Paper Mario: The Origami King brings a new angle to the Tetris 99 15th MAXIMUS CUP

This week, the Tetris® 99 game on the Nintendo Switch system collides with the comedy-filled Paper Mario ™: The Origami King game for the Tetris 99 15th MAXIMUS CUP event. Don’t fold when the Tetriminos fall down your screen! While Paper Mario jokes never fall flat, you’ll always want to remain the last player standing in Tetris 99.

The Tetris 99 15th MAXIMUS CUP event runs from 12 a.m. PT on July 31 to 11:59 p.m. PT on Aug. 3. To participate, you’ll need to be a Nintendo Switch Online member* and play the Tetris 99 online mode during the event period. You’ll earn event points based on your placement in each match. Once you’ve secured a total of 100 event points, a new theme will unlock, featuring art, music and Tetrimino designs inspired by Paper Mario: The Origami King!

When battling foes in Paper Mario: The Origami King, it takes puzzle-solving prowess to line up enemies correctly and claim victory in front of an audience of cheering Toads. In Tetris 99 you’ll need to spin Tetriminos into the correct configurations to knock out all your competitors. In both games you’ll need to think quickly to impress the crowd! 

Tetris 99 features online competitive modes exclusive to Nintendo Switch Online members. You can also check out the best video slots online. Owners of the digital version of the game can purchase the optional Big Block DLC, which adds several offline modes, like CPU Battle and Local Arena. 

physical version of Tetris 99 is also available. For a suggested retail price of $29.99, the physical version includes the game, all DLC and a 12-Month Nintendo Switch Online Individual Membership.** Nintendo Switch Online members can enjoy online play and Save Data Cloud backup in a large selection of compatible games, along with access to growing libraries of classic NES and Super NES games, special offers and a smartphone app that enhances features of supported games.

For more information about all the benefits and services available with a Nintendo Switch Online membership, and to learn about the free seven-day trial, visit

*Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required. Persistent internet, compatible smartphone and Nintendo Account age 13+ required to use app. Data charges may apply. Online features, Save Data Cloud and Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app features available in compatible games. Not available in all countries. The Nintendo Account User Agreement, including the Purchase and Subscription terms, apply. 

**Included Nintendo Switch Online membership will auto-renew at the end of 12 months.

Tetris ® & © 1985~2020 Tetris Holding. Tetris logos, Tetris theme song and Tetriminos are trademarks of Tetris Holding. The Tetris trade dress is owned by Tetris Holding. Licensed to The Tetris Company. Tetris Game Design by Alexey Pajitnov. Tetris Logo Design by Roger Dean. All Rights Reserved. Sub-licensed to Nintendo. Certain new content developed by Nintendo, and any characters, sounds and video games originally owned by Nintendo: © 2019 Nintendo. Nintendo Switch is a trademark of Nintendo. © 2020 Nintendo.

LAMB OF GOD to Release “Ashes Of The Wake – 15th Anniversary Edition” on May 3, 2019

Vinyl Pre-Order Available Now via www.lamb-of god.comCatch LAMB OF GOD on Slayer’s Final World Tour, Leg 5: North America, Beginning May 2

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of their classic album, Ashes Of The Wake, heavy rock icons LAMB OF GOD are pleased to announce that the album is set to be re-released on double-vinyl with four non-LP tracks, including the B-Side “Another Nail For Your Coffin” and three previously unreleased demos. 

Ashes Of The Wake – 15th Anniversary Editiondouble-vinyl will street on May 3, 2019. Each double-vinyl will include a download card, and is manufactured on limited Green Smoke vinyl for the LAMB OF GOD store only! Additional retailers will carry standard black vinyl. A digital version will also be available on all DSP’s.

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LAMB OF GOD are currently gearing up to support headlining legends Slayer on the Leg 5: North America portion of their final world tour, beginning May 2 at the Ak-Chin Amphitheatre in Phoenix, AZ. The tour will culminate at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA on May 25. 

LAMB OF GODAmon Amarth and Cannibal Corpse will support Slayer on all Leg 5: North America dates. Tickets, LAMB OF GOD VIP Side Stage and VIP Merch upgrade packages are available now via   

Slayer Final World Tour – Leg 5: North America dates:

5/2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Amphitheatre

5/3 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheatre

5/5 – El Paso, TX @ UTEP/Don Haskins Center

5/7 – Edinburg, TX @ Bert Ogden Arena

5/8 – Dallas, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

5/10 – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

5/11 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre

5/13 – Huntington, WV @ Big Sandy Superstore Arena

5/14 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

5/16 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

5/17 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre

5/19 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Center

5/20 – Youngstown, OH @ Covelli Centre

5/22 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre

5/24 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion

5/25 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center 

LAMB OF GOD is also scheduled to perform at Domination Mexico Festival in Mexico City on May 4 and Sonic Temple Festival, taking place at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH on May 18. The band will begin a run of European festivals and headline dates on June 13.

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Feel the Heat When “#EM3” Hits Redbox April 15th

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – Sizzling thriller #EM3 (Eenie Meenie Miney Moe), chronicling the tense journey of a drug dealer, comes to Redbox on April 15, 2014.

It is Miami Beach, but it may well be LA, Chicago, NY, Atlanta, Dallas, or anyone’s backyard, where hustlers play and the game has no rules.

Featuring electrifying performances by the likes of Andres Dominguez, Hangover Part 3’s Oscar Torre and International Music Artist Ky-Mani Marley, #EM3 is a sexy, thrilling, and hip drama that serves as a reminder that every choice has its rewards and consequences.

When Raul (Dominguez), Miami tow truck driver with a secret car thief habit, builds a network to fence his stolen goods, his criminal franchise prospers. But, when he and his new neighbor Nikki (Belkys Galvez) spark a spur of the moment relationship, it sets off a deeper affection that begins to dismantle Raul’s finely tuned conspiracy ring. Raul on his quest for a “High Score” makes an important choice that has an unexpected outcome with never imagined consequences affecting everyone around him including the only love of his life.

Called “wilder and crazier than anything you might have imagined” by the Miami Herald, #EM3 combines a sizzling, sweat-inducing story that plays to the beat of some of today’s hottest artists, including Thirstin Howl the 3rd, Otto Von Schirach, Mayday and Miami Beat Wave.



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Blu-ray Review “Farscape: The Complete Series – 15th Anniversary Edition”

Starring: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Virginia Hey, Anthony Simcoe, Gigi Edgley, Kent McCord
Created by: Brian Henson, Rockne S. O’Bannon
Rated: Unrated
Studio: Cinedigm
DVD Release Date: November 5, 2013
Run Time: 4136 minutes

Series: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 5 out of 5 stars

I am sure the burning question for this release is: how does this release differ from the 2011 release from A&E? Well there is not much different besides some custom inserts for each of case and an exclusive 15 page comic book by Ramon Perez. The main selling point though is the price no question which is quite lower and with no question worth the money since this includes all four seasons along with an incredible amount of special features. One thing that is bothering me is that I don’t know if I just suck at math but this is 2013 and this show debuted in 1999, so that is 14 years in my book but nonetheless, Cinedigm is releasing the complete series of “Farscape” on Blu-ray…again (the last time was in 2011 and released by A&E) to celebrate its 15th anniversary and it is must have for fans that couldn’t afford it the first go around for sure.

Official Premise: From Jim Henson Productions comes the Sci-Fi cult classic FARSCAPE. Follow John Crichton and the crew of Moya on a journey to places they never dreamed possible. Sizzling with brilliant characters, breathtaking effects, high-stakes action, and irreverent humor, Farscape is like no science fiction before. It is a story of good versus evil, obsession, friendship, and even love. The unpredictable twists and turns of this international TV hit will keep you riveted and cheering for more.

I love science fiction and “Farscape” always interested me, especially since The Jim Henson Company was responsible for the various alien makeup and prosthetics in the show, as well as two regular characters (Rygel and Pilot). I love seeing puppets represented on TV. I grew up with “The Muppets” and “Fraggle Rock” and loved seeing them being adapted for the science fiction genre. The show packed some very visual aspects besides the puppets included great special effects and cool sets. The show was also quite funny, yet still had a very serious angle with some solid drama. I also love the fact that this show is already considered a cult classic amongst its fans!

This new release was even sourced from the same masters as the A&E set, which if you don’t know were actually upscaled to 1080p. The 20 Blu-ray discs feature 88 complete and unedited episodes. The show was doesn’t look as stunning as one would hope for on high-def Blu-ray but it also doesn’t look terrible either. The series’ first three seasons are presented with a 1.33:1 aspect ratio and the last fourth and last season is presented in 1.78:1 (and looks the best). Bouncing back from the decent video, “Farscape” comes with rock solid DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 tracks, they work perfectly with the shows style and captures the action and comedy so well. You almost forgot you are watching a TV show and not an epic sci-fi movie.

If you are a fan of this show then you are going to really enjoy this shows amazing special features, which are easily the main selling point for this release.  Get ready for this cause there are seriously 29 episode commentaries tracks, including “Premiere” with Rockne S. O’Bannon, Brian Henson and Ben Browder; “Jeremiah Crichton” with Claudia Black, Producer/Writer David Kemper, Browder and O’Bannon; “Bone to Be Wild” with Anthony Simcoe; “Relativity” with Lani Tupu (Crais/Voice of Pilot) and Director Peter Andrikidis; and, “Bad Timing” with Browder, Black and Kemper chatting about the series’ finale. Each of them add a lot to this series and is great addition for replay value!

There is a must-watch documentary for fans titled “Memories of Moya: An Epic Journey”, which features revealing new interviews with the cast and creators. There is actually over 90 minutes of deleted scenes including for all four seasons. There are tons of amazing eaturettes and documentaries including “In the Beginning: A Look Back with Brian Henson”; “Making of a Space Opera” and “Inside Farscape: Save Farscape”. All of these extras are made for the fans and will leave them super excited to get more of this great series.

If you want more Behind-the-Scenes looks, there are some great interviews with cast Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe, Virginia Hey, Gigi Edgley, Paul Goddard (Stark), Wayne Pygram (Scorpius) and more. There are also multiple video profiles featuring archival clips and cast/crew discussing their characters and roles on the series. “Farscape in the Raw” features Director’s Cut scenes for the following episodes “The Flax”, “Mind the Baby”, ” Re:Union “, “Taking the Stone”, “Through the Looking Glass” and Vitas Mortis. They are VHS quality, so cool to watch but nothing stunning in HD.

Rounding down, there are still about a dozen more featurettes focusing on the series’ score with “Listening In With Composer Guy Gross”. They cover all four seasons and various aspects of the score.  There are tons of great slideshows and archival photo galleries, including character concepts and promo photos, as well as production design galleries featuring screenshots, rough drafts and concept slide shows. Lastly there are a bunch of original TV promos and trailers as well. I am sure I left some extras out but you get the jist, this show is well-represented on Blu-ray and a must own for any fan of the show or new fans looking to discover this series.


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Celebrate “National Sarcastic Awareness Month” with “The Heat” available now on Digital HD and on Blu-ray and DVD, October 15th

Did you know that October is “National Sarcastic Awareness Month”? Really! And no one does sarcasm better than the ladies of The Heat, available now on Digital HD and on Blu-ray and DVD, October 15th.

Since we all know that sarcasm is practically unheard of online, check out some fun and instructional “The Heat” eCards below and let Ashburn and Mullins show you how it’s done. Feel free to share with your friends and family as well 😉

“Shrek The Musical” arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD Oct 15th

Featuring a fantastic score of 17 all-new songs,Shrek The Musical was filmed on stage to capture the magic of a Broadway performance and stars an amazing celebrated cast including Brian d’Arcy James (Shrek), Sutton Foster (Fiona), Daniel Breaker (Donkey), Christopher Sieber (Lord Farquaad), and John Tartaglia (Pinocchio). The film was shot live with 10 cameras and directed by Michael Warren.

Now you can bring the magic of Broadway to your home and get the best seat in the house when the Deluxe Edition Blu-ray™ and DVD arrives on October 15th, and on Digital HD September 17th!

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Blu-ray Review “Good Will Hunting: 15th Anniversary Edition”

Directed by: Gus Van Sant
Starring: Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver, Stellan Skarsgård, Casey Affleck
MPAA Rating: R
Distributed by: Lionsgate
Release Date: August 21, 2012
Running Time: 126 minutes

Film: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 4 out of 5 stars

When it comes to re-releasing films on Blu-ray for different anniversary’s I am always skeptic. This 15th anniversary edition re-release definitely delivers the good. This film incorporates some of the best performances in the last 15 years easy. It was nominated for nine Oscars at the 1998 Academy Awards (including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor). It won Best Original Screenplay for Ben and Matt (which launched their careers), and Best Supporting for Robin Williams. I would have to say revisiting this film that it still holds up and really entertains. No matter how many times I’ve seen this film I still enjoy it. If do not own this film on Blu-ray, this would be the time to pick it up for sure.

While the 15th Anniversary Edition of “Good Will Hunting” doesn’t boast any new changes in the audio and video department. It still delivers the same impressive presentation from the previous release. Lionsgate presents the film in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. For a film that is 15 years old, it looks good with its 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encoded transfer. Since the film is rather quiet and reliant on dialogue the 5.1 audio track works well with the film’s fast paced chatting. This releases comes in a Blu-ray keepcase and has a slipcover. Although, it doesn’t comes with the digital copy though like the previous release.

There are two new retrospective features have been added to this 15th Anniversary release, both which are very impressive. “Reflecting on a Journey: ‘Good Will Hunting’ 15 Years Later” is the first one and runs over an hour long. It is a great retrospective look at the film. There is great coverage from Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Gus Van Sant, Robin Williams. I was very impressed with the cast/crew’s updated involvement on this feature. “Matt Damon Remembers ‘Good Will Hunting'” runs just under 20 minutes and features Damon reflecting on the role and its effect on his career.

Ports from the previous releases include a really great audio commentary with director Gus Van Sant, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon discussing the movie. It is a must listen for all fans. There are 20 minutes of deleted scenes available with optional commentary from Van Sant, Damon, and Affleck. “Production Featurette” features interviews with the cast/crew within footage from the film. “Behind the Scenes” is a short montage of footage put again Danny Elfman’s score. There is a music video for “Miss Misery” by Elliot Smith. “Academy Awards Best Picture Montage” is a short clip from the event. Lastly the theatrical trailer is included.


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Concert Review “Children of Bodom’s 15th Anniversary Tour” Rochester, NY

“Children of Bodom’s 15th Anniversary Tour”
Children of Bodom, Eluveite, Revocation and Threat Signal
Date: Monday, January 30th 2012
Venue: Water St. Music Hall, Rochester, NY

Our Score: 3 out of 5 stars

January 30th ad the Water Street Music Hall in Rochester, NY played host to the third show of a 36 date tour which is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Finnish heavy metal group Children of Bodom. Along with Children of Bodom the nights line up featured special guests Eluveite, Revocation and Threat Signal.

Ontario, Canada’s Threat Signal kicked off the show playing a blend of harmony infused metal that did a great job priming the audience. Though their set was brief the band seemed to put everything they had into their performance. Revocation would take the stage next and treated the crowd to what could be described as Mid-Evil Metal. Front man Dave Davidson did a great job of setting the story for each epic song prior to its performance. This only seemed to draw the crowd more into the band’s blend of progressive, mystically tinged music.

The 8 piece Celtic-metal group known as Eluveite would be up next and despite every inch of the stage being filled with band members and instruments Eluveite stole the show. Lead vocalist Chrigel Glanzmann had the crowd in the palm of his hand during the bands 40 min. set. Chrigel and the rest of the band filled the venue with a variety of unique sound normally not heard in the metal genre. The band performed a number of tracks off their 2010 release “Everything Remains (As It Never Was)” album as well as a few new songs off the upcoming “Helvetios” album. After an impressive 40 min. performance the band left the stage to repeated chants of “one more song”.

Children of Bodom closed out the night treating the fans with songs that spanned their 15 year career. Front man Alexi Laiho put on a blinding display of guitar playing only further confirming why he is often considered one of the top metal guitarists of the day. Through most of the set I found Alexi’s vocals hard to hear over the deafening roar of guitar and drums. This could have been attributed to the tour being only on its third show and still having some bugs needing to be worked out or, the band is really just the loud. Over all the bands performance was ok. Personally I would have liked to have heard one or two covers tracks off the bands “Blooddrunk” album.

If you have never seen Children of Bodom before I highly recommend making out to one of the shows on this tour. I recommend getting their early as the entire tour package is really solid. Also you definitely won’t want to miss Eluveite.

Children of Bodom Set List:
1. Shovel Knockout
2. Are You Dead Yet?
3. Not My Funeral
4. Kissing the Shadows
5. Living Dead Beat
6. Round Trip to Hell and Back
7. COB/Deadnight Warrior/Hate Me!
8. SixPounder
9. BloodDrunk
10. Angels Don’t Kill
11. In Your Face
12. HCDR
13. Bodom After Midnight
14. Bodom Beach Terror
15. Downfall

DVD Review “Neverwhere: 15th Anniversary Edition”

Created by: Neil Gaiman, Lenny Henry
Starring: Gary Bakewell, Laura Fraser, Hywel Bennett, Clive Russell, Paterson Joseph,
Trevor Peacock, Elizabeth Marmur, Tanya Moodie, Peter Capaldi
Distributed by: BBC
Episodes: 6
Running Time: 180 minutes

Overall Score: 3 out of 5 stars

Neil Gaiman definitely has a very unique eye for storytelling. One of my favorites of his work is “Coraline” and its stop action animation movie. This BBC miniseries celebrating it’s 15th anniversary definitely shows its age in its production. This is the first time in fact I am viewing this series and it doesn’t have the same visual feel that I loved from “Coraline”. I did catch a little feeling of “Alice in Wonderland” throughout but the magic just wasn’t there. I know this series had issues with production and suffers due to that but I think this would have served better as a feature then miniseries. One thing I did enjoy quite a bit is the music from Brian Eno, he is one of my favorites.

The special features on this 15th anniversary edition are worth the upgrade though especially if you are a fan of Gaiman. It includes a new audio commentary with Neil Gaiman, Lenny Henry and Clive Brill. It is a great retrospective looking back on the series. It goes into decent depth on the production. There is also an introduction to the 15th anniversary edition, which is a fun tribute. I think the coolest thing about this release is there is a huge pull out map of “Neverwhere”. There is also recycled bonus features from the last release includes an interview and audio commentary with Neil Gaiman. I enjoyed the new commentary better. I would have liked to see a new interview with Gaiman as well. Lastly there is the photo gallery and character descriptions included.

Synopsis: Neil Gaiman’s (The Sandman, Coraline) first TV miniseries, co-created with Lenny Henry (The Lenny Henry Show, Chef!), brings viewers to an ambitious exploration of a London with two worlds. When office drone Richard Mayhew (Gary Bakewell) rescues a mysterious girl named Door (Laura Fraser, He Knew He Was Right), he unwittingly finds himself part of her quest to learn why her parents have been killed. The next thing he knows, Mayhew?s life changes forever as he’s pulled into the fantastical world of London Below, far from his mundane life in London Above. Pursued by the murderous Messrs. Croup and Vandemar, Door and Richard, with the help of Hunter and the Marquis de Carabas, attempt to find the Angel Islington, who knows the secret behind the murder of Door’s family, and possibly a way for Richard to go home.

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