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Team HCC  |  Oct 10, 2015  |  0 comments
Team HCC picks its favourite flicks from every year of its existence. And by favourite, we mean blockbuster thrill rides that are guaranteed to get your AV system singing. Warning: contains George Lucas.

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.

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.

Steve May  |  Feb 07, 2016  |  0 comments

TV has evolved. Fuelled by the rollout of broadband internet, Netflix and Amazon have transformed the concept of on-demand viewing and created a culture where it's easy to be a TV addict. Binge-watching has become a cause célèbre; booking a day off to devour the latest hot season when it lands has become a social more.

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  |  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...

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.

Mark Craven & Anton van Beek  |  Nov 01, 2013  |  0 comments

It's the highest-quality video format around and the basis of any home cinema system, but as Team HCC reveals, the bigwigs behind Blu-ray have occasionally dropped the ball...

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...

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...

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...
Mark Craven & Anton van Beek  |  Oct 29, 2013  |  0 comments

Everyone loves a good horror movie. Well, maybe not everyone, but the longevity of the genre suggests there are plenty of us who enjoy being frightened as we fumble for our popcorn. And whether you get your thrills from haunted houses, masked stalkers, shuffling zombies or cursed videotapes, there are plenty of flicks to choose from when it comes to planning your Halloween home cinema entertainment.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 17, 2010  |  0 comments

Joe Dante made a long awaited return to the big screen earlier this year with The Hole 3D. With the film hitting Blu-ray and DVD in the UK in the New Year, HCC news editor Anton van Beek sat down with the director of such cult classics as Piranha, The Howling, Gremlins, Innerspace and Small Soldiers to talk about shooting his first 3D feature film...

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 01, 2012  |  0 comments

While many wait for the 3D conversions of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace and Titanic (well, maybe not...) to hit cinemas next year, Disney has wasted no time in serving up its own slice of stereoscopic nostalgia in the form of The Lion King 3D. And cinema-goers have lapped it up, with US box office receipts hitting $90m in five weeks.

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