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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Tales Of The Tape

Friday, January 11 2013
Tales Of The Tape

As Momentum prepares for the launch of horror anthology V/H/S, on all formats, including VHS, The Raygun looks at its limited edition tape release, look at other VHS memorabilia, its launch for the film and, talking to collectors, the irresistible lure of the VHS… The advent of DVD should, by all rights, have signalled the […]

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The Choice Is Yours…

Wednesday, April 4 2012
The Choice Is Yours…

It was once one of our industry’s biggest retail brands and now, sadly, the Choices name is set to disappear forever. Here former Choices UK staffer David Jones reminisces about the company, its foibles and its strengths… The news that Webb Ivory has gone in to administration has prompted your esteemed editor to ask me […]

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LOVEFiLM’s Top 10 Of Everything…

Friday, February 3 2012
LOVEFiLM’s Top 10 Of Everything…

We’ve already featured a host of year end bits and pieces, but this mine of information  comes from LOVEFiLM. Not content with merely putting together a list of the year’s best renters – althought the company did that too – it also pulled together a wealth of statistics and other goodies. Among these were regional […]

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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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