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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.

Richard Holliss  |  Mar 09, 2012  |  0 comments

To demonstrate that there’s still life after death, a technique that Christopher Lee perfected in many a Hammer Dracula film, the studio whose byword was ‘horror’ is now enjoying a resurgence of interest in its movies thanks to Blu-ray. Now the battle between vampire and priest, alien and scientist, monster and creator can be enjoyed in high-definition. Even the infamous Eastmancolor looks better than it did at our local ABC cinemas during the 1960s.

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  |  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.

Team HCC  |  Dec 20, 2012  |  0 comments

Team HCC proudly presents its guide to 50 of the most memorable images served up by the Blu-ray and DVD platters released in the UK during 2012.

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  |  Apr 21, 2009  |  0 comments

Jason Statham was once a member of the British National Diving Team and finished 12th in the 1992 World Championships. He was also a fashion model, securing the audition for his debut role, in Guy Ricthie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, through French Connection, for whom he was working. He teamed up with Ritchie again for Snatch and then Revolver. Other notable movies include the first pair of Transporter films, the blockbuster remake of The Italian Job, Crank, War, The Bank Job and Death Race. He now returns to our screens as tough-man driver Frank Martin in Transporter 3...

Anton van Beek  |  Jun 10, 2020  |  0 comments
'I like things that build some kind of hysterical momentum' – fan favourite filmmaker chats exclusively to HCC to celebrate his return to the silver screen
Anton van Beek  |  Nov 28, 2019  |  0 comments
While so many other movie monsters have come and gone, Godzilla has shown incredible longevity, and become a pop culture icon. Not bad for a creature that began life as something of a rip-off...
Sean Hannam  |  Mar 25, 2016  |  0 comments
Featuring car flips, speedboat racing, patriotic parachutes and crocodile jumps...
Steve May  |  Apr 29, 2012  |  0 comments

During the golden age of cinema, the so-called ‘studio system’ ensured Hollywood could monopolise the biggest stars of the era to guarantee box office returns. Today, audiences are more fickle. Even A-listers can be a gamble. If you want to put bums on seats, shift Blu-rays by the bucket load and rack up those streaming receipts, then you need heroes. Really big ones, preferably with iron suits, hammers and shields. And if you’ve got a Hulk, that helps too.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 01, 2019  |  0 comments
Avengers: Endgame wraps up Marvel's epic, industry-defining superhero saga. But where does it sit amidst the 22 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? We separate heroes from villains
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  |  May 05, 2012  |  0 comments
13 Assassins

Remake of: Jûsan-nin no shikaku

Remaking classic movies isn’t solely the preserve of Hollywood – as this Japanese gem shows.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 06, 2021  |  0 comments
It's now six years since Neill Blomkamp’s last movie, Chappie, was released in cinemas. During the intervening period he has kept himself busy setting up a production company, Oats Studios, and shooting a series of experimental short movies that are freely available to watch on YouTube. And, while many of us spent the last year locked down at home binge-watching films and telly shows, Blomkamp decided to go out and make a brand-new movie, Demonic.

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