Friday, I’m In Love

Monday, June 22 2015
Friday, I’m In Love

The Long Good Friday, John Mackenzie’s epic tale of a long-forgotten London docklands, one that existed at the start of the Thatcher era, as the developers and their money were poised to enter, starting one of the biggest, unfettered building sprees the country has seen in the post-war years, has been described in some of […]

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Be My Baba

Tuesday, February 17 2015
Be My Baba

Remember the early days of DVD? When receiving a disc was exciting not just because of the promise of superior sound and picture quality? There was the promise of extra material, lots of accompanying documentaries and interviews, commentaries, trailers, titbits and, perhaps best of all, an Easter egg – a hidden extra buried somewhere in […]

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10 Things We Learned From The Filth Commentary

Thursday, February 20 2014
10 Things We Learned From The Filth Commentary

The Filth Blu-ray not only looks fantastic – in both its luminous O-ring and Steelbook SKUs (the latter with embossed lines of cocaine) – but it is also a carefully crafted, lovingly put together package too. In an age when additional features and goodies are seemingly pared down on disc, reduced to additional electronic press […]

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Start Me Up

Tuesday, November 26 2013
Start Me Up

Who would be an independent label releasing classic films in the high definition era? There may be a wealth of movies out there crying out for restorations, high definition transfers and proper releases replete with supporting information and gorgeous packaging, but it’s a hugely costly enterprise. Blu-ray is more expensive than its disc-based predecessor for […]

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A Little Bit Extra

Sunday, November 11 2012
A Little Bit Extra

No need to phone home when you have a bike to get you there… This bunch of cyclists took to the streets to celebrate the release of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial on Blu-ray for the first time. Universal sent the cyclists out and about in London’s West End for the launch of the Blu-ray. Clad […]

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Bond’s Nationwide Tour

Tuesday, October 2 2012
Bond’s Nationwide Tour

In one of the more ambitious launch pushes seen in recent years, MGM, through it’s ongoing deal with Fox, took to the streets of the UK, for a week’s worth of pun-infused Bond activity that culminated at 10.07am on the morning of the release of the Bond 50 Blu-ray Collection. The launch initiative, months in […]

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Henry: Portrait Of An 18 Certificate

Thursday, October 20 2011
Henry: Portrait Of An 18 Certificate

Its now almost 20 years since Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer made its video debut, in a heavily censored form. Now, ahead of its Blu-ray bow courtesy of Studiocanal (it looks great and has lost none of its power), sometime Raygun contributor Ian Gilchrist, who worked on its original release looks back on the battle […]

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Well Good

Wednesday, July 20 2011
Well Good

The next few weeks will see retro-mania coming to the fore, as a flurry of vintage -themed activity is set to take place, not least the Vintage Festival, curated by the creator of the Red Or Dead range, Wayne Hemingway, due to take place on the South Bank in London. And this wave of British-based […]

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Silence Is Golden

Tuesday, May 24 2011
Silence Is Golden

We’ve oft extolled the virtues of the BFI’s June 20 release The Great White Silence. It’s just had a theatrical release ahead of its dual format release. It really is an outstanding title. Originally released in 1924, but filmed more than 10 years prior to that by Herbert Ponting, it follows Captain Scott’s ill-fated, doomed […]

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Death Star Nears Completion

Friday, May 13 2011
Death Star Nears Completion

As the Star Wars Blu-ray bow nears, more and more details are emerging about the content. The Raygun was among those revealing further news about the Fox release of the Lucasfilm classics, due on September 12, in three SKUs, one, pictured left, pulling all six Star Wars films together and another two featuring the first […]

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Scarred For Life

Wednesday, March 30 2011
Scarred For Life

“Can’t you stop saying fuck all the time?” says Elvira, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, in seminal gangster film Scarface. That line is one of the best (and certainly one that was highlighted by many upmarket reviewers when the film received less than rave notices on its original theatrical release 18 years or so ago) from […]

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Pause For ‘Breath’

Wednesday, September 15 2010
Pause For ‘Breath’

Optimum Releasing has, thanks to its parent company Studio Canal, a library that is the envy of most of the major studios and is almost certainly one of the biggest in the UK. With a catalogue that size, it’d be easy to take one’s eye off the ball, but its efforts in this sector must […]

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Modern day War fare

Wednesday, May 5 2010
Modern day War fare

It’s been a mammoth 18 months in the making – and counting – but Fremantle’s hugely ambitious brand spanking new version of The World At War is at last nearing completion.  Due for an autumn release, as covered on last week’s Raygun newsletter, Fremantle has been working closely with digital experts Eyeframe to painstakingly restore […]

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Dual in the crown

Tuesday, March 16 2010
Dual in the crown

This is the sleeve for the BFI’s new look Dual Format editions, which sees the organisation giving a boost to Blu-ray and encouraging consumers to give it a go by bundling the high definition version alongside a traditional DVD. The editions launch on April 26 with the release of a trio of classics from Japanese […]

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