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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'. 

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

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...

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.

Mark Craven & Anton van Beek  |  Jul 26, 2015  |  0 comments

A-list movies with A-list casts and A-list production values are the backbone of Hollywood, and guaranteed to get your home cinema system singing at its sweetest. But with hundreds of flicks churned out each year, there's so much more to choose from than the major studio titles. And this is where B movies come in.

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 & Mark Craven  |  Mar 05, 2015  |  0 comments

From hand-drawn psychedelia and Rotoscoped documentaries to cutting-edge CG 'toons and 3D conversions, Team HCC trawls through cinema history to reveal the genre-shaping flicks that are yours to cherish in HD...

Steve May  |  Nov 24, 2014  |  0 comments

By the end of the year, nearly all the key AV receiver manufacturers will have models compatible with the new Dolby Atmos 3D audio format. Atmos differs from conventional surround in that it features a height component and 'object-tracking' skills.

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.

Martin Pipe  |  Sep 19, 2014  |  0 comments

First there was the scratchy and hissy shellac 78, rendered obsolete by the improved sound of the 'microgroove' vinyl LP in the mid-1950s. Twenty years later, we had eight-track and cassette alternatives for pre-recorded music on the move – early in-car gear, followed by Sony's Walkman revolution. Recorded music was then taken into the digital realm by CD, but beyond that not a lot has happened to the technical basics of music for most mainstream users. Sure, downloaded music is now a popular option courtesy of iTunes and its ilk, but the vast majority listen at no better than CD quality. Indeed, if you haven't opted for a lossless download format like Apple Lossless or FLAC, and stuck with compression technologies like MP3 and AAC, then it's probably worse.

Team HCC  |  Sep 13, 2014  |  0 comments

A great demo sequence can help separate a good speaker system – or hi-def display – from a mediocre one. With that in mind, Home Cinema Choice's expert reviewers Danny Phillips, John Archer, Steve May, Richard Stevenson and Adam Rayner reveal the Blu-ray discs they use to put new AV equipment to the test…

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...

Anton van Beek & Mark Craven  |  Jun 27, 2014  |  0 comments

HCC's ultimate countdown of the 101 best discs around continues below with our Top 20 Blu-rays. Click Part 1 for numbers 101-81, Part 2 for numbers 80-61, Part 3 for numbers 60-41, and Part 4 for numbers 40-21.