Your Cassette Pet

Monday, June 25 2018
Your Cassette Pet

As regular readers of The Raygun newsletter and this site will know, we’ve long had a fondness for VHS, the whole rental era and all things video related. In recent years, we’ve waxed lyrical about actual VHS releases – one of the first posts on this site was about Metrodome’s VHS promo cassette for 80s […]

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Putting On The Ritz

Friday, February 5 2016
Putting On The Ritz

The Duke Mitchell Film Club, a monthly shindig dedicated to all things weird and wonderful from around the world, never fails to disappoint. From helping host DVD launches and working closely with distributors and events such as Film4 FrightFest, as well as hosting its own regular themed nights, it has built a reputation as one […]

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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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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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Tapping Into History

Thursday, September 5 2013
Tapping Into History

Ever wondered what happens at a trade press or industry screening? Ever thought about what hacks get up to at events? Ever walked past Soho screening rooms and wondered what happens behind closed doors in these secretive venues? Well, wonder no more. For here is an exclusive glimpse behind the curtain, as we offer a […]

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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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Welcome To The Pleasure Drome

Friday, June 15 2012
Welcome To The Pleasure Drome

With Father’s Day almost upon us, and with a raft of promotions in stores and online, it’s worth pulling out at least one title that should have any industry veteran, old horror fan or VHS devotee, positively drooling over. At one end of the spectrum, HMV has scored The Muppets as coming out tops as […]

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Top 10 Charity Shop VHS

Thursday, June 2 2011
Top 10 Charity Shop VHS

As long time vinyl fans, we at The Raygun spend a lot of time in our local charity shops checking if there are any new deliveries of unwanted records arrived, forever hunting that butcher Beatles sleeve or some obscure old punk or disco rarity.  We can’t pass a charity shop without sticking our head round […]

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Devil’s in the details

Thursday, April 15 2010
Devil’s in the details

This is a real treat for children of the video nasty generation – a description that those on The Raygun are wont to use to describe their misspent youth watching entirely unsuitable horror films back to back during their school holidays. And for those that have only ever known DVD and, latterly, Blu-ray, it may provoke […]

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