commentary

The Filth Blu-ray not only looks fantastic – in both its luminous O-ring and Steelbook SKUs (the latter with embossed lines of cocaine) – but it is also a carefully crafted, lovingly put together package too. In an age when additional features and goodies are seemingly pared down on disc, reduced to additional electronic press […]

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Nice Day For A Red Wedding

Tuesday, February 18 2014
Nice Day For A Red Wedding

Throwing an event to celebrate the home entertainment release of a bloody series that doesn’t hold back when it comes to claret and climaxes in a bloodbath at a party is not necessarily an easy task. But if anything the launch of the third season of Game Of Thrones by HBO positively revelled in the […]

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A Night At The Museum

Monday, February 17 2014
A Night At The Museum

Vikings are, says Michael Hirst, the creator of the hit TV show of the same name, currently part of the zeitgeist. When he’s talking from the stage of a plush screening room at the British Museum, which is about to host a major exhibition on the Vikings and their world, it’s easy to see why. […]

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Pirate DVD Gets Good Press

Friday, February 14 2014
Pirate DVD Gets Good Press

Two wildly diverse films were going neck and neck this week to become the most reviewed title in the national press, as our regular round up of coverage for home entertainment releases highlights. In one corner, Tom Hanks, aka Captain Phillips, continuing its good reviews from theatrical; in the other James McAvoy, in arguably his […]

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The Week In Video Part XLIII

Thursday, February 13 2014
The Week In Video Part XLIII

More dispatches from the front line of home viewing, with a batch of titles we’ve been watching over the past seven days or so, with a particular eye on their commercial potential… Dean Koontz is something of an anomaly in contemporary horror writing. Whereas his contemporary Stephen King has seen nearly all his work translated […]

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Going Green To Fight Piracy

Monday, February 10 2014
Going Green To Fight Piracy

If proof were needed of how well the Industry Trust is doing with its ongoing Moments Worth Paying For campaign, then the latest ComScore figures. The Trust took over the running of the FindAnyFilm.com some time ago and a central plank of the campaign – as well as pushing the benefits of copyright – has […]

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The Best And Worst Of Times

Sunday, February 9 2014
The Best And Worst Of Times

It’s taken a while to get this up to view and 2013 may be receding in the rear-view mirror, but, as 2014 kicked off we asked the industry, from some of our regular contributors, friends and contacts, for their highlights of the past year and their hopes and fears for 2014. We got some interesting […]

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Taking No Prisoners

Friday, February 7 2014
Taking No Prisoners

Prisoners had an outstanding box office performance, which surprised some, and the film’s success looks set to continue to its home entertainment release, certainly if the reviews for its DVD and Blu-ray bow are anything to go by. The film was not only the most reviewed, as our weekly round up of coverage for home […]

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Critical Mass

Thursday, February 6 2014
Critical Mass

One of our correspondents and old pals, here remaining anonymous, gives us an exclusive report from the 34th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards, paying closer attention than most others to home entertainment releases… The 34th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards, held at London’s May Fair Hotel last Sunday, opened on a sombre note, with the […]

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