The Thing Is What It Used To Be… And More

Monday, November 27 2017
The Thing Is What It Used To Be… And More

John Carpenter is an intrinsic figure in the history of home entertainment, particularly in the UK, his career having been aided hugely by the arrival of VHS, just as it had been boosted previously by the support of cinemas on these shores during the theatrical release of Assault On Precinct 13. That title, his breakthrough […]

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The Tin That Launched A Thousand Boxes

Thursday, September 17 2015
The Tin That Launched A Thousand Boxes

In the third and final piece of his fascinating look at how Star Wars changed the face of video publishing and catalogue sales in the early to mid-1990s, influencing packaging trends that continue to reverberate even in the digital era, former Fox staffer Steve Collins looks at the seminal Star Wars tin. Here’s how the […]

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Star Wars 1995: Global Domination

Wednesday, September 2 2015
Star Wars 1995: Global Domination

In the second part of what will now be a three part series, former Fox marketing executive Steve Collins follows on from looking at how the 1994 Star Wars VHS release set the template for the rest of the world by looking at global plans for a VHS release the following year, how George Lucas […]

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A Long, Long Time Ago… Star Wars On VHS

Friday, August 14 2015
A Long, Long Time Ago… Star Wars On VHS

The news that the original series of Star Wars films, along with the subsequent additions, are to get another lease of life in newly-packaged Blu-ray editions means yet another re-release for George Lucas’ films. The six, and in particular the first trilogy, have been mainstays of the home entertainment market for more than quarter of […]

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Diamond Geezers

Monday, May 28 2012
Diamond Geezers

The votes are cast, the counting has finished and, a matter of days ahead of the diamond  jubilee, HMV has unveiled the best British film released during Queen Elizabeth  II’s reign. The 60-year poll organised online by the retailer makes for interesting reading, even if it doesn’t throw up too many major surprises. The music […]

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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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