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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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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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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Highest-grossing Films Due In Q4

Monday, September 16 2013
Highest-grossing Films Due In Q4

As the kids return to school, the nights begin to draw in and what we had of the summer begins to fade from memory, the summer theatrically blockbuster season is now officially over. And as box office analysts such as Charles Gant, Heat’s film critic who doubles up as The Guardian’s expert on UK theatrical […]

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Battle Stations

Friday, August 17 2012
Battle Stations

With Universal gearing itself up for the retail release of its tentpole release Battleship, launching, among other things, a 40 second spot on TV this weekend (you can see it in all its glory below), Blockbuster was making the most of its exclusive rental window by hosting a special event. The retailer organised a special […]

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Blockbuster’s Top 10 Rental Titles Of 2011

Monday, January 16 2012
Blockbuster’s Top 10 Rental Titles Of 2011

This intriguing top 10 chart came in a little too late for inclusion in to our top 10 of everything chart for 2011 (here); we were going to add it in to that page, but it was so mammoth already,  we thought we’d give this some space of its own.  So here are Blockbuster’s 10 […]

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Rentals Measured By The Pound…

Wednesday, November 16 2011
Rentals Measured By The Pound…

Gerry Butler is a happy man. The Blockbuster supremo has just fired the rental giant’s first shots in a war for the hearts and minds of UK consumers – and crucially renters – that will see Blockbuster, which used to be dubbed the Big Blue by the trade press, taking on competitors such as LOVEFiLM […]

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