Entertainment’s Greatest Hits 2013

Thursday, March 27 2014
Entertainment’s Greatest Hits 2013

The Entertainment Retailers Association Yearbook has already been covered in great depth, both by The Raygun and many other publications, online and print, consumer and trade alike. And the genuine interest in its pages and pages of information and data has also been noted. From the casual bystander to the seasoned industry observer, there’s plenty […]

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10 Things We Learned From The ERA Yearbook

Tuesday, March 25 2014
10 Things We Learned From The ERA Yearbook

The arrival of the Entertainment Retailers Association Yearbook, which landed on doormats, postboxes and pigeonholes across the industry last week, is always a great day for budding statisticians, trainspotters and, if we may be so bold, anyone who’s interested in the entertainment business, or at the very least home elements of it. The ERA Yearbook […]

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Catching The Eye

Thursday, March 20 2014
Catching The Eye

As the excellent Home Viewing column in The Observer, penned by Guy Lodge who is proving himself to be a worthy replacement for Mark Kermode as a DVD reviewer and, thankfully, one of the few who actually bothers looking at extras, noted, it was a good week for female protagonists. And as our weekly round […]

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A Capitol Idea

Monday, March 17 2014
A Capitol Idea

What the Effie? Here’s a whole host of Effie lookalikes dolled up to the nines for a special flash-mob-style event held to mark the launch of The Hunger Games Catching Fire on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats from Lionsgate. They’d donned the distinctive and colourful garb worn by the flamboyant character in the films for […]

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The Week In Video Part XLVI

Monday, March 17 2014
The Week In Video Part XLVI

Our latest round up of what we’ve been watching at home, paying particular attention to its home entertainment potential… With Liam Neeson doing his thing once again at UK cinemas, the time is right for a sub-Taken title (Faken? Takealike?) and The Outsider fits that hole neatly. Craig Fairbrass, whose CV takes in everything from […]

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Blockbuster: The End Of The Line

Friday, March 14 2014
Blockbuster: The End Of The Line

I worked for Blockbuster for more than 13 years, the majority of my working life – starting in a small store in the Midlands before working my way up to head office. I was there through both the good times and the bad. Like many people who later worked for me, Blockbuster was a way […]

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All’s Well That Enders Well

Thursday, March 13 2014
All’s Well That Enders Well

Home entertainment releases always give films that under-performed at theatrical another chance to prove themselves and to be reassessed by critics and film writers. And that was just what happened to Ender’s Game, a sci-fi actioner aimed at a younger audience, as our weekly round up of coverage for home entertainment releases shows. The film […]

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Blockbuster – The Glory Years

Thursday, March 6 2014
Blockbuster – The Glory Years

In the second part of our feature looking back at Blockbuster in the UK, three former store managers, who all went on to bigger and better things, reminisce about their time at the rentailer, known in industry circles as the Big Blue. It charts both the glory years, the downside of its size and the […]

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The Week In Video Part XLV

Wednesday, March 5 2014
The Week In Video Part XLV

Our latest missive on our week’s worth of home viewing of current and forthcoming DVD and Blu-ray releases… Another week, another batch of Signature titles, and, we’re pleased to report, the first title from the independent that we viewed has already got off to a flying start as the company continues to fly the flag […]

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Pulling Power

Monday, March 3 2014
Pulling Power

With Oscars dominating all the film talk and scores of predictions cluttering up the pages of the weekend’s national newspapers, Warner’s decision to release Gravity on the day after the ceremony was vindicated if our regular round up of the weekend’s press coverage is anything to go by. For the Alfonso Cuaron-helmed tale was far […]

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