The Frozen Years

Tuesday, July 7 2015
The Frozen Years

Some time back, when our pals at the Official Charts Company were compiling assorted charts putting together the bestselling singles and albums of the decade so far, since 2000 and beyond, we suggested they compile something similar for the DVD market. And, lo and behold, here’s one the organisation has compiled, pulling together the top […]

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Paddington Stationed At Number One

Tuesday, July 7 2015
Paddington Stationed At Number One

From darkest Peru into nearly a million homes… Paddington’s rehabilitation, which has seen the character once again becoming a firm family favourite is complete, a fact highlighted by the bestselling DVD and Bu-rays of 2015 so far issues by Official Charts Company. The chart sees the marmalade-loving bear well ahead of his closest rival, selling […]

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The Top 10 Of Everything 2014

Thursday, January 22 2015
The Top 10 Of Everything 2014

It’s taken some time to get there, but, with 2014 now well and truly over, the dust settled and the counting finished, the year-end top 10s and assorted charts are done. Most critics, writers, bloggers and others worth their salt had already compiled theirs by early December, while the powers that be in the industry were […]

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Entertainment’s Greatest Hits 2013

Thursday, March 27 2014
Entertainment’s Greatest Hits 2013

The Entertainment Retailers Association Yearbook has already been covered in great depth, both by The Raygun and many other publications, online and print, consumer and trade alike. And the genuine interest in its pages and pages of information and data has also been noted. From the casual bystander to the seasoned industry observer, there’s plenty […]

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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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The Top 10 Of Everything 2013

Thursday, January 16 2014
The Top 10 Of Everything 2013

And so, as we usually say, that was the year that was. With 2013 now firmly behind us, we’ve assessed the best, the worst and most successful of the past 12 months by pulling together charts from as many sources as possible to present a composite picture of the year. From those based on sales […]

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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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The Public’s Top 10 Favourite BFI Releases

Wednesday, August 21 2013
The Public’s Top 10 Favourite BFI Releases

The public has spoken and the public loves nuns getting up to all kinds of Sapphic stuff, self-flagellation, Catholicism, burnings at the stake and a whole lot more controversy. For in a poll of regular BFI fans, visitors to the organisation’s website were given the chance to vote on their favourite BFI releases. More than […]

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Top 10 Masters Of Cinema

Thursday, July 18 2013
Top 10 Masters Of Cinema

Eureka’s groundbreaking Masters Of Cinema label, often described as the UK’s answer to the Criterion imprint, has just unveiled its line up for the next couple of months, as is now the case, through an announcement on Twitter and elsewhere online. It’s an apt route for the MoC label, it has built its impeccable credentials […]

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2013 So Far

Monday, July 8 2013
2013 So Far

Skyfall, Skyfall and more Skyfall – the latest adventure featuring quintessential British spy James Bond stood, colossus like, over the rest of the industry in the first half of 2013, according to the chart rundown for the opening six months of the year, issued by the Official Charts Company. The Bond behemoth was the bestselling […]

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The Horror Show Top 10

Friday, June 14 2013
The Horror Show Top 10

The streaming market is becoming an increasingly crowded marketplace, but one new entrant, which has just officially gone live after testing its services, is The Horror Show. Its title illustrates exactly what its USP is, and the streaming service is aimed fairly and squarely at horror fans. The Horror Show targets the kind of people […]

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Top 10 Father’s Day

Friday, June 14 2013
Top 10 Father’s Day

The BVA is becoming increasingly savvy when it comes to supporting the industry. Yes, there’s its ongoing lobbying work – director general Lavinia Carey is one of the best-known figures around Whitehall and Westminster, meeting politicians and civil servants, pushing copyright and other industry related issues – but there’s other flag-waving PR initiatives too. Just […]

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No Clouds For Silver Linings

Thursday, April 4 2013
No Clouds For Silver Linings

Silver Linings Playbook may be one of the last of this year’s Oscar contenders to make it to DVD, but the time lag had not caused the Academy Award winning film to lose any of its lustre, as our weekly round up of press coverage for home entertainment releases shows. For the DVD, Blu-ray and […]

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The Top 10 Most Influential UK Film Blogs

Thursday, March 21 2013
The Top 10 Most Influential UK Film Blogs

The increasingly crowded marketplace for film blogs has always fascinated us. Who, for example, decides who are the biggest, or, for that matter, the best? Ask a journalist or any professional media type and their answers will differ from many other people’s; whereas the professional might wince at any misspelling, bad use of grammar or, […]

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Dawn Breaks, Franchise Closes

Wednesday, March 6 2013
Dawn Breaks, Franchise Closes

The Twilight Saga bandwagon is now up and rolling in earnest as eOne prepares for the release of Breaking Dawn Part 2, the final part in the five-film series. And as the by now well-oiled machine swings into action, with TV spots appearing and, as we’ve noticed this week, outdoor ads aplenty, including bus sides […]

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