Comedy Is Dead. Long Live Comedy…

Friday, November 15 2013
Comedy Is Dead. Long Live Comedy…

The stand-up comedy market is one of the UK video industry’s finest achievements. It was a homegrown phenomenon, one that labels and suppliers in the US look at enviously, while for comedians, it has helped push them out of pokey clubs and into arenas. But after a seemingly inexorable rise, last year saw the market […]

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Care In The Community

Monday, November 11 2013
Care In The Community

As the first series of his latest TV outing – and the one he says he’s more proud of than any other – arrives in stores, comic and multi-hyphenate Ricky Gervais is putting his full weight behind Derek. The programme, set in and around a care home and focusing on the titular star, played by […]

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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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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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Stone The Crows

Friday, August 23 2013
Stone The Crows

4DVD has had a consistently strong slate for Q4 periods in recent years and 2013 is no different. In fact, it sees it cementing its reputation as one of the market’s biggest players in the live comedy arena,a raft of excellent comedies (it feels as if it is at the forefront of something of a […]

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Field Reaps The Rewards

Wednesday, July 10 2013
Field Reaps The Rewards

If our weekly round-up of national newspaper coverage of DVD and Blu-ray releases seems longer than normal, then it’s partly down to the fact that this was no ordinary week. For Friday marked the simultaneous theatrical, home entertainment, TV and kitchen sink release of A Field In England from 4DVD and other partners, a momentous […]

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Field Of Dreams

Friday, June 21 2013
Field Of Dreams

The concept of a day and date release is still one that’s not always easy for the average person on the Clapham omnibus to understand. Admittedly it’s not helped by the fact that the terminology itself doesn’t even make much sense (a recent online debate said as much). It’s even tougher when the day and […]

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England Expects

Friday, May 10 2013
England Expects

The phrase game-changer is bandied an awful lot around our business, particularly when it comes to feature film releases. It’s got to a stage where we at The Raygun will no longer use it to describe any release that way, just to avoid the continued over-egging of the pudding. A game-changer, we noted a while […]

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Everything’s Coming Up Roses

Friday, May 3 2013
Everything’s Coming Up Roses

When your first proper full movie release takes something like £44 million at UK cinemas and shifts more than 2 million units in its first couple of months (on its way to 2.5 million sales to date), you’d be forgiven for thinking that a company such as 4DVD would have jumped headfirst into the feature […]

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10 Great Things About Brookside

Friday, November 23 2012
10 Great Things About Brookside

“In 1982 a twice-weekly drama burst onto our television screens on a brand new channel. A channel that promised challenging and taboo-breaking programmes. This drama blazed a trail in terms of television production, and heralded a braver new way of telling stories and highlighting issues that affected all our lives. Naturalistic, gritty and sometimes quite […]

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Playing It For Laughs

Thursday, October 11 2012
Playing It For Laughs

4DVD has gone from a standing start to becoming one of the biggest players in the comedy sector in the past decade and now commands an impressive market share. Where it’s succeeded in recent years is in developing a fully-formed strategy, one where it is signing acts on A&R deals, watching the comedians develop routines, […]

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Father, Dear Father

Thursday, September 20 2012
Father, Dear Father

He’s one of the most enduring comedy creations of the past few decades, consistently topping polls on TV from both comics, critics and, crucially, audiences too. His catchphrases – or at least one single word, “feck”, have crossed over into the popular lexicon. Each year, the complete adventures of this character and his colleagues sell […]

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A Midnight Launch

Friday, August 17 2012
A Midnight Launch

Fans queued overnight outside HMV’s flagship Oxford Street store in the heart of London for a Midnight launch, although the event itself didn’t take place until the next evening… Confused? Let us explain further: the Midnight we’re referring to are Internet sensations A Midnight Beast, who’ve gone from youtube to their own show in a […]

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New DVD-friendly Inbetweeners Trailer

Thursday, November 10 2011
New DVD-friendly Inbetweeners Trailer

This link to a trailer we’ve embedded here landed in our inbox just as we were finishing all our special coverage for The Inbetweeners Movie, including a special edition of The Raygun newsletter and all the content you can see here on our website. It’s a specially adapted trailer for the film, with added DVD […]

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Knee-Deep In Point Of Sale…

Thursday, November 10 2011
Knee-Deep In Point Of Sale…

We’ve got plenty of coverage for The Inbetweeners Movie on our website and in our special edition of The Raygun newsletter and here’s some more in the shape of some of the point of sale that’s been put together by 4DVD for the release. The units below will be appearing in the grocery sector and […]

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