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Anton van Beek  |  Sep 24, 2018  |  0 comments
Producer M.J. McMahon reveals the design decisions behind the BFI's eye-catching new three-disc, limited edition Blu-ray/DVD boxset of the acclaimed music documentary The Man from Mo'Wax
Team HCC  |  Sep 03, 2018  |  0 comments
Members of Team HCC pick the HDR torture tests, surround sound champions, subwoofer slammers and 3D showcases that get permanent residence on the disc shelf...
Martin Dew  |  Aug 24, 2018  |  0 comments
Oscar-nominated music scoring mixer Dennis Sands, whose most recent films include Ready Player One and Avengers: Infinity War, talks to Martin Dew about bringing music to movies, the benefits of object-based audio, Marvel's security precautions and his love of PMC loudspeakers...
Anton van Beek  |  May 24, 2018  |  0 comments

This Summer the British Film Institute is celebrating the 60th anniversary of groundbreaking British film studio Woodfall Films. Arriving on June 11 the nine-disc Woodfall: A Revolution in British Cinema Blu-ray and DVD boxsets boast eight of the studio’s most revered films – Look Back in Anger, The Entertainer, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, A Taste of Honey, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Tom Jones, Girl with Green Eyes and The Knack… and How to Get It – plus a huge array of special features and an exclusive 80-page book.

Team HCC  |  Oct 01, 2017  |  0 comments
Criterion Collection

This specialist label has long been a fan favourite, dating back to its origins as a purveyor of premium LaserDiscs. It's maintained that reputation through DVD and now Blu-ray, releasing extras-packed editions of classic/cult movies, typically with restored 1080p transfers based upon the best-quality source material available.

Team HCC  |  Aug 25, 2017  |  0 comments

New Home cinema formats don't come around all that often. Ultra HD Blu-ray is the first physical media platform to give system owners pause for thought since 3D Blu-ray, itself now six years old. Anticipation before its launch was therefore high – would 4K discs (with HDR, too) make good on the promise of a genuine step-up in quality? Would studios hit the ground running with an extensive, desirable catalogue of titles? Would player and display hardware arrive well-featured, well-designed and well-priced? We've now had a year to ponder all these questions and more...

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 27, 2017  |  0 comments
 

As Arrow Films celebrates 25 years of cult success, HCC's Anton van Beek sits down with James White – Head of Technical and Restoration Services – to talk 4K, film vs digital and the hunt for the original 35mm elements of Donnie Darko...

Martin Dew  |  Dec 30, 2016  |  0 comments

We typically think that home cinema entered public consciousness with Blu-ray in the noughties, DVD in the nineties, or VHS in the eighties. However, owning and operating a personal screening room goes back a lot further. Well-heeled AV heads – think Hollywood moguls and glitterati – have been hunkering down in darkened rooms, adjusting comfy recliners, and kicking back for that special feature presentation since the early 20th century.  

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 05, 2016  |  0 comments

While major studios prove adept at handling home media releases for their modern blockbuster titles, there's a growing stable of independent labels bringing much-loved catalogue titles and cult classics to Blu-ray in the UK.

Martin Dew  |  Jul 15, 2016  |  0 comments

When you relax into a cinema chair for that long-awaited blockbuster, icy drink in cup holder and bag of popcorn balanced on lap, it’s a fair bet that the last thing on your mind will be a shape of the big white screen in front of you. Chances are that your movie will be shown in one of two commonly used aspect ratios – 1.85:1 or 2.39:1, typically referred to in the filmmaking world as flat and CinemaScope respectively. But you might witness something a little more unusual – 2.0.1 or a retro-tinged 1.37:1. And turn the clock back sixty years and it would have been a different situation entirely.

Team HCC  |  May 26, 2016  |  0 comments

Have you picked up The Martian on Blu-ray, only to be left hungry for more of Ridley Scott's movie-making magic? Well, there are plenty of other films by the celebrated director that deserve a spot on your disc shelf. We pick ten of the best...

Anton van Beek  |  May 25, 2016  |  0 comments

It's an interesting time for cinema companies. While there's a perception that streaming platforms, home media and online piracy have dealt the commercial theatre market near-fatal blows, box office records seem to be repeatedly smashed, most recently by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Meanwhile, attendance at UK cinemas was up 17 per cent in 2015, and new technologies (Dolby Atmos, IMAX Laser) and old (70mm) are working hard to lure punters.

Anton van Beek  |  Apr 22, 2016  |  0 comments

Even during the early days of Laserdisc, UK film fans looked with envy across the Atlantic thanks to the effort US distributor Criterion put into its releases. Not only were titles presented in the most complete version possible and at the correct aspect ratio, they were bundled with newly-produced bonus material designed to act as a sort of 'film school in a box'.

Anton van Beek  |  Apr 13, 2016  |  0 comments

Fans of horror, or genre movies in general, will have heard of FrightFest, the international film festival which plants its flag in Leicester Square each August, runs a two-day terrorthon at the Glasgow Film Festival in February, and organises one-off screenings, panel discussions and more throughout the calendar. Since its debut in 2000, it's hosted premieres from directors including George A. Romero and Neil Marshall, and been described by Guillermo del Toro as 'the Woodstock of Gore'. 

Sean Hannam  |  Mar 25, 2016  |  0 comments
Featuring car flips, speedboat racing, patriotic parachutes and crocodile jumps...

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