Symphony X Announces 25th Anniversary Tour Schedule

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Symphony X will celebrate its 25th anniversary as a band next spring.

The band made the announcement through a news release distributed Monday. The band is scheduled to embark on a tour to mark the occasion starting May 10 in New York, NY. The tour, which will feature Haken as a special guest, is scheduled to run through June 12 in Montclair, NJ. The tour also features performances scheduled in cities nationwide, such as Cleveland, OH; Mesa, AZ and Carrboro, NC.

Guitarist Michael Romeo talked about the upcoming tour during a recent interview.

“After the past year and a half of tours and festivals being canceled, it looks like things are finally moving along and getting back rolling,” he said. “We are SO looking forward to the upcoming tour and getting back out there playing again! We can’t wait and we’ll see you all soon!”

Front man Russell Allen echoed his band mate’s sentiments.

“The wait is over! We are really looking forward to getting back on the road and sharing the live music experience with all of you. See you on the road my friends!”

The members of Haken spoke highly of Symphony X in a prepared statement, additionally expressing their anticipation for getting out on the road together.

“We are so excited to get out on the road again at all, but having the honour to do it alongside Symphony X will make it that much more special,” the statement reads. “We have nothing but the utmost respect for them as progressive metal pioneers and when we were starting out, Symphony X was one of the bands who inspired us to practice our instruments and strive to be better musicians – and still do! We’ve really missed the USA and the fans over there so much over the lockdown period. Getting back over there to see some familiar faces as well as meeting new friends will be an emotional ride. We can’t wait for this Odyssey to begin!”

The schedule for the upcoming tour is noted below. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale at 10 a.m. local time Friday.

Confirmed dates for the SYMPHONY X25th Anniversary North American Tour” with HAKEN and TROPE are:
May 10 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
May 11 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
May 12 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
May 13 – Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell
May 14 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
May 15 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall
May 17 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
May 18 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
May 19 – Chicago, IL – Park West
May 20 – St. Louis, MO – Red Flag
May 21 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
May 23 – Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater
May 24 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
May 26 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
May 27 – Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw Theatre
May 28 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
May 29 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
May 31 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
Jun 1 – Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco Theater
Jun 2 – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
Jun 4 – Austin, TX – Empire Garage
Jun 5 – Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
Jun 7 – Atlanta, GA – Heaven At The Masquerade
Jun 8 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
Jun 10 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Jun 11 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
Jun 12 – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater

More information on Symphony X’s upcoming tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://symphonyx.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/symphonyx

Twitter: https://twitter.com/symphonyx

More information on Haken’s tour with Symphony X is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://www.hakenmusic.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HakenOfficial

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Haken_Official

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ESPN Carrying Three Games To Celebrate Opening Night Of NHL’s 2021-22 Season

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The National Hockey League opens its 2021-22 season tonight and ESPN will be along for the ride.

The ESPN networks will carry three games to celebrate the season’s start. Two of the games will air as part of a double header on ESPN. Up first in the double header schedule is a matchup of the defending NHL Champion Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins at 7:30 p.m. ET. The expansion Seattle Kraken and the Las Vegas Golden Knights follow at 10:15 p.m.

The Anaheim Ducks and Minnesota Wild are also scheduled to play tonight. That game’s start time is scheduled for 10:15 p.m. ET. It will stream online through ESPN+

Sean McDonough will have the call for the Lightning-Penguins game. Analyst Ray Ferraro will join him for additional commentary while reporter Emily Kaplan will have all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

John Buccigross will anchor coverage of the Kraken-Golden Knights game. Brian Boucher will provide additional commentary while reporter A.J. Mlezcko will have the game’s latest news and interviews.

Over on ESPN+, Leah Hextall will anchor the streaming coverage of the Ducks and Wild. Boucher will join her in the analyst role while Linda Cohn will have all of that game’s latest news and interviews.

Arda Ocal, Ryan Callahan, and John Tortorella will provide mid-game discussion and analysis during intermissions.

More information on the ESPN networks’ NHL coverage is available along with all of the latest NHL headlines at https://www.espn.com/nhl.

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Turner Sports Announces Broadcast Schedule For Opening Week Of NHL’s 2021-22 Regular Season

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TNT will launch its coverage of the NHL’s 2021-22 regular season Wednesday.

The network’s inaugural season with the NHL is scheduled to open with a double header schedule. Up first on Wednesday’s slate is an Eastern Conference matchup between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals. Puck drop is slated for 7:30 p.m.

The night’s second game will see the Colorado Avalanche hosting the Chicago Blackhawks at 10 p.m. ET.

NHL on TNT Face Off Presented by Verizon will open the night at 7 p.m. ET. The pre-game broadcast will air live from TNT’s new state-of-the-art studio in Atlanta, GA. Liam McHugh will anchor the broadcast. NHL legend Wayne “The Great One” Gretzky will join McHugh for additional commentary along with fellow NHL veteran Anson Carter, three-time Stanley Cup Champion Rick Tochet and veteran hockey star Paul Bissonette.

Kenny Albert will call the early game. He will be joined by analyst Eddie Olczyk and rinkside reporter Keith Jones. Brendan Burke will have the call for the late game. Analyst Darren Pang will join him for additional commentary while 2013 Stanley Cup Champion/15-year NHL veteran Jamal Mayers provides the game’s biggest headlines.

Additionally, retired NHL official will join the in-studio broadcast team for additional insight and analysis into each game.

More information on Turner Sports’ NHL coverage is available along with all of the company’s headlines at https://twitter.com/TurnerSportsPR.

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ESPN Announces Key Matchups For Week 7 Broadcast Schedule Of The 2021-22 College Football Season

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ESPN has announced its broadcast schedule for week seven of the 2021-22 college football season.

This weekend’s schedule is set to kick off at 10:30 p.m. ET Friday. Pac-12 conference opponents No. 9 Oregon and California are scheduled to face off.

The college football action continues at noon Saturday with a packed schedule. One key matchup at noon will see a showdown between American Athletic Conference opponents #3 Cincinnati and UCF. The game is scheduled to air on ABC. Meanwhile over on ESPN2, Nebraska and Minnesota are scheduled to kick off at noon.

Also at noon, the Gators and LSU Tigers will face off on ESPN. It will simulcast on ESPN Radio. Additionally, No. 21 Texas A&M will face Missouri at noon on the SEC Network.

Saturday’s daylong schedule continues at 3:30 with two more games. No. 19 BYU will face Baylor on ESPN’s 4K Game of the Week. Also at 3:30, No. 2 Iowa is scheduled to hit the field against Purdue on ABC following the Bearcats/Golden Knights game.

The SEC will get more attention at 7 p.m. on ESPN as No. 5 Alabama takes the field against Mississippi State.

Back over on the SEC Network, Ole Miss and Tennessee will go under the lights at 7:30 p.m. ET on SEC Saturday Night Presented by T-Mobile. #22 NC State will be on the road against Boston College at 7:30 p.m. on the ACC Network. The gridiron action continues at 7:30 p.m. on ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Capitol One as No. 4 Oklahoma hosts TCU.

Utah and No. 18 Arizona State round out the key matchups on this week’s schedule of games across the ESPN networks. Kickoff is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The games noted here are just a handful of contests scheduled for this weekend. Even more games are scheduled across the ESPN networks.

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ESPN Returning To University Of Georgia Again For Key SEC Matchup Preview

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ESPN will focus on a key SEC conference matchup on this weekend’s edition of College GameDay Built by The Home Depot.

Saturday’s edition of College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will air live from Athens, GA. The broadcast will showcase the showdown between undefeated SEC foes Georgia and Kentucky. The broadcast is in partner with SEC Nation Presented by Johnsonville.

Saturday’s broadcast is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. ET in the Myers Quad on the University of Georgia campus and to run through noon on ESPN. SEC Nation meanwhile, is scheduled to air from 10 a.m. – noon ET on SEC Network.

Saturday’s showcase of the Wildcats and Bulldogs (both of which are 6-0) will mark the second time in three weeks that ESPN has visited Athens for its weekly flagship college football program. It is the show’s seventh time overall that it has visited the university for a broadcast. The most recent broadcast took place earlier in the season ahead of the Bulldogs’ Top 10 matchup against Arkansas.

Rece Davis will anchor Saturday’s broadcast. Analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack (a former All-American from the University of Georgia) will also be on hand for additionally commentary. Joining them will be research producer and sports betting analyst Chris “The Bear” Fallica and reporters Jen Lada and Gene Wojciechowski.

Laura Rutledge will anchor SEC Network’s SEC Nation broadcast. Paul Finebaum, Roman Harper, Jordan Rodgers and Tim Tebow will join Rutledge for the broadcast.

Additionally, Marty Smith and Ryan McGee will be live from 9-10 a.m. Saturday on their weekly show, Marty & McGee Presented by Old Trapper, previewing Saturday’s key SEC matchup.

More information on Saturday’s broadcast is available along with all of the latest college football headlines at:

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Ice Nine Kills Launches Another New Single, Video From Its Latest Album

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Ice Nine Kills offered audiences another preview of its new album over the weekend.

The band debuted its new single, ‘Funeral Derangements‘ and its video Saturday. The song is the fourth single from the band’s forthcoming album, The Silver Scream 2: Welcome to Horrorwood. The band premiered the album’s third single,  ‘Rainy Day‘ and its companion video approximately a month prior.

The premiere of ‘Rainy Day’ was preceded in August, by that of ‘Assault and Batteries,’ and its video, the second single and video from the record. The album’s lead single,  ‘Hip To Be Scared‘ and its video premiered July 9.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Funeral Derangements’ is everything that audiences have come to expect from INK. The vocal harmonies are there. So are the screams and heavy breakdowns, as well as the rich bass and drums. It leans in the direction of the sound and stylistic approach taken in ‘Communion of the Cursed’ by and large while still maintaining its own identity.

The song’s video is an homage to author Stephen King’s classic horror novel Pet Sematary. This is even mentioned by one of the officers in the video’s final scene. The video by the way, is NSFW because of all of the blood and overall darkness and violent content, so viewer discretion is advised.

The Silver Scream 2: Welcome to Horrorwood is scheduled for release Oct. 15 through Fearless Records. The album is technically the second “sequel” to the band’s 2018 album, The Silver Scream. That record was followed by the release of  The Silver ScreamThe Final Cut.

The Silver Scream and The Silver ScreamThe Final Cut produced the singles, ‘Thank God It’s Friday,’ ‘Stabbing in the Dark,’ ‘A Grave Mistake,‘ ‘The American Nightmare,’ ‘Savages,’ ‘Enjoy Your Slay‘ ‘A Grave Mistake,’ ‘Thank God It’s Friday,’ ‘Stabbing in the Dark‘ and a cover of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller.’

The band followed up The Silver ScreamThe Final Cut with the release of its live recording, I Heard They Kill Live last year. The recording produced live performances of The Silver Scream‘s songs, ‘Rocking The Boat,’ and ‘Stabbing in the Dark.’

The track listing for The Silver Scream 2Welcome to Horrorwood is noted below.

Ice Nine Kills

The Silver Scream 2: Welcome To Horrorwood

Track Listing

1. Opening Night…

2. Welcome To Horrorwood

3. A Rash Decision 

4. Assault & Batteries

5. The Shower Scene

6. Funeral Derangements 

7. Rainy Day 

8. Hip To Be Scared (feat. Jacoby Shaddix) 

9. Take Your Pick (feat. Corpsegrinder) 

10. The Box (feat. Brandon Saller of Atreyue & Ryan Kirby of Fit For A King) 

11. F.L.Y. (feat. Buddy Nielsen of Senses Fail) 

12. Wurst Vacation 

13. Ex-Mørtis

14. Farewell II Flesh 

More information on Ice Nine Kills’ new album, single, and video is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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PBS Kids, PBS Distribution’s New Season, Holiday DVD Sets Will Entertain, Engage Audiences Of All Ages

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The unofficial start of the annual holiday season is only days away.  For those who don’t know, that is a reference to Halloween.  As Halloween nears, many are already turning their attention to colder weather and Christmas, including officials with PBS Kids and PBS Distribution.  The companies are scheduled to release two new seasonal DVD collections Oct. 19 on DVD in the form of PBS Kids: 20 Snowy Stories and PBS Kids Christmas Collection.  The collections, one a double-disc collection and the other a single-disc set, are successful new offerings.  Their success comes in part through the episodes featured in the set.  This will be examined shortly.  While the featured episodes do plenty to keep viewers engaged and entertained, the sets are not perfect.  Each collection suffers in the way of their packaging.  This element will be examined a little later.  The sets’ pricing rounds out their most important elements and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the collections.  All things considered, they make the collections wonderful ways for families to get into the seasonal and holiday spirit.

PBS Kids and PBS Distribution’s upcoming DVD collections, PBS Kids: 20 Snowy Stories and PBS Kids Christmas Collection are mostly successful offerings from the companies.  Their success is due in large part to their featured episodes.  The episodes are culled from a variety of PBS Kids’ most beloved series past and present, such as Arthur, Splash & Bubbles, and Word World just to name a few.  Also featured are episodes from the likes of Let’s Go Luna!, Dinosaur Train, and World World just to name a few more.  For the most part, the episodes feature stories that match the collections’ titles, too.  The only episode that is out of place is the Dinosaur Train episode, “Cretacious Conifers.”  Featured in the 20 Snowy Stories collection, it has no snow or even ice.  Yes, there is a mention of the winter solstice at points throughout, but it also focuses heavily on more of a Christmas theme as the story progresses.  To that end, it seems more of a fit on the Christmas Collection set.  While the Ready Jet Go! episodes featured in the 20 Snowy Stories collection are a little bit of a stretch – they feature Jet and his friends bringing ice back from outer space to beat the summer heat in two separate ways and for two separate reasons – they do at least fit a little bit.

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In the case of the Christmas Collection, its episodes are more uniformly in line with its title.  One of the most notable of its episodes is “Luna’s Christmas Around the World.”  After getting stuck in Antarctica thanks to the captain of the ship on which they are riding, Andy, Carmen and Leo lean from the members of the Circo Fabuloso how Christmas is celebrated in different regions of the world.  By the episode’s end, the kids learn the most important lesson of all about Christmas as they finally get the boat working again and leave Antarctica.

WordWorld’s episode, “The Christmas Star” is another of the most notable of the Christmas Collection episodes.  The title sounds like something that might present a religious theme, but that could not be farther from the truth.  Rather, in this case, Duck is on a search for the Christmas star because it belongs on top of the Christmas tree that he and his friends have put up.  Duck wants to use the star as his present to his friends.  Of course it has a happy ending that also ties in a basic spelling lesson.

Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas has already been released on a standalone Wild Kratts DVD.  That aside, it is still welcome here.  In this extended episode, it’s up to Chris, Martin and their friends to save a group of animal babies from Zach Varmitech after he kidnaps the cute, cuddly creatures for use as ornaments on his own metal Christmas tree.  As with every other episode in which the guys face off against Zach, they come out on top and get the animals back to the wild and living free.  How it happens will be left for audiences to discover for themselves if they have not yet seen this special episode.  Between this episode, the others examined here and the rest of those in this set and in 20 Snowy Stories, the episodes in whole make for more than enough reason to add these collections to one’s home library.  This is the case even though at least one episode is a bit out of place in its collection.

While the episodes featured in these collections form a strong foundation for the sets, the collections are not necessarily perfect.  The lack of an episode guide anywhere in the packaging detracts from the presentations to a point.  The episode guides are obviously there when audiences put the sets’ discs into their DVD and/or Blu-ray players, but they are not printed anywhere within the packaging.  As a result, audiences are forced to figure out and essentially memorize which episodes are aligned with which discs.  Yes, this is an aesthetic issue, but it would certainly help the presentation because it would save audiences time and effort in trying to decide which episode(s) they want to watch.  Instead of the episodes, the packaging lists the episodes’ sponsors inside the case.  That could have been done on the back of each set’s case.  This is not enough to make the presentations failures, but certainly would have benefited the sets’ presentations.

Keeping in mind that the lack of episode guides in the set is not enough to completely ruin them, there is one more positive to address.  It comes in the form of the collections’ pricing.  The average price point for PBS Kids: 20 Snowy Stories is $7.95.  Rounded up, it is a mere $8.00.  That price is obtained by averaging prices listed through Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Books-A-Million, and PBS’ store.  Books-A-Million and PBS are the only retailers that exceed that price point, while the majority of the others list the double-disc collection at either $6.95 or $6.99.  Best Buy lists the collection at $7.99, which while a few cents over the average, is still right in line with the average price point.  Considering the amount of content featured across the set and the representation of the PBS Kids shows, that affordable price point definitely proves positive and money well-spent.

The average price point for PBS Kids: Christmas Collection is $11.33.  That price was reached by averaging prices at the noted retailers.  Amazon’s listing of $29.99 is either an anomaly or just outright incorrect, but for the most part, it is listed between $6.69 and $9.99, with a middle ground of $7.99, listed through Best Buy and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.  Books-A-Million and PBS each list the single-disc set at $9.99.  Walmart and Target each have the least expensive listing, at $6.69.  Yet again, these prices are mostly such that they will not break anyone’s budget.  Knowing how much content even this set features, that knowledge makes purchasing the set even more encouraging, too.  Keeping in mind the affordability noted in each set along with the content featured in each collection, those elements make the sets well worth owning and successes in their own right.  That is even with the issue of the lack of episode guides in mind.  One becomes one more of this year’s top new family DVDs and BDs while the other more than earns its spot among the year’s top new family DVD and BD box sets.

PBS Kids and PBS Distribution’s forthcoming seasonal/holiday DVD sets, 20 Snowy Stories and Christmas Collection are successful new offerings from the companies.  Their success comes in large part through their featured episodes.  The episodes largely follow the theme of each set’s title.  They also teach important lessons within the stories.  That education and entertainment that they offer is sure to keep audiences engaged and entertained.  While the episodes are the key point of the collections, the lack of any episode guide in either set detracts from the sets’ presentation to a point.  It is not enough to make the sets failures, but still does hurt them to a point.  Keeping in mind the breadth and depth of the content featured in each set, the sets’ pricing proves positive, too.  That is because their pricing proves so affordable for the most part.  Each item examined here is important in its own way to the whole of the collections.  All things considered, they make each set successful by themselves and collectively.

PBS Kids: 20 Snowy Stories and PBS Kids: Christmas Collection are scheduled for release Oct. 19.  More information on these and other titles from PBS Kids is available online at:

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Cohen Media Group’s Upcoming ‘Corridor Of Mirrors’ Re-Issue Is More Worth Streaming Than Buying

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Apollo Film’s 1948 suspense flick Corridor of Mirrors is “one of the most unusual British films of the 1940s.”  That is the exact wording used in the summary for the movie’s forthcoming re-issue.  It is an accurate description, too.  Scheduled for re-issue Oct. 19 on DVD and Blu-ray through Cohen Media Group, the 96-minute movie truly is an unusual presentation, but is still worth watching at least once.  Its story shows that to be the case.  The story’s execution on the other hand, is a little problematic, but is not enough to doom the presentation.  Staying on the problematic side, the movie lacks a scene selection offering in the main menu, which negatively impacts the presentation’s aesthetics.  It will be discussed a little later.  Rounding out the most important of the presentation’s elements is the movie’s cost on DVD and Blu-ray separately.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the movie and its presentation.  All things considered, they make the presentation one of the rare lesser of this year’s new DVD and Blu-ray re-issues.

Cohen Media Group’s upcoming re-issue of Apollo Film’s 1948 suspense flick Corridor of Mirrors is an anomaly from the company.  It is a presentation that is worth watching at least once.  That is due in large part to the movie’s story.  The story in question follows its main protagonist, Mifanwy (Edana Romney – The Strangler, Alibi) as she recalls her affair with the peculiar millionaire, Paul Mangin (Eric Portman – A Canterbury Tale, The Whisperers, Dear Murderer) after going to Madame Tussaud’s wax museum to meet someone.  Not to give away too much, but that person was connected to Paul.  As Mifanwy recalls her affair with Paul, it is revealed that not everything is as it seems about Paul.  As it turns out, Paul is a womanizer, but that is just one part of what makes the story so interesting.  Someone else connected to Paul makes the story even more interesting as it progresses.  For all of the interest that Mifanwy’s story proves to be for the most part, it does suffer from one issue, and that is the fact that its writing team could not seem to clearly figure out how to end the story as they translated it from the page to the screen.  There are so many points throughout the story in its final act in which it easily could have closed out, but instead kept dragging out.  The result is that the movie’s 96-minute run time feels even longer.  What’s more, the final scene (which again will not be revealed here) will leave many audiences scratching their heads.  That is because the story leaves Mifanwy portrayed as the victim of sorts, but she was cheating on her fiancé with Paul all along.  So in essence, for her to be portrayed the way in which she was is just wrong.  It is a terrible way to end the story, to say the least and is just one of the problems that audiences will catch.  Another problem presented is in the movie’s general presentation.

When audiences play the movie, they will note that the main menu lacks a scene selection option.  This may seem minor on the surface, but in reality is problematic.  It is especially problematic because even if viewers hit stop just one (versus twice, which is a full stop) on their remotes, the movie will still start back from the very beginning.  It does not just go back to the point at which the movie was stopped in the previous playback when audiences click on the “play movie” option.  It starts at the beginning of the movie.  The result is that viewers have to fast forward through scenes to get back to where they stopped, searching for that moment.  Yes, it is an aesthetic element, but is still important.  It is important because it will leave viewers somewhat frustrated having to do that search when said situation arises.  It is disappointing that this was allowed to happen with this presentation.  It also is not enough to make the movie’s presentation a failure, but certainly is problematic to the presentation.  Moving from there, there is at least one more positive to the movie in its home presentation in the form of its pricing.

The movie’s average price point on DVD is $18.63 and on Blu-ray is $27.95.  Those prices were obtained by averaging prices listed through Amazon, Walmart, Target, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, and Books-A-Million.  The movie’s separate listings on Blu-ray sadly largely exceed its average, coming in at $29.95.  Barnes & Noble Booksellers lists it even more expensively at $29.99.  Target offers the least expensive of the movie’s Blu-ray listings at $19.89.  On the other hand the separate listings for the movie’s DVD presentation at $19.95 and $19.99.  Again, Target has the least expensive of the listings at $13.29.  So overall, the DVD presentation’s pricing is less expensive.  This is important to note because each platform’s presentation is the same.  There is no bonus content featured with the movie on either platform, so audiences will get the same presentation in each case.  This means that audiences can still get the movie at less than even $20 from at least one retailer without worrying about missing out on any content.  What’s more, audiences can get he movie on DVD in general for approximately $20 at the most expensive, meaning they will not break the bank when and if they order the movie.  To that end, the movie’s pricing (at least for its DVD presentation) proves to be its own positive.  When this is considered along with the movie’s story, the two elements make the movie at least a little more positive, even having no bonus content and some severe audio level problems (audiences will find themselves having to turn up the volume to almost maximum level because the playback volume is so low).  Keeping all of this in mind, Corridor of Mirrors is worth watching at least once, but more so through streaming than buying.

Cohen Media Group’s forthcoming re-issue of Corridor of Mirrors is an intriguing presentation.  Scheduled for release Oct. 19 on DVD and Blu-ray, it proves worth watching at least once thanks to its story.  As noted in the movie’s summary, which is printed on the back of the movie’s case, it incorporates influence of Beauty and the Beast and Brief Encounter.  Watching through it, one cannot help but wonder if the writing staff behind Rebecca took this movie as at least some inspiration for that movie.  For all of the interest that the movie presents, it is not perfect.  It poses its own problems, primarily in its final act.  Also of concern here is the fact that there is no scene selection option featured in the main menu.  It will leave audiences having to search through the movie from time to time instead of just being able to stop the movie and come back to it where they stopped.  It is not enough to make the movie’s presentation a failure, but is still problematic.  The movie’s pricing, at least that of its DVD platform, is another positive.  That is because it will not break viewers’ budgets.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the movie in its upcoming home re-issue.  All things considered, they make the movie more worth streaming than buying unless audiences are truly fans of the movie. 

Corridor of Mirrors is scheduled for release Oct. 19 through Cohen Media Group. More information on this and other titles from Cohen Media Group is available online now at:

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Another One Down! Debuts ‘Deadweight’ Lyric Video

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Pop punk band Another One Down! debuted hte lyric video for its latest single this week.

The band premiered the lyric video for its single, ‘Deadweight’ Friday. The song is the second single from the band’s forthcoming debut album, A Bitter Descent, which is scheduled for release Nov. 5. Pre-orders are open now. The band debuted the video for the album’s lead single, ‘Headspace’ last month.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Deadweight’ is a familiar pop punk style composition. It will appeal to fans of bands, such as NOFX, Sum 41, and All American Rejects. Its lyrical theme meanwhile touches on a topic that will connect with a wide range of audiences.

According to a statement from the band, ‘Deadweight’ “is a song inspired by former bandmates who refused to pull their own weight. It encapsulates the frustration of dealing with someone who will never admit their faults and will blame anyone else but themselves.”

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Feral Vices Debuts New EP’s Lead Single, Companion Video

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Independent rock band Feral Vices is giving audiences the first preview of its new record.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Mass Produce Your Revolution‘ and its video Thursday. The song and video are the first from the duo’s forthcoming EP, With Offerings. The EP is scheduled for release Dec. 3.

The musical arrangement featured in the song is a catchy, mid-tempo composition. The fuzz from the guitar and the thickness of the drums pairs with the vocals all work together to make the song comparable to works from the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Royal Blood, and Jet.

The lyrical theme featured alongside the song’s musical arrangement is a sociopolitical statement that will resonate with audiences. That is thanks to its delivery and to the musical arrangement, which itself will keep listeners engaged and entertained.

Guitarist/vocalist Alexander Hoagland talked about the song’s lyrical theme in a prepared statement.

“The song is about how we give these massive platforms to people who really don’t actually know all that much of what they’re talking about,” said Hoagland. “It’s buzzwords in a nice package so we just consume it. The second part of the song is about how these ultra-rich business people or specifically celebrities are throwing their pocket change into something just for the press and getting even more money out of it than they put in and it all becomes this vicious cycle that we all participate in.”

The song’s video is a relatively simple artistic presentation. It features Hoagland and band mate, drummer Justin Cottner, in a studio setting, shot in black and white. various mix effects are used to show the duo performing together and in boxes that are presented throughout the video.

Hoagland talked about the video in the noted statement.

“The goal of the video was to really invoke the feeling of the rock and hardcore videos of the early 2000’s that were super influential for us and the director, James Wightman,” said Hoagland. “We wanted something that matched the frantic energy of the song and also had a visual aesthetic that was as eye catching as the song was sonically.”

More information on Feral Vices’ new single, video, and EP is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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