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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, May 18, 2010

New Releases - May 18, 2010

Curious George: Goes to a Birthday Party - 8 episode compilation including the self-explanatory title episode. 2010. Full Screen. 90 minutes. Unrated.

Defamation - This acclaimed and unusual documentary explores the current state of Anti-Semitism from a humorous and witty point of view - albeit with a sharp and satiric bent. In English & Hebrew with English subtitles. Directed by Yoav Shamir. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 91 minutes. Unrated.

Extraordinary Measures - Based on a true story, this emotional drama stars Brendan Fraser as a desperate father who recruits a reclusive biochemist researcher (Harrison Ford) to find a cure for a rare disease decimating his children's health. Although this sounds like a sentimental goopfest on paper, the movie manages to be low-key and moving thanks to solid performances from a grown-up Fraser, the acerbic and self-deprecating Ford, and a luminous Keri Russell as the worried mother. With interviews and deleted scenes. Directed by Tom Vaughan. 2010. 16x9 Widescreen. 106 minutes. PG.

Girl in the Cafe, The - For some reason, we missed this amusing, moving and award-winning HBO movie when it first came out a few years back. Bill Nighy and Kelly Macdonald are outstanding as an unlikely romantic couple in this dramedy about a shy British civil servant who meets a vivacious young beauty and invites her to the G8 conference in Iceland shortly after their relationship begins. He soon finds out that she is not afraid to speak her mind even when it sparks controversy, much to his chagrin, but will he bend for love or will he break? Co-starring the late Corin Redgrave. With commentary and featurette and deleted scenes. Directed by David Yates. 2005. 16x9 Widescreen. 95 minutes. Unrated.

Girl on the Train - Emilie Dequenne stars as a vivacious but happily unemployed young woman who lives with her mother (Catherine Deneuve), who continues to hope her daughter will find a job with a prestigious lawyer friend of hers. Unfortunately, her daughter creates an incredible lie that spawns a political scandal. Michel Blanc, Ronit Elkabetz, Mathieu Demy and Nicolas Duvauchelle also star. In French with English subtitles. Directed by Andre Techine. 2008. 16x9 Widescreen. 102 minutes. Unrated.

Hamlet [2009 BBC] - The Royal Shakespeare Company re-invents Shakespeare's tragic Dane once again in this highly praised modern-day update that stars a magnetic David Tennant in the title role and an authoritative Patrick Stewart as Claudius. A must see for Shakepearephiles. With commentary and featurette. Directed by Gregory Moran. 2010. 16x9 Widescreen. 182 minutes. Unrated.

Invictus - Morgan Freeman earned another Best Actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of South African President Nelson Mandela in this sports-oriented drama directed by Clint Eastwood. In the true story, Mandela, facing a racially divided country, encourages the national rugby team captain (well-played by Matt Damon, also an Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actor) to head his team to win the world championship in order to bring the country together in more ways than one. With featurette. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 133 minutes. PG-13.

Malice in Wonderland [2010] - In yet another film noir version of Alice in Wonderland, this visually dazzling noir fantasy stars Maggie Grace as a sexy young American student named Alice who is hit by a mysterious cab. She awakens with amnesia and finds herself in a weird London underworld peopled with oddball characters and weird drugs. Also starring Danny Dyer, Matt King, Bronagh Gallagher, Paul Kaye, Pam Ferris, and Nathaniel Parker. With featurette and stills. Directed by Simon Fellows. 2010. 16x9 Widescreen. 87 minutes. R.

Messenger, The [2009] - Ben Foster stars as an Iraq War vet who returns home to an uncertain relationship and a stressful new job telling loved ones that their relatives have died in combat. This excellent and powerful drama also features a great performance by Woody Harrelson [Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee] as Foster's by the book captain who accompanies him on his job. Samantha Morton and Jen Malone also star. With documentary. Directed by Oren Moverman. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 112 minutes. R.

Murdoch Mysteries: Season 2 - This excellent British produced mstery stars Yannick Nisson as a dashing police inspector in Victorian-era Toronto who employs experimental science to solve grisly and bizarre murders. If you enjoy BBC's Sherlock Holmes, Waking the Dead, Midsomer Murders, and other forensic whodunits, you will want to check out this series but be sure to start with Season 1 if you are a newcomer. Returning series regulars include Helene Joy, Thomas Craig, and Jonny Harris. 13 epis spread across 4 discs. 4 seprate rentals. With featurettes. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 598 minutes. Unrated.

New Daughter, The - Kevin Costner stars in this underrated horror thriller about a divorced father who moves to South Carolina with his teen daughter and young son. Unfortunately, his daughter starts displaying increasingly odd behavior that may be related to the property they are on, and Costner has to solve the mystery of what is happening to her before it is too late. Co-starring Ivana Baquero [Pan's Labyrinth], Gattlin Griffith, Samantha Mathis, and Noah Taylor. With deleted scenes, commenmtary and featurette. Directed by Luis Berdejo [Rec and Quarantine]. 2010. 16x9 Widescreen. 108 minutes. PG-13.


North Face - Benno Furmann and Florian Lukas star in this true German adventure as two young men who decide to climb the lethal North face of the Eiger to win a climbing contest in honor of Nazi Germany, circa 1936. The grueling climb soon becomes a matter of life and death in this thrilling suspense drama. Johanna Wokalek and Ulrich Tukur co-star. With featurettes and deleted scenes. In German with English subtitles. Directed by Philip Stozl. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 121 minutes. Unrated.

Poliwood - In an unusual change of pace, Oscar winner Barry Levinson [Rain Man] explores how celebrity political activism, both Democratic and Republican, affects the 2008 Presidental race. The amazing stars involved include Anne Hathaway, Annette Bening, Dana Delaney, Danny Glover, David Crosby, Ellen Burstyn, Elvis Costello, Fergie, Graham Nash, Josh Lucas, Kerry Washington, Matthew Modine, Mos Def, Spike Lee, Sting, Susan Sarandon, Tim Daly, Will.I.Am, and Zooey Deschanel. With interviews and featurettes. Directed by Barry Levinson. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 91 minutes. Unrated.

Possible Films Volume 2: Hal Hartley: New Short Films - The second edition of more clever short films from cult filmmaker Hartley. Featuring A/Muse, Implied Harmonies, The Apologies, Adventure and Accomplice. Starring Nikolai Kinski, Bettina Zimmerman, Christina Flick, Ireen Kirsch, Jordana Maurer, Miho Nikaido and Louis Andriessen. 2009. Full Screen. Unrated.


Raising the Bar: The Complete 2nd Season - The second and final season of the Steven Bochco drama about young lawyers trying to keep their wits about them in a cutthroat profession. Starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Gloria Reuben, and Jane Kaczmarek. 15 epis spread across 4 discs. 4 separate rentals. 2010. 16x9 Widescreen. 645 minutes. Unrated.

Soul Power - While Muhammad Ali and Joe Fraser had a classic "Rumble in the Jungle" in their boxing match in Manila, a much lesser known classic soul concert accompanied that event and went unreleased on video until late last year. The amazing singers and acts include The Spinners, B.B. King, Celia Cruz, Bill Withers, Miriam Makeba, The Crusaders, Big Black and James Brown. With commentary and deleted scenes. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 93 minutes. PG-13.

Spy Next Door, The - In this funny but ridiculous high concept family farce, martial arts star Jackie Chan plays a Chinese spy who goes undercover in the suburbs for a CIA op. Unfortunately, he falls for a sexy next door neighbor (Amber Valletta) who is a single mom with 2 kids. He wants to retire from spywork and marry Amber, but he has to impress the kids first because they think he's a bore. He volunteers to babysit the kids and you can guess what happens. Let's just say his work follows him home. Also starring Madeline Carroll, Will Shadley, Magnus Scheving, Billy Ray Cyrus and George Lopez. With featurettes and bloopers. Directed by Brian Levant. 2010. 16x9 Widescreen. 95 minutes. PG.


T.A.M.I. Show, The - In 1964, a company named Electronovision experimented and broadcast a video feed of The Teenage Awards Music International show on a select number of theatre screens across the US. Although technically a little crude visually since it was shot using video cameras, the concert itself was a great musical event, featuring terrific performances by many of the top acts of the time. For many decades, this rare film languished in vaults, probably due to the complicated musical rights involved until it was announced for DVD release in 2008. For some reason, that release was cancelled, but thankfully it finally made it to DVD early this year in this superb, pristine remaster that ironically looks and sounds much better than its original showings. The acts include The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Lesley Gore, Jan and Dean, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Supremes, and The Rolling Stones. With commentary. 1964. Full Screen. 112 minutes. Unrated.

Three Stooges Collection Volume 1: 1934-1936. Unlike previous 3 Stooges releases, Columbia started releasing the shorts in chronological order starting with the best that included Moe Howard, Larry Fine and the much beloved and short-lived Curly Howard. Woo Woo Woo!Disc 1 = 1934+1935 = 11 shorts. Disc 2 = 1936 = 7 shorts. B/W. Full Screen. Unrated. If these rent well, we will get more, little by little, so vote with your rentals if you are a stoogemaniac!


Tidal Wave [2009] - A massive tidal wave hits Korea in this Korean answer to 2012. Starring Sul Kyong-Gu, Ha Ji-Won, Park Joong-Hoon, Uhm Jung-Hwa, and Lee Min-Ki. With deleted scenes and featurettes. Directed by JK Youn. 2009. 16x9 Widescreen. 120 minutes. R.

Tom and Jerry Tales: The Complete 1st Season - 13 Episodes spread over 2 discs. 2 separate rentals. Full Screen. 294 minutes. Unrated.

Valentine's Day - Those dumb critics got it wrong again when they panned this charming multi-character comedy about the highs, lows and laughs that only love and Valentine's Day can provide. The cast alone is worth the rental. When are you going to see another movie starring Jessica Alba, Kathy Bates, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Eric Dane, Patrick Dempsey, Hector Elizondo, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Topher Grace, Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah, Taylor Lautner, George Lopez, Shirley Maclaine, Emma Roberts, Julia Roberts, and Taylor Swift??? With additional scenes. Directed by Garry Marshall [Pretty Woman] . 2010. 16x9 Widescreen. 125 minutes. PG-13.

Blu-rays:

Invictus - Includes regular DVD. Same features as the DVD plus extra featurette. 1080p.

Descriptions written by manager Steven Y. Mori

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