More Weekend Reading

Monday, June 28 2010
More Weekend Reading

Here’s a round-up of what was being reviewed where in terms of DVD and Blu-ray-related product over the weekend in some of the newspapers we picked up…

Most reviewed title of the weekend is almost certainly Paramount’s The Lovely Bones. It seems as if the DVD PR campaign worked where maybe theatrical didn’t, turning it into a much-talked about item. Elsewhere, Second Sight enjoyed strong coverage for Breaking Away, while HMV came under scrutiny in the business pages.

Friday’s Independent featured a quarter of reviews, taking in Second Sight’s excellent (and worthy) release of Breaking Away, Artificial Eye’s The Beekeeper, WDSHE’s The Princess And The Frog and Everybody’s Fine.

Over in the Mirror’s The Ticket supplement, there was a full page devoted to DVD, with Paramount’s The Lovely Bones taking the lead review, alongside an interview with the film’s Reece Ritchie. Further covereage was given to Fox’s My Name Is Khan, Everybody’s Fine and Bodyguards and Assassins. A third of the page was devoted to music DVDs, with U2’s 360 At The Rose Bowl leafing the way, alongside contributions from Black Sabbath (Classic Albums: Paranoid), Pearl Jam (Under Review), The Rolling Stones (The Mick Taylor Years) and The Moody Blues (Threshold Of A Dream).

Fair play to Second Sight for the coverage secured for Heimat, after a strong showing last week, the epic German TV series, available in two lengthy box sets, garnered the lead review in The Sun of all places on Friday, an impressive feat for a subtitled showing. Also in the Currant Bun, a review of Invictus and Extraordinary Measures.

Nothing in Friday’s Film And Music, which we understand has dropped DVD reviews, although the supplement still appears to be accepting DVD-based advertising, judging by the slots in this week’s edition, although there was better coverage on Saturday, as the Guide supplement in the newspaper, which gave The Lovely Bones its lead review slot, alongside The L-Word Series 1-6 box (Fox), My Name Is Khan, Hidden Fortress – The Last Princess (4Digital Asia), Breaking Away, Optimum’s Can’t Stop The Music and Soda’s Double Take, which is as eclectic a selection as you can get.

The Times’ Playlist Saturday supplement saw more on Ray Harryhausen, celebrating his 90th birthday, picking out some of his finest creations, from Jason And The Argonauts to Clash Of The Titans and also advising of assorted Harryhausen films’ DVD availability. Its DVD page focused on The Lovely Bones (again), Breaking Away (again) and, in brief, My Name Is Khan, Starcrash (Pegasus), Love Goddess Of The Cannibals (Shameless) and Antonio Das Mortes (Mr Bongo), saying the latter “is like Apocalypse Now as if directed by Sergio Leone” – and if that’s not a recommendation, we don’t know what is.

There’s also a featurette on classic horror anthologies on DVD, tying in with the release of Tales From The Crypt from Final Cut via Media Sales – a good feature that should give a boost to this indie released slice of classic horror.

Over in Saturday’s Telegraph, little in the way of DVD coverage, although there was a very good feature on the BFI archive and one on the Twilight franchise.

On to Sunday, and more for The Lovely Bones and Micmacs (E1), in the Sunday Mirror.

In News Of The World, The Lovely Bones again received coverage, along with more for Everybody’s Fine and Akira Kurosawa’s The Samurai Collection, from the BFI. Also interesting to note a mention of the impending release – complete with release date – of Cash And Curry, a DTV Britfilm, in The Snitch gossip column in the paper, mainly thanks to an appearance from former England manager and FA executive’s mistress Faria Alam.

Over to the broadsheets, and the Sunday Telegraph’s Seven supplement led on The Lovely Bones as its DVD Of The Week, or rather its only DVD of the week.

In the ever-excellent Observer’s Review section, Mark Kermode devoted his full column – a half page – to, no surprises here, The Lovely Bones. Although the difference here is that Kermode was deeply dissatisfied with what he described as a “fatally flawed” film.

Little by way of review material in the Sunday Times, but flip to the Business section and there’s a couple of interesting stories. One concerns Metrodome’s mooted merger with Target, here.

And in the back of the section, HMV featured in the Briefing part of the Databank page ahead of the retailer’s preliminary results being announced this Wednesday. Sunday Telegraph’s business pages also devoted a near half page to HMV. That latter coverage, a speculative piece predicted what HMV’s profits will be. It also illustrates that, thanks to the nature of their business and the photographic opportunities films, music and games afford, entertainment retailers such as HMV as well as entertainment and media companies, will always punch above their weight in terms of coverage given. The Telegraph’s piece flashed Nipper on the front page of its business section, and it dominated page three with a picture of Pixie Lott (and Nipper again). Images from other stories on the same page – London housing, AIG, BP – just don’t have that same kind of glamour.

In The Observer’s business section, there’s a front page story about The Hut and its plans to float next year. No pictures to illustrate it, but it’s an interesting update on its current position, see here.

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