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Video Room has been serving the Piedmont Avenue neighborhood since 1988. We carry a large selection of movies on DVD and have an ever growing Blu-ray library. We specialize in hard-to-find and obscure cult classics, TV shows, foreign cinema, and film noir, in addition to the latest new releases. Check out our large Directors section and offbeat categories that make us unique. Kids and dogs are welcome. Senior discounts available. We do same day reservations. Free parking.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New Releases - April 13, 2010

Broken Lizard Presents Slammin' Salmon - From the wackos that brought you SuperTroopers and Beerfest comes this latest farce that stars Michael Clarke Duncan as a deep in debt ex-boxer turned restaurant owner who cooks up a goofy contest for his waitstaff so they will bring in as many customers as possible. Also starring Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske, Cobie Smulders, April Bowlby, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Lance Henriksen, Olivia Munn, and Morgan Fairchild. With commentaries and featurette. Directed by Kevin Heffernan. 2010. 16x9 Widescreen. 96 minutes. R.

Century of the Self by Adam Curtis, The - Fascinating British documentary series about the hypothesis that much of today's society doctrines are based on the theories of legendary psychiatrist Sigmund Freud. 2 discs. 2002. Full screen. 240 minutes.

Daisy Chain, The - Samantha Morton and Steven Mackintosh star as parents who are grieving the death of their young daughter. They move to an Irish village and take in a seemingly kind austistic girl named Daisy (Mhairi Anderson), but strange things begin to happen in this unnerving Irish thriller/horror tale. Co-starring Eva Birthistle and David Bradley. 2009. Directed by Aisling Walsh. 2009. 16x9 Widecreen. 87 minutes. R.

Defendor - Woody Harrelson stars as a construction worker who fancies himself a superhero at night. Unfortunately, he is not very adept at it, but he does his best to save a damsel in distress and evade the law while trying to lower the crime level. This comic satire also stars Elias Koteas, Michael Kelly, Sandra Oh, and Kat Dennings. With deleted scenes, featurettes and commentary by Harrelson, Dennings and filmmakers. Directed by Peter Stebbings. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 101 minutes. R.

Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars - David Tennant as the Doctor travels to Mars to help a base commander (Lindsay Duncan) avert an underground crisis. Watch out for a Whoopi Goldberg zombie! With 60 minute documentary Doctor Who Confidential. Directed by Graeme Harper. 2010. 16x9 Widescreen. 62 minutes. Unrated.

Dolan's Cadillac - Based on a Stephen King short story, this dark actioner stars Wes Bentley as a widower out to kill the Vegas boss (Christian Slater) who killed his wife. Emmanuelle Vaughier also stars. With featurettes. Directed by Jeff Beesley. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 88 minutes. R.

Dora the Explorer: Let's Explore! Dora's Greatest Adventures - Compilation of 8 of Dora's best episodes. 2010. 198 minutes. Unrated.

Great Mouse Detective, The: The Mystery in the Mist Edition - Presumably to cash in on the Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes, Disney has remastered this delightful animated feature with the mouse counterparts of Sherlock & Watson solving the kidnapping of a toy-maker. The voice talent includes Vincent Price, Barrie Ingham, Val Bettin, Alan Young. Melissa Manchester, and Shani Wallis. Henry Mancini wrote the wonderful musical score. With featurettes and game. 1986. 16x9 Widescreen. 74 minutes. G.

Irene in Time - Henry Jaglom, who can be a hit [Eating, Festival in Cannes] or a miss [Hollywood Dreams, Going Shopping] director again offers a polarizing dramedy about male-female relationships as he usually does. However, the twist here is he deals with father-daughter relations and also plays with time and memory. Tanna Frederick, Jaglom's latest leading lady, again stars alongside some new additions and his regulars, including Landre Idewu, Andrea Marcovicci, Victoria Tennant, David Proval, Karen Black, Adam Davidson, Kelly DeSarla, Sabrina Jaglom, Zack Norman, and Reni Santoni. With commentary and short film. 2010. 16x9 Widescreen. 95 minutes. PG-13.

Lord of the Rings [1978]:Remastered Deluxe Edition - Ralph Bakshi drew both praise and brickbats for his animated feature version of J.R.R. Tolkien's much beloved tome that began what became The Ring Trilogy. Despite criticism that Bakshi used a lot of rotoscoping instead of all stop motion animation, the mix of animation is still impressive and expressive, even today, and the story is very faithful to the original book. Of course, as most fans know, the really unfortunate thing about the film is that it stops midway through the original story, and even worse, Bakshi was not hired to do the unfortunate and ill-fated animated sequel that is a musical travesty. Thankfully, Warner Home Video has decided to remaster the film, and you can see for yourself if it is as good or as bad as you've heard. The story begins with Frodo receiving the gift of "the Ring" from Bilbo Baggins and ends with Gandalf battling the Orcs. The voices include Christopher Guard, William Squire and John Hurt. With interview with director Ralph Bakshi. 1978. 16x9 Widescreen. 133 minutes. PG.

Missing Person, The - Michael Shannon [Revolutionary Road] stars as a down and out private detective who is hired to bring an unfaithful husband back to his wife but begins to question whether he has the right to do it or not. This film noir thriller also stars Frank Wood, Amy Ryan, Margaret Colin, Linda Edmond, Yul Vazquez and John Ventimiglia. Directed by Noah Buschel. 2008. 16x9 Widescreen. 95 minutes. Unrated.

One Peace at a Time - Activist Turk Pipkin travels the world to promote peace in this documentary. Directed by Pipkin. With featurettes. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 83 minutes. Unrated.

Pirate Radio - In 1966 Britain, BBC radio was only allowed to broadcast rock and roll an hour a day, causing rebellious rock fanatics to broadcast pirate rock all day long from boats parked off the coast. This microcosmic rock comedy tells the tale of a drifting young man (Tom Sturridge) who is sent off to help his godfather (Bill Nighy) by his preoccupied mother (Emma Thompson). What she doesn't know is Nighy runs a ship called Radio Rock that plays rock music all day on pirate radio. In the tried and true tradition of rock cinema from the Fifties and Sixties, the rebellious kid bonds with the older rockers and helps them battle against and triumph over the stuffed shirts who don't like rock (i.e., politicians, a lot of adults and some coppers). This amiable comedy with a great soundtrack comes from director-writer Richard Curtis, who helped create LoveActually and Notting Hill and wrote Four Weddings and a Funeral, a pretty damn good track record if you ask me. On top of that, you have a great cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, Kenneth Branagh and January Jones (Jon Hamm's wife from Mad Men). Although the original film was called The Boat That Rocked and was a big hit in the UK, it was re-edited for the U.S. and got a name change and did only so-so at the box office but is definitely worth a look for rock film fans and its terrific cast. With deleted scenes. Directed by Richard Curtis. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 117 minutes. R.

Storm Seekers - A beautiful scientist (Daryl Hannah) and a daring reporter (Dylan Neal) embark on a seemingly routine storm-seeking mission. However, their journey turns into a breathless fight for their lives as they get stuck in the middle of one of the worst storms in history. Directed by George Mendeluk. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 88 minutes. Unrated.

Tenderness - Russell Crowe stars in this little-seen thriller as a detective who decides to follow a young man who develops an obsession for an even younger girl and questions his motives. Jon Foster, Sophie Traub and Laura Dern also star. With featurette. Directed by John Polson. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 101 minutes. R.

descriprions by manager Steven Y. Mori

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