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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Get Rich Quick

Friday, September 6 2013
Get Rich Quick

Outrageous claims and the film and video industry go hand in hand. Any journalist, or retailer, for that matter, even if they’ve only been in the business will have heard a few specious statements, about how a distributor is going to change the face of the business. But the announcement of the partnership between UK […]

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The Only Way Is… Horrible

Friday, March 2 2012
The Only Way Is… Horrible

The FrightFest seal of approval is, as we’ve oft noted before, all important for any horror film. Last year’s London Film 4 FrightFest event saw Anchor Bay screening a record number of films at the event, using the event as a launchpad for a strong slate of shockers. The last of the FrightFest Five, as […]

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More Bang For Your Buck

Thursday, March 1 2012
More Bang For Your Buck

It’s a busy start of the year for Anchor Bay and here’s the latest from the company… The Big Bang stars Antonio Banderas returning to his roots and what he did best (and still does, if you ask us) before his ascent to blockbuster animated status as Puss in Boots in the eponymous CGI tale […]

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From B-Movies To The A-List

Thursday, February 23 2012
From B-Movies To The A-List

This little gem has just opened theatrically to the kind of rave reviews normally earned by a much wider release. But given that the documentary concerns a legendary character in film history, then maybe it’s no surprise that critics have received it so well (it even got a full 10 out of 10 in the […]

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Underground, Overground

Thursday, February 23 2012
Underground, Overground

Any regular readers of The Raygun will know that we’re big fans of lenticular sleeves. Not only do we like the things themselves – both as tactile objects and also because of the sheer childlike excitement we still get while waving them around (“Look! The picture’s changing!) – but we can also see what, when […]

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Luck Of The Irish

Monday, September 5 2011
Luck Of The Irish

Kill The Irishman is one of those DTV titles that you stumble across every now and then that is worthy of mention and closer inspection. It’s an eminently commercial tale – a tough mob actioner with a period detail (it’s broadly set in the 1970s) – that boasts an impeccable cast. What’s more, it’s even more […]

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The Fright Stuff

Thursday, August 4 2011
The Fright Stuff

It’s the Bank Holiday August weekend, the sun may be shining, Leicester Square and its environs will be packed full of tourists and holidaymakers, and in and around London there’ll be outdoor music events such as Reading and the world’s largest street party, Notting Hill Carnival, and all its surrounding brouhaha. But in one part […]

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In The City

Friday, July 1 2011
In The City

Former Sex And The City star Kim Cattrall breezed into a different city last week, London, to help promote Anchor Bay’s late June release of Meet Monica Velour, the DTV title that sees her starring as a former porn star who is eking out a living stripping, and the obsessed teenage geek who travels halfway […]

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Postcards From Cannes

Monday, June 6 2011
Postcards From Cannes

Scrambled eggs, football tournaments, parties galore… Oh and the odd film or two. The Cannes Film Festival is a sprawling two week event that can scale the heights of excitement and, at the same time, plumb the depths of misery, inspiring both “this is why I do my job” moments and frequent musing and mutterings […]

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Gladiators… Ready!

Wednesday, May 18 2011
Gladiators… Ready!

Shoppers along London’s Oxford Street and elsewhere in the busy West End were somewhat shocked on Monday to see this lot carousing about on the streets of London. This hardy bunch of gladiators and wenches were pounding the pavements to mark the release this week of Anchor Bay’s Spartacus: Blood And Sand. Their appearance outside […]

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The Complete Marketing Package

Wednesday, May 11 2011
The Complete Marketing Package

Its content is certainly shocking – the series has won plenty of devotees for its rip-roaring mixture of hunky men, gorgeous women, oodles of sex and buckets of blood – but Spartacus Blood And Sand has now managed to upset the powers that be for something far more innocuous than the content of the programme. […]

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The Season Of The Sword

Wednesday, April 27 2011
The Season Of The Sword

It’s one of the most enduring genres and has been a staple of the video market for more than three decades, but swords and sandals are currently enjoying an even bigger resurgence. The Raygun talks to some of the key players and explains why sometimes, the sword is mightier than the pen… It can take […]

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Jumping The Shark

Tuesday, March 8 2011
Jumping The Shark

The B-movie has long been the preserve of the rental and latterly DTV markets, but few titles will ever own up to the name. Fewer still will revel in it, but there’s a new breed of low budget titles that positively enjoy being B-movies and proudly carry the mantle. One of the chief purveyors of […]

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10 Minute Solution In Numbers

Thursday, January 6 2011
10 Minute Solution In Numbers

It was the bestselling fitness brand in 2010 without even being TV advertised… And Anchor Bay firmly believes it can do the business in 2011 too, thanks to a big push for its latest release under the banner, Blast Off Body Fat. To celebrate its success, here’s the figures and the numbers that count… 10 […]

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