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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'. 

Team HCC  |  Feb 02, 2016  |  0 comments

Ridley Scott's latest sci-fi smash The Martian finds Matt Damon playing NASA astronaut Mark Watney, who is mistakenly presumed dead and left stranded alone on Mars by the rest of his crew during a dust storm. Marooned millions of miles from home and facing at least a four year wait for a rescue mission, Watney must learn to adapt to life on the inhospitable planet. With The Martian about to make it's bow on Blu-ray and DVD, leading man Matt Damon opens up about making the film and why he particularly enjoys watching films on Blu-ray...

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 13, 2015  |  0 comments

First through DVD and now via Blu-ray, Eureka's Masters of Cinema label has aimed to furnish film fans with high-quality releases of classic titles. We spoke to Director of Production Craig Keller about the company's plans for 2015, sourcing new releases and its #100 Masters of Cinema Blu-ray, legendary Holocaust documentary Shoah...

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 31, 2014  |  0 comments

Hammer Films is a studio reborn. The British film icon, which enjoyed worldwide success in the 1950s, '60s and '70s with a swathe of fright flicks and launched the careers of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing among others, had seemed to be dead and buried by the mid-80s, with production ceasing completely. Yet since 2007, under the guidance of CEO Simon Oakes, Hammer is back in the limelight, chilling new audiences first with an innovative web-based horror series and then a blockbusting – and controversial – adaptation of Susan Hill's The Woman in Black. Its latest movie, The Quiet Ones, is out now on Blu-ray/DVD.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 14, 2014  |  0 comments

To celebrate the DVD release of his new documentary, Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part Two - Draconian Days, we caught up with filmmaker Jake West to chat about film censorship and moral panic in the UK during the James Ferman era of the British Board of Film Classification...

Anton van Beek  |  Jun 29, 2014  |  0 comments
BFI restoration maestro Ben Thompson reveals how the 1945 Ealing Studios classic Dead of Night was brought back to life on Blu-ray...

Steve May  |  Apr 27, 2014  |  0 comments

In space no one can hear you scream. This kinda makes it difficult to construct an immersive, thrilling yet believable space-locked movie soundtrack – but that's exactly what multi-award-winning sound designer and editor Glenn Freemantle has managed with Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 23, 2013  |  0 comments

Having begun his animation career at Pixar working on Toy Story and THX promos, Hal Hickel transfered to Industrial Light & Magic in order to work on the Star Wars prequels having been a fan of the franchise since childhood (he even submitted his own script for a Star Wars sequel at the age of 12 and received a polite rejection letter from producer Gary Kurtz). Since then he has worked on a variety of blockbusters including Star Wars: Episodes I and II, first three Pirates of the Caribbean films, Iron Man and Super 8. His most recent role was as animation supervisor on Guillermo del Toro's sci-fi blockbuster Pacific Rim.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 07, 2013  |  0 comments

Scottish comic book writer Mark Millar shot to fame a little over a decade ago with a series high profile gigs for DC Comics and Marvel including The Authority, The Ultimates, Superman: Red Son and Marvel Knights Spider-Man.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 31, 2013  |  0 comments

With its bravura mix of violence, intrigue, action and sex, Cinemax's recent hit series Banshee quickly established itself as a firm favourite here at HCC.

Adam Rayner  |  Aug 10, 2013  |  0 comments

It all started with a disastrous screening at my local multiplex cinema, where I eventually had to complain about stifling heat, 3D trailers in a no-glasses 2D showing and a baffling system of seat allocation. And when the complaint yielded a grunted response, I began looking for another cinema for my business – and discovered that my local Odeon in Uxbridge had a new IMAX screen.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 09, 2013  |  0 comments

Having got his start working in New York's George Eastman House archives - home to one of the largest collections of silent films in the world, as well as a good portion of Martin Scorsese's own private collection - James White has become one of the leading lights of film restoration in the UK.

Steve May  |  May 03, 2013  |  0 comments

Joe Letteri has been responsible for the visual effects for many of the major box office blockbusters of the past two decades. The original Lord of The Rings trilogy, I, Robot, King Kong, Rise of The Planet of The Apes and this Summer’s Man of Steel are just some of the landmark titles that Weta Digital’s senior visual supervisor has toiled on. 

Steve May  |  Apr 05, 2013  |  0 comments

Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List is the latest high profile classic to be digitally restored by Hollywood giant Universal. Hot on the heels of the studio’s acclaimed 2012 centenary Blu-ray restorations, this 20th anniversary release makes its HD bow courtesy of the cutting-edge mastering techniques, although offered a few unique challenges all its own.

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