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.
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