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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...
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.