Opening Up The Gate

Wednesday, June 3 2015
Opening Up The Gate

It’s been a strong start to the year for Lionsgate. Its biggest franchise, The Hunger Games, still has one more film to go, while the penultimate outing, Mockingjay Part 1, has already lit up the DVD and Blu-ray charts in 2015, proving to be one of the year’s bestsellers thus far. But arguably of equal […]

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Dog Day Afternoon

Tuesday, May 27 2014
Dog Day Afternoon

Dougie Brimson, football hooligan turned novelist, strolls onto the stage at the front of the screen at the viewing theatre in Universal’s swish West End offices. Bestselling author Brimson is introducing what effectively is his second foray into the world of film in front of an audience of assorted jnournalists such as The Raygun. While […]

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Image Is Everything

Monday, January 20 2014
Image Is Everything

The end of each year brings about the naysayers and doommongers predicting the death of the ever-lucrative DTV sector. And yet this remarkably resilient part of our industry continues to defy its critics and, for the past two years, January has seen events prove that it is far from dead. In 2013, it was Signature […]

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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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Hammering Home The Message…

Friday, August 23 2013
Hammering Home The Message…

Making films with a keen eye on their home entertainment potential is nothing new, ever since the first video era boom, direct to video (DTV) releases have been a staple of every film market and production meeting. And in recent years even major studios have set up their own arms to produce or acquire films […]

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Hooligan On Tour

Tuesday, April 23 2013
Hooligan On Tour

The Rise And Fall Of A White Collar Hooligan was one of the bona fide DTV hits 2012, one that’s used in every other distributors’ sales notes to show just how well the core elements of violence, geezers, the odd football reference, some dolly birds, blags, crime, drugs and booze can still do, as long […]

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Soldiering On

Saturday, April 20 2013
Soldiering On

It’s a grim day in what should be early Spring, in north Yorkshire. A group of raw recruits are experiencing freezing cold temperatures on windswept, barren landscapes, moving through vigorous, SAS-style manoeuvres. But this is no real-life training for the elite fighting force, rather the set of I Am Soldier, then latest collaboration between Lionsgate, […]

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Signature: Making Its Mark

Tuesday, February 26 2013
Signature: Making Its Mark

The independent sector has had what you might term an interesting start to the year. Retail woes at Blockbuster and HMV have created something of a vacuum, with many smaller labels and others outside of the studio system facing an uncertain few months. That doubt has crept into their acquisition strategy to, with reports coming […]

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Boys Keep Swinging

Monday, January 14 2013
Boys Keep Swinging

It’s a relatively recent event in the murky history of British crime, and yet the Essex Boys killings have gained a stunning notoriety among young(ish) males across the UK. It’s a case that comes with ready-made, pre-packed awareness, such is its infamy – the tale of a group of drug dealers and general nasty geezers who […]

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A Monster Of A Movie

Thursday, October 18 2012
A Monster Of A Movie

As anyone who reads The Raygun, especially our regular The Week In Video column, will know that we watch a fair few films during our regular working week, working through our hefty to watch pile, only to see more and more  being added to this. In this never-ending task – as soon as you think […]

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Sweet And Tender Hooligans

Thursday, June 21 2012
Sweet And Tender Hooligans

It will, come the end of the year, prove to be one of the best limited theatrical platform releases of the year and probably one of its most successful too. We are, of course, referring to The Rise And Fall Of A White Collar Hooligan, the hooligan to credit car fraudster tale due from Momentum […]

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On The Firm

Monday, June 18 2012
On The Firm

The Rise And Fall Of A  White Collar Hooligan arriving in July (see trailer below) could, it be argued, mark the next stage in development of the homegrown, DTV-style British flick. For while it contains the requisite elements needed for this kind of outing – not least in its title – it is, both Momentum, […]

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House Rules For WWE Stars

Thursday, March 8 2012
House Rules For WWE Stars

Whither the action hero? With Jason Statham dominating the marketplace and the likes of Steven Seagal and Van Damme still appearing, albeit in fewer films than they were making during their heyday (although, it must be noted, the latter’s latest, Dragon Eyes, is a doozy), where are the next generation of action heroes? And where […]

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Can You Feel It?

Wednesday, August 31 2011
Can You Feel It?

The Raygun is in a warehouse cum squat in Hackney, surrounded by youths drinking nothing more than bottled water, or maybe Lucozade or Ribena. The youngsters, teenagers and twentysomethings, are clad in brightly coloured, sometimes dayglo streetwear, baggy and a touch scruffy, all are clad in ubiquitous Converse canvas basketball shoes or trainers. Smoke machines […]

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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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